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 serves nearly 20,000 homes throughout Northern California.

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.

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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.

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J. The Jewish News of Northern California

Publisher Steven Gellman
Editor Sue Fishkoff


Managing Editor Sue Barnett
Digital Editor David A.M. Wilensky
News Editor Gabe Stutman
Culture Editor Andrew Esensten
Staff Writers
Maya Mirsky, Gabriel Greschler
Editorial Assistant Lea Loeb
Contributing Editors
Andy Altman-Ohr, Dan Pine, Alix Wall
Rita Clancy, Howard Freedman, Karen Galatz, Drew Himmelstein, Dawn Kepler, Faith Kramer, Dr. Jerry Saliman

Art & Production

Digital Technology Director Antonio R. Marquez
Graphic Artists
Michelle Palmer, Steve Romero

Advertising & Circulation

Account Execs
Nancy Beth Cohen, Meryl Sokoler
Office Manager/Circulation/Classifieds Diane Spagnoli


Senior Accountant Jackie Deng
Accounting Assistant Linda Uong
Development Director Allison Green
Development Associate Shauna Satnick


IT Support Felipe Barrueto

Board of Directors

Mark W. Bernstein, Lory Pilchik
VP/Treasurer Harmon Shragge
Secretary Carol Weitz
Fraidy Aber, Rabbi Dan Ain, Liz Berman, David Cornfield, Alexandra Corvin, Liz Einbinder, Alia Wechsler Gorkin, Nadine Joseph, Steve Katz, Charlie Kirschner, Quentin Kopp, Sara Gaviser Leslie, Susan Libitzky, Andy Rittenberg, Patricia Rosenberg, Donna Rosenthal, Jane Springwater, Joelle Steefel, Jerry Yanowitz
Board Advisor Steven Dinkelspiel
Past Presidents
Marc Berger, Lou Haas, Jon Kaufman, Dan Leemon, Adam Noily, William I. Schwartz

Thank you to our funders

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