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 2018

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

It was great to meet and talk with some of the ECC parents at the 11/28 Book Fair! Watch out for the library to have a table at other events too.


I actually discovered our first book in this Hanukkah selection, Susan L. Roth’s Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah, at the Book Fair. You can sing along as a mouse family enjoys the holiday in this little picture book gem illustrated with Roth’s signature collages. The humor in Joel Ben Izzy’s Dreidels on the Brain, an award-winning storyteller’s middle school novel about the travails of a 12-year-old magician, has lots of tween appeal. Finally, The Parakeet Named Dreidel is a picture book treatment of an intergenerational Isaac Bashevis Singer story that should resonate with the whole family. Suzanne Raphael Berkson’s loose, cartoon-like watercolors add their special energy to this story of a Yiddish-speaking parrot rescued one cold Hanukkah night.

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