The Big Felafel

English book stores and sales in Jerusalem – used and new books

Here is a list of bookstores that have a selection of new or used english books. Please leave me a comment with any more details about these bookstores.

*Updated thanks to responses from the Yahoo group IsraelBooks, and commentators.

*I put stars next to my favorites

1. Sefer VeSefel*
Location: City Center | On Yavetz St. which goes from Yaffo to the stairs on Ben Hillel St.In an alley off of Jaffa St. near the Bat Ayin clothing store.
Tel: 02-6248237
Description: Mostly used books, but a few new,especially brand new bestsellers. They will buy your books, I got 15 shekels credit from The Jew in the Lotus. Also, they do up to 65% buyback for books you buy from them.

2. (Don’t know the name but its an antique / rare books place) – City Center. Between Gazith shoes and Big Apple Pizza.

3. Stein Books
Location: City Center | Address: King George across from the new Avi Chai building and the Mirage danceclub.

4. Moffit (?)
Location: Nachlaot | On the side of Binyan Clal off of Jaffa St. across from the Shuk. They possibly have another branch in the lower level of Binyan Clal right at the southern entrance on Rechov Yaffo.
Description: Almost entirely used books.

5. Siman Kriah (also known as BookMark)
Location: Bak’a | 1 Esther Hamalka St., corner 33 Bethlehem Rd; between Derech Hevron and Derekh Bet Lehem;
Tel: 02-673-1934
Description: Specializes in Children’s books and books for youth in English and in Hebrew.

6. Stein Books (same name, I know)
Location: City Center | King George across from the Sheraton Hotel

7.  World of Magazines
Location: Talpiot | Achim Yisrael Mall, HaTnufa St. (3rd floor)
Tel: 02-502-3661

8. The Book Gallery
Location: City Center | 6 Schatz street, now a pedestrian-only street
Tel: 02-623-1087

9. Gur Aryeh
Location: Nahalat Shiva, City Center | middle of Yoel Salomon St.

10. Dani Books*
Location: City Center | 54 Yafo St. corner of Yafo and Even Yisrael
Tel: 02-6248293

11. Olam Qatan
Location: German Colony | 52 Emek Refaim
Tel: 02-563-7507
Description: holistic, mystical, religious, scientific, english, used and new

12. Intellect Books
Location: City Center | Rehov Yaffo, past Selina icecream shop and Shanty clothing store if youre going toward the old city.
Description: used books. hebrew, english, german, russian, just about any language and topic. you can also sell your books.

Book Sales, Book websites

  • New Yahoo group: IsraelBooks
  • AngloBooks – website to trade English books with others in Israel
  • Books 4 Now– used books in Israel. Order 4 books, get free delivery
  • Janglo – usually lists the latest book sales. Over the past year I’ve gone to book sales at AACI, Amit, Merkaz Hamagshimim, closing book stores, and people’s moving sales.


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  1. * Evelyn says:

    Just a note to say thank you for expressing many of the things
    and incidents that I have come to know and like in sunny Holy
    Jerusalem. My footsteps take me to the Shuk regularly; the sounds,
    smells, not to mention the competitive prices are great. Marzipan has
    become my favourite place to spend my last shekel. I`m still looking for a
    nice cafe/eating place. Can you do your next list on that theme. Ochlim
    baShuk, Mizrachi etc.where reasonable prices… I have been wandering
    around the shuk since coming on Aliyah and love it. Maybe I will bump into
    you one fine day. By the way I am an antiquarian, secondhand book
    maven/dealer/collector. so I know all the shops you mention and – even
    their names. None of them are brilliant. I personally specialize in
    Judaica and in addition have general books but work from home. Internet
    drives me crazy with millions of books for sale at meshugane prices.
    BooksIsrael is for paperbacks for giveaway stuff.Anyway a yahar Kochchech
    to you and all your energy in putting thoughts in blog like fashion. Keep
    it up. Kol Tuv

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 9 months ago
  2. * Bridget says:

    there are other bookstores i thought would fit your list.

