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New York - 122-year-old Jewish Publication The Forward, Ending Print Edition, Laying Off 40 Percent Of Its Staff

Published on: January 17, 2019 10:22 AM
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Abraham Cahan, one of the founders of the Forward, in 1936. (Wikimedia Commons)Abraham Cahan, one of the founders of the Forward, in 1936. (Wikimedia Commons)

New York - The Forward, one of the most renowned and longest-running Jewish publications in the United States, will be ceasing its print edition and laying off its editor in chief and 40 percent of its staff.

The New York Post reported Wednesday night that the Forward would be ending its print run more than 120 years after it began publication in 1897. It will continue to exist online in English and Yiddish. A laid-off staff member posted the Post article on Facebook without comment.

The Forward’s editor in chief, Jane Eisner, will be laid off after more than a decade in the position along with Executive Editor Dan Friedman. Also laid off are Kurt Hoffman, the art director; Dave Goldiner, director of digital media; and Kathleen Chambard, vice president of marketing, according to the Post.

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“The Forward is taking the next step in making our brand more relevant to our readers and more connected to their lives,” Publisher and CEO Rachel Fishman Feddersen said, according to the Post. “We are announcing that this spring the Forward will complete its evolution from what was once a print-focused publisher to become a digitally focused publication.”

The New York City-based publication began as a Yiddish-language newspaper and launched a weekly English-language print edition in 1990. In 2017, it shifted to publishing a monthly magazine. The Forward has been known historically for investigative journalism, coverage of Jewish culture and a left-wing editorial stance. It is a client of JTA’s syndication service.



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 Jan 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM Anonymous Says:

It will not be missed.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 10:39 AM Anonymous Says:

I remember it as a decent piece of journalism, albeit with leaning left. However, it morphed into an anti-orthodox schmatte, and I am rejoicing in its decreasing reach. It will be less able to poison minds with ideas that are flagrantly anti-Torah value. When it will end completely, it will be time for a celebration.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 10:40 AM Shimon Says:

Sorry, no nostalgia here. A happy (semi) good-bye to a leftist screed.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 10:44 AM thecommissioner Says:

The Forward has been so biased toward frum yidden, its no wonder they're going out of business. Who do they think speaks yiddish these days, Frum Yidden or secular?

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 11:04 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Imagine that. A last issue might be worth having.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 11:27 AM PureSatmar Says:

Good riddance
כן יאבדו כל אויביך השם

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 11:35 AM hashomer Says:

Unfortunately the Forward devolved into an anti-Israel pro-PLO type paper. I dropped my subscription a few years back. FEH.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 11:51 AM Anonymous Says:

The original 'Left".

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 12:08 PM Maven Says:

Good riddance.
Thanks to the Forward millions of Jewish migrants hundreds and thousands among them who were pure Ehrlicha Yidden when they arrived here in America their kids became full fledged Goyim.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 12:14 PM Aron1 Says:

Reply to #5  
PaulinSaudi Says:

Imagine that. A last issue might be worth having.

If only we had that "last issue" decades ago. The Backward was the instigator of the witch hunt against Sholom Rubashkin and the Rubashkin family.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 12:15 PM woodman516 Says:

thank you A F l

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 12:24 PM BoruchH Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

I remember it as a decent piece of journalism, albeit with leaning left. However, it morphed into an anti-orthodox schmatte, and I am rejoicing in its decreasing reach. It will be less able to poison minds with ideas that are flagrantly anti-Torah value. When it will end completely, it will be time for a celebration.

Amein!
Poison!

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 12:27 PM BoruchH Says:

Reply to #6  
PureSatmar Says:

Good riddance
כן יאבדו כל אויביך השם

As a 'Chabadnick' I agree!
'Omein!'
Poisonous, sick, stupid, publication

I'm a Cooper Union, college grad, 1971

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 12:41 PM commonsense99 Says:

WOW Great news, now where would all the drop outs go to dump on us?

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 01:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Now what is hashomer going to read?

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 01:43 PM Just Wondering.... Says:

What will I use to line the bottom of my bird cage?

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 01:47 PM Educated Archy Says:

IYH by the failing NYT bkrov! Kain Yirbu

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 02:07 PM lazy-boy Says:

GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH.
a very anti religious paper that did its best to show frum yidden in the worst light. May their web site fall apart too!

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 02:24 PM StevenWright Says:

Reply to #7  
hashomer Says:

Unfortunately the Forward devolved into an anti-Israel pro-PLO type paper. I dropped my subscription a few years back. FEH.

The fact that it's ant-from doesn't bother you. Just noting this.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 03:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
hashomer Says:

Unfortunately the Forward devolved into an anti-Israel pro-PLO type paper. I dropped my subscription a few years back. FEH.

It should’ve been right up your alley then....

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 05:59 PM Bruce Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

I remember it as a decent piece of journalism, albeit with leaning left. However, it morphed into an anti-orthodox schmatte, and I am rejoicing in its decreasing reach. It will be less able to poison minds with ideas that are flagrantly anti-Torah value. When it will end completely, it will be time for a celebration.

The publishers and 275,000 daily readers of the Forward in the 1920s would also rejoice in its collapse as this meant that their children and grandchildren were so proficient in English that they were more comfortable reading the New York Times.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:26 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #21  
Bruce Says:

The publishers and 275,000 daily readers of the Forward in the 1920s would also rejoice in its collapse as this meant that their children and grandchildren were so proficient in English that they were more comfortable reading the New York Times.

Kosher chazor feeslach is worse than triefa x
Chazor .

Got it yoni?

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