Observations: The Jewish Chronicle & Others
A WELL-ORGANIZED exhibition devoted to the Anglo-Jewish press has just closed in London. In some ways it was a melancholy affair: dead newspapers lay in their display cases thick as autumnal leaves. But the show was built around a success story: that of the weekly Jewish Chronicle, which for most people is the Anglo-Jewish press. Founded as far back as 1841, the Chronicle has been the longest-lived Jewish periodical in the world since the French Archives Israilites closed down shortly before the war. Its current circulation is over 65,000; at a guess it reaches half the 400,000 Jews in Britain, and a fair number abroad.
About the Author
John Gross is the editor most recently of The New Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes. His “Mr. Virginia Woolf” appeared in the December 2006 COMMENTARY.