Welcome to the Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel Levy Library

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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!



September 2018

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

After a long hiatus while I was on jury duty in the Spring and co-directing a children’s literature study abroad course Down Under in the summer, the library column is back!

Here are some new books for the New Year:


For the youngest children, Monica Hughes’s My Rosh Hashanah explains the different aspects of the holiday in simple language. Tashlich at Turtle Rock, a picture book by Susan Schnur, shows how one family personalizes Tashlich to make it a family tradition as well as a religious observance. I’m especially excited about Jane Breskin Zalben’s A Moon for Moe and Mo. Two boys, Moses, a Jew, and Mohammed, a Muslim, live at either end of the same street in Brooklyn. They look so similar that people think they are brothers. Of course they become friends, discovering all the other things that they have in common too, while respecting their differences. Adults too can pore over the detailed collages to identify shared foods such as pomegranates. The book ends with an informational page about Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan and a recipe for each holiday.

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.”


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 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