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New Jersey Jewish News Records (1946 - 2007)
RepositoryJewish Historical Society of Greater MetroWest, Howard Kiesel Memorial Archives
Collection ID8-13
Size8 boxes
Collection Description
The Jewish News, later the Metrowest Jewish News, was founded in 1946 with Jewish Community Council support as a community newspaper serving Newark, Essex County, and the ever-expanding outer suburbs. The first issue of the paper appeared on January 3, 1947. For nearly 70 years, until September 22, 2016, it was published in-house by the Greater MetroWest Jewish Federation and its predecessors. It is a rich source for the religious, social, economic, professional, and political history of the regional Jewish community.

NOTE: The Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey has digitized the newspaper (1947 through September 2016); thousands of pages of the fully searchable digital version are now available on the Society's web site, at:

An earlier Newark Jewish newspaper, the Jewish Chronicle (1921-1943) has been digitized and is available through GenealogyBank, a subscription service.
Collection Contents
The collection consists of administrative and editorial files, including the following:

Box 1: clippings; change of address flyer; Board meeting postcard reminders (1940s-1950s); Jewish News readership studies (1961, 1969, 1970); miscellaneous photos, including staff groups and editor David Twersky interviewing Jon Corzine (undated); and CD, Jewish News 60th anniversary supplement (2007)

Boxes 2 and 3: minutes of founding stockholders meeting and Board of Directors meetings (1946-1990)

Box 4: minutes, Executive Committee (1954-1983)

Boxes 5-8: Jewish News editor Harry Weingast's biographical files. These files are mostly small, some containing only one or two items. Contents include clippings, press releases typescripts, correspondence, and photographs. Among the many Newarkers represented are: Joseph Brenner (Desk Co.), Dr. Eva Brodkin, Sophie (Mrs. Samuel E.) Cooper (Newark City Council); Louis W. Cole; Rabbi Bernard Drachman (Congregation Oheb Shalom); Hilda Hausner Ellenstein; Meyer C. Ellenstein; Robert Ellenstein; Joseph [and Sophie] Farkas; Morris Fuchs; Leslie A. Fiedler; Ruth (Mrs. Theodore) Fierstein; Dr. Rita Finkler; Lewis M. Herrman; Michael Hollander (Hollander & Son furs; Rabbi Herman L. Kahan (Torath Chaim Jewish Center); George H. Kahn (YM-YWCA); Morris Kempner (WW I medal-winner); Hortense Fuld (Mrs. Samuel I.) Kessler; Dr. Eva Kornblith (dentist); Alexander Konoff (Conmar Corp.); Archie Korngut (City Clerk's office); Capt. Benjamin Krasner (prisoner in China); Abner J. Kupperman; Sarah Kussy; Aaron Lasser (University of Newark); Jack H. Lehman, Jr. (real estate, developer); Hilda (Mrs. Walter) Leibo; Ruth Chivian Lewenson (15th Ave. School); Hyman R. levy (Levy Advertising Agency); Philip Lindeman (Lindeman and Co., coal and fuel); Aaron Lippman (Lippman and Co., radio, tv and electronic parts); Mrs. Samuel Pitman (Sharoff Jewish Consumptive Relief Society); Martin A. Livenstein (Fuld Neighborhood House); Emanuel London (Williams and London advertising); John H. Lowenstein; Arthur Lustig; William B. Meyers (silversmith); Dr. Leonard Morvay; Robert L. Ruben (Newark Health Inspector); Meyer Streil (toolmaker, worked with Thomas Edison); Elizabeth Blume Silverstein; Jerome Sisselman (Newark Mizrachi-Hapoel Hamizrachi, religious Zionists); Dr. Milton Shoshkes; and Dr. Saul N. Sherman (chiropractor).
FormatsPhotographic materials; Textual materials
SubjectsJewish-American History; Journalism / Journalists
Time Period20th Century
Access policyOpen for research