Jewish Advocate Announces Suspension of Print Publication #usa #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


After 118 years, the Jewish Advocate announced they are ceasing their print publication on September 25th. The paper was founded by Theodore Hertzel in 1902. It has been published in the Greater Boston area.


Unfortunately, closure of Jewish newspapers is increasing. In the past months, Canada’s Jewish Weekly, the Canadian News of Toronto and Montreal, Britain’s primary Jewish weekly The Jewish Chronicle, the New York and New Jersey Jewish Week, and the Forward,  week have either closed or ceased their print versions.


At the same time, the Jewish Advocate announced plans to launch a new digital edition focuses on advocacy to Advocate for Jews, the Jewish community and for the State of Israel. They plan to provide an independent forum for Greater Boston news bout the community and various organizations and discussion and debate of the issues.


The Jewish Advocate also reached an agreement with NewsBank (a subscription service) to include the complete archives of the Jewish Advocate in its library and make it accessible to the general public.  NewsBank is currently digitizing the Jewish Advocate and it is anticipated having them online by next year.


The digital revolution accompanied by the decline of advertising revenues, exacerbated by the current pandemic, is the main reason for all the print closures. The Jewish Advocate also received a declining subsidy from the Jewish Federation which began to focus on major donors at the loss of smaller contributors to the umbrella philanthropy.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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