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New Yiddish Weekly Launched

February 25, 1972
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A new Yiddish-language weekly newspaper, “Der Algemeiner Journal,” published its first issue of 20,000 copies yesterday, according to its editor Gershon Jacobson. Jacobson, who was city editor of the Day Jewish Journal, which ceased publication last Dec. 28, said he intended to attract most of the former readers of the defunct daily.

Participants in the first issue of Der Algemeiner Journal include former editors and staff writers of the Day Journal such as B.Z. Goldberg; D.L. Meckler, former chief editor; Dr. Hillel Seidman who wrote the weekly Torah portion; and A. Alperin, former managing editor. Der Algemeiner Journal, said Jacobson, will cover all news in depth and give particular emphasis to Jewish communal developments, on political, social, religious and cultural events, and will project a politically independent editorial policy.

The ten-page paper is published by Der Algemeiner Journal Corporation whose president is N. Seldis, a New York businessman, and sells for twenty-five cents. According to Jacobson, the corporation was established by a group of well-to-do businessmen interested in promoting the idea of Jewish identity and information among the wide masses of American Jewry. Jacobson said that if the weekly venture is successful, it will be expanded into a bi-weekly (Fridays and Sundays) and eventually, perhaps into a daily.

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