Looking back . . .
. . . there are milestones, developments and a long line of people who
were present at the creation, whose foresight and dedication made possible the
Library that exists now.
- It all started when the JCC was being planned. An anonymous donor contributed funds for a Library in honor of Harry Rosenbaum, publisher and community leader.
- The next player to enter the stage was the Stamford Lodge of B'nai B'rith, with a donation of the
16 volume Encyclopedia Judaica and a promise by their Holocaust Memorial Committee to establish a Holocaust section in the Library.
- In 1981 when the Jewish Community Center opened on Newfield Avenue, the Library became a reality
with the Encyclopedia Judaica and 250 volumes of books donated by the Holocaust Committee of B'nai B'rith.
- By 1983 when the library was officially dedicated, a group of volunteers headed by Ruth
Polster z"l and Barbara Rosett z"l, together with Librarian Judy Williams, had numerous cataloged volumes on the shelves.
- The Holocaust Memorial Committee of B'nai B'rith transferred the Library to the Jewish Historical Society run today with dedicated volunteers, and generous funding.
- The Joseph Miller Holocaust Collection, includes 40 Yizkor Books commemorating individual
towns and cities destroyed by the Nazis and their collaborators, have been moved to the Archives.
- The Library's collection will be accessible through the Ferguson Library's website when it comes out of storage.
At the present time our entire library is in storage. As soon as a new home is found, we will triumphantly open up for the
community as a free lending library and research center. Activities will be planned with our ever popular Book Talks and Storytime with youngsters.