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!


Living Languages – August 2020

My June and July columns talked about how to find and access Jewish digital resources. This month we return to print books – in particular, three new books that celebrate Jewish languages and culture. Digital availability is noted for each, and I will continue to do this during the pandemic.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Hebrew (and What It Means to Americans), edited by Naomi B. Sokoloff and Nancy E. Berg, is an essay collection that considers Hebrew in its American context. I highly recommend “Living in Hebrew: On Jealousy and Creativity,” a fascinating essay by Dara Horn about writing “as an American Jew with a Hebrew imagination.” [Available in Kindle edition.]

I love the pickle jar cover of How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish! It’s a wonderful smorgasbord of essays, memoirs, songs, poems, plays, recipes, cartoons, conversations, and more showing the influence Yiddish has had and continues to have on American life. Perfect for browsing! [Available as an ebook in Los Angeles Public Library via Overdrive.]

This brief look at new books about language wouldn’t be complete without Ladino. Hence Sarah Aroeste’s delightful bilingual board book for the very young, Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom, in which a Sephardic family prepares for Shabbat. [Available as an audiobook in the California Jewish Digital Library https://californiajewishlibraries.overdrive.com/californiajewishlibraries-231-232/content.]

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 virtual Levy Library – there’s lots to discover! Librarian: Annette Goldsmith. Email: library@sephardictemple.org. I’m currently working from home and I will respond promptly to your email.




Get to know your Levy Library – there’s lots to discover!

 Librarian: Annette Goldsmith

Library hours: Closed during the pandemic, but Annette is working from home. Please email her with any questions.
Phone: 310-475-7000 ext. 224.
Email: library@sephardictemple.org