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The Jewish Virtual Library is an online encyclopedia published by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE). It was established in 1993 (at an alternate address) and is a comprehensive Web site covering Israel, the Jewish people and Jewish culture.


The AICE is a non-profit 501, "non-partisan" organization established "to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship by emphasizing the fundamentals of the alliance." It is a member of the Israel on Campus Coalition.

The Executive Director is Mitchell G. Bard.


It includes more than 13,000 articles and 6,000 photographs and maps related to Jewish history, Israelmarker, U.S.-Israel relations, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and Judaism. In May 2008 Google listed the site as having about 15,400 pages[199193] and about 6,170 images. [199194]

The site has 13 sections:
  • Biography
  • Israel
  • Religion
  • Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congressmarker
  • Vital Statistics
  • Reference

Each of these branches contains numerous subcategories. For example the Religion category includes the complete text of the Tanakh as well as excerpts from other Jewish holy books, descriptions of Jewish holidays, as well as descriptions of the relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

The library also includes a chronicle of the state of the Jewish population in every country where they exist in significant numbers. There is also a description of the state of relations between Israel and almost every other consequential nation in the world.


The American Library Association described the site as "easily accessible, [with] balanced information".

In addition to praise from the American Library Association, Jewish Virtual Library is referenced by PBS and is listed as reference by academic libraries including Pennsylvania State Universitymarker, Michigan State Universitymarker, University of Washingtonmarker, King's College Londonmarker, The Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Peace Studies at the University of Nevada and many others.


Jewish Virtual Library claims to received awards from Britannica Internet Guide Selection, USA Today, and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

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External links


  1. Israel on Campus Coalition, Speaker: Mitchell G. Bard, Ph.D.
  2. Michigan State University Library
  3. Jewish Virtual Library main index
  4. Karen Evans, Jewish Virtual Library at the Internet Reviews Archive, American Library Association, Oct 2002
  6. Holocaust and Jewish Studies
  7. Connect to "Jewish Virtual Library"
  8. Middle East History Web Sites, University of Washington Libraries
  9. Theology and Religious Studies resources, King's College London
  10. Center Links, Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Peace Studies, University of Nevada at Reno
  11. Awards page at Jewish Virtual Library

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