Finding the Forward 50

In an annual tradition, the staff of this newspaper compiles a list of the 50 people who have made an imprint in the past year on the ways in which American Jews view the world and relate to each other. Last year, for the first time, we invited you, our readers, to send us your nominations for the Forward 50. The results were so interesting and helpful that we are renewing the call for the 2009 edition, which will be published in mid-November.

To participate, e-mail your suggestions to, and explain why your nominees merit a spot on this estimable list. Also, please include your own name and contact information. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 16.

I’m also pleased to announce that the Forward’s Web site,, has received two awards of national significance. The Web Marketing Association honored us with a “Standard of Excellence” award in both the “news” and “newspaper” categories for 2009. Our Web site also was named a finalist for the 2009 Online Journalism Awards — a first for us. This prestigious award is overseen by the Online News Association; the winner will be announced October 3.

These awards illustrate the creativity and dedication of so many Forward staff members, but two deserve special mention: Web editor Gabi Birkner and webmaster Aram David.

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Jane Eisner

Jane Eisner

Jane Eisner, a pioneer in journalism, became editor-in-chief of the Forward in 2008, the first woman to hold the position at the influential Jewish national news organization. Under her leadership, the Forward readership has grown significantly and it has won numerous regional and national awards for its original journalism, in print and online.

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