    Olam Katan
    Emek Refaim 52

    description: holistic, mystical, religious, scientific, english, used and new.

    really my favorite bookstore that ive come across.

    and Intellect Books
    Rehov Yaffo, past Selina icecream shop and Shanty clothing store if youre going toward the old city. used books. hebrew, english, german, russian, just about any language and topic. you can sell your books there also.

    thank you for making such a great website. happy reading.

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 8 months ago
  3. * Rebecca says:

    Bridget, thanks for your kind words and suggestions. I added them both to the list!

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 8 months ago
  4. * marc radzyner says:

    Looking for – LIVING WATERS by Bezalel Edwards- translation of Mei Shiloach by Joseph Leiner of Izbitz

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 7 months ago
  5. * Rebecca says:

    Hi Marc, I’m not sure where you could find that book, but you could call each of the bookstores, or put a notice on and the booksisrael yahoo group that I mention in my post.

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 6 months ago
  6. * BG says:

    Two other bookstores for your list:

    Gur Arieh Books
    8 Yoel Solomon St

    In the Ben Yehuda pedestrian precinct. English language only. A lot of secondhand books, only a small selection of new books.

    + +

    The Torch Bookstore
    25 Yafo

    Next door to the main Post Office on Yafo. It is basically a Christian bookstore but also has some books on Judaism (I bought a fine Tanakh there), Israel travel guides, maps, etc.

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 2 months ago
  7. * BG says:

    Living Waters: It’s listed at but it’s not cheap ($69.10 in March 2008)

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 2 months ago
  8. * EMW says:

    The Bookstore Clal Center 104 02-6241342
    Gur Arieh 8 Yoel Salomon St. 02-6257486
    Moffet’s Bookstore Clal Center 02-6259872
    Sefer Ve Sefel 2 Yavetz St. 02-6248237
    Yalkut 8 Eliash St. 02-6257058

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 1 month ago
  9. * EMW says:

    Tzomet Seforim

    Ramat Eshkol Shopping Center

    9 Ben Hillel St.



    44 Jaffa Road
    Ludwig Mayer 4 Shlomzion HaMalka 02-6252628

    39 Jaffa Road

    9 King George St.



    | Reply Posted 14 years, 1 month ago
  10. * Egon Kennedy says:

    Please advise wether you have Gonda’s Book of The history of jews in Debrecen.
    New or secondhand

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 11 months ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Hi Egon, try calling some of the bookstores listed above in the post to see if they have it.

      | Reply Posted 13 years, 11 months ago
  11. * Eron Silva says:

    Dear Rebecca, I stumbled here looking for the phone # of World of Magazines, a nice place attended by nice people.
    I was amazed to see all the information you share on my passion (reading). I am new to the Land, and short of money as any Oleh Chadash, so it is good to know more second-hand places – as you can guess, without Hebrew, Google is useless for me…
    Keep up the good work!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 10 months ago
  12. * Eron Silva says:

    oh, I forgot: too bad I did not find their phone number…

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 10 months ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Eron, thanks for encouragement! as for joe’s world of magazines, I can’t seem to find it online anywhere – try calling 144, the information line, and see if they have it.

      | Reply Posted 13 years, 10 months ago
  13. * Shoshana says:

    I urgently need to buy a used copy of “Troilus and Criseyde” by G. Chaucer in the Coghill translation (Penguin Books)Does anyone know where can I find one?

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 6 months ago
  14. * Charles Puthota says:

    I need to buy 10 copies of the book
    The author is: Etty Boochny
    Publisher: Steimatzky

    Can some bookstore in Israel help me?

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 6 months ago
  15. * Miriam Kitrossky says:

    I need a book by S. Maugham, Razor’s Edge, in English, new or used. If someone has it, please reply.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 6 months ago
  16. * joyce says:

    I’m looking to buy 30 copies of the book Hoot.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 5 months ago
  17. * Terry Farley says:

    What an amazing site.

    Am looking for outlets in Israel for my two books.

    They are available in print on Amazon and throughout the Internet of course.
    And WNBTL is also available on Kindle and digitally direct from Mobipocket and Virtualbookworm among other sites.

