Jewish Virtual Library

Jewish Virtual Library

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. [Karen Evans, Jewish Virtual Library at the Internet Reviews Archive, American Library Association, Oct 2002] It has received awards from Britannica, US Today, and the Jewish Agency. [ [ Awards page] at Jewish Virtual Library]

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

The site has 13 sections [ [ Jewish Virtual Library main index] ] :

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 AICE is a non-profit 501(c)(3), non-partisan organization established "to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship by emphasizing the fundamentals of the alliance." The American Library Association described the site as "easily accessible, [with] balanced information". [Karen Evans, Jewish Virtual Library at the Internet Reviews Archive, American Library Association, Oct 2002]

The Executive Director is Mitchell G. Bard.


In addition to praise from the American Library Association, [Karen Evans, Jewish Virtual Library at the Internet Reviews Archive, American Library Association, Oct 2002] Jewish Virtual Library is referenced by PBS [ [ THE JEWISH AMERICANS] , at PBS] and is listed as reference by academic libraries including PennState [Holocaust and Jewish Studies [] ] , Michigan State University [Connect to "Jewish Virtual Library" [] ] , University of Washington [Middle East History Web Sites, University of Washington Libraries [] ] , King's College London [Theology and Religious Studies resources, King's College London, [] ] , The Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Peace Studies at the University of Nevada [Center Links, [ Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Peace Studies] , University of Nevada at Reno] and many others.

ee also

*List of online encyclopedias

External links

* [ Jewish Virtual Library]


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