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 online for the Kent State University 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!



What to Read for the Holiday Break – posted December 17, 2021

Some of you will be traveling (COVID-19 restrictions permitting) over the December break and may need something to read. How about books that work for the whole family? Here are two of my favorite folktale collections. First, The Diamond Tree: Jewish Tales from Around the World. These stories are fairly short, with wide appeal, and come with bright, engaging pictures by Uri Shulevitz. I also love Rachel the Clever and Other Jewish Folktales for ages 9 and up.

And if you’re staying at home and are looking for activities, the answer is D.I.J Do It Jewish: Use Your Jewish Creativity! This new compendium is a guide to filmmaking, cartooning and graphic novels, cooking, songwriting, painting and art, making midrash, and creating Judaica. One of the creators profiled is Ladino singer-songwriter Sarah Aroeste. Another great book for family sharing is Jane Yolen’s Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook. Read the story, make the recipe!

What are your favorite Jewish books? Let me know and I’ll share your recommendations here.


Second Sunday Book Club

If you have time please join us for the Second Sunday Book Club. The next meeting will be Sunday, January 9 at 1:00 p.m. This is a no-stress book club for STTI adults and friends – we talk about whatever we are reading, Jewish or not, for an hour or two, depending on how many people attend. It’s fun! Email me at library@sephardictemple.org to rsvp and I will send you the Zoom link.


Happy reading!


Your Librarian,

Do visit our online catalog http://stti.hl.scoolaid.net/bin/home. You can also get there via the Temple web site https://sephardictemple.org/ -- click on the “Education” tab and choose “Temple Library.” Get to know your Levy Library – there’s lots to discover!
Librarian: Annette Goldsmith. Email: library@sephardictemple.org