GOODBYE: ‘The Forward’ Ends Its Print Operation After 121 Years


New York City’s newsstands have been bereft of copies of The Forward. Founded as a Yiddish-language daily in 1897, the newspaper once known as The Jewish Daily Forward endured a host of major changes over its long life span — but through them all, the small publication reliably went to press with news that its predominantly American Jewish audience often couldn’t find elsewhere.

The paper announced Thursday that it is ending its print operation to “become a digitally focused publisher,” laying off 10 jobs — or nearly 30 percent of its staff — in the process. That includes The Forward’s editor-in-chief, Jane Eisner.

“The Forward has never stagnated. Over our 121-year history, we have changed our format many times, launching new sections, publishing in new languages (Yiddish, English, Russian), and embracing change in our community,” the publication’s CEO and publisher, Rachel Fishman Feddersen, said in a letter to readers.

“Whereas our readers once went to the newsstand with a nickel to read the news of the day, today, the vast majority of our community connects through the digital world. That is where the Forward is and will be.”

Read more at NPR.



  1. Isn’t there a story of a rosh yeshiva with a small group of Talmidim learning perhaps on shabbos or yom tov when they heard the noise coming from the printing press of the forward and the rosh yeshiva made a statement that these.talmidim or the yeshiva would outlive the forward. Something like that. Can someone expand on the details of this story,maybe it was rav aharon ztl.

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