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!



July-August 2017

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

Though summer is a good time to catch up on serious reading, it’s also perfect for lighter fare. Below are three recent books with a Jewish sense of comedy.


First, adults can dip into Let There Be Laughter, Michael Krasny’s browsable compendium of Jewish humor.  Fans of Louis Sachar should enjoy Donna Gephart’s Death by Toilet Paper, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Older Readers, in which seventh-grader Benjamin enters a toilet paper sweepstakes to try to save his family from eviction. Finally, the over-the-top humor of The Schmutzy Family by Madelyn Rosenberg, complete with Paul Meisel’s silly pictures of the whole family needing a serious scrub-down by Shabbat, should have them rolling in the aisles.

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