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Welcome to the Jacob Gitlin Library,the home for Gitlin users. This site serves as the centre for searching our media. It also provides online news, event information, along with interactive discussion forums. In a nutshell, everything needed to get your media quick and fast feel free to browse site and explore..

Jacob Gitlin Library

The Jacob Gitlin Library means different things to different people. For some it is simply a place to borrow interesting books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs and CDs – a little escapism, if you like, with a Jewish theme. For our scholars and students it is a valuable resource and research centre due to our archival material and reference books.

You can find the entire collection on our online data base.

For many non-Jews, it is an important centre in which to learn about the Jewish people, their history, aspirations and activities and as such, the Library plays an important public relations role in the wider community. The Library also has children’s story time on the first Sunday of every month to encourage young parents and their children to make use of our children’s section. This is a fun-filled & creative morning for children (ages 3 to 9).

Evening functions, such as lectures, book launches, book week and discussions are offered to all on a regular basis.
Membership is free – there is a charge for DVDs and CDs.

Contact Information
Address Gardens Community Centre, 88 Hatfield Street, Gardens, 8001 Cape Town, South Africa
Phone 021 462 5088
Hours Monday – Thursday 10am – 4:30pm
Fridays 9:30am – 1:30pm
Saturday Closed
ONE Sunday of the month - CONTACT THE LIBRARY 9:30am – 1:30pm
Jewish and National holidays Closed

This Month's DVD

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Click on LATEST BOOKS, and click on the DVD to find out more about the DVD!

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Ask Dr. Ruth (Documentary, Biography)


Ask Dr. Ruth (Documentary, Biography) Ask Dr.Ruth chronicles the life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her dimunitive frame, thick German accent , and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.

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