Today we’re kicking off an exciting celebration – and we’re thrilled you’re part of it: The Forward turns 120 this month — it’s a milestone in Jewish years, and it’s a momentous birthday for us.
We’ve come a long way: From 1897’s scrappy Yiddish broadsheet to our award-winning, digital-first, 24/7 news organization today.
But we’re still the feisty, fearless Forward that’s helped define Jewish American life for more than a century. Our reporting keeps making national news -– whether about Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka today, Agriprocessors in the 2000s, or the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire a century ago. New digital features are expanding how we tell the Jewish story, from Scribe, our curated contributor network, to Fault Lines, our compulsively listenable podcast.
More than ever, we’re leading the American Jewish conversation with diverse and provocative opinion pages that shine a light on our world from the left, right, and center. And we’re proud to keep winning coveted journalism honors like the Rockower and Deadline Club awards.
In the coming months, you’ll see special 120th features that salute our past and illuminate our future.
We’ll share indelible moments from 120 years of great journalism, and offer a peek at what the next 120 might look like. And look for some surprises along the way.
This is a particularly meaningful anniversary for a Jewish publication — 120 signifies a full lifetime in Jewish mysticism. It’s the blessing Jews love hearing on birthdays: “You should live to 120!”
In our first 120 years, we led the way in covering the American Jewish community in print and online. With your support, we will continue to do so for the next 120 years — and beyond!
All of us at the Forward are so grateful to readers like you for helping us reach this landmark moment. And stay tuned — because the best is yet to come.
Rachel Fishman Feddersen
Publisher and CEO
The publisher and CEO of the Forward, Feddersen has been an innovator in digital media since the earliest days of Silicon Alley. She is passionate about creating and supporting the most engaging media properties, and exploring new ways of reaching readers, wherever they may be. She has worked with audiences of many millions, as Chief Content Officer of Patch, with its 900 sites across the country; Digital GM at MentalFloss.com and TheWeek.com, thought-leading brands for millennials and global citizens; and editor-in-chief of Parenting.com.