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Congregation B'nai Israel

155 Years of Consecrated Service to God, Torah and Israel.

6525 Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania, Ohio 43560
Phone: (419) 517-8400


Just like our congregation, the CBI library has been under “quarantine”. Once our synagogue reopens, efforts to reorganize and revamp the library will begin anew.

To access our catalog of books, go to: You can look at our titles by tag (category), title and/or author. If you’d like to borrow a book, contact Cathy Sperling at

Remember, you can earmark contributions to the Library Fund!

February 2021

CBI Library Books to Read or Re-read

If you need an escape from our current reality or if you need a break for Shabbat, here are some wonderful books by Jewish authors that you can borrow from the CBI library.

Anita Diamant perhaps best known for THE RED TENT, the telling of Genesis through the eyes of Dinah, a lesser-known biblical character is also a chronicler of the American Jewish experience. In THE BOSTON GIRL, Diamant tells the tale of a first-generation Jewish woman growing up in Boston told through the lens of a grandmother telling her story to her granddaughter.

Dara Horn wrote her own Jewish American literature. Horn’s five novels are contemporary stories that help “bring alive” ancient Jewish texts. Two can be found in our library. In ALL OTHER NIGHTS, she “uses the Passover seder as a framing device to dive into Jews living in the South during the Civil War;” and in A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED she magically weaves together the work of famed Jewish scholar Maimonides and modern technology.”

Faye Kellerman has made an internationally bestselling name for herself in the mystery genre. Faye writes the Decker/Lazarus series, featuring a detective solving crimes with a Shabbos-observant twist. There are well over twenty million copies of Faye Kellerman’s thirty novels in print internationally. The Decker/Lazarus thrillers in our collection include SACRED AND PROFANE; MILK AND HONEY; DAY OF ATONEMENT; SERPENTS TOOTH; THE FORGOTTEN; and RITUAL BATH.

Jonathan Kellerman, a former psychologist turned novelist, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than three dozen bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series. We have two of his best sellers: BILLY STRAIGHT and THE MUSEUM OF DESIRE. The Los Angeles Times has rated him the most evocative L.A. author since Raymond Chandler.

If you are interested in reading any of the books in our library, please email or call Cathy Sperling Sperling at or (419) 344-2501 and she will be happy to check out your book and make arrangement for you to pick it up.

January 2021

A Special Todah Rabah to Tom & Jan Kasle for Recently Donating Several Books to the CBI Library

The Kasles have generously donated six of Stuart Kaminsky’s books centering on veteran Chicago police officer Abe Lieberman. These books were written between 1990 and 2007. Stuart Kaminsky was an American mystery writer and film professor. He is known for writing over 60 novels, as well as story collections and nonfiction works. Kaminsky was a past president of the Mystery Writers of America.

Reviews of the Abe Lieberman books will pique your interest:
“This crime series is about “two Chicago cops, one Jewish, one Irish… Told with deceptive simplicity [and] a gentle wit.” (The Boston Globe).

“A LIVELY, COLORFUL SERIES. Kaminsky is blessed with a finely tuned ear. That, plus an obvious affection for ethnicity (all varieties), enables him to breathe life into characters.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

• Lieberman’s Folly (Book 1)
• Lieberman’s Choice (Book 2)
• Lieberman’s Day (Book 3)
• Lieberman’s Thief (Book 4)
• Lieberman’s Law (Book 5)
• Terror Town

Detectives Abe Lieberman and Bill Hanrahan have been partners a long time—long enough to call each other “Rabbi” and “Father Murphy.” Lieberman is sixty, a grandfather, and a devout Jew. Hanrahan is a lapsed Catholic who’s been hitting the bottle pretty heavily ever since his wife walked out on him. They may be flawed, but they’re good cops. But even good cops have bad days.

If you are interested in reading any of the books in our library, please email or call Cathy Sperling and she will be happy to check out your book and we’ll make arranges for you to pick it up.

Virtual Services Schedule during Covid-19 Pandemic

Morning Minyan is now *In-Person for CBI Members and on Zoom

Monday & Thursday – 8:00 AM

*Please refer to the CBI Attendance Guidelines for details on in-person attendance. Click here.

Daily Services and Kabbalat Shabbat Services are on Zoom.

Monday – 5:45 PM

Tuesday – 5:45 PM

Wednesday – 5:45 PM

Thursday – 5:45 PM

Friday – 5:45 p.m.

To join on Zoom, click on the link and passcode before the scheduled service time. Zoom information is provided every Wednesday in the CBI email.

Shabbat Morning Services are on Live Stream. Watch your email for information on the specific format from week to week.

Saturday, Shabbat – 9:30 AM

If you wish to have a minyan to say Kaddish, please contact the office one week prior at 419-517-8400.