J. The Jewish News of Northern California traces its history back to 1895, when it began publication in San Francisco as the Emanu-El. Today our website reaches more than a million people each year; our biweekly print edition serves nearly 20,000 homes throughout Northern California.

J. covers the full range of what it means to be Jewish today — from politics to the arts, religion and food, life cycle events and news of our local, national and global communities. Our talented staff writers cover the local community in depth, augmented by a stable of skilled, seasoned freelancers. We strive to fill J. with the diverse voices that characterize our vibrant Jewish community, to present a range of views through our Opinions and Letters pages, and to engage the reader in the kind of lively debate that enriches and defines Jewish life.

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J. The Jewish News of Northern California

Publisher Steven Gellman
Editor Sue Fishkoff


Senior Editor Sue Barnett
Culture Editor Liz Harris
News Editor Dan Pine
Online Editor David A.M. Wilensky
Senior Writer Rob Gloster
Writer Max A. Cherney
Editorial Assistant Daniel Bromfield
Contributing Editors
Andy Altman-Ohr, Janet Silver Ghent, Alix Wall
Contributing Writers
Nate Bloom, Barbara Rose Brooker, Rita Clancy, Ira Fateman, Michael Fox, Howard Freedman, Nicki Gilbert, Eric Goldbrener, Joyce Goldstein, Jonathan Harris, Drew Himmelstein, Dawn Kepler, Faith Kramer, Julie Levine, Larry Rosen, Dr. Jerry Saliman, Josie A.G. Shapiro

Art & Production

Art Director Cathleen Maclearie
Webmaster Antonio Marquez
Graphic Artists
Michelle Palmer, Steve Romero

Advertising & Circulation

Account Execs
Rhea Adler, Nancy Beth Cohen, Meryl Sokoler
Office Manager/Classifieds Diane Spagnoli


Senior Accountant Jackie Deng
Accounting Assistant Cici Wu
Development Director Stephanie Brown


IT Support Felipe Barrueto

Board of Directors

President Marc Berger
Vice Presidents
Mark W. Bernstein, Lory Pilchik
Secretary Steven Ganz
Treasurer Harmon Shragge
Anne Cook, Rabbi Marvin Goodman, Quentin Kopp, Susan Libitzky, Carol Weitz, Jerry Yanowitz, Judy Yudof
Past Presidents
Lou Haas, Jon Kaufman, Dan Leemon, Adam Noily, William I. Schwartz