PHOTO: The Jewish Review returned as an e-newspaper (left) when society still functioned in person. Later that month, the world moved into a virtual realm and the Review published an EXTRA issue (right) to help readers navigate the altered world. (See schedule of upcoming issues and deadlines below.)
When the Jewish Review published its first issue as a biweekly e-newspaper March 4, 2020, Americans had not yet realized the enormity of the health and economic crisis soon to alter our lives.
Beginning March 13, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued a series of orders with increasingly tight limits on schools, businesses and gatherings, culminating in a “stay at home order” March 23.
That first issue was full of in-person events past and planned. The second issue on March 18 already reflected the looming crisis. The next week, the Jewish Review published an EXTRA issue on March 25 with information on the COVID-19 Crisis Campaign, volunteer matching, expedited free loans and the advent of virtual events.
Readership for the first year has been high. Readers reacted with enthusiasm to the first issue, and after the world turned virtual, we received many emails thanking us for bringing the Jewish Review back as a news source for the Jewish communities of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
One typical email read: “Thank you for bringing back the Jewish Review. We have missed it. I appreciate this electronic version; the timing of it couldn’t be better.”
Each issue is emailed to more than 7,300 addresses. On average, each of the first 28 issues has been opened 4,636 times. People open the Jewish Review from the original emails, forwarded emails and clicks from social media posts. The emailed publication features both a flipbook and printable pdf. In addition, Cedar Sinai Park prints each issue for its residents.
The local newspaper was originally published as a print newspaper from 1959 to January 2012. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland publishes the Jewish Review and hosts the publication on its website. Current and past issues, as well as recent obituaries, can be accessed at https://www.jewishportland.org/jewishreview.
The biweekly e-newspaper publishes announcements for, and reports on the activities of, local Jewish individuals, organizations and programs. Obituaries and life-cycle events such as births, weddings, anniversaries and milestone birthdays are printed in each issue and added online as they are received.
We invite you to share your news, life-cycle events and suggestions with editor Deborah Moon at email@example.com.