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After its destruction by arsonists in 1999, CBI’s Sosnick Library has been rebuilt to house one of the largest synagogue collections in Northern California. The collection contains more than 7,500 adult and children's books, as well as hundreds of DVDs and CDs.

In addition, there is a “Library of Things.” You may check out a set of Passover Haggadah, a pair of Shabbat candlesticks, even try out tifillin. Look through the options here (Choose “Library of Things” in the collections menu.)

Hours & Location

The Sosnick Library, located at the south end of the Administrative office building, is open for browsing and self-checkout (instructions for self-checkout) anytime the CBI office is open. The Library is staffed on Sunday mornings during Kulanu (Religious School). For more information, or for an appointment, call the office at 916-446-4861 or email

Services Available

The library provides many services. Some use it for research and study. Other times it hosts meetings, Torah study or rousing games of mah jongg. Friends may be visiting quietly and parents may share the love of books with their children.



Books to Donate? CLICK HERE to read our guidelines.

Funds for the library, like other CBI programs, are limited. Please click HERE to support the Sosnick Library





Jewish Book Sources

PJ Library sends free Jewish children's books to families every month. They also have a podcast that takes a classic Jewish folk tale and gives it a modern twist.

The Association of Jewish Libraries promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources. The AJL also has a search function to find Jewish books by Valuesfrom Activism to Worshipping Idols with a filter by age. And a link to the Sydney Taylor book award, presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

The Jewish Book Council, founded in 1944, is the longest-running organization devoted exclusively to the support and celebration of Jewish literature.

They also have a reading list for adults and children.

Tablet Magazine childrens book awards Jewish children’s book news and reviews


The Book of Life: A podcast about Jewish books


In addition to the many general sites, like, Family Search and My Heritage, there are many specifically Jewish sites available for family history research. (The library contains a small collection of books on genealogy as well.)

JewishGen - Jewish Genealogy

Jewish Genealogy – Sacramento

One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse

Jewish Records Indexing Poland

Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA)

Ellis Island

For Jewish genealogy related to the Holocaust:

Yad Vashem

US Holocaust Museum

Arolsen Archives

German Restitution database


Research Sources

The Jewish Virtual Library

American Jewish Archives

National Library of Israel

United States Holocaust Museum

Jewish Women’s Archive In addition to extensive information, they have a podcast and a book club for Jewish Women

The National Center for Jewish Film

Yad VaShem Holocaust Rememberance Center has online data bases, photo archives and an extensive online library

The Museum of the Jewish People Beit Hatfutsot in Israel

HathiTrust A collaborative of research libraries’ digitized items, with many Jewish publications

The Dead Sea Scrolls Digitized

The Jewish Encyclopedia This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. The Jewish Encyclopedia, which recently became part of the public domain, contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations.

Center for Jewish History in New York City Millions of documents and on-line resources including relevant YouTube videos.

Yiddish Book Center More than 11,000 Yiddish titles to read online or download

Google Books If a book is in the public domain you can download a PDF copy. Access to digitized Hebrew books published in Israel.

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