The Jewish Press
|Founded||January 29, 1960|
Religiously: Centrist Orthodox
|Headquarters||Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
|Circulation||50,000+ copies weekly|
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".
The Jewish Press has an online version which is updated daily.
Jewish newspapers had been in decline in the late 1950s. Sensing the need for Jewish content created by this void, two leading rabbis, Moshe Feinstein and Simcha Elberg, delegated the task of filling it to Sholom Klass. Klass, together with his father-in-law Raphael Schreiber (1885-1980), founded The Jewish Press in January 1960, resolving to publish a national weekly newspaper in English that "everyone in America will be able to read". The first issue was published on January 29th of that year.
The Jewish Press is oriented toward the Modern Orthodox Jewish community, covering Jewish news from New York City, the United States, and Israel. The newspaper describes itself as having a politically conservative viewpoint and editorial policy, and "politically incorrect long before the phrase was coined." It has covered controversial topics such as the sexual abuse cases in Brooklyn's Haredi community.
In 1990, ultraconservative Catholic weekly The Wanderer reported about a notice posted in The Jewish Press excommuniticating U.S. Representative Barney Frank, seeking to affirm similar practice in the Catholic Church. It was later pointed out to them that the notice was posted by an outlier, and that Judaism lacked a centralized excommunication process. Abraham Hecht, president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, said "If we were going to start excommunicating, we'd have a list as long as the New York telephone directory".
In March 2014, The newspaper fired its Israel-based online edition editor Yori 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. 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." 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."
- 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 Jerold Auerbach, Hollywood screenwriter Robert J. Avrech, Dr. Louis Rene Beres, Dr. Phyllis Chesler, Prof. Paul Eidelberg, photographer Jacob Elbaz, historian and mathematician Dr. L. (Yitzchok) Levine, Dr. Morris Mandel, Dr. Steven Plaut, Dr. Marvin Schick, and legal ethicist and Judaica collector Saul Jay Singer, who writes a weekly column on Collecting Jewish History.
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 Rafael Grossman, Rabbi Hanoch Teller, Rabbi Berel Wein, Rabbi Isaac C. Avigdor, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, Rabbi Emanuel Quint, Rabbi Francis Nataf, and Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo.
During the mid-1970s, Ronald Reagan wrote a weekly column for the paper. 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 JewishPress.com 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, Israel Mizrahi's musings on rare and unusual Jewish books, and Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger's The Ettinger Report.
- "About us". The Jewish Press. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
- Beckerman, Gal (January 20, 2010). "Hold the Presses: Newspapers Are Competing for Orthodox Readers". The Forward. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
- William Glaberson (November 29, 1993). "The Media Business; A Battle Among Jewish Weeklies".
The New York Times published a Jewish Press circulation number of 125,000 in 1993, and, in discussing competition and readership, estimated that "About 250,000 ... currently receive a Jewish weekly newspaper.
- "About". The Jewish Press. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
- "The Jewish Press". The Jewish Press.
- "Raphael Schreiber (1885 - 1980)".
- "50 & 10: The Jewish Press and Rabbi Sholom Klass". jewishpressads.com. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
- Felicity Barringer (July 10, 2000). "Paper Seen as Villain in Abuse Accusations Against Rabbi". The New York Times.
- Peter Steinfels (September 1, 1990). "Beliefs". The New York Times. p. 9.
- Staff. "Jewish Press Fires Columnist for Blasting ultra-Orthodox". The Times of Israel. March 11, 2014.
- Sam Sokol (March 9, 2014). "Haredim Pray in New York for Cancellation of Israeli ultra-Orthodox Draft Bill". Jerusalem Post.
- Greenwald, Jerry and Mauer, Naomi (March 11, 2014) "Apology for Monday’s Op-Ed", The Jewish Press
- Profile of Ronald Wilson Reagan in the Jewish Virtual Library