Family-owned Jewish News of Greater Phoenix is sold

(JTA) — The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, which has been owned by the same family for more than half a century, was sold.

Florence and Paul Eckstein, the weekly’s owners since 1981, announced in an email to readers and advertisers that their publishing company was sold to Dr. Jeff and Jaime Stern. Along with the newspaper, the company includes the annual community directory and the jewishaz.com website.

Jaime Stern was named the publisher, while Florence Eckstein will serve as publisher emeritus, working as a consultant to the publisher through the transition period, according to the newspaper.

“The sale represents the transfer of the reins of our weekly newspaper, website and community directory from a family of longtime owners ready to retire to a young, energetic family representing the next generation of readers,” according to the email.

The Ecksteins bought the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix from Florence Eckstein’s parents, Cecil and Pearl Newmark, who bought the newspaper and became its editor in 1961.

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