Sosnick Library

Library Chairs

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 7,000 adult and children's books, as well as hundreds of DVDs and CDs. The guest computers provide access to hundreds of additional Jewish resources.

Hours & Location

The Sosnick Library, located at the south end of the Administrative office building, is open for browsing and self-checkout during regular business hours. The Library is staffed on Sunday mornings during Religious School. WiFi and guest computers are available for all patrons while the temple is open. For more information or for an appointment call the office at 916-446-4861 or email
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NEW Books!
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Jewish Virtual Library

American Jewish Archives


National Library of Israel

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

International Institute for Jewish Genealogy

AJL iTunes podcasts

Association of Jewish Libraries

AJL ValuesFinder

Judaica Libraries and Archives on the Web

Mendel Gottesman Library of Hebraica/Judaica



A place to study and to meet. The library is a place that provides multiple services. Some use it for research and study. Other times it serves as a conference room or for Torah study. It is also a meeting place for friends to visit quietly and a place where parents share the love of books with their children. Please be sensitive to those who are using the library as a quiet space.

Using the Sosnick Library


Borrow: When there is no staff in the library you may self-check-out for materials including DVDs. You’ll find the self-checkout procedures listed at the front desk of the library. Fill in one of the self-check-out cards with name, address, e-mail and the barcode number of the item, then place the card in the box. For a DVD, go to the temple office to collect it. Non-members are limited to two books at one time.


Renew: You may keep materials for three weeks. Renewal is not available if the item is on hold. If the item can be renewed, you may do so in person, through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at (916) 446-4861 x18.


Return: The DVD and book return is mounted on the face of the counter, to your left, as you enter the library. Materials can be returned anytime the temple is open. If the materials are kept past the due date, e-mail reminders will be sent. Those who keep materials more than six weeks past the due date will be billed for the cost of a replacement.




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