The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles

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The Jewish Journal
of Greater Los Angeles
Jewish journal.jpg
Type weekly newspaper
Publisher TRIBE Media Corp.
Editor-in-chief Rob Eshman
Managing editors Susan Freudenheim
Founded 1985
Circulation 60,000; estimated readership of 180,000 (2010)

The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles is an independent, nonprofit community weekly newspaper serving the Jewish community of greater Los Angeles, published by TRIBE Media Corp. The Journal was established in 1985. As of 2010 it had a verified circulation of 60,000 and an estimated readership of 180,000; it is the largest Jewish weekly outside of New York City.[1][2] TRIBE Media Corp. also produces the monthly TRIBE magazine, distributed in Santa Barbara, Malibu, Conejo, Simi and West San Fernando Valleys.

The paper was initially distributed in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The first issue appeared on February 28, 1986. The editor was Gene Lichtenstein, who served until 2000,[3] and the first art director was Katherine Arion, a Romanian-born artist who came to the United States in 1981.[4] After becoming independent from the Jewish Federation in 2005, it went through difficulties and its circulation shrunk. Circulation has recovered to 50,000 since then, and the paper has undertaken new initiatives, including expanded internet offerings, a social networking site called, and TRIBE magazine, launched in December 2009. The paper, like other print media, has continued to face financial pressures (cutting staff positions and salaries during 2009), but it strengthened its financial situation in May 2010, when it received commitments from a group of Jewish philanthropists for additional funding intended to assure its continuing financial viability.[5]

The Jewish Journal is recognized as the major Jewish paper in Los Angeles, which has the second-largest Jewish population in the United States. The Los Angeles Times called The Jewish Journal "an influential weekly."[6] It has received a number of awards from the Los Angeles Press Club over the years.[7] is ranked by Statcounter, Google Analytics, and as having the most monthly unique users of any American Jewish news web site. The web site is notable for its many blogs covering all aspects of Jewish life, including A Jew, by Michael Berenbaum, the GodBlog by Brad Greenberg, HollywoodJew by Danielle Berrin and Keeping the Faith by Ilana Angel.[8] As of May 2010 the site reported about 350,000 unique users per month.[5]

Rob Eshman is the editor in chief and Susan Freudenheim is the managing editor.[9] Steven Karash is the Executive Vice President Advertising & Marketing. Contributing columnists include Judea Pearl, Dennis Prager, Marty Kaplan, Gina Nahai, Bill Boyarsky, Mark Paredes, Teresa Strasser, Raphael Sonnenshein, Jonathan Kirsch, and Rabbi Steven Weil.[10]

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, the issue of January 16-22, 2015 was renamed "Jewish Hebdo."[11]

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  1. ^ Quintanilla, Michael (July 13, 1995). "A Simpson Spin All Their Own Media: Papers outside the mainstream don't try to compete with the big boys. Instead, they look for the angles their readers care about". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The O.J. story Papers find ethnic angles in trial". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. July 18, 1995. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ Tom Tugend, "The Lichtenstein Formula for a Jewish Paper", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, June 29, 2000.
  4. ^ Shelley Adler, "Art Notes: The Artist Behind Our Cover", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, June 25, 1998.
  5. ^ a b James Rainey, "On the Media: Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles adapts to changing media market: Niche journalism and an $800,000 donation make its future seem secure". Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2010.
  6. ^ Bob Pool and Anne-Marie O'Connor, "Jewish Centers' Financial Woes Anger Community", Los Angeles Times, December 5, 2001.
  7. ^ See, e.g., 2009 Southern California Journalism Award Winners and 2005 Southern California Journalism Award Winners at Los Angeles Press Club official website (accessed May 11, 2010).
  8. ^ "Fresh Blogs". The Jewish Journal. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ Tugend, Tom (August 12, 1999). "Los Angeles mother: 'No place is safe'". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Author Page: Rabbi Steven Weil". Jewish Journal. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  11. ^ Rob Eshman, Nous Sommes Charlie: This week we are Jewish Hebdo, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 16-22, 2015

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