The Jewish Observer

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The Jewish Observer
EditorRabbi Nisson Wolpin
PublisherAgudath Israel of America
FounderErnst L. Bodenheimer
Rabbi Moshe Sherer
First issue1963; 61 years ago (1963)
Final issue2009 (2009)
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York, NY

The Jewish Observer was an American Orthodox Jewish magazine published by the Agudath Israel of America, from 1963[1] until 2009.[2] It was put on "hiatus" in 2009, with plans to restart once the finances of the magazine, affected by the economic crisis, were figured out.[3] As of 2019, it has not published any new issues since its 2009 hiatus.

The magazine generally presented a haredi viewpoint. Published since 1963, it was printed nine months a year; the January and February issues were combined, and there were no issues in July or August. The magazine's website contains downloadable PDF copies of most issues while the website of the Lefkowitz Leadership Institute contains PDF files of every single issue since 1963.

It was founded by Ernst L. Bodenheimer and Moshe Sherer, and the Editor for the first seven seasons was Nachman Bulman and from then until it ended publication was Nisson Wolpin.

Contributors to the Jewish Observer included Avi Shafran, Zalman I. Posner, Mendel Weinbach, Nosson Scherman,[4] Aaron Twerski, Aryeh Kaplan, Jonathan Rosenblum, Bernard Fryshman, Yitzchok Adlerstein, Yakov Horowitz and Yitzchok Lowenbraun. The magazine ceased operations in 2010.[5]


  1. ^ "The Jewish Observer Vol. 1 No. 2 October 1963/Cheshvon 5724 | The Agudah". October 1963. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Jewish Observer Vol. 41 No. 9 December 2009/Kislev 5769 | The Agudah". December 7, 2008. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Editor, Y. W. (May 14, 2009). "Jewish Observer, in 'Transitional Phase,' to be Honored For Distinguished Service to Torah". Yeshiva World News. Retrieved July 18, 2019. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ E.g., The Crisis of Leadership (The Jewish Observer, April 1975, p. 3).
  5. ^ See

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