The Jewish Journal
of Greater Los Angeles
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)TRIBE Media Corp
PresidentDavid Suissa
Editor-in-chiefDavid Suissa
Founded1985; 39 years ago (1985)
HeadquartersLos Angeles
Circulation50,000; estimated readership of 150,000[1] (2016)

The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, known simply as the Jewish Journal, is an independent, nonprofit community weekly newspaper serving the Jewish community of greater Los Angeles, published by TRIBE Media Corp.

The Journal was established in 1985. As of 2016, it had a verified circulation of 50,000 and an estimated readership of 150,000; it is the largest Jewish weekly outside New York City.[2][3] TRIBE Media Corp. also produces the monthly TRIBE magazine, distributed in Santa Barbara, Malibu, Conejo, Simi and West San Fernando Valleys.


Though independently incorporated, the paper was initially distributed in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The first issue appeared on February 28, 1986. The editor was Gene Lichtenstein, who served until 2000,[4] and the first art director was Katherine Arion, a Romanian-born artist who came to the United States in 1981.[5] After becoming completely independent from the Jewish Federation in 2005, it went through difficulties and its circulation shrank.

Circulation has recovered to 50,000 since then, and the paper has undertaken new initiatives, including expanded internet offerings, live events, a branding and marketing division, JJ Branding, TRIBE magazine, launched in December 2009, and Jewish Insider. The Jewish Journal, like other news media, faced financial pressures (cutting staff positions and salaries during 2009, though since it has resumed growth in both areas), but it strengthened its financial situation in May 2010, when it received commitments from a group of local Jewish philanthropists for additional funding intended to assure its continuing financial viability.[6]

In 2015, Tribe Media Corp. acquired Jewish Insider, a daily news service based in Washington, D.C. that was started by Max Neuberger.[7] In 2021, Jewish Insider acquired eJewish Philanthropy.[8][9]

As of at least 1999, David Suissa is the editor-in-chief and president of the Journal.[10] Contributing writers include Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Karen Lehrman Bloch, Judea Pearl, Tabby Refael, Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback, and Jonathan Kirsch, who also serves as Book Editor.[11][failed verification] Shmuel Rosner is Senior Political Correspondent.

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, the issue of January 16–22, 2015 was renamed "Jewish Hebdo".[12][13][14]

Circulation, readership, and reception

It received awards from the Los Angeles Press Club in 2005 and 2009.[15]

As of May 2016, the site reported about 4 million unique users per month.[6]


The Jewish Journal received five Rockower Awards in 2021, and ten Rockower Awards in 2022, including 6 first places.[16][17] In 2023, the magazine was awarded 21 Rockower Awards.[18]

See also


  1. ^ "Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles". Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  2. ^ Quintanilla, Michael (July 13, 1995). "A Simpson Spin All Their Own Media: Papers outside the mainstream don't try to compete with the big boys. Instead, they look for the angles their readers care about". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on Mar 5, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "The O.J. story Papers find ethnic angles in trial". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. July 18, 1995. Retrieved June 30, 2011.[dead link]
  4. ^ Tugend, Tom (June 29, 2000). "The Lichtenstein Formula for a Jewish Paper". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 2015-11-18.
  5. ^ Adler, Shelley (June 25, 1998). "Art Notes: The Artist Behind Our Cover". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 2015-11-18.
  6. ^ a b James Rainey, "On the Media: Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles adapts to changing media market: Niche journalism and an $800,000 donation make its future seem secure". Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2010.
  7. ^ Tugend, Tom (January 26, 2017). "A paper evolves and innovates". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Jewish Insider acquires eJewish Philanthropy". JNS. January 26, 2021. Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  9. ^ "Jewish Insider acquires eJewish Philanthropy". Jewish Insider. January 22, 2021. Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  10. ^ Tugend, Tom (August 12, 1999). "Los Angeles mother: 'No place is safe'". The Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  11. ^ "Author Page: Rabbi Steven Weil". Jewish Journal. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  12. ^ Rob Eshman, Nous Sommes Charlie: This week we are Jewish Hebdo Archived 2016-09-19 at the Wayback Machine, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 16–22, 2015
  13. ^ Roderick, Kevin (15 January 2015). "This week the Jewish Journal is Jewish Hebdo". LA Observed.
  14. ^ "Rob Eshman, long-time Jewish Journal Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, to leave post for writing". The Jewish Link. 30 August 2017.
  15. ^ See, e.g., 2009 Southern California Journalism Award Winners and 2005 Southern California Journalism Award Winners at Los Angeles Press Club official website (accessed May 11, 2010).
  16. ^ "AJPA - 2021 Competition". Retrieved 2023-08-27.
  17. ^ "AJPA - 2022 Competition". Retrieved 2023-08-27.
  18. ^ "2023 Awards (for work done in 2022)" (PDF). American Jewish Press Association. July 11, 2023. Retrieved August 27, 2023.