Jewish Virtual Library
|Type of site||Reference encyclopedia|
|Owner||The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise|
|Alexa rank||42,344 (December 2013[update])|
|Israel, the Jewish people, and Jewish culture|
Jewish Virtual Library (JVL) is an online encyclopedia published by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE). Established in 1993, it is a comprehensive website covering Israel, the Jewish people, and Jewish culture.
The organization's Executive Director is foreign policy analyst Mitchell G. Bard, former editor of the Near East Report, the weekly newsletter published by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and author of many books including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Middle East Conflict and The Arab Lobby.
The website was originally created in the late 1990s under the name The Jewish Student Online Research Center (JSOURCE). The JVL is a member of the Israel on Campus Coalition, which has described itself as "the central coordinating and strategic body to address campus issues and intelligently impact a pro-active, pro-Israel agenda on campus."
According to the JVL website, the Library covers material that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, such as information about joint U.S.-Israel projects, and the treatment of Americans during the Holocaust. It explains that it received permission to use materials from the Library of Congress, from the American Jewish Historical Society, the Anti-Defamation League, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and Prime Minister’s Office, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin (author of Jewish Literacy), and dozens of other sources.
It includes more than 60,000 articles and nearly 10,000 photographs and maps related to Jewish history, Israel, U.S.-Israel relations, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and Judaism. The website also includes the complete text of the Tanakh and most of the Babylonian Talmud.
The Jewish Virtual Library also contains the pro-Israel advocacy text "Myths and Facts", edited by Mitchell Bard. It is available on the site in several languages. The JVL also contains many articles and studies conducted by AICE, principally involving American-Israeli cooperation. It also has information about Israel education in America, including information about Israel Studies and course materials on Israel-related subjects.
The Jewish Virtual Library reported 9.6 million visits in 2012.
A PBS web page for the film The Jewish Americans lists the JVL as a resource "For Statistics and Analysis About Jews in America Today", with the description, "A division of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, the Jewish Virtual Library is a comprehensive online Jewish encyclopedia, covering everything from anti-Semitism to Zionism. More than 13,000 articles and 6,000 photographs and maps have been integrated into the site. Their Vital Statistics section has an exhaustive list of current statistics and comparative data."
The Jewish Virtual Library has been cited by CNN, New York Times, BBC, CBS News, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Business Week, and Bloomberg, among others. It is listed as reference by academic libraries at Pennsylvania State University, Michigan State University, University of Washington, King's College, London, and the University of Delaware.
JVL states that it has received awards from Britannica Internet Guide Selection, USA Today Hot Site, and the Best of the Jewish Web from the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Academic Excellence Award from Study Web and others.
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