The Herman and Rose Fisher Library


The Herman and Rose Fisher Library is home to thousands of books, DVDs, CDs and periodicals encompassing Jewish fiction and non-fiction for children, teens, and adults.

To Fisher Library patrons and all those who love Jewish media:

We are a small but devoted community. From the moment our synagogues closed their doors in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Fisher Library was searching for ways to make social distancing a little less onerous.

Our plan was to have you search the online catalog for books/movies/CDs, email your requests to the library director and then either pick up and return items outside CoM doors or have volunteers drive to your homes and leave items outside doors. No contact would be involved, and you could still enjoy a Jewish book or movie.

But in light of Governor Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, such a plan now seems unfeasible and inadvisable. Currently, our best tool to fight the spread of this highly contagious virus is to limit travel to purchasing essentials such as food and medicine.

Here is a list of e-resources with extensive Jewish content that we hope will fill the gap. Stay safe and healthy.

Kalamazoo Public Library
Portage District Library
Internet Archive
Kar-Ben Publishing
Jewish Book Council

PERIODICALS (a small sampling):
Moment Magazine
Detroit Jewish News
Commentary Magazine
Hadassah Magazine
Jewish Currents
Jerusalem Post

Who may use the Library?

  • Any child or adult affiliated with the Congregation of Moses, Temple B’nai Israel, Temple Beth El (Battle Creek), or the Marvin and Rosalie Okun Kalamazoo Community Jewish School (MROKCJS) may have full use of the Library without restriction.
  • Those not affiliated with an area synagogue or MROKCJS will be asked to pay a nominal annual fee for borrowing privileges. (See our Circulation Policy here)

How to use the Library

All new members will be added to the Library database. (See our Circulation Policy here)

  • If Library is staffed: Bring item(s) to desk to be checked out.
  • If Library is unstaffed on a non-holiday weekday: write your name, title of item, and checkout date on clipboard on desk.
  • For Shabbat and holiday checkout, use the card system found on the front round table. (See our Shabbat & holiday checkout procedure)

Special Programs – Dates to be Announced

  • Story Time and Text Discussion – Sunday mornings during religious school
  • Author Series – Fall or Spring programs focusing on locally or nationally known Jewish authors, open to the public.
  • Annual Used Book Sale – Gently-used (and often new) items, proceeds of which go directly to fund new library acquisitions.