The Jewish Tribune (Canada)

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The Jewish Tribune
Format tabloid
Owner(s) Jewish Tribune Inc.
Founder(s) B'nai Brith Canada
Publisher Frank Dimant
Editor Norm Gordner
Staff writers Bonnie Paltsev (Editorial; Production), Joanne Hill (correspondent)
Political alignment Conservative
Language English
Headquarters North York, Ontario, Canada[1]
Circulation 60,500 copies (as of May 2013)

The Jewish Tribune is a privately owned community-based Canadian weekly Jewish newspaper founded by and still closely associated with B'nai Brith Canada.[2] It was founded in the mid-1990s as the successor to The Covenant, which had been B'nai Brith's in house newsletter. The Tribune was initially a fortnightly newspaper but became a weekly after several years. At its peak it had a circulation of over 100,000.

As of May 2013, The Jewish Tribune had a circulation of 60,500 copies[3] a week which makes it the largest Jewish weekly publication in Canada. It is distributed in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Hamilton, and Windsor, both by regular mail and by the internet and is available for free from newspaper boxes, news stands, businesses, synagogues and various outlets, mostly in Jewish neighbourhoods.[4]

Politically, the newspaper is generally conservative both in Canadian and Israeli politics and may be considered an ideological successor to the Jewish Times, a newspaper published by M.J. Nurenberger from 1974 to 1992 as a right-wing rival to the more centrist Canadian Jewish News. Many of the news items it carries document activities of B'nai Brith Canada and generally reflect the views of the organization while being critical of, first, the Canadian Jewish Congress and then its successor, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

Notable contributors to the newspaper include Mike Cohen, city councilman for Cote Saint Luc and Daniel Smajovits, a well-known Montreal-area writer. M.J.Nurenberger's daughter, Atara Beck, worked as a journalist for the Jewish Tribune for several years before moving to Israel in 2011. She is now a freelancer, and acts as the paper's Israel correspondent.

The Jewish Tribune's main competition was the Canadian Jewish News (which temporarily ceased publication in 2013). It now competes with Shalom Life, an English-Hebrew publication aimed at Israeli Canadians in Toronto and other regional Jewish publications.

B'nai Brith Canada president Frank Dimant has been the newspaper's publisher since its inception.[5]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Lloyd Lee Wong, Vic Satzewich (2006). Transnational identities and practices in Canada. UBC Press. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ The masthead on their website, as of May 2013.
  4. ^ Ruth Klein, Frank Dimant (2001). From immigration to integration: the Canadian Jewish experience: the Canadian Jewish experience: a millennium edition. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ Martin Cohen (2006). No Holiday: 80 Places You Don't Want to Visit. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 

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