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Algemeiner.com is dedicated to study the world through the lenses of some of the finest scholars and communicators living today. The website will offer you a penetrating and stimulating perspective on the events and issues of our times.

OUR HISTORY - OUR POWER
Deep roots bear eternal fruits.

For the last 55 years, the late Gershon Jacobson, a writer for some of the most eminent newspapers, including the New York Herald Tribune, the Yiddish Day Jewish Journal and Israel's largest daily Yediot Acharonot, served as a faithful witness and documenter of the destruction, rebirth and renaissance of Jews and Judaism.

Gershon Jacobson was a living record of the most traumatic and exciting six decades in all of Jewish history. From his young years under Stalin's tyranny, through his youth walking the streets of war torn Europe; from the ashes of a destroyed old world to the rebirth of Israel; from the revitalization of Jews in America to the horror of terrorism - Gershon Jacobson recorded it all, interviewed key players, and served as an indispensable guide to understand the world in which we live.

Gershon Jacobson died on Sunday, May 29, 2005. His legacy, however, lives on.

ALGEMEINER.COM
Gershon Jacobson's crowning journalistic achievement was the establishment 32 years ago of the weekly Yiddish-English newspaper, "The Algemeiner Journal."

In tribute to Gershon Jacobson's legacy, his family, friends and editorial staff created this website, Algemeiner.com, dedicated to perpetuate his life's work to study the world through the lenses of some of the finest scholars and communicators living today. The website will offer a penetrating and stimulating Jewish perspective on the events and issues of our times.

For over three decades, the Algemeiner Journal has been a vital lifeline of continuity for the Jewish community. It has served as the newspaper transmitting the culture and tradition of the six million Jews who perished in the holocaust to the survivor community and their children. The newspaper was driven by the dream that Yiddish culture and Jewish life must never perish. Now, Algemeiner.com is committed to carrying the power of the Algemeiner Journal and all its history to the next generation growing up in prosperity and freedom.

"Algemeiner" is a Yiddish term which means "for everybody." This website will offer an all encompassing outlook on life. The site will be updated weekly, in English and Yiddish, and will include some of the best and most exciting material from the on-print-version of the Algemeiner Journal.

Our commentary on this website is divided into three general sections, Events, Issues and Tradition, each branching off into numerous sub-categories, which you can easily access through our Archive section and our Search engine. A fascinating Yiddish section on the website features the finest Yiddish essays published in the weekly print issues of the newspaper. We welcome your submissions of articles and essays, of all divergent views and perspectives. To submit your article, please click "submit" on home page.

The Editor-in-Chief of the website is renowned orator and writer, Yosef Y. Jacobson, who has worked for years under the tutelage of his late father, veteran journalist for more than five decades, Gershon Jacobson.

Simon Jacobson, eldest child of Gershon and author of the best-selling book Toward A Meaningful Life, is the director of the site.


STAFF

Founder
Gershon Jacobson (1934-2005)

Chairman of Advisory Board
Dr. Elie Wiesel

Director
Simon Jacobson

Editor
Yosef Y. Jacobson

Contributing Editors
Yeshoshua Dubravski
Dov Greenberg
Rabbi Yeohoshua Hecht
Rabbi David Hollander
Simon Jacobson
Rabbi Moshe Kaiman
Bentzion Krasnianski
Aron Moss
Rochel Chanah Schilder
Shlomo Shamir
Sarah Shapiro
Dr. Edwin Yisroel Susskind
Shimona Tzukernik
Chana Weisberg
Dr. Elie Wiesel


Founder

  GERSHON JACOBSON

Born in 1933 in Moscow, Mr. Jacobson began his journalistic career as a teen-ager in Europe, writing for French newspapers following the war, and has been standing at the forefront of public Jewish life for close to six decades. In 1953 Mr. Jacobson moved to the United States where he became the city editor for Der Tog Morgen Journal (The Day Jewish Journal), one of the largest daily Yiddish newspapers. Gershon Jacobson also worked as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune and in the 1960's replaced Elie Wiesel as the UN correspondent for Israel's largest daily, Yediot Acharonot. In 1972 he founded The Algemeiner Journal, the largest Yiddish weekly newspaper, which he published and edited till his death on May 29, 2005.

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Chairman of Advisory Board

DR. ELIE WIESEL

Dr. Elie Wiesel is the author of more than forty books of fiction and non-fiction, including A Beggar in Jerusalem, The Testament, The Fifth Son, and two volumes of his memoirs. Dr. Wiesel, who in 1986 won the Nobel Prize for Peace, worked together with Gershon Jacobson for years as a journalist, and has been a contributor to the Algemeiner Journal.

