Ami Magazine

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Ami Magazine
PublisherRabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter
First issueNovember 2010
CompanyAmi Magazine
CountryUnited States
Based inBrooklyn, New York

Ami (Hebrew: עמי‎, "My people") is an international news magazine that caters to the Jewish community. It is published weekly in New York and Israel. The magazine was launched in November 2010 by the husband & wife team of Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter (previously Torah Editor for Mishpacha) and Rechy Frankfurter (previously Mishpacha's American Desk Editor.)[1] [2][3]


Ami has featured interviews with celebrities both Jewish and non-Jewish, including former White House Press secretaries Sean Spicer[4] and Ari Fleischer[5] as well as John Dean who served as White House Counsel during the Watergate scandal for United States President Richard Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973.[6] Ami has also interviewed rabbis including Rav Yissachar Dov Rokeach (fifth Belzer rebbe).[7] Ami also has had exclusive interviews with President Donald Trump,[8] Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and George Pataki.[9][10]

Ami's political correspondent Jake Turx became the magazine's first member of the White House press corps with the start of the Donald Trump administration.[11] During a February 16, 2017 press briefing, Turx began asking a question about the government's response to antisemitic threats across the United States, but was stopped in mid-question by Trump, who felt he was being personally attacked and denied being antisemitic or racist.[11][12][13] Merriam-Webster reported that following the Trump-Turx exchange "anti-Semitism" look-ups spiked that week.[14]

Some rabbis in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn asked that Ami (along with the Jewish publications of Mishpacha and Hamodia) not be read after the magazine published a piece about Jewish religious terrorism perpetrated by Sikrikim and sympathizers of the Jerusalem-based Edah HaChareidis organization. The Satmar Rebbe of Kiryas Joel, Rav Aaron Teitelbaum, along with various other Jewish leaders, have since that time condemned some of the communities which make up the Edah HaChareidis for alleged extremism.[15][16][17]

Ami also produces a women's magazine called Ami Living and a tween magazine called Aim!.[11]

Notable staff[edit]


  1. ^ Adlerstein, Yitzchok (February 28, 2011). "Reading, Writing, and a New Periodical for the Jewish Home". Cross-currents. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
  2. ^ Berger, Zackery Sholem (August 8, 2012). "Haredi Women's Lit Explodes". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
  3. ^ "See New Ami Magazine - Yeshiva World News".
  4. ^ Magazine, Ami (April 7, 2017). "In this week's mega double issue of Ami: Ami's White House Correspondent, @JakeTurx, sits down for a one-on-one with @PressSec Sean Spicer". Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Frankfurter, Rabbi Yitzchok (March 15, 2017). "Between The President and The Press / A one-on-one with former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer". Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Frankfurter, Rabbi Yitzchok (July 19, 2017). "A Witness to Presidential Corruption // John Dean, Who Brought Down President Nixon In an Explosive Interview". Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "Media - American Friends of Hidabroot".
  8. ^ Ti, Tomim (May 4, 2016). "The Partial View: Ami Magazine gets Trump". Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  9. ^ Frankfurter, Rabbi Yitzchok (February 1, 2012). "Can Newt Gingrich Save America?". Ami. Archived from the original on January 11, 2014. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  10. ^ Turx. "What Makes Ron Paul Tick?". Ami. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  11. ^ a b c Goodstein, Laurie (February 17, 2016). "A Jewish Reporter Got to Ask Trump a Question. It Didn't Go Well". The New York Times. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  12. ^ Oppenheim, Maya (February 18, 2017). "Donald Trump accuses Jewish reporter of lying and tells him to 'sit down' in response to anti-semitism question". The Independent. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  13. ^ "Trump shouts down ultra-Orthodox reporter who asks about anti-Semitism". The Times of Israel. February 16, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  14. ^ "Merriam-Webster Reports 'Anti-Semitism' Lookups Spiked after Trump Mention". Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  15. ^ TheJewishSongs (July 4, 2017). "Satmar Rebbe Reb Aaron Teitelbaum Speaks About Israeli Draft". Retrieved September 11, 2017 – via YouTube.
  16. ^ Hoffman, Rabbi Yair (July 16, 2012). "Op-Ed: On Vigilantism And AMI Magazine". Vosizneias. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
  17. ^ "Holier Than Thou – 16 Satmar Rabbanim Ban Frum Magazines". On This and On That. January 22, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  18. ^ "Rabbi Moshe Taub". Buffalo Vaad Hakashrut. Retrieved October 23, 2014.

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