African Library Project

Gabe Guralnick's Mitzvah Library

02/01/2015 to 04/25/2015
Milwaukee WI

We are working with the African Library Project to provide books to eager readers in Africa who have very few books. Please help us by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It takes only 1000 books and $500 (plus a little elbow grease!) to start a single library and make a huge difference in children’s lives.

This book drive is organized by ...

My name is Gabe Guralnick. I am doing a book drive for my Bar Mitzvah Project. A Bar Mitzvah is a "coming of age" in Judaism. Normally, Bar Mitzvah kids do a community service project for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

We want to start a library in Africa because...

I love reading. I read lots and lots of books. When I was choosing a Mitzvah project, my parents recommended the ALP. I want to do a book drive so kids in Africa can love reading as much as I do.

About our African Partners...

Alpine Primary School in South Africa. They need books for grades 2-7. They would especially love books that teach social skills. The school is located in an area of poverty, gangs and drugs. There are many young, single, unemployed mothers in the community.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Books at US pre-school to 8th grade reading level, mainly pre-school to 4th grade. You can find specific examples of books at , under community libraries.

Here's how you can contribute your books...

We do not need any more books right now. Please donate money to help finance the shipping costs.

We need to raise funds for shipping the books...

I plan to donate some of my Bar Mitzvah money to help cover shipping but if you want to help with this as well, please send me a check with the memo "mitzvah shipping". Address is 326 West Ravine Baye Rd., Bayside, WI, 53217. Or you can paypal a donation to

Here are some ways that you can help...

We really need money to help finance the shipping fees. We have enough books, so please donate to help ship them!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Gabe Guralnick
Phone: (414) 316-0400

Name: Becca Guralnick, Mom
Phone: (414) 559-2972

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 4/16/15)
1020 books $54 fundraising

The school is located in an area with gangs, drug abuse and poverty and this is the sole book drive for this school.

We really need shipping funds, so please send a check to me or send a paypal to!


Thank you!!
Glazer Family
Harry and Rose Sampson Family JCC
Julie Lookatch
Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid
Maple Dale School
Yael Stein Family
Packman Family
Chester Family
Dallet Family
Levin Family
Shapiro Family
Joseph Family
Deborah Intravaia
Biskowitz Family
Anonymous (through Maple Dale drop box)
Anonymous (through CBINT drop box)

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

Schools and synagogues usually have lots of books that they can donate.

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