This week marks a milestone for the Jewish Journal. Local philanthropists Arthur Epstein and Bryna Litchman have offered to donate $100,000 if the Journal raises $200,000 by July 15, 2021. The gift would mark the largest single donation in the Journal’s history.
A year ago, the government announced the severity of the coronavirus and its health, social and economic implications were felt immediately. Last year, the Journal lost over half of its advertising during the first several months of the health crisis and even now, its advertising is still more than 30 percent off from pre-pandemic days. The nonprofit, which is mailed free to 10,000 subscribers, relies on advertising, donations and grants as revenue. Facing a dire economic forecast last April, the Journal asked its readers to donate in order to keep the presses running. Our subscribers swiftly responded, along with other organizations that prized our community paper. By August, the Journal had raised over $100,000 – ensuring that the Journal would continue. Now, one year later, the Journal remains as vibrant and essential as ever.
Over the last year, we have boosted our news reporting and detailed the profound impact COVID-19 has had on our Greater Boston community. It has upended so many family’s lives: loved ones have perished, spouses and siblings have not had proper ways to mourn; many have lost their jobs and some can’t pay their mortgage or rent; food is a real issue for struggling families; some Jewish institutions have closed or are hoping for a miracle to continue. Also, with the closing of the Jewish Advocate last fall, we have begun to expand our coverage to Boston, Brookline and Newton – and along the way, we have become the largest Jewish paper in New England.
And so, as we begin this campaign we turn to our readership and community leaders again and ask for your support in order for this publication to continue to link our community. Raising $200,000 – and an additional $100,000 from Arthur Epstein and Bryna Lichtman – will place the Journal on solid financial footing. As we move forward, we can bolster our reporting and coverage of all things Jewish. And, with these funds, we can boost our website and continue to print and mail the Journal at no charge to thousands of unaffiliated Jews and interfaith families. For so many of these unaffiliated families, the Journal is the sole link to Judaism and the community.
We ask that you give generously in order for us to reach our goal. You can send a donation in the remittance envelope included in this paper, or donate on our website at www.jewishjournal.org. Your gift matters. Please join us in making history and ensuring our future.