Temple Israel's Denmark Library is alive & well. Please drop by the next time you are at Temple. You can borrow books from the Main Library and the Children's Library. We run on the honor system, so remember to print your name and phone number on the card in the back of your book and place the card in the box on the cart in the Library Office. Please return your books to the library when you have finished reading them.
From Synagogue in the Central City: Temple Israel of Greater Miami 1922 - 1972
by Charlton W. Tebeau, University of Miami Press, c1972.
“The library is one of the prized features of the Temple program. In its modern form it originated in 1944 when Reba Engler (Mrs. Leonard) Epstein pledged an initial $500 as a memorial to her husband who had recently died during his term as president of the congregation. At the time the library consisted of a few books in a broom closet under a stairway in Kaplan Hall. It then became the Leonard Epstein Memorial Library with two rooms assigned to it and a Library Board to administer it. It is now usually referred to as the Temple Israel Library, but a plaque beneath a photo of Leonard Epstein stated that it was dedicated to him. Contributions soon provided chairs, tables, and shelving, and President Max Orovitz reported in May 1945 that physical arrangements for the library were ready.