Algemeiner Journal

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Algemeiner Journal
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TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)Gershon Jacobson Jewish Continuity Foundation
Founder(s)Gershon Jacobson
PublisherSimon Jacobson
EditorDovid Efune
HeadquartersBrooklyn, New York, USA

The Algemeiner Journal, known informally as The Algemeiner, is a newspaper based in New York City which covers American and international Jewish and Israel-related news.


In 1972, Gershon Jacobson founded the Yiddish-language Der Algemeiner Journal, after consulting the Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson.[2] Jacobson served as editor and publisher from its inception until he died in 2005.[3]

The inaugural issue was published by Der Algemeiner Journal Corporation on February 23, 1972. The ten-page paper was priced at 25 cents. Twenty thousand issues were printed.[4] Der Algemeiner Journal intended to fill the gap after the daily Yiddish paper Der Tog Morgen Zhurnal closed in 1971.[5] Jacobson had earlier written and served as its city editor.[6] The largest-circulation Yiddish weekly in the United States,[6] Der Algemeiner Journal emphasized Jewish community news, with a politically independent viewpoint, including reporting on tensions between rival Hasidic sects. Although Jacobson was a Lubavitcher Chasid,[7] according to The New York Times, he "defied easy categorization."[3]

At its peak, Der Algemeiner's circulation had neared 100,000 copies. In 1989, in response to the increasing marginalization of the Yiddish language in the changing Jewish community, Der Algemeiner Journal began printing a four-page English supplement in the middle of the paper, attracting a more diverse Jewish audience.[8]

The Algemeiner's Advisory Board was chaired by Nobel laureate, writer and activist Elie Wiesel.[9]

In May 2005, after Gershon Jacobson died, his elder son, Simon Jacobson, became the Publisher of Der Algemeiner Journal. He founded the Gershon Jacobson Jewish Continuity Foundation (GJCF), a Jewish media organization with the mission to serve as a voice for Jews and Israel.[10] In 2008, he reconceived Der Algemeiner Journal as an English-language publication, replacing the Yiddish "Der" in its title for "The". That year, Dovid Efune became the Editor-In-Chief of what was called The Algemeiner and Director of the GJCF.

In 2011, the GJCF launched the website

Content and circulation[edit]

The Algemeiner's print edition is published weekly every Friday, except for the weeks of Passover and Sukkot. The paper's circulation is between 18,000 and 23,000. It is sold at newsstands internationally and is available for subscription. It can also be viewed as an ePaper on The vast majority of The Algemeiner readership and content is online.

Annual events and lists[edit]

Since 2006, in conjunction with the Gershon Jacobson Foundation, The Algemeiner hosts an annual lecture series featuring a politician, Jewish leader or scholar. In 2011, Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman spoke on politics and religion.

From 2010, The Algemeiner has compiled an annual list of non-Jews who have had a positive influence in shaping the Jewish future. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch was named first in 2010,[11] Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2011,[12] Mitt Romney in 2012,[13] and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in 2013.[14]

As a prelude to the 2012 Republican primaries, The Algemeiner ranked the party's eight candidates by assessing their positive effect on Israel. Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich were viewed as the three best candidates for Israel, while Ron Paul was viewed as the least beneficial.[15]

The Algemeiner holds an annual 'Jewish 100' list celebrating the "top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life"[16] at its 40th anniversary gala in Manhattan's Upper East Side. The event has featured celebrities and politicians, including Yuli Edelstein, Donald Trump, Elie Wiesel, Harvey Weinstein, Ronald Lauder, Dr Ruth Westheimer, William Kristol, Alan Dershowitz, Tony Orlando, and others.[17][18]

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  1. ^ "Algemeiner Journal". Mondo Times. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Tzivia Jacobson, "The Rebbe’s Advice on Opening a Yiddish Newspaper,", December2014, January 2015.
  3. ^ a b Fox, Margalit (June 2, 2005). "Gershon Jacobson, 70, Founder and Editor of Yiddish Journal, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "New Yiddish Weekly Launched," Jewish Telegraphic Agency, February 24, 1972.
  5. ^ "A New Yiddish Weekly Makes Its Appearance", The New York Times, February 24, 1972.
  6. ^ a b "Yiddish Journalist Gershon Jacobson, 71", The Forward, June 3, 2005.
  7. ^ Chaim Miller, "Turning Judaism Outward: A biography of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, page 208", Turning Judaism Outward: A biography of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, p.208, copyright 2014.
  8. ^ Elli Wohlgelernter, "Head of Yiddish paper comes ‘from a different school,’" Jweekly, May 18, 2001.
  9. ^ "Allgemeiner Journal : 40 ans au service de la communauté juive". chiourim (in French). Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  10. ^ "GJCF mission statement". Archived from the original on 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2012-01-23.
  11. ^ Dovid Efune, "6 Most Influential Non-Jews Positively Influencing Jewish Future," Algemeiner Journal, May 26, 2010.
  12. ^ Dovid Efune, "Top 10 Non-Jews Positively Influencing the Jewish Future," Algemeiner Journal, August 29, 2011.
  13. ^ Dovid Efune, "Top 10 Non-Jews Positively Influencing the Jewish Future," Algemeiner Journal, August 9, 2012.
  14. ^ Dovid Efune, "Top 10 Non-Jews Positively Influencing the Jewish Future," Algemeiner Journal, October 17, 2013.
  15. ^ Dovid Efune, "Republican Presidential Candidates on Israel: Separate and Unequal," Algemeiner Journal, November 25, 2011.
  16. ^ "Algemeiner Jewish 100: The Full List".
  17. ^ "Algemeiner Unveils 'JEWISH 100' List at Star Studded Gala (PHOTOS)".
  18. ^ Fishman, Tzvi Allen Algemeiner Journal Jewish 100 Gala Honors Donald Trump, Joan Rivers and Yuli Edelstein The Jewish Voice, Wednesday, 11 February 2015

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