Tyler, age 14, reading from his Braille Haggadah Rochelle, who lost her vision later in life, enjoys JBI Talking Books A young child named Lotem is able to see the printed page thanks to customized lenses created by the team at the JBI Low Vision Clinic in Tel Aviv

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JBI offers the largest and the only comprehensive Library of Jewish interest (very broadly defined) in the world for those who cannot read standard print. Since its establishment in 1931 as The Jewish Braille Institute, JBI International has made life more meaningful and much more pleasurable for many thousands of blind, visually impaired, reading disabled and physically handicapped individuals of all ages and backgrounds.

While other organizations provide the blind and severely visually impaired with rehabilitation services, JBI remains the only source for the books, magazines and cultural programs in Audio, Braille and Large Print that enable them to participate fully in educational and communal life.

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"I was an avid reader before I lost my sight. It was so hard when I couldn’t read books anymore. Then I found JBI Library and its wonderful collection of talking books in Russian. It really saved me from feeling completely lost in this world. Thank you so much for the work you do."
–Pyotr R.,  Forest Hills, NY

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