Date(s) - 31/03/2015
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 31 March, 7.30pm
H1.16- Ground Floor, Building H
Caulfield Campus, Monash University
Loti Smorgon Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life, Leah Garrett, will moderate a lively discussion with Samuel Norich about American Jews, The Forward and the past and future of Jewish journalism.
Samuel Norich is President of the Forward Association, and the publisher and CEO of the English Forward and Yiddish Forvertz. He served as executive director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research from 1980-1992, and as vice president of the World Jewish Congress from 1975 to 1981.
The Forward has always been distinguished by its willingness to confront difficult issues and air unpopular views. This conversation has become even more important as American Jews increasingly engage with Jewish concerns, ideas and community through the media. In English and Yiddish, in print and online, with text and multimedia, the Forward has a wider reach and greater impact than ever before
The specific purpose of the Forverts, as a Yiddish-language daily, was to serve immigrant workers and tradespeople with essential news, advice, and opinion – helping them to become Americans. It fulfilled that commitment so successfully that the Forverts became the most widely-read Jewish newspaper in the world. It became one of the most prominent Jewish cultural institutions in America, with its writers including future Nobel Prize laureates Isaac Bashevis Singer and Elie Wiesel.
The Forverts is still published in Yiddish today, both as a biweekly newspaper and as a multimedia website, still renowned as a source of news and analysis and a rich source of Jewish culture, both historical and contemporary. In 1990 it was joined by the weekly English-language Forward newspaper, which quickly established itself as the pre-eminent national Jewish newspaper in the United States.
Today, as in 1897, the Forward Association owns and publishes the Forward newspapers, responsible for their policies, assets and budgets. Now, as always, the organisation promotes and exemplifies values of Jewish peoplehood, Yiddish culture and social and economic justice.
Admission free; no prior bookings