In 1972, Gershon Jacobson founded Der Algemeiner Journal, published in Yiddish, which inspires today's The Algemeiner. After his passing in 2005, his son Simon Jacobson established the non-profit Gershon Jacobson Jewish Continuity Fund (GJCF) to support The Algemeiner and became its publisher. In 2008, Dovid Efune was named Algemeiner editor-in-chief and GJCF director. In 2011, the GJCF launched the Algemeiner.com website.
Algemeiner is a Yiddish/German word that means "general" or "all inclusive." It was chosen because of Gershon's stated desire to reach as many people as possible with the paper's coverage.
The Algemeiner is supported by private donations through the GJCF.
The Algemeiner, a global news destination published online and in print, serves as a strong, independent media voice covering the Jewish people and Israel. During Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit to the United States in October of 2014, it was the only newspaper to interview the premier.
The late famed Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel described the paper as a "warrior for truth" and Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, described The Algemeiner as "the voice of Israel and the Jewish people."
The Algemeiner's stories are regularly quoted in leading publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, The Washington Post and others.
The Algemeiner has achieved #1 ranking on the Technorati 'World Authority' index and was referred to as "the fastest growing Jewish newspaper in America" by CNBC.
The paper's advisory board was led by Wiesel until his passing in 2016. Celebrities including Melissa Rivers, Tony Orlando, Harvey Weinstein, Ivanka Trump and Rupert Murdoch have headlined its fundraising events, alongside diplomatic, political and industry leaders.
The Algemeiner hosts over 1,300 bloggers on its site, the largest such community in the US. Well known contributors include Alan Dershowitz, Irwin Cotler, John Bolton, Bernard-Henri Levy, Martin Peretz and Ed Royce among others. The publication has been described as the Jewish Huffington Post.
The Algemeiner's editor-in-chief, Dovid Efune, is a popular public speaker and is regularly interviewed on major TV channels including CBS, CNN, CNBC, and Fox News.
The Algemeiner's annual 'Jewish 100' Gala is a highly anticipated celebration, honoring the unique individuals who have made a significant positive impact on Israel and Jewish communities around the world.
The Gala features the unveiling of the annual 'Jewish 100' list of the "top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life." The Algemeiner's respected 'Warrior for Truth' Award is also presented at the event.
Our Summer Benefit, geared towards The Algemeiner's younger constituency, honors leading journalists at other major news outlets.
As a distinguished member of The Algemeiner community, you join an exclusive group who understand the importance of clear and accurate reporting on Israel and the Jewish people. You also comprehend the need for that message to reach a broad audience.
Your generous and ongoing contributions ensure that The Algemeiner has the resources to carry out its critical work and expand smartly into the future.
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