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Jewish Week Takes Over New Jersey Jewish News

— The New York-based Jewish Week Media Group will soon begin publishing the New Jersey Jewish News.

The agreement for a subsidiary of The Jewish Week to assume editorial sales and administrative responsibilities for the weekly newspaper was reached between the Jewish Week Media Group and the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest in New Jersey this week, according to a joint announcement.

The weekly newspaper’s local coverage will be supplemented by reporting from The Jewish Week’s staff in New York and Israel. The media group also will continue to publish the bimonthly and monthly editions of the New Jersey paper that serve two other federation communities.

Most of the editorial staff of the New Jersey paper will be retained as part of the deal, although some production and business positions were eliminated in the arrangement.

The New Jersey Jewish News was founded in 1946 by the Jewish community in Newark, and moved with the community as the Jews left the inner city and moved to its western suburbs.

The circulation/distribution of the combined New Jersey Jewish News editions is 21,000, according to the newspaper. The Jewish Week put the figure at 32,000.

“Our mission is journalistic excellence and helping to strengthen the Jewish community,” Stuart Himmelfarb, president of the board of The Jewish Week Media Group, said in a statement. “We hope that by combining our editorial and marketing skills with those of NJJN and its communities, we will accomplish those goals together to the benefit of all.”

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