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!
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!
NOTES FROM THE LEVY LIBRARY by Annette Goldsmith
A new library column will appear at the beginning of the month and run for one month – or sometimes two.
Jebb Levy – philanthropist, mentor, and proponent for Jewish education — has passed away. The congregation has lost one of its pillars and I couldn’t imagine writing this column about anything else. He has an amazing legacy – and there will be many tributes from many people – but here I want to focus on the Levy Family Library. Many parts of the Temple bear his name, but the library embodies Jebb’s passion for Jewish literacy. Where else can Temple members of all ages explore their Jewish heritage through literature?
After hearing numerous eulogies and stories about Jebb at the funeral I decided to highlight books that celebrate life – the importance of persevering even when life seems to have become too difficult. So, in the spirit of Jebb’s love of life, here are a few favorites with the theme of triumphing over adversity. Fascinating, Richard Michelson’s picture book biography of Leonard Nimoy, shows how the actor’s Judaism helped this son of poor immigrants become a media icon. In the young adult novel, Life, After, Sarah Darer Littman chronicles a Jewish family’s survival and new life in New York after a (real) terrorist attack in Buenos Aires. Rabbi Charles Sherman’s (autographed!) memoir for adults, The Broken and the Whole: Discovering Joy after Heartbreak, is a moving look at lessons learned after his young son became a paraplegic. The library has these uplifting books and many, many more – so come borrow them!
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.” 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.