The Henry Koor Judaica Library

The Henry Koor Judaica Library, located in the lobby of the McDonald International Shul, houses a large collection of English language books of both Jewish and secular interest.

Topics range from translations of classical texts to literature, novels, Israel, history, biography and more. The HKJL is a lending library operated by a volunteer staff.

All materials are catalogued in our library data base for quick access to desired books and research material.


Tues | Wed | Thurs


7 McDonald Street, Netanya 4226211
Tel: 09 8840458

In addition to serving McDonald International Shul members, the HKJL also serves the wider Netanya community. Library patrons are always welcome and can borrow up to four books for four weeks.

The HKJL hosts an annual lecture series with a broad range of subjects connected by Jewish themes.


Recordings of our lectures are available on our shul YouTube channel. Links to recent lectures:


Dr. Shaya Suffin – Respiratory and Viral Infections in Parashat Hashavua – 16 November 2022 – YouTube

David Feiler: Jewish Folklore – 14 December 2022 – YouTube

David Gilinsky Lecture 15 March 2023 – YouTube

How Italian Chutzpah Saved Jews from the Nazis Leslie Portnoy_Syndrome K_January 2023 – YouTube

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks by Joanna Benarroch June 2023

Therese Berkowitz – “Graphic Design in the Torah – Is There Any?” – 23 March 2022 – YouTube

About Henry Koor z”l

Born in London into a family strongly committed to Orthodox Judaism and Zionism, Henry Koor grew up in the world of yeshiva learning and a Jewish youth circle. He studied at Etz Chaim Yeshiva and was actively involved in Bnei Akiva.

Soon after the World War II, he entered into the Hagana’s Foreign Operations where he was recognized for his special talents as a community organizer. His contribution to the activities of Aliya Bet and Hagana efforts to aid the fledgling state of Israel in its self-defence were greatly valued.

Henry married Adina Redner and together raised their family in London. Their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all live in Israel. Henry worked at a Jewish-controlled insurance company in a managerial role and achieved recognition and appreciation.

Arriving in Netanya in 1982, he befriended Marty Yaroslawitz, z”l, with whom he shared a love of community activity. Their plan for a Young Israel Community Center never came to fruition as Henry passed away in 1988 at the relatively young age of 68. Marty Yaroslawitz established the Henry Koor Judaica Library as a fitting tribute to the consummate communal man.