    But my heart’s desire is to see both books available as hard copy on the ground in the land of the people who are the apple of God’s eye !

    Book 1} When Now Becomes Too Late, (by TL Farley, my nom de plume ) : A consideration of the imminence of the Rapture, the next major prophecy to be fulfilled on Ha Shem’s calendar.


    Book 2} Distant Reaches : An autobiographical adventure that climaxes in an epiphany.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated.

    Thanks. And, again, great site.

    til the shout,


    | Reply Posted 13 years, 5 months ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Terry, sorry, I’m not so familiar with publishing distribution in Israel.

      | Reply Posted 13 years, 5 months ago
  18. * Terry Farley says:


    Not to worry. “The Lord gave the word; Great was the company of those who proclaimed it: Kings of armies flee, they flee, And she who remains at home divides the spoil. Though you lie down among the sheepfolds, You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver, And her feathers with yellow gold.” {Psalm 68:11-13.}

    Exhaltation comes from the Lord. {Psalm 75:5-6.}

    Til the shout !


    | Reply Posted 13 years, 5 months ago
  19. * Shalom Freedman says:

    By far the largest selection of used- book is in ‘Book Gallery’. They have an annex in which they sell their cheapest books for five shekels or ten. Also ‘Sefer v’Sefel’ offers many good bargains. ‘Dani Books’ has a nice atmosphere and very helpful management.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 3 months ago
  20. * Mark Weinberg says:

    I’m looking for a GMAT study guide, I posted it on janglo and didn’t get any reply. If anyone knows of a store that would sell it please post the name.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 1 month ago
  21. * Terry Farley says:


    There appear to be a host of sites for gmat study guides through Google.

    Some even offered free.

    Hope this helps.

    Terry Farley

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 1 month ago
  22. hi trying to sell my husbands art book collection- of a life time for fair price- any ideas- in efrat near jerusalem- im 83 years of age. thanks julia

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 11 months ago
  23. for sale art books- english- one on louvre in french- husbands art book collection- selling some- any ideas- julia jonnard widow dr raymond jonnard- alyiah for 5 years

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 11 months ago
  24. * cynthia freese says:

    I’m looking for the name,address and email for the christian bookstore just inside jaffa gate

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 9 months ago
  25. * cynthia freese says:

    i would appreciate any help thanks

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 9 months ago
  26. * imad says:

    Dear Rebecca,
    I am really appreciate your job& please keep going.
    I think it is very important to add to the list of the bookshops ,The Educational Bookshop. I am really impressed with the big selection of the books that they have, which I never seen in the country or even in the Middle east during my trips, & to be honest it is a very unique store .
    22 ,Salah Elddin st.

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 9 months ago
  27. * Daniel Ortega says:

    looking for Laura Winner – Girl Meets God

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 7 months ago
  28. * Gabi says:

    Hi I’m Looking for a childrens book that was translated from English to hebrew.
    Slyvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
    translates to
    Yirmeyahu ve-even ha pela’im

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 4 months ago
  29. * fredi says:

    Just to let you know, Gur Arieh at 8 Yoel solomon St is closing July 9–Blow out sale!

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 11 months ago
  30. * Asnat says:

    A store called Book Shop (in Ramat Gan) has over 3,000 used and new books in English {romance, fiction, mystery, thriller, fantasy, biography, history and more}.

    Also has story time in English for ages
    6-9 on Sundays at 6:30pm and for ages 10-11 on Thursday at 5:30pm.

    The store’s address:
    50 Sderot Yerushalayim, Ramat Gan.
    Phone number: 03-574-1010
    Email address:

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 10 months ago
  31. * Liza Yepes says:

    Hi, I’m looking for an English version of the book Dossier 51 by Gilles Perrault. Anybody know where I can buy it? Thanks.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 7 months ago
  32. * George Haberdashi says:

    I think the best bookstore in town is by far Ludwig Mayer on Shlomzion Hamalka Street. They also do worldwide shipping:

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 2 months ago

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