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 2019

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

Shake those groggers! It’s Purim this month, and we have books for all ages! Young children tend to already know the Sammy the Spider books by Sylvia A. Rouss, illustrated with bold collages by Katherine Janus Kahn. But even so, when I recently read Sammy Spider’s First Purim to Gesher (K-1st grade) they held their collective breath when Sammy finds himself trapped inside Josh’s home-made grogger.  (Don’t worry, he makes it out unscathed.)


Esther’s Story, by storyteller Diane Wolkstein, is an elegant retelling matched by Juan Wijngaard’s exquisite gouache on paper illustrations. Told as Esther’s diary, this picture book will appeal to older children and teens. And for an adult audience, there is award-winning author Rebecca Kanner’s novel, Esther. The lavish descriptions of the Persian empire bring that glittering world, and its young Jewish queen, to life. Enjoy!

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