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!



March 2018

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

At Passover, the whole family is gathered round – the perfect time for books!


Ori Sherman’s The Four Questions is a very simple, boldly illustrated depiction of the questions in English and Hebrew – just right for intergenerational sharing.

In Lauren Wohl’s picture book, Matzoh Mouse, Sarah can’t quite resist the temptation to break into the chocolate matzoh set aside for the holiday – and the consequences are surprising.

Finally, young readers may find themselves swept into the action of Scarlett and Sam: Escape from Egypt, an easy chapter book by Eric Kimmel that follows twins Scarlett and Sam as they travel to the Egypt of Moses on their grandmother’s time-traveling carpet.

Check out the third floor display case for the books described in this and previous library columns. You’ll also see a display of holiday and other books.

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