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|Owner||Mitchell Bard (via the "American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise")|
|Alexa rank||50,596 (April 2018 [update] ) (13,599 in the US)|
The Jewish Virtual Library (JVL, formerly known as JSOURCE)is an online encyclopedia published by Mitchell Bard's "American–Israeli Cooperative Enterprise" (AICE). It is a website covering topics about Israel–United States relations, Jewish history, Israel, the Holocaust, antisemitism and Judaism.
The website includes Mitchell Bard's book "Myths and Facts", which it describes as "the pro-israel activist's 'bible'", and the website stopbds.com which aims to combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
The Jewish Virtual Library relies on history books, scientific studies, various encyclopedias, archives, polls, maps, and material from museums for its bibliography, as well as Wikipedia articles. According to the JVL, 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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Israel), The Prime Minister's Office,[ which? ] Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and other resources. Mitchell G. Bard is the founder and Executive Director.
The Library has 13 sections: Anti-Semitism, History, Myths and Facts, Women, The Holocaust, Travel, Maps, Politics, Biography, Israel, Israel Education, Religion, Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress, and Vital Statistics and Reference.
The JVL hosts more than 60,000 articles and nearly 10,000 photographs and maps related to Jewish history, Israel, Israel–United States relations, the Holocaust, antisemitism and Judaism, as well as various statistics, information about politics, biographies, travel guides, and a section on Jewish women throughout history. The website includes the complete text of the Tanakh and most of the Babylonian Talmud.
It contains information about Israel education in America, including information about Israel Studiesand course materials on Israel-related subjects. It also provides book and movie reviews and a "Virtual Israel Experience" online project. Episodes of the Tel Aviv Review podcast are hosted on the site. The website aims to document the relationship between Israel and each of the 50 states, and publish declassified documents from sources such as the CIA, State Department and British Foreign Service that reveal insights into those organizations' attitudes toward Jews and Israel.
John Jaeger, in a 2002 article published by the Association of College and Research Libraries, said of the JVL: "This library, once it is entered, is more like a living encyclopedia than it is anything else. One has options to click on, such as history, women, biography, politics, Israel, maps, and Judaic Treasures at the Library of Congress, with each launching a person into a different realm. The site is extremely well put together."Also in 2002, Karen Evans of Indiana State University praised the online library for its "easily accessible, balanced information". The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center wrote that "the Jewish Virtual Library offers a comprehensive encyclopedia of Holocaust related articles that are searchable by topic.
The "Myths and Facts" section, described by Bard as "the pro-israel activist's 'bible'"has received negative criticism from Donald Neff
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