The Jewish Exponent

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The Jewish Exponent
What It Means To Be Jewish In Philadelphia
The Jewish Exponent frontpage.jpg
The November 27, 2007 front page of The Jewish Exponent
TypeWebsite and weekly newspaper
Owner(s)Jewish Publishing Group
PublisherSteve Rosenberg
PresidentBernard (Bud) Newman
Managing editorAndy Gotlieb
FoundedApril 15, 1887; 134 years ago (1887-04-15)
HeadquartersJewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
2100 Arch Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
CountryUnited States
Circulation24,000 (as of 2015)[1]
Sister newspapersThe Guide to Jewish Philadelphia
WebsiteOfficial website

The Jewish Exponent is a weekly community newspaper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the second-oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper in the United States.[2]


The Jewish Exponent has been published continuously since April 15, 1887.[2][3][4] A predecessor newspaper, The Jewish Record, had been published since 1875.[3]

The paper was founded by 43 prominent Philadelphians—among them Henry Samuel Morais—who pledged that it would be "devoted to the interests of the Jewish people." It was an early supporter of Zionism. In the 1940s, the paper experienced financial difficulties, and on May 5, 1944, it was purchased by real estate magnate Albert M. Greenfield and turned over to the Allied Jewish Appeal, a precursor of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, which still publishes it today via the Jewish Publishing Group.[4]

In 1999, the Jewish Exponent launched its website. A totally re-designed website was launched in November 2012. The site contains timely news of a local, national, global and Israel nature, as well as blogs, special interest columns, classifieds, death notices and Mazel-Tov announcements. It is the home of the Jewish community events calendar with hundreds of events added monthly in a fashion that is searchable by event type, audience and location. The online guide to Jewish Philly provides a searchable method for the community to find out about every Jewish organization in the Delaware Valley, as well as businesses that wish to promote their products and services to the Jewish community of Greater Philadelphia. The site also allows users to register for weekly email newsletters as well as engage with the Jewish Exponent via social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

On June 3, 2015, the Exponent laid off its entire editorial staff. Reports said that the paper had been losing $300,000 per year. The owners contracted with Mid-Atlantic Media to operate the editorial department of the paper. Mid-Atlantic is based in Baltimore and produces several other Jewish papers, including the Baltimore Jewish Times, Washington Jewish Week, and Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle. Joshua Runyan, Mid-Atlantic's editorial director, was named the paper's new editor, replacing Lisa Hostein.[5]


The current circulation is made up of direct subscribers and those who donate to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. The paper is currently delivered to approximately 24,000 households.[1] The paper had 40,000 subscribers in 2009.[6] However, when the paper celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1962, it had the largest circulation of any Jewish newspaper in the United States.[3] At the hundredth anniversary in 1987, the circulation was 65,000.[4]


  1. ^ a b Jared Shelly (2015-06-03). "Jewish Exponent Lays Off Editorial Staff". Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  2. ^ a b "A Brief History". Jewish Exponent. Jewish Exponent. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Philadelphia's 'jewish Exponent' to Celebrate Its 75th Anniversary". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 30 March 1962. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Keating, Douglas (1 June 1987). "100 Years As A Voice Of The Jews Of Phila". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  5. ^ Guttman, Nathan (June 12, 2015). "What's Behind the Mass Layoffs at the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent?". The Forward. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  6. ^ Shister, Gail (20 January 2009). "Redefining the Jewish Exponent A new editor brings a new approach". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 7 May 2015.

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