In 1977, a group of North Shore residents decided that the area needed a paper to report the latest local Jewish news.
Fast forward 42 years and much has changed in the world of journalism and media. The Internet – once thought of as a way to expand advertising, readers and circulation – has produced the opposite results, ushering in an era where people expected news to be free, and all but eliminating display advertising from papers. In the labor-intensive industry of journalism – where reporting, photography and editing can’t be automated – many readers were left without local papers, with nearly 2,000 publications closing in the US since 2004.
The Jewish Journal is determined to continue as an independent, free paper that reports Jewish news in Greater Boston. To ensure its future, it has started an endowment: the Jewish Journal Continuity Fund. Already, $40,000 has been pledged by community members with the goal of reaching at least $500,000 in the next five years.
The fund will help bolster a paper that now has two sources of revenue: advertising and donations. Once the endowment reaches $500,000, this third source of revenue will ensure its sustainability. There are many ways to contribute to the endowment, such as sending a check in the mail, mandated IRA distributions, life insurance policies and naming the fund in your will.
By taking the lead and contributing to the endowment, readers can actively protect and ensure the future of the Jewish Journal. As the largest free Jewish publication in Greater Boston, it is incumbent that we continue to link the Jewish community and serve every Jew in Greater Boston. Please partner with us in this endowment. To make a donation or learn more about the endowment please contact Steven A. Rosenberg, publisher and editor, at Rosenberg@jewishjournal.org, or by calling 978-745-4111.
Thank you for your continued support.