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!



November 2018

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

First things first: how do we talk to our children about the horrific events at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh? The Anti-Defamation League provides solid age-appropriate guidance in two downloadable pamphlets: “Discussing Hate and Violence with Children” https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/discussing-hate-and-violence-with-children and “Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate” https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/empowering-young-people-in-the-aftermath-of-hate-in. Both are available in English and Spanish.

Now let’s look at three picture books for all ages that offer sage advice through their insights into the lives of famous rabbis. Jacqueline Jules’s Drop by Drop tells how Rabbi Akiva, encouraged by his wife Rachel, learned to read at the age of 40. As Good as Anybody, by Richard Michelson, pairs the stories of Rabbi Abraham Heschel and Dr. Martin Luther King, culminating in the march on Selma. Finally, in Linda Glaser’s On One Foot, a student in search of a teacher discovers wisdom but also kindness when he meets Rabbi Hillel.

Do visit our online cataloghttp://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.” Check out the book displays for children, teens, and adults in the third floor display cases.


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