The JBI Library

Watch and/or listen to this recent episode of JBS TV's "In the Spotlight", where Abigail Pogrebin speaks with JBI Patron Batya Sperling Miller, Batya’s mom (and JBI Board Member) Rabbanit Aliza Sperling, and JBI Executive Director Livia Thompson about how JBI has helped Batya as she's prepared for school and her Bat Mitzvah in a modern Orthodox community. Find the interview here.

Founded in 1931, JBI provides people of all ages and backgrounds living with blindness, low vision, or print disability access to a vast circulating library, liturgical texts, customized materials, and cultural offerings, enabling connection to the rich literary, cultural, and religious life of the Jewish community.
JBI creates, publishes, and distributes thousands of Jewish-interest materials in audio, braille, and large print formats; all provided free of charge and delivered directly to our patrons’ doorsteps.
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Highlights
A few of the things taking place at JBI - opportunities and updates for patrons, organizational partnerships, and more.
Jewish Book Council Collaboration
We’ve recorded Israeli writers’ firsthand accounts, essays, and poetry, as shared with and published by JBC

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Free Accessible Materials for NYC Nonprofits
Free Accessible Materials for NYC Nonprofits
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JBI’s scholarship application is now open
For Jewish students who are legally blind at accredited colleges or universities.

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JBI’s Newsletter
Read the Latest Update from Executive Director Livia Thompson

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JBI in Your Life
We are committed to increasing accessibility and inclusion for all individuals living with vision impairment, from our youngest readers pursuing a Jewish education to adults seeking materials for pleasure or religious observance to families who read together—and everyone in between with an interest in Jewish life and culture. Our services are always provided free of charge!
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Anyone who is visually impaired, blind, physically disabled, or reading disabled is eligible to receive our free services.

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Our offerings
JBI provides access to a vast circulating library, liturgical and lifecycle materials, and customized materials in a variety of accessible formats and multiple languages.

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With help from donors like you, JBI is able to continue providing free of charge critical, life-altering services to the visually impaired around the world.

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See what our patrons are saying
"Not everybody understands what an avid reader experiences when he/she suddenly becomes visually impaired. JBI is doing a great job helping people like me. Thanks to you I see new perspectives. You have helped improve my life quality."
Yakov G. • St. Petersburg, Russia
"After my husband became blind, the wonderful Talking Books you sent him brought him hours and hours of pleasure. Thank you for making his difficult problems so much more bearable."
Mildred R. • New York, NY
"When I gave my mother the Large Print Haggadah, her face lit up. She was so grateful that she won't have to just listen at her communal Seder, but be able to follow along as she has always done. Your work is really appreciated."
Chana H. • Ra'anana, Israel
"Although Tyler received many wonderful gifts on his Bar Mitzvah, yours was surely his greatest gift. Tyler will never be blind to the beauty of his heritage, in large part thanks to JBI. With gratitude from one proud and thankful family."
Stephanie K. • Leawood, KS
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