Thank you to all of the accomplished individuals who are making sure that libraries stay stocked with new books for children in need!
“As part of becoming a Bat Mitzvah, you choose a mitzvah project. A mitzvah is a good deed. My project was collecting new children’s books for the Jewish Women International Library Initiative at a battered woman’s shelter. When kids and their moms leave their home because it’s not safe, the kids can’t bring much. JWI is setting up libraries in these shelters for the kids, so they have something to help them feel more safe and happy. When I first saw this project, I did it because I love to read and I thought it would help the children. When I went to the shelter and saw the library, I thought it was an amazing place. I was so happy my books would make a difference, but I wanted to do more. I’m very excited to read to the kids and I can’t wait to do it. As I said before, I love to read. It really helps me get lost in another world and forget about the one we live in. For these kids, I think that is exactly what they need.” -Sami Sherwyn
“I choose this as my Bat-Mitzvah project because I wanted to do something that would just not involve myself but my guests too. After much research, I found this project and knew this is the project I wanted to do. I love to read and, I think other children should have the same opportunity to read as I have.” -Tara Allentuck