The Jewish Press

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The Jewish Press
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Type Weekly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Editor Elliot Resnick
Founded January 29, 1960; 58 years ago (1960-01-29)[1]
Political alignment Politically: conservative
Religiously: centrist Orthodox[2]
Headquarters Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Circulation 50,000 copies weekly[2]
ISSN 0021-6674

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[4] is the company's independent online daily newspaper.


The paper was founded as a national weekly in January 1960 by Rabbi Sholom Klass (1916-2000) 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".[5] The first issue was published on January 29, 1960.[5]

Elliot Resnick serves as the paper's chief editor. Former editors have included Jason Maoz, Meir Kahane, Arnold Fine,[5] and Steve Walz. The online edition is run by Stephen Leavitt.

Editorial policy[edit]

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

In March 2014, The newspaper fired its Israel-based online edition editor Yoni Yanover after he wrote an op-ed titled "50 Thousand Haredim March So Only Other Jews Die in War." The piece was in reference to a Haredi Jewish prayer rally in Manhattan protesting the draft of Yeshiva students to the Israel Defence Forces.[6] The editorial board issued an apology saying "The article in question was posted without authorization and approval of The Jewish Press newspaper.." and "the sentiments expressed in the article and headline do not represent these of the Jewish Press, its officers, editors and staff."[7] Yanover wrote a response in which he replied, "I wrote the article after discussion with my supervisor and then submitted the article for review, as per the protocol you established."[6]


  • 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 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 legal ethicist and Judaica collector Saul Jay Singer, who writes a weekly column on Collecting Jewish History.

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.[8] 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 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. 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. ^ "The Jewish Press". The Jewish Press.
  5. ^ a b c "50 & 10: The Jewish Press and Rabbi Sholom Klass". Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Staff. (March 11, 2014) "Jewish Press Fires Columnist for Blasting ultra-Orthodox", Times of Israel
  7. ^ Greenwald, Jerry and Mauer, Naomi (March 11, 2014) "Apology for Monday’s Op-Ed", The Jewish Press
  8. ^ Profile of Ronald Wilson Reagan in the Jewish Virtual Library

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