The Jewish Advocate announced this week that its issue this week will be its last in print.
The newspaper, based in the former Boston Post building on School Street downtown, was started in 1902 by Theodor Herzl, who was also the father of modern Zionism. The paper said that in the past, contributions from readers and non-profit groups had helped it weather an ongoing decline in ad revenue, but that the Covid-19 pandemic, which accelerated the collapse of the print ad market, just proved too much.
Please know that we have done everything in our power to continue for as long as possible and it is with tears in our eyes that we concluded that our decision to suspend publication is a sad but necessary response to this crisis.
The Jewish Advocate added, however, it will try to continue online as a new Web site that will
Advocate for Jews, the Jewish community and for the State of Israel, so as thereby to continue the mission envisioned by Theodor Herzl in founding The Jewish Advocate 118 years ago “to inculcate Judaism into the community and progress the cause of the re-establishment of the Jewish faith and a Jewish state.” It is our intention to also provide an independent forum for primarily Greater Boston news about our community and various organizations, and importantly, debate and discussion of the issues, organization and programs in our community.
Earlier this year, the Jewish Journal, based in Salem, said it might have to shut as well, but it raised enough to stay afloat.