The South Florida chapter held its April meeting at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest, where Etta Gold enjoyed showing off her newly remodeled library. This was the first opportunity for the chapter to tour the facility since its re-dedication last September. It was quite enjoyable to meet, lunch, and schmooze in the Adult Reading Room during school hours while the children’s section was able to function uninterrupted – now that the areas are separated and each so greatly improved.
We also enjoyed meeting our newest members, librarians Myrtle Joseph and Jaime Fogel from the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center of Hollywood. Founded in 1980, the Center has achieved international acclaim and recognition for maintaining the largest, self-produced, standardized oral history library collection. It also features a reference and research library which contains over 6,000 volumes of Holocaust-related books, hundreds of DVDs and videos, and subscribes to a dozen periodicals. They present a “Meet the Author Series” every month with different authors of Holocaust-related books, visual arts and writing contests, and museum/artifact tours. Jaime and Myrtle are brand new to our area and this remarkable institution. We look forward to their increased involvement with our chapter and AJL.
Our next meeting will be held in September, 2010 (date TBA) at Temple Dor Dorim in Weston. Our host will be Lorelei Ennis.