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About the JVL

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 currently has more than 25,000 articles and 10,000 images and is accessed by users in more than 230 countries and territories worldwide.

The JVL is not just an historical archive - it is also the place to find talking points and factual analysis on the most important news stories. When an issue comes to the fore and you need data fast, the JVL is the first place you should look.

The JVL purposely avoids links with other sites so as to make this a one-stop shop for information. Our goal is to provide the basic information you need and 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. We stick to the facts and make as many primary source and 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 specific material as a reflection of any particular bias. Many entries are included because of their availability. Entries will be updated and added as new data is received. In addition, we add more articles, pictures, maps, charts and other materials on a daily basis.

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. As always, we encourage users to contact us with suggestions for new articles or corrections to current ones. Also, if you would like to work with us to prepare new materials, we welcome 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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