JBI Update, September 2022

JBI International

Dear Friend,

L’Shanah Tovah and best wishes for a sweet New Year.

Our Large Print and Braille Jewish calendars are available—please call us at 800-433-1531 or go to www.jbilibrary.org to order one!

We would like to make you aware of some of the newest audio additions in our library available free of charge to individuals who are blind, visually impaired or print disabled—please share our newsletter with family and friends who may not know about us!

Who Will Lead Us: The Story of five  Hasid Dynasties in America by Samuel C. Heilman NEW DTBs:
Sadie in Love, a comical novel set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1913 by Rochelle Distelheim Sadie in Love, a comical novel set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1913 by Rochelle Distelheim

The Eddie Cantor Story:  A Jewish Life in Perforamce and Politics by David Weinstein

Who Will Lead Us: The Story of five  Hasid Dynasties in America by Samuel C. Heilman

The Hotel Neversink, a grand murder mystery and multigenerational saga by Adam O’Fallon Price

JBI Voices:
    Have you signed up for our bi-monthly compendium of articles of general social, political and cultural interest?  Did you know that we include Hadassah and Lilith magazines with our DTB version, and slightly modified Braille and Russian audio editions?  For those who receive the DTB version, we also include our cultural series recording.  Our next issue will include:   A SEASON OF FORGIVENESS – The Milken Archives has given us permission to share with you a wonderful two-part broadcast from 2004 featuring the entire S’lihot service.  In Ashkenazi custom, S’lihot usually takes place at midnight on the Saturday prior to Rosh Hashana (this year it is on September 17 because Rosh Hashanah is on a Sunday), and this production—hosted by Larry Josephson—is interspersed with commentary by Rabbi Ishmar Schorsch and Neil W. Levin.  It functions as an inauguration of the penitential season—a prelude to the coming Days of Awe that focus on repentance and renewal, culminating in the Yom Kippur observances.   

If you haven’t signed up for JBI Voices, and would like to, please call us at 800-433-1531 or email Arlene Arfe: aarfe@jbilibrary.org.

Patron Interview:
    We had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa, a granddaughter of one of our patrons (Charlotte) who is over 100 years of age.

    Who picks the books for your grandmother?

    She picks them herself.

    Has listening to JBI’s Talking Books changed her life at all?

    100%—all she talks about all day are her great-grandchildren and the books she listens to.  It has changed her life tremendously.

    Does she find the machine easy to use?

    Between my grandmother and her caregiver they have it down to a science.  Yes, it is easy for them.

    Anything you want to share with us regarding your grandmother using the machine?

    The headphones are great she can hear the books.  Also, it is getting much harder now with her macular she is losing more sight…but the books keep her going.

Volunteer at JBI:    We are always looking for volunteers who are interested in making a commitment to help us produce our talking books, or to assist in other ways.  If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please call Jane Blecher at 212-889-2525, ext. 108, or email her: JBlecher@jbilibrary.org.  Below is a photo of Lynn Karpo-Lantz, a devoted volunteer who has been with JBI for many years, as she records a talking book in one of our studios.

Lynn Karpo-Lantz, a devoted JBI volunteer Stay in Touch:
    JBI’s mission is to connect blind, visually impaired and print disabled individuals to the Jewish world.  We are committed to reaching as many people as possible to do so.  For more information, you can get in touch with us in several ways:

Email us:

We want to keep sending you regular updates—if you have not made sure that we have your communications preference—Braille, Large Print or DTB—please send Arlene this information as soon as possible.  aarfe@jbilibrary.org or 212-889-2525, ext. 127.


JBI International (established in 1931 as the Jewish Braille Institute)
Connecting the blind and visually impaired to the Jewish World
110 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016

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