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The Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural & Learning Center 

Maxwell Abbell Library • Pinsof Children's Reading Room • Kaye Reading Room
Susan Fisher Glick Memorial Research Center • Rissman Family Kol Ami Collection 

The Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural & Learning Center (the CLC) aims to provide the congregational community with Judaic educational and cultural resources. Our superior, up-to-date collection of over 18,000 books, periodicals, videos, DVDs, audio, and other resources, as well as the CLC's supportive programming, help to strengthen and further the vision of Beth El. Click here to access our automated Library catalog.  To put an item on hold, contact Marcie Eskin or call 847/926-7903. 

Become a fan of the CLC on Facebook and get updates on new acquisitions, events, programs, and news from the Jewish literary world. On Facebook, go to The Gray Cultural & Learning Center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El and click "like."  

We also offer free Coffee and WiFi! Sundays through Fridays, all day long, you can get free coffee and hot tea in the Kaye Reading Room.  While you're sipping your coffee, take advantage of our free WiFi connection, check out our newspaper and magazine collection, browse our selection of new books and DVDs, or just hang out with a friend while enjoying the beautiful view of Lake Michigan. Next time you're dropping off your child at preschool, religious school, or b'nai mitzvah tutoring, coming to minyan, attending a meeting, or stopping by the office, stay for a while and relax in our amazing Jewish library!

The Writer's Beit Midrash meets in the Maxwell Abbell Library every other Wednesday morning, 9:30-11:00 am. All fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, and essay writers (published or not yet published) are welcome for discussions, exercises, camaraderie, and critique. Email Rachel Kamin for the meeting calendar. Also, several members authored pieces related to Hanukkah and Pesach

For questions or comments, or to see if your favorite book is in, please contact: Rachel Kamin, Cultural and Learning Center Director at [email protected] or 847/926-7902 or Marcie Eskin, Librarian, at [email protected] or 847/926-7903.


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