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.

Whether you’re interested in the Bible, Jewish history, law, holidays, lifecycle, Hebrew, Israel or anything Jewish, the Fisher Library is Southwest Michigan’s go-to source for hard-to-find, in-depth Jewish publications.

Library Hours

The Library is open whenever the synagogue office is open or by appointment – call 342-5463 or email the Library Director to set up a time. Summer hours may vary.
• Monday-Friday ​​​8:30am – 12:00pm
• Saturday (members only)​ 9:30am – 12:00pm (See our Shabbat & holiday checkout procedure)
• Sunday (religious school)​ 9:15am – 12:15pm (See our Library Kids’ Reading Challenge Rules)

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

  • 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.