Literary Programs

Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better. —Sidney Sheldon

The Odell/Diamond Library was endowed by Arlene and Jerry Odell in memory of their parents, Pauline & Samuel Odell and Sara & Joseph Diamond, and offers a full range of in-depth Judaic materials such as classic texts, scholarly material, pleasure reading, religious guidebooks, Jewish children’s books, and more. Sally Brown, our knowledgeable librarian, hosts monthly Short Story Discussions and various Author Talks throughout the year and helps our MLRT family obtain the materials they need to connect with Judaism intellectually, spiritually, and in hands-on practice.

Main Line Reform Temple is a member of the Jewish Book Council, and as such, able to get incredibly in-demand authors to speak at Friday night Shabbat services, Sisterhood brunches, a literary lunch held in honor of Jewish Book Month, and the newly added Brotherhood Shabbat.

Read, and dive into a new world! Join in our lively discussions once a month of a wide range of incredible Jewish short stories from a variety of genres–fiction, memoir, history, and more. From our diverse body of Jewish Literature, we read masters such as Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Amos Oz, Ruth Calderon, Nathan Englander, Molly Antopol, R.L. Maizes, and Grace Paley. This month’s short story is available at the front desk. All are encouraged to pick up a copy, read, and attend our next discussion on Thursday, November 11.

Short Story Discussion Group: “Future Emergencies” by Nicole Krauss
The story can be found in her new collection, To Be a Man. The collection is the short story debut of one of America’s best young novelists. With strange timing given our current pandemic, the story centers on post 9/11 New York when
an impending threat to public health requires every citizen to wear a gas mask.
Click here to download the story.

Bill Wolf endowed a program in loving memory of his wife Ella C. Wolf to bring an author every year to Main Line Reform Temple to speak at Shabbat services, which is continued today by their grandson, Jeffrey Margolis. We have hosted dynamic, award-winning authors such as Alana Newhouse, David Dalin, Dan Ephron, Ariel Sabar, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Jamie Bernstein. Our next Ella C. Wolf Lecture will take place in 2022.

November is Jewish Book Month!

Join us for three great programs in addition to our monthly Short Story Discussion.

Friday, November 19 at 8:00 pm in person and virtually
Celebrate Shabbat with renown author and the Stuart Z. Katz Professor of Humanities and Arts, Mikhal Dekel. Our guest speaker is a professor of English at City College of New York and wrote Tehran Children: a Holocaust Refugee Odyssey, the culmination of Dekel’s decade-long journey to understand her father and the odyssey at the core of his childhood.

Mikhal Dekel was born in Haifa, Israel, to a Holocaust refugee father and an Israeli-born mother. Over the course of seven intense years, she completed her mandatory military service, earned an L.L.B. from Tel Aviv University’s Buchmann School of Law, interned at the Tel Aviv State Attorney’s Office and joined the Israel Bar Association. In Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey, the extraordinary true story of Polish-Jewish children refugees who escaped the Nazis and found refuge in Iran, Dekel fuses memoir with historical investigation in this account of the all-but unknown Jewish refuge in Muslim lands.

Mikhal Dekel will be speaking to us via Zoom but we hope you will join our Shabbat Service however you are most comfortable – in person at MLRT or via your screen.

Sunday, November 21 at 10:00 am ion Zoom
Becca Kantor, editorial director of Paper Brigade, a yearly publication of the Jewish Book Council, will lead a panel discussion between three local authors: Sam Apple, Brad Aronson, and Marc Bookman.
We hope you will join us via Zoom for this interesting panel of local authors celebrating Jewish Book Month!

Click here to join us on Zoom!

Support Main Line Reform Temple’s Odell/Diamond Library and donate to the Carroll and Charlotte Cohen Weinberg Multi- Media Resource Fund. 

Main Line Reform Temple is a member of the Jewish Book Council. This marvelous organization makes it possible for us to bring in Jewish writers to highlight their wonderful new books. We hope you will be able to meet and greet these diverse and interesting authors who have written about the many facets of our rich Jewish life.