Take a look at the top of this page — we’ve changed our name. We’ve dropped the “weekly,” and are now J. The Jewish News of Northern California. It might seem like a small change, but it speaks to the future: While our print edition will continue to be published once a week, our online edition will be updated daily with new stories, columns and photos.
Now that you’re here, take a look around. It’s still jweekly.com, but just about everything else has been overhauled, updated and improved to give you the best reader experience possible and make J. your go-to source for Jewish news from the Bay Area, Israel and around the world.
J. was the first Jewish publication to put its entire issue online, in September 1995. But our website has not been updated in quite a while, and no longer was meeting the demands of today’s media-savvy audience. Now, it will.
Everything is easier to read and navigate. The home page is cleaner, with sensible categories that help you find what you want to read: news, culture, opinions, columns, Jewish life. There are more photos to enhance the visual experience. And a new section, “Around the Bay,” features local stories by region. Want to read about what’s happening in Palo Alto or Berkeley or San Rafael? Just click on the city’s name, and you’ll be taken to a page where everything is gathered in one place.
Our calendar of events has been greatly expanded, too. Instead of publicizing just two weeks of events, now we will list them well into the future, so you can plan ahead for that gala benefit or film festival. In the coming weeks we plan to add even more new features, so you can search by day, location or type of event, as you wish.
Resource, our guide to Jewish life in the Bay Area, is online now in our new format, making it possible to find listings of local synagogues, schools and other Jewish services and agencies. That’s important for newcomers to our Jewish community, but just as vital for those of us who are longtime residents wanting to stay connected.
Want to reach us? That’s easier, too. Click on “Write a Letter,” “Suggest a Story” or any of the other options in the menu at the bottom of the home page, and clear instructions will follow. At the top of the home page, “Contact” will bring up all of that information in one place, along with staff names and email addresses. Voila.
Best of all, it’s now super easy to donate to J. And we need you to do that. We became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit three years ago, recognizing that in this new media landscape, advertising revenue was no longer sufficient to sustain us. We have reached out to our generous readers, and more than 2,000 of you have responded, sending in your tax-deductible donations to help support us in our mission: to inspire, strengthen and connect the Jewish community of Northern California.
So please, check out our new online home and let us know what you think — because it’s your home, too. And if you haven’t already done so, go to our home page and sign up for our free weekly newsletter, which brings you all of our highlights in one email every Friday morning. You’ll see that we continue to bring you all of the Jewish news you’ve come to expect, and we know we will be the first place you go for the most up-to-date, authoritative and entertaining writing about Jewish life in the Bay Area and beyond.