By the Book

It seems inevitable that Eli Hofstatter would create a cutting-edge Judaica shopping experience. As the source for all things sefarim-related, he has transformed his lifelong passion into an aesthetically appealing store that is sure to become one of our community’s most frequented shops. Elegantly designed, By The Book’s retail store affords customers an extraordinary shopping experience.

We first had the pleasure of profiling Eli in 2015, when he was at the helm of The Seforim Organizers, an innovative concept in sefarim-related services. Blessed with keen business acumen and organizational skills, Eli was just a 19-year-old yeshiva bachur when he founded the company in 2011.

Lacking an efficient library system and due to the purchase of new books, many of the existing sefarim in one of Brooklyn’s largest and most prominent shuls had fallen into disarray. Eventually, the situation deteriorated to such a degree that the shul’s president, a friend of Eli’s parents, reached out to Eli. Well aware of his sense of responsibility and maturity, as well as his exceptional organizational skills, he was convinced that Eli was the ideal person to devise a new library system and offered him the opportunity. Within just a few weeks, Eli completed the project seamlessly. He was so successful that he was soon inundated with requests from other shuls, as well as from schools and individuals who had seen or heard of the quality of his work. This was the impetus for the launch of The Seforim Organizers service.

By the Book checkout counter

Under Eli’s auspices, the business evolved from a one-man operation into a full-service source for treasured sefarim, with a client base in United States and Canada. With the ever-increasing demand for his organizing services, he decided to focus on sefarim full-time.

During the ensuing years, Eli honed his entrepreneurial skills as his business continued to thrive. Over 200 libraries bear witness to the exemplary quality of his work.

Transitioning from sefarim organizer to purveyor of a full-service Judaica emporium was something Eli accomplished with alacrity and facile. Along with his lifelong interest in sefarim, he has extensive experience and expertise in that area and worked in one of Brooklyn’s most prominent Judaica stores for almost two years.

Much as he enjoyed being surrounded by sefarim and sharing his passion and enthusiasm with customers seeking his advice, Eli longed to open his own Judaica store. “I’m a people person, and I enjoy being among people and helping them find the right sefer or gift they are looking for,” he shared. During his tenure at the aforementioned sefarim store, he did precisely that, and with his finger on the pulse of fresh, innovative, and exciting concepts, he dared to dream a bigger dream, redefining the Judaica experience. Thus was By The Book created.

Designed to perfection by Avigail Eisenstadt of AE Design Group, constructed beautifully by Eli Blumenkrantz of Beam Construction, and featuring exquisite bookcases by Dovid Lousky of S&D Custom Woodwork.

You only have one opportunity to make a great first impression and By The Book does exactly that. Designed to perfection by Avigail Eisenstadt of AE Design Group, constructed beautifully by Eli Blumenkrantz of Beam Construction, and featuring exquisite bookcases by Dovid Lousky of S&D Custom Woodwork, By The Book is open for business and will celebrate its official launch with a post-Sukkos Gala Grand Opening (contingent upon circumstances).

The store offers guests an upscale and luxurious experience, devoid of pressure. Featuring competitive pricing, including a price-match guarantee policy, and free delivery to the Five Towns/Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, and Lakewood, By The Book’s array of options make it well-worth a trip from anywhere. Shipping is available nationwide with plans for international shipping in the near future.

By The Book has the most extensive selection of books, gifts, Judaica, and related services available anywhere. If they don’t have what you are looking for in stock, they can usually have it delivered within a day or two. Merely listing their options would require an entire article. We will, however, provide you with a sampling as you peruse the plethora of possibilities. Aside from a huge selection of books, sefarim, giftware, and music, they feature chassan packages (talleisim with atarahs, leather tallis and tefillin bags, and kittels), benchers for all simchas, leather Machzorim, name-stamping, embroidery, leather binding, standard bookbinding, picture framing, mezuzah and tefillin checking, techeiles and tzitzis tying, tallis cleaning, silver atarah polishing, and so much more.

Another innovative highlight, By The Book’s Rent-a-Portable-Library spiritually enriches every getaway, simcha, weekend event, or hotel conference. Featuring Siddurim and Chumashim (available separately as well) and a set of Shas, Mishnayos, Tur/Shulchan Aruch, Rambam, Mikra’os Gedolos, and Tanach, or customized with the sefarim of your choice, this concept uplifts every simcha to yet loftier levels.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include one of our favorite features of this amazing store: Subscribe and Save 10% (with free shipping and delivery!). Choose from any product you constantly require, including daf yomi Gemaras, yarmulkes, tzitzis, Shabbos candles/oil, and more! Choose from several autopay and delivery options. It’s hassle-free and you can cancel at any time. It’s a great way to save on your regularly purchased items.

Whatever you purchase, whenever you visit, you will savor the By The Book shopping experience and discover why Eli is an absolute pleasure to do business with.

“We’re a new store giving the community another option to shop and smile. We wish everyone a good yom tov and look forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you to our store.”

By The Book is located at 1034 Broadway in Woodmere (across from the popular Gotta Getta Bagel). For further information, please visit or call 516-916-BOOK (2665).

Rochelle Maruch Miller is a contributing editor for the Five Towns Jewish Times. She is a journalist, creative media consultant, lecturer, and educator, and writes for magazines, newspapers, websites, and private clients. She welcomes your comments at

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