People can enter through many front doors to
learn about their Jewish heritage. There are the doors of synagogues
and temples, Hebrew and day schools, community centers and Hillels.
However, most Jews in the United States will never walk through any of
these doors. They are not inspired to take that crucial first step
toward understanding the depth and beauty of our religion. Without taking that first step, they remain uneducated, unaffiliated
The Jewish Literacy Foundation has discovered that these
same Jews will allow a book into their home through their own front
doors. A creative, inspiring book can spark an interest that the greatest rabbi or
educator can't, simply because these Jews will never have the
opportunity to hear their words. Therefore, the mission of the Jewish
Literacy Foundation is to promote Jewish literacy through the creation
and distribution of quality materials to Jewish adults either directly
or through existing Jewish organizations. By providing essential
Jewish knowledge for the world's under-educated Jews, the Jewish
Literacy Foundation delivers the resources and tools necessary to
participate in Jewish traditions and holidays and to discover Jewish
knowledge and ideas.
Since 1998, the JLF has
distributed over 70,000 books, such as the Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur
Survival Kit, Passover Survival Kit and the Judaism in a
Nutshell series, among the other titles featured on this website.