Feb 2, 2005 — The largest Jewish book sale in North America, run by the Student Organization of Yeshiva (SOY), featuring more than 10,000 titles, including the latest in rabbinic and academic literature, cookbooks, children’s books, CDs, and educational software, opened on Feb. 9 and will run until March 2.
The annual SOY Seforim (religious books) Sale takes place in Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Avenue (at 184th Street in Manhattan) on Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus.
More than 100 student volunteers spent the past few months preparing for the sale. Last year’s event grossed an impressive $1 million, which organizers expect to exceed this year. Proceeds support student activities and outreach programs in the Jewish community.
Created and managed entirely by YU students, the acclaimed sale draws thousands of visitors, including students, parents, and educators from across the tri-state area and many cities in North America.
“Our students never cease to amaze me. They are enterprising, intelligent, grounded, and community-minded,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. “The SOY sale is a very significant example for our community of their character and values.”
During the grand opening of the sale, L’man Achai kicked off its two-month campaign “Feed Israel’s Hungry.” L’man Achai (for the sake of our brothers), is a grassroots organization run by YU students that educates American Jews about widespread poverty in Israel and enables them to help the country’s 1.4 million impoverished citizens. For more information visit www.lmanachaiyu.org
Lectures will take place during the sale’s three weeks highlighting some of the available publications.
Originally intended as a convenient way for students to purchase the necessary religious books for their studies at YU, the Seforim Sale, in its 34-year history, has become an attraction for the YU community, as students and alumni congregate to visit their alma mater, see old friends, and fill their shelves with new volumes.
For a complete listing of dates and times and to view the catalog, visit www.soyseforim.org.