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!



High Holiday Reading – September 2021

I will be in Toronto from Sept. 5-26 to attend to family issues. If you wish to borrow library books while I am away—and I hope you do! – just email me at library@sephardictemple.org.

How to check out books

Email me with your name, the title of the book, and the Levy Library barcode number on the back of the book – it’s in the top righthand corner. Or you can simply send me a picture of the front and back cover, which will give me all the information I need to check out the book to you in our online system. If you borrow a book, even briefly, please let me know. Even if you read it to your child for ten minutes and return it, I would like a record of that use for our statistics. Please put any returned books on my desk or return them to the main office or the ECC office, always with a note to say that they are for the library. This will make sure they do not go astray.

Books in the library

To find the library, get off the third-floor elevator and walk straight to the end of the hallway. If it is open you are welcome to choose books from the shelves. There are only two places that are off-limits: the Reference section and books that are on the tables (these are donations and books that I am processing).


Books in the third-floor hallway display cases

There are six display cases that I maintain for the library. These are the cases you pass by from the elevator on the way to Levy Hall. You are welcome to borrow any of these books. Here are the current displays:

  • Books with Musical Themes (adult, teen, and children’s books)
  • Books to Read from the Shabbat Shalom Sheet Library Column (adult, teen, and children’s books)
  • Book Club Recommendations (adult books)
  • Jewish Holidays Through the Year (adult, teen, and children’s books)
  • High Holidays (children’s books)
  • Sukkot and Simchat Torah (children’s books)

Second Sunday Book Club

Finally, if you have time please join us for the Second Sunday Book Club. The next meeting will be Sunday, September 12 at 1:00 p.m. PT and come to you online from Toronto. 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.

Shana Tova, and I look forward to seeing you – maybe in person? -- in October!


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