May 19, 2024

The following is an important message from the FJMC Inclusion Initiative Chair Stephe Sturman:

Dear Friends,

The FJMC Inclusion Initiative urgently seeks your support to create the Lev Shalem Mahzor in braille, produced by the Jewish Braille Institute (JBI).

Since 1931, JBI is dedicated to helping individuals who are blind or visually impaired gain access to Jewish life, learning, community, and culture. JBI relies on the support of caring people like YOU to help create books in braille, large print, and audio formats.

“The Lev Shalem Mahzor holds profound significance for the blind community. Having this prayer book available in Braille means more than mere accessibility—it signifies full participation in congregational life.” – Stewart Prost, President, Jewish Federation of the Blind

The demand for JBI services grows everyday. While JBI provides all these services, free of charge to their patrons, they cost a great deal to produce and poses a significant challenge.

The Mahzor Lev Shalem requires transcription into 14-16 Braille volumes. Initial production costs amount to $30,000 for the transcription – with copies costing approximately $700 each to produce. JBI makes these available for congregants who need, free of charge. All funding for this critical initiative comes solely from individuals and foundations, without any government support. Your gift will make a real impact!!!

  • Empower Inclusion: Your contribution will directly fund this braille project, enabling sight impaired individuals to fully participate in Jewish communal life.
  • Enhance Accessibility: Your contribution will maximize participation across communities.
  • Global Impact: With plans to extend reach to 70 countries.

This link will take you to the FJMC sponsored donation page of JBI.

Join FJMC in helping our blind Jewish community to engage fully in our faith and communal life. Your support can make a tangible difference, please contribute NOW!!! Thanks in advance, for your support of this worthwhile project at

JBI has more than 13,000 accessible texts of Jewish interest–from fiction to memoirs, short stories to poetry, humor to philosophy, periodicals to liturgical texts. If you or a loved one could benefit from any of JBI’s services, please call 1-800-433-1531 or visit JBI’s librarians will be happy to help. Thank you again!

In Brotherhood,

Stephe Sturman
FJMC Inclusion Initiative Chair

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