The Jewish Press

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The Jewish Press
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Editor Jason Maoz
Founded 1960[1]
Political alignment Politically: conservative
Religiously: centrist Orthodox[2]
Headquarters Brooklyn, New York
Circulation 50,000 copies weekly[2]

The Jewish Press is an American weekly newspaper based in Brooklyn, New York and geared toward the modern Orthodox Jewish community. It describes itself as "America's Largest Independent Jewish Weekly."[3] The is the company's independent online daily newspaper.


The paper was founded as a national weekly in January 1960 by Rabbi Sholom Klass (1916–1980) and his father-in-law, Raphael Schreiber (1885–1980).[1]

The Jewish Press was founded to fill the void of Jewish news media left by the declining newspapers in the late 1950s. Approached by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein and Rabbi Simcha Elberg, Rabbi Klass resolved to publish a newspaper in English that, he said, "everyone in America will be able to read."[4]

The first issue was published on January 29, 1960.[4]

Jason Maoz currently serves as the paper's senior editor. Former editors have included Meir Kahane, Arnold Fine,[4] and Steve Walz. The online edition is run by Stephen Leavitt.

Content and editorial policy[edit]

The Jewish Press covers the Jewish news from New York, the United States, and Israel. The newspaper has a politically conservative viewpoint and editorial policy.[3]

Major sections include:

  • News: includes news focusing on the Middle East, recent news items with anti-Israel bias, and kosher food news.
  • Opinion: includes editorials, Israeli political analysis, and Op-Eds.
  • Features: includes religious columns, Jewish law, a weekly kosher dining guide, the Jewish Press Magazine, and youth sections. Monthly specials are printed in addition to features and supplements before each of the major Jewish holidays.


Some of the Jewish Press's notable contributors include Hollywood screenwriter Robert Avrech, the photographer Jacob Elbaz, Jerold Auerbach, Dr. Morris Mandel, Dr. Louis Rene Beres Dr. Steven Plaut, Dr. Marvin Schick, Dr. Phyllis Chesler, Dr. Paul Eidelberg and, most recently, legal ethicist Saul Jay Singer.

Religious contributors[edit]

The Jewish Press features numerous weekly Torah columns regarding the weekly Torah portion, upcoming Jewish holidays, contemporary applications of Jewish law, philosophy, and Talmud. Current and previous authors include Rabbi Meir Kahane, Rebbitzen Esther Jungreis, Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser, Rabbi David Hollander, Rabbi Hanoch Teller, Rabbi Berel Wein, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Rabbi Francis Nataf, and Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo.

Political contributors[edit]

During the mid-1970s, Ronald Reagan wrote a weekly column for the paper.[5] Other contributing elected officials include Dov Hikind, Simcha Felder, former Knesset Member Menachem Porush, former Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, Knesset Member Yisrael Eichler, and Moshe Feiglin.


Among the popular blogs and bloggers published on are Donny Fuchs, Paula R. Stern's A Soldier's Mother, Jameel @ The Muqata, JoeSettler, Harry Maryle's Emes ve-Emuna, @IsraelShield, Batya Medad's Shiloh Musings, Frimet and Arnold Roth's This Ongoing War, and Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger's The Ettinger Report.


  1. ^ a b "About us". The Jewish Press website. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Beckerman, Gal (January 20, 2010). "Hold the Presses: Newspapers Are Competing for Orthodox Readers". The Forward. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "About". The Jewish Press. Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "50 & 10: The Jewish Press and Rabbi Sholom Klass". The Jewish Press website. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ Profile of Ronald Wilson Reagan in the Jewish Virtual Library

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