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!



Hanukkah Highlights – posted November 12, 2021


During the holiday stock up on books to read! Did you know that you can borrow books from the Holiday (adult and children’s books) and Hanukkah (children’s-only) books displays on the third floor? If you would like to check out one of these books, please email me at library@sephardictemple.org


You may know Sydney Taylor’s delightful All-of-a-Kind Family books for children, five chapter books published between 1951 and 1978 and still deservedly popular. The prestigious Sydney Taylor Book Awards, given to “outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience,” was named in honor of this hugely influential author. Author Emily Jenkins and illustrator Paul Zelinsky took on the challenge of creating a new story based on Sydney Taylor’s characters, and the charming result was All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah – not surprisingly, winner of the 2019 Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award.

Also very exciting is the long-awaited definitive biography of Sydney Taylor: From Sarah to Sydney: The Woman Behind All-of-a-Kind Family, published this year. Author June Cummins sadly passed away of ALS before she could complete the manuscript, which was finished by co-author Alexandra Dunietz. Now there is something for Sydney Taylor fans of all ages!



Second Sunday Book Club

If you have time please join us for the Second Sunday Book Club. The next meeting will be Sunday, November 14 at 1:00 p.m. 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.


Happy reading!


Your Librarian,

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