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JBI International (est. as The Jewish Braille Institute) - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

JBI International (est. as The Jewish Braille Institute)
110 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 889-2525 (Local)
(212) 689-3692 (Fax)
(800) 433-1531 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

JBI International provides people who are visually impaired, blind, physically handicapped, and reading disabled of all backgrounds and ages with books, magazines and cultural programs in audio (seven languages), large print and braille. JBI has a broad range of titles, with the largest collection of Jewish interest books for the blind and visually impaired. This service is offered free of charge to eligible persons.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Geographic area served: U.S. and international.
Publications: Jewish Braille Review, JBI Voice, Likkutim (in Hebrew) and the JBI Cultural Series.


Arlene Arfe, Head Librarian, (212) 889-2525 127,
Ellen Isler, President and CEO
Barry Pelofsky, Production/Circulation Manager,
Inna Suholutsky, Library Reader Advisor/Russian Community Liaison, (212) 889-2525 152,
Israel Taub, Vice President & CFO

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Books, periodicals, cultural programs and educational materials.
  • Library Services
    • Offers library services by mail worldwide to eligible individuals.

Services for Children

  • Library Services
    • The JBI Library will transcribe Jewish educational materials into Braille, produce them in Large Print or record them for blind, visually impaired, physically disabled or learning disabled students of all ages.
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