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Beyond the Shtetlsphere: Using Media to Create Community

Jane EisnerFilmed at Limmud New York

How can Jewish media today be as essential as Ab Cahan’s Yiddish Forward was to its readers a century ago? By going beyond the traditional journalistic role of reporting and explaining the news to create a new conversation that connects our community with our Jewish beliefs.

Jane Eisner is Editor-in-Chief of the Forward, the national newspaper and website that for more than a century has been the authoritative source of news, opinion and cultural coverage for the American Jewish community.  Under her leadership, the Forward has won numerous national and regional journalism awards and Eisner’s editorials have been repeatedly honored by the Society of Professional Journalists. Prior to joining the Forward in 2008, Eisner held executive editorial and news positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years, including stints as editorial page editor, syndicated columnist, City Hall bureau chief and foreign correspondent.  She has taught at Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of “Taking Back the Vote: Getting American Youth Involved in our Democracy.”

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