The Books for Israel Project is an international grassroots effort
begun in October 2002.
We believe that terrorism is a scourge, a dark sickness striking our
Sometimes it masquerades as “revenge.” Sometimes as a “cause.”
Sometimes as the defense of a religion.
No matter what the excuse or justification for terrorism, its
victims — whether in Baghdad, Madrid, Jerusalem, Netanya, New York, London,
Moscow, Darfur, Istanbul, Bali or Manila — are the innocent.
And most vulnerable of all among those innocent victims are the
They are the ones brainwashed, taught to hate, and pressed into service
as bombers, messengers,
and aids to terror. They are the ones burned, maimed, blinded, or killed when terror strikes.
They are the ones scarred mentally and emotionally. The ones deprived of a
decent education and
hope for their future because terror always drags economic upheaval
and poverty in its wake.
It is not enough to mourn. It is raw injustice to do nothing, and
in a time when terror is
all over the globe, turning away is a desperate attempt to deny
Unfortunately, terror is merciless and trying to shut it out, or
appease it, doesn’t work.
Since the 2000 Terror War began, Israel’s teachers and children have
suffered the fear and isolation
that indiscriminate attacks impose.
Since the 2000 War on Terror began, Israel's small population
has endured the equivalent of ten 9/11 attacks.
Books for Israel is a way for people who care to reach out and help
in a direct, simple way.
As of July 2005, over 41 tons of donated
English literature and reference books
have been delivered
to over 200 of Israel's Jewish, Druze, Bedouin,
Christian, Bahai, and Muslim public schools from book drives
launched by concerned synagogues, churches, schools, youth groups,
community centers, and individual book donors throughout North
America and England. Those books
are needed because funds that
used to go to educating Israel’s children
have had to be diverted to defense measures to keep them
hurt or killed.
This Project is not only about books. It is about standing with all
of Israel’s children and teachers.
The book drives and book donors working with Books for Israel
“adopt” a school cluster and work directly with the lead volunteer
teacher for that cluster. Many of our participants have become
international pen pals, and many of our book donors have visited
their schools in Israel. The people-to-people work is as important
as the books -- maybe even more important!
Be safe everyone! See you soon!!
ORGANIZATIONS INTERESTED IN DONATING BOOKS:
For more information about starting a book drive
and adopting school communities in Israel,
B4I's International Volunteer Coordinator,
Rena Cohen, at
ENGLISH TEACHERS IN
To join this project and receive books for building up English
schools in your area,
WITH B4I'S OPERATING EXPENSES IN ISRAEL:
SAVE A LIFE FOUNDATION (TSAL) is a recognized, charitable, tax
deductible, 501c3, volunteer organization.
You can opt to specify that
your donation to TSAL would be earmarked directly for covering
operating expenses of the Books for Israel Project. Write to Jerry
Klinger, president, TO SAVE A LIFE FOUNDATION, at