Jewish Currents

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Jewish Currents
EditorArielle Angel
FrequencyDaily Website, Quarterly Print
Year founded1946
CountryUnited States
Based inBrooklyn, New York

Jewish Currents is a progressive, secular Jewish quarterly magazine and news site that carries on the tradition of the Jewish left through independent journalism, breaking news, political commentary, analysis, and a "countercultural" approach to Jewish arts and literature.

Publication History[edit]

The magazine was first published in 1946 by the Morning Freiheit Association, under the name Jewish Life and was associated with the Communist Party, USA until 1956 when it broke with the party and took its current name. Editor Emeritus Lawrence Bush grew and sustained the magazine for almost two decades, writing columns such as "Religion and Skepticism," contends playfully with many manifestations of the "spirituality" of contemporary American culture. Other regular columns under Bush's tenure included "Jewish Women Now," "It Happened in Israel," "Inside the Jewish Community," "Our Secular Jewish Heritage," "Around the World," and "Mameloshn: Yiddish Poetry." From March–April 2005 until the March-April 2009 issue, Jewish Currents was distributed to all members of the Workmen's Circle as a benefit of membership.[1][2]

Now in its 73rd year of publication, the magazine is undergoing a revival and expansion under the leadership of its new editorial team composed entirely of millennial Jews.[3] Focusing on breaking news, analysis, culture, art and more, the magazine works to engage the growing community of progressive Jews of all generations, and to be the voice of that community in the broader American left. Jewish Currents relaunch in 2018 resulted in the rapid growth of the magazine and its community across the US and internationally.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joseph Berger, "Jewish Currents Magazine and a Longtime Adversary Decide to Merge," New York Times, April 13, 2006.
  2. ^ Jewish Currents, "The Future of Jewish Currents," Jewish Currents Blog, March 16th, 2009.
  3. ^ "Jewish Currents, a 72-year-old left-wing magazine, wants to appeal to millennials". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 2018-04-17. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  4. ^ Dolsten, Josefin. "72-year-old left-wing magazine Jewish Currents aims for millennials". Retrieved 2019-06-12.

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