The Jewish Chronicle
|Owner(s)||Kessler Foundation (UK)|
|Headquarters||28 St. Albans Lane|
|Circulation||22,460 (June 2013)|
The newspaper is published every Friday (except on days which are Jewish holidays, when it appears earlier in the week) providing news, views, social, cultural and sports reports, as well as editorials and a spectrum of readers' opinions on the letter page. The news section of its website is updated several times a day.
It is owned by the Kessler Foundation (UK), a charitable trust in the United Kingdom which has overall control of the newspaper and its assets.
The Jewish Chronicle first appeared on 12 November 1841. Its first editors were D. Meldola and M. Angel. It was first issued as a weekly until May 1842, when it was suspended. From October 1844 it was resumed as a fortnightly, with Joseph Mitchell as its editor. In 1847 it became again a weekly newspaper. A. Benisch, who became the proprietor and editor in 1855, bequeathed the paper to the Anglo-Jewish Association in 1878, who sold it to its new editor and anti-Zionist Asher I. Myers, Sydney M. Samuel and Israel David.
In 1881 the leaders of the Jewish community in London were being criticised for not campaigning against the pogroms that were taking place in the Russian Empire. Under the leadership of Francis Henry Goldsmid the pogroms were not mentioned by the newspaper and it was only after the feminist Louisa Goldsmid gave her support following calls to arms by an anonymous writer named "Juriscontalus" and Asher Myers of The Jewish Chronicle that action was taken. Public meetings were then held across the country and Jewish and Christian leaders in Britain spoke out against the atrocities.
In December 1906, L. J. Greenberg, a successful advertising agent and English Zionist leader, contacted the Dutch banker Jacobus Kann with the idea to buy The Jewish Chronicle for promoting Zionism.  The same month, Greenberg, together with David Wolffsohn, Joseph Cowen, Jacobus H. Kahn, and Leopold Kessler, bought the shares. Greenberg himself became its editor.
It is noteworthy that at the time the buying of the Jewish Chronicle was highly controversial in the Zionist movement. Greenberg was accused of acting on his own behind the back of the Zionist executive, and his act was strongly condemned by such Zionist leaders as Nahum Sokolov.In the meeting of the Zionist Executive on March 18, 1907, the Russian Zionist leader Usishkin called it "A waste of public money to buy an unimportant paper" and said that the sum of 13,000 British Pounds - a siginificant part of the Zionist Movement's then meager funds - should have been used to promote Jewish settlement in Palestine.
However, Greenberg's effective editorship of the paper eventually convinced such critics that buying it was a worthy investment for the Zionist Movement.
At the time, 'The JC obtained a near monopoly in the Jewish press, taking over its principal competitors, The Hebrew Observer and The Jewish World. Only in October 1919, The JC got a strong opposing voice by The Jewish Guardian, who counterbalanced the dominant Zionist propaganda of the Chronicle, until it disappeared in 1931. After Greenberg's death, the same year, The JC remained moderately pro-Zionist under the leadership of Leopold Kessler.
The weekly newspaper The Jewish World was taken over in 1913. It published articles by various Zionist leaders, as well as early non-Jewish pro-Zionists. In 1934, it was merged with The Jewish Chronicle. After 1948, the paper maintained a pro-Israel attitude.
Under the ownership of Asher Myers and Israel Davis, from 1878, the paper was hostile to Zionism in line with the official positions of the religious and lay leaders of the community. After Leopold Greenberg had taken over the paper in 1906, it became strongly Zionist and it was made into "a firm and influential champion of Zionism".
The JC supported the 1917 Balfour Declaration, the publication of which was postponed for a week in order to allow the Chronicle to publish its opinion in time. After the Declaration was issued, however, the paper became critical of Chaim Weizmann. Greenberg was discontented with the too vague definition of the Zionist goals and wanted him to state clearly that Palestine must be politically Jewish. He wanted to define "National Home" as a Jewish Commonwealth. Although JC's support to Zionism somewhat decreased after Greenberg's death, it consistently devoted considerable space to Israel and Zionism.
Under Leopold Greenberg, The JC was hostile to the Reform and Liberal movements in Britain. Over the years, attention shifted from Orthodoxy in Anglo-Jewry to developments in Progressive Judaism, while increasingly becoming more critical of the Orthodox position on halakhic issues.
In 1981, the publication published an interview with then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher was questioned regarding the state of Israel and how Conservative policy affected the Jewish community.
Dr Othman Moqbel, Dr Hussein Nagi and Mr Mohamad Yousef of Human Appeal International received an apology and substantial damages from The Jewish Chronicle following articles published in February 2012 in the newspaper and on its website, suggesting that Human Appeal International, a British charity, had been designated as a terrorist organisation by the US government and had diverted donations to fund terror and to support the families of suicide bombers. An apology was published in the newspaper on 31 May and on its website on 30 May.
Publication data and readership figures
The average number of copies sold per week is estimated to be in the region of 32,000 (accurate as of June 2010). The newspaper's website includes paid-for searchable archives of all editions from the first issue to the present, making it valuable for Anglo-Jewish genealogists and historians. The website was launched in 2000 and has won three successive Weekly Newspaper on the Web awards. It was relaunched in 2008.
- Asher Myers (fl. 1881)
- L. J. Greenberg (1907–1931)
- William Frankel (1958–1977)
- Geoffrey Paul (1977–1990)
- Ned Temko (1990–2005)
- David Rowan (2006–2008)
- Jeff Barak (managing editor) (2007–2008)
- Stephen Pollard (2008–present)
- 'Fantastic timing': a baptism of fire at the Jewish Chronicle The Independent. 11 January 2009
- "Mag ABCs: Full circulation round-up for the first half of 2013". Press Gazette. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- The Jewish Chronicle and Anglo-Jewry, 1841–1991 Cambridge University Press
- Jewish Chronicle . Encyclopedia.com, accessed October 2018
- C. S. Monaco (2013). The Rise of Modern Jewish Politics: Extraordinary Movement. Routledge. pp. 148–. ISBN 978-0-415-65983-3.
- How the JC helped shape the debate. David Cesarani, Jewish Chronicle, 16 November 2017
- Jewish World. JVL, accessed October 2018
- David Cesarani (3 March 1994). The Jewish Chronicle and Anglo-Jewry, 1841–1991. Cambridge University Press. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-521-43434-8.
- Cesarani 1994, p. 127-128
- Interview for Jewish Chronicle Margaret Thatcher Foundation. 19 June 1981
- "The Jewish Chronicle". Website.thejc.com. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- Jewish Chronicle defends its coverage of David Abrahams The Guardian. 7 December 2007
- "The Jewish Chronicle on how they got the Abrahams interview". The Spectator. 7 December 2007.
- "UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Supports Israel". The Algemeiner Journal. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
- "Human Appeal International: an apology". The Jewish Chronicle. 30 May 2013.
- "Jewish Chronicle bucks sales trend - Greensdale Blog". Guardian.co.uk. 23 August 2010.
- Jewish Chronicle relaunches website with open source software Journalism.co.uk. 10 July 2008
- Jewish Chronicle adds social networking in website revamp Brand Republic. 11 September 2008
- Day, Julia (21 February 2006). "Jewish Chronicle appoints new editor". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
- Brook, Stephen (30 June 2008). "Condé Nast to launch Wired in the UK". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
- The Jewish Chronicle and Anglo Jewry, David Cesarani, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-43434-3