August 11th, 2005

Jüdische Allgemeine

The Jüdische Allgemeine is Germany’s only national Jewish weekly and it is published by the Central Council of Jews in Germany. The paper follows in the footsteps of the Allgemeine Zeitung des Judenthums, founded in 1837 and published from 1890 by the renowned publishing house Rudolf Mosse.

The Jüdische Allgemeine was launched in Düsseldorf in 1946 with the permission of the British military government censors. It was originally the organ of the Jewish community in the North Rhine Province and Westphalia. It was later published in Bonn as the Allgemeine Jüdische Wochenzeitung. Since 2002 it has been known as the Jüdische Allgemeine. It comes out every Thursday in an edition of 25,000 and is sold on streets, in bookshops and by postal subscription. Since March 2004 it has been available for download as an e-paper at www.juedische-allgemeine.de – in this format from 3 pm on Wednesday.

When the Central Council of Jews in Germany moved to Berlin, it was joined in the capital in spring 1999 by the Jewish Press and the newspaper’s editorial board. Initially the offices of the four Jüdische Allgemeine editors were accommodated at Leo Baeck House alongside the Central Council, in the old home of the Academy for the Science of Judaism. Since October 2003 they have had their own premises on Hausvogteiplatz in Mitte. Twice a year, to mark the book fairs in Frankfurt and Leipzig, they publish a Literature special, presenting new books on Jewish themes. Recently the publishers and editorial board revived a tradition of the 1950s and 1960s: the colour supplement Jüdische Illustrierte. Special editions of this now appear regularly on themes like travel, cars, etc.

The Jewish Press also runs the Leo Baeck Bookshop on the Internet, with its wide range of Jewish literature (www.Leo-Baeck.de).

In March 2003 the Jüdische Allgemeine was awarded a price for excellent newspaper design when an independent jury selected its typography for the Award of Excellence. 206 newspapers from 22 countries took part in this contest.