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Welcome to the Jewish Virtual Library.

The Jewish Virtual Library (JVL) is your source for information about Jewish history, Israel, U.S.-Israel relations, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and Judaism. The JVL is not just a historical archive - it is also the place to find talking points on breaking news. When an issue comes to the fore - whether political or religious - and you need data fast, this is the first place you should look.

The Jewish Virtual Library is not an index or search engine for surfing the web. We purposely avoided links with other sites to make this a one-stop shop for information. Our goal is to provide the basic information you need to be informed, whether it is to satisfy your own interest or to prepare for a research paper, speech, article or debate. We have purposely kept most of the entries brief to make them more digestible. Some will provide all the information you need, others should be viewed as a starting point. Our bibliography and bibliography of web sites will be continually updated to provide you with other sources for material and the means to jump to other sites. We intend to stick to the facts and make as many original documents available as possible.

The Jewish Virtual Library is a “living” library.
It is constantly updating, changing and expanding.

Users should not interpret the presence or lack of material as a reflection of any particular bias. Many entries are included because of their availability. For example, very few biographies of Jewish women were immediately available to us. More will be added. Similarly, material from some religious movements and political groups was more plentiful than others. Entries will also be updated as new data is received. In addition, we plan to gradually add more pictures, maps, charts and other materials to provide more information and improve the overall look of the site. We also intend to create extensive hypertext links to allow users to quickly move from document to document and to check definitions and biographies.

The process of archiving material relating to nearly 6,000 years of Jewish history has just begun. What you can't find today is likely to be here the next time you visit the Jewish Virtual Library. You can even help decide what should be included by using the form below to suggest topics. Also, if you would like to work with us to prepare new materials, we are going to be looking for writers and researchers to make contributions.

Thank you for visiting the Jewish Virtual Library, the source for facts about Jewish history and current affairs.



Mitchell G. Bard, Ph.D.
Executive Director
American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise

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