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Director

SIMON JACOBSON

Simon Jacobson is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life, a William Morrow publication that has sold over 300,000 copies to date and has been translated into eight languages. Rabbi Jacobson heads The Meaningful Life Center, and is a sought-after scholar and lecturer on Jewish thought and its contemporary application, speaking to diverse audiences worldwide. He can be reached at wisdomreb@meaningfullife.com

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Editor

YOSEF Y. JACOBSON

Rabbi YY Jacobson, one of the most sought-after Jewish speakers in the world today, has lectured to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on six continents and in thirty states. Funny, brilliant, charming, and an exceptional orator, he has touched thousands with his deep, intuitive grasp of the human condition and his remarkable ability to bring down the ancient Jewish wisdom of the mystical texts and inspire his listeners with its relevance to their daily lives. He is the author of the acclaimed tape series, "A Tale of Two Souls" and "Captain, My Captain," and teaches Kabbalah, Chassidic spirituality and Talmud at the Rabbinical College Chovevay Torah in Brooklyn, New York. Jacobson's weekly internet essays on Judaism, mysticism and psychology are read by tens of thousands worldwide.

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Contributing Editors

  YEHOSHUA DUBRAVSKI

Yehoshua Dubravsky, a columnist in the Yiddish weekly The Algemeiner Journal, is considered to be one of the greatest Yiddish writers of our times.

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DOV GREENBERG

Rabbi Dov Greenberg is the executive director of Chabad at Stanford University and a sought after speaker on Jewish philosophy and spirituality. You can e-mail him at: Info@chabadstanford.org

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RABBI YEHOSHUA HECHT

Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, is the spiritual leader of Beth Israel of Westport/Norwalk since 1984. His brilliant oratory, engaging personality and sense of humor have endeared him to the community. Rabbi Hecht is a columnist for the Algemeiner Journal

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  RABBI DAVID HOLLANDER

Rabbi David Hollander, a long time rabbinic activist, is spiritual leader of the Hebrew Alliance--F.R.E.E. synagogue in Brighten Beach, NY and former president of the RCA. Rabbi Hollander serves as a columnist for the Yiddish weekly The Algemeiner Journal.

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RABBI MOSHE KAIMAN

Rabbi Moshe Kaiman is Chief Rabbi of Monterey, Mexico and a columnist for the Yiddish weekly The Algemeiner Journal. A disciple of some of the great Lutheanian sages of the pre-holoucast era, Rabbi Kaiman has inspired thousands with the moral and ethical values of Judaism.

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BENTZION KRASNIANSKI

Rabbi Krasnianski is the executive director of Chabad of the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a contributor to The Algemeiner Journal. He can be reached at chabadues@aol.com

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ARON MOSS

Aron Moss teaches Kabbalah, Talmud and practical Judaism at the Foundation for Education in Sydney, Australia. Rabbi Moss is also a teen-age and marriage counselor. You can e-mail him at: rabbimoss@bina.com.au.

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  ROCHEL CHANAH SCHILDER

Rochel Chana Schilder is a writer, editor, and teacher living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

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SHLOMO SHAMIR

Shlomo Shamir is a veteran journalist and a keen political analyst. He is New York correspondent for the prominent Israeli daily, Haaretz; editor-in-chief of HaDoar and a long time political columnist for the Yiddish weekly The Algemeiner Journal.

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  SARAH SHAPIRO

Sarah Shapiro, a noted writer and lecturer, is the author of Growing With My Children; Don't You Know It's a Perfect World? and of A Gift Passed Along. Sarah lives with her family in Jerusalem.

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DR. EDWIN YISROEL SUSSKIND

Dr. Susskind, a clinical psychologist and marital counselor (Ph.D., Yale '69), lectures nationally and also counsels nationally over the telephone. His e-mail address is eysusskind@aol.com.

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SHIMONAH TZUKERNIK

Shimonah Tzukernik is a popular teacher, artist, writer and passionate speaker. She has received international acclaim for her creative workshops that combine art, discussion, writing, and meditation with Kabbalistic insights to harness one's soul powers and transform daily life.

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CHANA WEISBERG

Chana Weisberg is the author of four books, the latest, "Divine Whispers," soon to be released by Targum/Feldheim. She is the dean of the JRCC Institute of Jewish Studies in Toronto and is also a columnist for the Jewish Press Newspaper. Weisberg lectures regularly on issues relating to women, relationships and the Jewish soul.

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