Pittsburgh Federation Acquires Two Local Jewish Weekly Newspapers

The United Jewish Federation has purchased Pittsburgh’s two weekly Jewish community newspapers–the American Jewish Outlook and the Jewish Criterion–and a new corporation is being created to publish a successor, Herman Fineberg, UJF president, announced today.

The new publication will be a weekly community newspaper carrying local, national and international news of interest to its special public, Mr. Fineberg said, and will adhere to the highest standards of journalism. It will not, however, be a house organ of the Federation. It will be operated by a board of directors consisting of representative persons in the Jewish community.

A definite starting date for the paper has not been set, but it is expected to commence publication early in March. Tying the acquisition of the newspaper in with the celebration of the Federation’s 50th anniversary year which began yesterday, Mr. Fineberg called it another example of the way in which the Federation has responded to the challenges of the times throughout its history.

“We believe that a good community is a well-informed community,” Mr. Fineberg declared. “We want to do everything possible to give people the information and knowledge that is necessary for intelligent action in these complicated times.” The Criterion was established in 1906 and the Outlook in 1934.

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