Canadian Jewish News

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Canadian Jewish News
Canadian Jewish News logo.jpg
Format Tabloid; Weekly[1]
Owner(s) non-profit consortium
Founder(s) M. J. Nurenberger
and Dorothy Nurenberger
Publisher Elizabeth Wolfe
Editor Yoni Goldstein
Founded 1960 (1960) (reorganized 1971)
Political alignment non-partisan, Zionist
Language English
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Circulation 40,000[2]

The Canadian Jewish News (CJN) is a non-profit,[3] national, English-language tabloid-sized newspaper serving Canada's Jewish community.[4][5][6] Though independent, the newspaper has been owned, since 1971, by a group of Jewish leaders allied with what was then the Canadian Jewish Congress.[1][2] The national edition of the newspaper is published in Toronto. A weekly Montreal edition in English with some French began its run in 1976.[1]

Editorial position[edit]

Editorially, the newspaper is pro-Zionist but is otherwise non-partisan in regards to Israeli or Canadian political parties and was independent of the CJC and its successor, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.[7] It was considered a "provocative" paper into the 1970s but was later considered something of a "lapdog for the community".[8] In 1979, it adopted editorial guidelines that prevent articles from criticizing the state of Israel's security policies.[9] The CJN had a circulation of 40,000,[3] making it the second most widely read Jewish newspaper in the country, trailing its free competitor the Jewish Tribune. It is published in Montreal and Toronto and sold in Jewish communities across Canada and by subscription.


Notable contributors to the newspaper have included award winning photojournalist Jacob Elbaz, J.B. Salsberg, who was a featured columnist in the newspaper for several decades until shortly before his death in 1998, and Rabbi Gunther Plaut, who also contributed a weekly column for many years.

The main Toronto edition of the CJN in recent years had a rotating group of guest columnists: among them were academics Norma Baumel Joseph and Norman Ravvin of Concordia University; Sarah Horowitz of York; Gil Troy of McGill; Gerald Steinberg of Bar Ilan University, as well as Jean Gerber in Vancouver, and Rabbi Dow Marmur and Avrum Rosensweig in Toronto. (The Montreal edition featured some others.)


The Canadian Jewish News was founded by M. J. Nurenberger, a friend of Menachem Begin and supporter of his Herut party, and his wife Dorothy and was first published on Friday, January 1, 1960 and was the first exclusively English-language Jewish newspaper published in Ontario.[10] The original CJN hewed a line that supported the right in Israeli politics and was critical of the liberal leadership of the Canadian Jewish community at the time as well as community institutions such as B'nai Brith and the United Jewish Appeal, the latter for its secrecy in how it dispersed money.[9] According to his daughter, Atara Beck, “He believed that a newspaper should be a thorn in the side of the establishment.”[8] In 1971, following the death of his wife, Nurenberger sold the newspaper for $30,000 to a group of community leaders that included Shoppers Drug Mart founder Murray Koffler and real estate developer Albert Latner and was led by philanthropist and businessman Ray Wolfe.[9][11] Nurenburger soon regretted his decision, discouraged by the new version of the paper's reticence to challenge the community's establishment, and started the Jewish Times in 1974, which was decidedly more right wing than CJN under its new management, and continued publication into the early 1990s.

Suspension and resumption of publication[edit]

On April 22, 2013, the newspaper issued termination notices to its 50 staff and announced that it will cease printing with its June 20 edition due to financial constraints. The publishers are seeking benefactors to provide funding that would allow CJN to continue as an exclusively online publication that is less reliant on advertising.[3][11]"The Canadian Jewish News is shutting down, citing changes ‘sweeping’ newspaper industry", National Post, April 22, 2013. On June 14, 2013, the CJN's board announced that it would resume publication of its print edition in August 2013 after moving to smaller officers and pending the results of a subscription and advertising drive and various changes to the newspaper's business model.[12] Among others, editor Mordechai Ben-Dat and senior staffer and columnist Sheldon Kirshner were let go [13]

The newspaper was subsequently reorganized under new leadership, beginning in January 2014, with Elizabeth Wolfe, daughter of Ray Wolfe, becoming president and former Jerusalem Report, National Post and Macleans journalist Yoni Goldstein becoming the newspaper's editor.[14]

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  1. ^ a b c American Jewish Committee, R.R.S.D.S. (1995). American Jewish Year Book, 1996. (v. 96). American Jewish Committee. p. 547. ISBN 9780874951103. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Csillag, Ron (April 22, 2013). "Canadian Jewish News to halt publication". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Ladurantaye, Steve (April 22, 2013). "Canadian Jewish News to stop publishing weekly". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ Encel, S.; Stein, L. (2003). Continuity, Commitment, and Survival: Jewish Communities in the Diaspora. Praeger. p. 33. ISBN 9780275973377. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ Teelucksingh, C. (2006). Claiming Space: Racialization in Canadian Cities. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. p. 43. ISBN 9780889204997. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ Universitat Tel-Aviv. Fakultah le-mada'e ha-ruah; Bnai Brith. Anti-defamation League. Anti-Semitism Worl Wide. Ramot Publishing. p. 205. ISSN 0793-1840. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Canadian Jewish News". Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Houpt, Simon (April 23, 2013). "Born in adversity, Canadian Jewish News succumbs to the Internet". Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "Drawing the line: There are many subjects writers can discuss in The Canadian Jewish News. Criticizing the security policies of the Israeli government is not one of them", Ryerson Review of Journalism, Spring 2005
  10. ^ O'Connor, Joe (April 23, 2013). "‘They really valued good journalism’: For its husband and wife founders, The Canadian Jewish News was a labour of love". National Post. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "The CJN to close | The Canadian Jewish News". Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ "We will do it. Please join us!". Canadian Jewish News. June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ Elizabeth Wolfe, “Call to Action,” Canadian Jewish News, Aug. 1, 2013.
  14. ^ "CJN selects new president, names editor". Canadian Jewish News. December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 

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