Welcome to the Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel Levy Library

Remember that the library is fully cataloged, so you can check online to see which books we own and contact us to set items aside for you!

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Levy Librarian: Annette Goldsmith


Annette was a children’s librarian for the public library systems in Toronto (her hometown), Miami, and Tallahassee, Florida for 23 years, and also ran a small Jewish library program for the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center in Miami. She has a PhD in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University and teaches graduate courses in children’s and young adult literature as well as storytelling online for the University of Washington Information School. Her research concerns international children’s book publishing and she has chaired the Mildred L. Batchelder Award committee, the American Library Association award for best translated children’s book. Working at the Sephardic Temple she feels she can indulge her love of Jewish children’s books and storytelling. She aims to create a warm and welcoming environment for all members of the congregation and to build a collection, physical and virtual, that will serve you well. Feel free to let her know if there are particular items you think should be in the library, and do drop by to say hello!



December 2017

A new library column will appear at the beginning of the month and run for one month – or sometimes two.

A gorgeous new coffee table book about Jerusalem spurred this month’s column.

My Jerusalem: The Eternal City, edited by Ian Greenfield, features one-page vignettes of life in Jerusalem by well-known personalities, coupled with glorious photos by Ziv Koren, ranging from the intimate to the panoramic. Guy Delisle’s Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City is a graphic novel about the author’s travels with considerable teen appeal. In Deborah da Costa’s children’s book, Snow in Jerusalem, Avi in the Jewish Quarter and Hamudi in the Muslim Quarter come together to take care of a stray cat that has adopted them both. Taken together, these books show the many faces of Jerusalem of Gold.

Check out the third floor display case for the books described in this and previous library columns.

Do visit our online catalog:  http://stti.hl.scoolaid.net/bin/home. You can also get there via the Temple web site by clicking on the “Education” tab and choosing “Temple Library.”


Get to know your Levy Library – there’s lots to discover!

 Librarian: Annette Goldsmith

Library hours: Tues. and Thurs. from 3 pm to 7 pm. or by appointment.
Phone: 310-475-7000 ext. 224.
Email: library@sephardictemple.org