I hope you are having a wonderful summer. It’s been a busy time for us at JBI. We’re preparing new materials for the High Holy Days and Festival Holidays, continuing to expand our collection of audio, braille, and large print books and materials, and seeking to create new opportunities to collaborate and serve our patrons.
Our High Holy Day Gift to You
We know the Chagim still seem very far away, but we encourage you to place your orders now for one of our many High Holy Day prayer books; this year we have added a new Reform Selichot prayer book from CCAR Press.
It also isn’t too early to let us know if you would like our 16-month Calendar (Luach) with Jewish holidays, candle lighting and federal holidays in braille, or large print (English or Russian)—if you received it last year, it will automatically be sent again this year, you only need to let us know if you want to change the format you receive.
Please CLICK HERE to order our liturgical Holiday materials or calendar. As a reminder, all our materials are provided free of charge.
We are also delighted to continue our partnership with PJ Library and have several new High Holiday-related children’s books that we have transcribed into braille and recorded for the entire family to enjoy, including The Shofar Must Go On… by Lina Schwarz about the mitzvah of blowing the shofar on Rosh Hashanah.
New Audiobooks Spotlight
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Not Bad for Delancey Street: The Rise of Billy Rose by Mark Cohen
The New Girl by Daniel Silva
The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Steven Greenblatt
We are always happy to get requests for audiobooks so send your ideas to our librarians! And, please go onto our website for updated catalogs of the books we have available in multiple formats and languages.
Please remember, for all of our audiobooks, you must have a Library of Congress’s NLS DTB reader. If you do not yet have one, please contact our librarians (see below) or fill out a form (CLICK HERE) so that we can help you get one for free from NLS.
Join our Patrons' Council
We are starting a Patrons’ Council on Zoom and we would love your participation and feedback! Starting this fall, we invite our patrons to join with several of JBI’s staff and board members to explore ways in which we can serve you better, talk about some of our plans, and get your feedback about how JBI can best support your needs. Our first meeting will be on September 18 at 4:00 pm Eastern.
Please let Arlene or Inna know if you would like to join us by emailing email@example.com. You will receive a Zoom link once you register.
As we mentioned in our May communication, going forward we will only be sending one physical newsletter (braille, large print) each year—it will arrive shortly before the fall holidays. The newsletter will continue to be sent by email in Russian and English, and we will also post it on our website. And, check out our website, Facebook – and now Instagram! – pages for more about JBI.
My colleagues and I at JBI wish you and your family a sweet New Year,
Executive Director, JBI
Get in touch!
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Visit our website—www.jbilibrary.org
Call us at: 212-889-2525 or 800-433-1531
Livia Thompson, Executive Driector at LThompson@jbilibrary.org
Librarian, Arlene Arfe at AArfe@jbilibrary.org
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