The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
is an independent, nonprofit community weekly newspaper
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serving the Jewish community of greater Los Angeles
The Greater Los Angeles Area, or the Southland, is a term used for the Combined Statistical Area sprawled over five counties in the southern part of California, namely Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County and Ventura County...
, published by TRIBE Media Corp. The Journal was established in 1985. As of 2010 it had a verified circulation of 60,000 and an estimated readership of 180,000; it is the largest Jewish weekly outside of New York City. TRIBE Media Corp. also produces the monthly TRIBE
magazine, distributed in Santa Barbara, Malibu, Conejo, Simi and West San Fernando Valleys.
The paper was initially distributed in part by the Jewish Federation
A Jewish Federation is a confederation of various Jewish social agencies, volunteer programs, educational bodies, and related organizations, found within most cities in North America that host a viable Jewish community...
of Greater Los Angeles. After becoming independent from the Jewish Federation in 2005, it went through difficulties and its circulation shrunk. Circulation has recovered to 50,000 since then, and the paper has undertaken new initiatives, including expanded internet offerings, a social networking site called everyjew.com, and TRIBE
magazine, launched in December 2009. The paper, like other print media, has continued to face financial pressures (cutting staff positions and salaries during 2009), but it strengthened its financial situation in May 2010, when it received commitments from a group of Jewish philanthropists for additional funding intended to assure its continuing financial viability.
The Jewish Journal
is recognized as the major Jewish paper in Los Angeles, which has the second-largest Jewish population in the United States. The Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881. It was the second-largest metropolitan newspaper in circulation in the United States in 2008 and the fourth most widely distributed newspaper in the country....
called The Jewish Journal
"an influential weekly." It has received a number of awards from the Los Angeles Press Club over the years.
jewishjournal.com is ranked by Statcounter, Google Analytics, and Compete.com as having the most monthly unique users of any American Jewish news web site. The web site is notable for its many blogs covering all aspects of Jewish life, including A Jew, by Michael Berenbaum, the GodBlog by Brad Greenberg, HollywoodJew by Danielle Berrin and Keeping the Faith by Ilana Angel. As of May 2010 the site reported about 350,000 unique users per month.
Rob Eshman is the editor in chief and Susan Freudenheim is the managing editor. Steven Karash is the Executive Vice President Advertising & Marketing. Contributing columnists include Judea Pearl, Dennis Prager, Marty Kaplan, Gina Nahai, Bill Boyarsky, Teresa Strasser, Raphael Sonnenshein, Jonathan Kirsch, and Rabbi Steven Weil.