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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Education, Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Health, Human Services, Libraries

Mission: JBI International seeks the integration of Jews who are blind, visually impaired and reading disabled into the Jewish community and society in general. We assist those whom we serve to relate to the religious, educational, cultural and communal life of the Jewish people. Our scope is international and we serve those of all ages and backgrounds.

Programs: JBI International (established in 1931 as the Jewish Braille Institute) provides the visually impaired, blind and reading disabled of all ages with FREE books, magazines and special publications of Jewish and general interest in Audio, Large Print and Braille formats that enable them to maintain their connection to the world of ideas and the life of their communities. JBI Talking Books (over 13,000 titles) provide access to a very wide range of fiction and non-fiction; periodicals and cultural programs keep people entertained, informed and connected; customized textbooks and Bar/Bat Mitzvah materials allow blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students to study alongside their peers; and JBI's liturgical materials, in Braille, Audio, and Large Print, allow participation in synagogue services. JBI is truly the only resource of its kind worldwide. JBI's materials are available in English, Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish and now in Spanish. Additionally, JBI's pioneering Low Vision Clinic at Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv is the premier facility of its kind, treating the visual consequences of congenital disease, aging, or head injury, with personalized optometric devices. JBI serves more than 35,000 individuals in need all over the world, FREE OF CHARGE.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I couldn't create a better volunteer experience if I tailored it myself. The office is well organized, and the staff and volunteers are among the most dedicated and intelligent people I've encountered in a long time. (And they're nice, too.) I record books or edit the recordings of others, and I feel that I'm making a real difference to people who need what I do; I also learn so much in the process. The work done by this organization is truly extraordinary, and it is gratifying to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pleasant supervisor and work conditions. I volunteer by proof listening to recorded books and
ensuring high quality accuracy.

It is fulfilling to volunteer and giving back to society.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer in the JBI recording studio for 12+ years. It is the most fulfilling volunteer experience I have ever had. The work is extremely interesting and very rewarding, the staff members are terrific, and I have become good friends with my recording partner. I feel terrific every time I leave the studio, knowing that I have helped a visually impaired person "read."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at JBI for over 10 years and it has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. The staff are delightful, friendly helpfull -- and they really appreciate their volunteers and value their time. The volunteers are bright, friendly, interesting people who are a pleasure to work with. The work is fun and gratifying and I really feel as though I'm opening a new world of books and magazines to people and keeping them in touch with the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this experience. I believe that books are the eyes of the future. By recording books, I can provide those eyes and make great works available to others. And JBI is the best! You are respected and you have the opportunity to learn so much from everyone who works and volunteers there. It is a chance to give back in a way that is meaningful. I am so grateful to JBI.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To find an organization comprised of such caring, concerned, generous people is rare. The fact that these people are also knowledgeable, highly skilled, and cuttting-edge in their respective fields is extraordinary.

It has been my pleasure to volunteer as a narrator at JBI for the last couple of years, and I hope to continue to work here in this heartening environment where everyone's joy in "doing good" is uplifting and infectious.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience at JBI has been exceptional in three ways:
1. JBI values their volunteers' time. When you go to JBI, you're there to work. There's no waiting around, no disorganized volunteer coordinators trying to find something for you to do, no pointless tasks handed off because no one else wanted to do them.
2. There's an obvious link between volunteer efforts and recipients. We record books and magazine articles, assist in directing the recordings, and quality control the recordings. The vision impaired then gain access to various publications. The distance between effort and who benefits is so much closer than with other volunteer efforts, where organizations ask for help with administrative tasks, fund raisers and other intermediate, albeit necessary, tasks that are a few steps removed from the intended beneficiaries.
3. The work is edifying. In the process of QC'ing recordings, I've been exposed to books and magazine articles I otherwise never would have read. Plus, I've had the opportunity to work with extremely intelligent fellow volunteers and JBI staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Volunteer for 16+ years. Wonderful group of people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

JBI International has some truly wonderful people and is the highlight of my week. I enjoy going to the studio and help wherever I can whether it is editing an audio book, directing a reader or quality control of the almost finished book for the blind or sight impaired. i would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in helping those to have access to books and magazines not otherwise available to them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at JBI International after reading an ad for a large print Hagadah in a local newspaper. Little did I know that it would become a highlight of my week. At that time, the recordings were done on a reel to reel machine and some training was needed. The person (is still on the staff) who trained me was most patient and understanding since I have no mechanical skills whatsoever. I have subsequently learned that the entire staff has these virtues as well as being friendly, caring, helpful, understanding, etc. They are very knowledgeable about the workings of a computer and the subject matter that is being recorded. Questions are answered with a smile!! We are one big happy family making a major contribution to those in need - - -