Because this terrible pandemic started, I have recorded 93 episodes of my “Pandemic Times” podcast and penned plenty of columns, all making an attempt to help us make sense of a chaotic, tumultuous, bewildering and maddening yr, when so a lot of lives have been turned upside-down and so a lot of of our bodily areas have been shut down.
For a paper like the Jewish Journal that depends on these bodily areas for distribution all through our local community, the lockdown offers an evident obstacle. As a lot of of you know, we have a rapidly-developing and significant on-line presence at Jewishjournal.com, which has assisted us compensate for the pandemic-period restrictions of bodily distribution.
Since the Journal is a nonprofit, we distribute the paper for absolutely free across the group. Readers can pick it up at a variety of destinations, especially synagogues. When individuals synagogues and other spots commenced closing in March as component of the national lockdown, we pushed our way as a result of, discovered some new spots, and posted a PDF version of the paper on the web, often hoping that the lockdown would quickly conclusion and synagogues would reopen.
Definitely, that hasn’t happened. In mild of this fact, we have resolved it would make perception to acquire a hiatus from the print version right until our major distribution stores — synagogues — reopen. Right after this week’s version, we will offer our clean content completely on the internet.
Previously mentioned all, we will extend our world-wide achieve and continue on to look for numerous voices throughout the ideological spectrum to present insightful commentary.
Significantly of my writing and podcasting this 12 months has been about nurturing resiliency and searching for “silver linings.” Is there a silver lining to our print hiatus? Yes, there is.
Our new Jewishjournal.com web site will be as nourishing as at any time. You’ll get anything you love about the Journal and a lot more. Our Early morning Roundtable provides you 3 contemporary will take on the best challenges of the day. Among the the new options, we’re launching a Jewish Streaming Guide that will curate the most exciting streaming functions in the Jewish planet.
For those people who don’t use electronic equipment on Shabbat, we will give “print-at-home” possibilities for favorites such as our “Table for Five” Torah site.
Higher than all, we will broaden our international attain and carry on to glance for varied voices across the ideological spectrum to supply insightful commentary. As our partisan divisions grow to be much more and much more pronounced, our mission remains to elevate, enrich and deepen the communal conversation. We really do not often succeed, but we usually test.
In an odd way, this expansion of on the net would make me really feel closer to the community, simply because this is exactly what so several Jewish businesses have been compelled to do all through this lockdown calendar year. Just as our local community has experienced to adapt and get innovative, the Journal is performing the very same.
If there’s just one matter I have acquired in 2020, it’s that we’ve all been humbled by this lethal microbe. We have all been wrenched out of our comfort and ease zones. We have all been forced to ditch old patterns and adopt new types. The query is: Can we come out in advance?
To quotation a line from Rabbi Steve Leder that I typically repeat on my podcast, if we have to go by means of hell, at least let’s not come out “empty-handed.” By considerably upgrading our online existence, the two for our readers and advertisers, we at the Journal are aiming to do just that — to come out ahead.
On a private be aware, ever since the Journal invited me to write a profession-altering column (“Live in the Hood”) in August 2006, I have not stopped sharing my thoughts in the paper with you, the visitors, week soon after week. All those columns (which are collected in substantial scrapbooks) are my concrete legacy to a group I love.
The wonder of digital will help this connection to carry on. If nearly anything, I strategy to write additional generally and assemble more considered-provoking and well timed material from writers all around the environment. We nonetheless will be a gathering location for the area local community, but by way of the ability of technological know-how.
The reality today is that most people today get their information and facts by digital units. In the course of this print hiatus, we will acquire complete advantage of numerous electronic platforms and social media, together with our podcast community, to optimize the attain of our articles.
future time you show up at your beloved synagogue on a Shabbat or getaway, expect to be greeted once more by your favourite Jewish paper.
I’m complete of gratitude to all people who allows produce this amazing paper every week, and to all of our loyal readers and advertisers. As we approach Simchat Torah, which signifies each an stop and a beginning, I can say that for me, this moment signifies more of a commencing than an conclusion.
I’m fired up about the options of on the web, but I have not forgotten the electricity of paper. There is a part for equally. That signifies that next time you display up at your favorite synagogue on a Shabbat or vacation, assume to be greeted yet again by your preferred Jewish paper.
In the meantime, we’ll see you all on Jewishjournal.com.