To Our Readers:
The Jewish Week is excited to announce that it has been acquired by 70 Faces Media – the owner of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and a family of Jewish news, education and lifestyle sites – in a deal that brings two of Jewish journalism’s most storied brands under one sturdy roof.
In the face of the long-term economic trends and the fallout from the pandemic that forced us to stop print production in July 2020, the Jewish Week has been looking for a steward who could help us grow and thrive in the digital era.
The natural partner was 70 Faces Media.
The Jewish Week will remain a dedicated digital brand with its own unique focus on Jewish New York, its people and its institutions, while profiting from 70 Faces’ experience and resources as North America’s largest and most diverse Jewish media organization. We’re looking forward to creating an exciting array of products – quality journalism, targeted newsletters, multimedia projects – that build on the legacies of both organizations.
And the Jewish Week’s range of special projects will continue, run by Thea Wieseltier, whose new title at 70 Faces will be director of strategic projects and public programs: the Write On For Israel leadership program for high school students; The Conversation, an annual seminar program for Jewish leaders and social entrepreneurs; Fresh Ink For Teens, an online magazine by and for teens, and our Public Forums, featuring Jewish newsmakers and creators.
Hannah Dreyfus, a Jewish Week reporter with a track record of breaking important news and telling stories that matter to New Yorkers, will also be part of the team.
The Jewish Week will remain a dedicated digital brand with its own unique focus on Jewish New York, its people and its institutions.
On a personal note, I’m staying on as the Jewish Week’s editor in chief. I was editor in chief of JTA before coming to the Jewish Week, and quickly saw the potential synergies between us and the 70 Faces Media brands and overall digital operation. The future of journalism depends on the thorough, essential local reporting and presence the Jewish Week is known for, and the forward-thinking, digital track record that 70 Faces Media represents.
70 Faces Media’s strategic plans for the New York Jewish Week brand are being supported by UJA-Federation of New York, which has been a key supporter both in sustaining us through the transition and will be a valued partner in the exciting changes we anticipate.
Support has also come from Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, and three additional foundations (the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Maimonides Fund and the Lynn and Charles Schusterman Family Foundation) through their participation in the Jewish Community and Impact Fund which was established to support Jewish communal institutions in the wake of Covid-19.
I want to thank the staff and boards of our supporters and both organizations – especially Kai Falkenberg, the president of the board of the Jewish Week Media Group — for working tirelessly to bring this acquisition about and look forward to a bright new future for the Jewish Week and for Jewish journalism as a whole. Stay tuned!
Editor in Chief