Sefer Hayeled, or The Book of the Child
THE SEFER HAYELED IS THE ONLY RECORD OF A JEWISH CHILD’S LIFE WHICH IS INSCRIBED IN THE JEWISH HOMELAND, IN PERPETUITY. IN FACT ONE CAN, ON A TRIP TO ISRAEL, INSPECT YOUR OWN INSCRIPTION IN THIS AUSPICIOUS BOOK WHICH IS HOUSED IN THE HEAD OFFICE OF THE KEREN KAYMEMET OF ISRAEL IN JERUSALEM.
A child's name is inscribed in this first Book of the Jewish life cycle and includes the birth, circumcision, a birthday or the beginning of school. He or she receives a certificate which serves as a lifelong reminder of the child's initial and direct personal connection to Israel.
In Jerusalem the forty-nine volumes of the Sefer Hayeled are a testimony to the history of the Jews since the early 20th Century. Each book contains thousands of names and pictures of children. Significantly, the first of these books dating from 1901- 1939, contains the names and pictures of some pre-Holocaust children who evidently perished in the war and which are according to Yad Vashem, the only extant images of these children.