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 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!



May 2019

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

Yom Hashoah, Yom Hazikaron, and Yom Ha’atzmaut come in quick succession this month. These are occasions for honoring both the dead and survivors, and contemplating how our history continues to affect the present. There are two recent and notable young adult treatments of the White Rose student resistance movement. We Will Not Be Silent is historian Russell Freedman’s award-winning nonfiction account. White Rose, by poet Kip Wilson, is a novel in verse told in the voice of one of the movement’s founders, university student Sophie Scholl.

Paul B. Janeczko’s Requiem: Poems of the Terezín Ghetto, is another extraordinary book of poetry for young adults. This collection is inspired by the experience of the camp’s inmates and illustrated with their actual drawings. Together, these books demonstrate the strength our forebears and the other targets of the Nazis needed to resist and to survive under the worst possible circumstances. We must remember them.

Please also remember to return your own and/or your children’s library books. I will be away in June and most of July but you can always drop them off at any of the Temple offices with a note to say that they are for the library. Have a good summer!

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. and Thurs. from 3 pm to 7 pm. or by appointment.
Phone: 310-475-7000 ext. 224.
Email: library@sephardictemple.org