The library is currently closed for reconstruction.

The Max Shapiro Library offers a wide variety of resources to Beth El congregants and the wider Minneapolis Jewish community. A collection of over 6,000 books and periodicals holds information on every aspect of Jewish life. Whether you are working on a school report or just feel like browsing, or you are interested in modern Jewish fiction or Talmudic debate, the library has resources available to you.

A card catalogue or the librarian can help you easily locate material on Jewish history, halakha (Jewish law), holidays, theology, literature, arts, food, children’s stories, the State of Israel and much more.

Library Location

When entering the building from the main entrance, walk past the social hall and the gift shop. Go down the stairs. The library is on the left.

Shabbat Book Cart

In addition to the Max Shapiro library, congregants are invited to take advantage of the Stern Book Cart. This material is intended for use during services. Located in the Ring lobby during Shabbat and holiday services, the book cart contains resources on the siddur (prayer book) and Torah reading. Please be sure to return books to the cart at the conclusion of services.

Resources on Grief and Healing

Congregants who have suffered a loss, who are seeking comfort and healing are invited to explore resources which are available in the Fiterman Chapel. Articles on the meaning of the mourner’s kaddish, pamphlets on grief and healing and books on mourning can be found by the front of the chapel (near the door leading outside). Pamphlets and articles are for the taking. Books on Grief and Healing are available for check out from the Max Shapiro Library.