Letters to the Editor Policy

We accept letters by email and U.S. mail. Email your letter, with “Letter to the Editor” in the subject, to editor@jewishjournal.org; or mail to: Letters to the Editor, The Jewish Journal, P.O. Box 2089, Salem, MA 01970.

We encourage a diversity of voices and views in our letters. Letters should be a maximum of 300 words, and should refer to an article that has appeared in the Jewish Journal within the last 30 days. Letters exceeding 300 words could be subject to editing and may not be published in their entirety.

Letters should be exclusive to the Journal; they may not have been submitted to, posted to or published by any other media. They must include the writer’s full name; anonymous letters and letters written under pseudonyms will not be considered. For verification purposes, they must also include the writer’s home address, email address and telephone number. Writers should disclose any personal or financial interest in the subject matter of their letters. If sending email, please put the text of the letter in the body and do not send attachments; attachments will not be read.

Unsigned letters and letters containing personal attacks the newspaper deems to be of a libelous nature will not be published. Letters critical of another’s religion, blasphemous, obscene, legally objectionable or commercial in nature will not be published. Letters that endorse a political party or candidate will not be accepted. The Journal reserves the right to end debate on a topic after both sides have had ample chance to express their views. We generally do not publish more than one letter from a single person within any 60-day period. Letters that are not based on verifiable facts may be rejected or returned for editing. The Journal reserves the right to edit or refuse a letter in its sole discretion.

Letter writers whose submissions are chosen for publication will be contacted by either email or phone. All letters are subject to editing, and most of the ones published are edited. Editing is done for length, clarity and for grammar, accuracy or to comply with newspaper style. Editing is not done to change the meaning or the intent of the letter. The opinions expressed are always the writer’s own. We confer with letter writers about editing to the extent that deadlines allow.