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!

Click Here to View Our Online Library Catalog

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!



“Space, Stamps, and the High Holidays” -- September 2019

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

The 50th anniversary of NASA’s moon landing, commemorative stamps, and the High Holidays. What do they have in common? They remind us of the tragedies and triumphs of our past and the hard work required to improve our personal and collective future.

Astronauts Judith Resnik (USA – died in the Challenger launch disaster) and Ilan Ramon (Israel – died in the Columbia re-entry accident) are probably the best-known Jewish astronauts, but there have been fourteen in all (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ List_of_Jewish_astronauts). Jacob Richman, who collects and shares educational Jewish resources on his home page (https://jr.co.il/), recently posted some glorious NASA photos of Israel from space. Above is Jerusalem at night – the lights are golden, of course.

This summer a book I’d ordered arrived in a mailer covered with beautiful old stamps. When I wrote to the seller about it, he told me he was distributing his large collection in this manner. I bought more books and the box was similarly decorated – this time including some stamps of Jewish interest, such as an image of the Touro synagogue. Do drop by to see these stamps! The library is now open beyond just the Hebrew School hours (see below), and you can always email me to make an appointment. Please watch your email for a survey regarding library hours, programs, and services – I’ll be in touch to find out how you think the library can best serve the whole congregation.

Next month – books for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur!

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. 11 am to 7 pm; Thurs. 11 am to 7 pm; Fri. 9 am -1 pm; or by appointment.
Phone: 310-475-7000 ext. 224.
Email: library@sephardictemple.org