About

J. The Jewish News of Northern California traces its history back to 1895, when it began publication in San Francisco as the Emanu-El. Today we are a nonprofit publication with a website that reaches more than a million people each year and a biweekly print edition that serves nearly 20,000 homes throughout Northern California.

See our full staff and board list here.

J. covers the full range of what it means to be Jewish today — from the arts to religion, food, lifecycle events and news of our local, national and global communities. Our talented staff writers cover the local community in depth, augmented by a stable of skilled, seasoned freelancers. We strive to fill J. with the diverse voices that characterize our vibrant Jewish community, to present a wide range of views through op-eds and letters from our readers, and to engage the reader in the kind of lively debate that enriches and defines Jewish life.

Our mission is:

1. To connect, enlighten and strengthen the multi-faceted Jewish community of Northern California.

2. To be a forum for news, information, ideas and opinions affecting Jews locally, nationally and internationally.

3. To enrich the cultural, religious and social life of the community through articles, interviews, reviews and features.

4. To support Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.

Editorial Independence

J. The Jewish News of Northern California (“J.”) subscribes to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News.

• J. has full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization.

• J. accepts gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgment is made independently and not on the basis of donor support. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions. J. prominently labels sponsored content.

• J. does not give favored treatment to advertisers, donors or any other special interests, and resists internal and external pressure to influence coverage.

• J. makes public all donors, both in print and online, each calendar year. Logos also appear for any donor over $25,000.

• J. may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Thank you to our funders

J. is proud to be supported by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, a number of foundations and individual donors. Click here to see a list of our major donors. J. The Jewish News of Northern California is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Click here to donate.

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