Community Centers

“To know a man’s library is to know his mind.” (Geraldine Brooks)

For 73 years, the children of the book weren’t allowed to read!

In spite of Jewish prominence during the golden and silver eras of Russian literature, under Soviet rule, Jewish publishing houses were banned, Jewish-themed books were banned – there was even a ban on books by openly Jewish writers.

Since its inception, the Federation of Jewish Communities has established sizeable libraries in more than 50 cities, with smaller libraries in an additional 35 communities. Books on Jewish culture, philosophy and theology, as well as Jewish-themed children’s books join major works of 20th Century fiction, non-fiction and poetry by Jewish writers.

The libraries also host cultural activities, such as lectures, discussion groups, book-signings and poetry readings, and serve as a communal repository for Jewish magazines and newspapers.