2014-04-18 / Front Page

It’s a Wider Audience for the Jewish Times

By Shy Kramer
Publisher, Jewish Times


Shy Kramer Shy Kramer You may recall – as certainly I do – that in 1997 when the first issue of the Jewish Times was published – I spoke about the process as a germination period and the birth of a child.

Now – some eighteen years later – that metaphor may be used to express the growth of that “child” into adolescence and manhood, for the “Times” is now well established in our community and in the discipline of our daily lives. We have won a prestigious national editorial community award and have matured.

And like a developing entity, the paper is now ready for further growth – for far greater exposure and for a wider audience.

This issue marks the final publication of the “Jewish Times” in its present format. After a brief hiatus the “Jewish Times” will become a “pullout” section of the South Jersey “Community Voice” newspaper published in Cherry Hill. And every two weeks, starting May 28th, our paper will be included in the “Voice” and will be distributed to more than 10 thousand households throughout South Jersey. Our paper will not only include the editorials by our present staff writers, but will feature all the sections normally provided by the professional staff of the “Voice.” And there will be no additional charge.


In 1998, when The American Jewish Press Association presented its annual Simon Rockower Awards for excellence in Jewish journalism, Leo Lieberman center), Jewish Times Chalk Dust columnist, was a first-place winner, receiving the Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary and Editorial Writing for newspapers under 15,000 ciruclation. With Lieberman are Jewish Times Editor Rob Huberman (left) and Publisher Shy Kramer. In 1998, when The American Jewish Press Association presented its annual Simon Rockower Awards for excellence in Jewish journalism, Leo Lieberman center), Jewish Times Chalk Dust columnist, was a first-place winner, receiving the Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary and Editorial Writing for newspapers under 15,000 ciruclation. With Lieberman are Jewish Times Editor Rob Huberman (left) and Publisher Shy Kramer. That means our advertisers will receive broader exposure – and our readers will have the benefit of an expanded staff – in both our print edition and on the web.

All of this would not be possible without the vision and financial support of our Trustees, our Editorial Board and our hundreds of contributors who over the years generously funded the “Jewish Times” and helped sustain it.

Our dedicated staff, headed by Gerald Etter, our editor, has been magnanimous in allowing us to prosper and succeed. With the necessitude of conditions both in succession of financial times, technical advances and demographics, Jerry has been our steadfast leader. To him I am most grateful.

And so now we proceed – we advance to a new and challenging era in the lifeline of our paper and the future of our community.

It was our purpose, from the genesis of the “Times,” to try and unite a fragmented society. May we continue to strive for that elusive goal – and grow from strength to strength in the years that lie ahead.

My sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks for giving me the opportunity to be your proud publisher and to fulfill a personal goal.

Chazak Chazak

Shalom, Shy Kramer, Publisher

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