When the editors of The Jewish Journal, along withpublisher Stanley Hirsh, started planning an issue to commemorateIsrael's 50th anniversary, we were committed to something other thana "coffee-table" paper. We wanted it to be highly readable andentertaining, definitely, but also filled with stories and newsarticles that were immediate and compelling and newsworthy -- notjust gloss or an endless series of superlatives.
We asked Hirsh Goodman, the gifted Israelijournalist, political analyst and editor, to contribute his thoughts[not available in our online edition]. Then we turned to our Tel Avivcorrespondent, LarryDerfner, who had been following thecomplex stories of ethnic and class rivalry in Israel for more than adecade, and to EricSilver, our man in Jerusalem, who had beenlooking closely at the impact of terrorism on both politics and dailylife in the region.
We called on David Margolis, an Angeleno who had been on the staff of The JewishJournal until he made aliyah about four years ago, toassess his experience in Israel from the perspective of anAmerican-born modern Orthodox Jew.
Former columnist and staff member Yehuda Lev, now living in Providence, R.I., had lived in Israel 50years ago and had fought in the War for Independence; certainly weneeded to include him.
Then there were stories we wanted on the military,on changes concerning the role of women during the past half century,and on tourism and restaurants and writing.
And we began collecting the stories ofAngelenos whose lives had been changed byIsrael -- just a small sampling, we know, of what must be far greaternumbers.
We at The Jewish Journal take for granted --perhaps with undeserved pride -- Israel's accomplishments over these50 years. A nation has been built; a people has survived; a dream hasbeen realized for all Jews, not just Israelis. That's cause enoughfor honor and celebration.
We also recognize the conflicts and the adversity:the five wars, the Jewish population that has grown from 600,000 tonearly 5 million, the stalled peace process, the need for security.But the triumph of a people and a vibrant democracy are with each andevery one of us on this 50th anniversary.
So we leave you with our special issue. It iscelebratory, but there is much to read and ponder. My advice is tohold onto this issue for a while; my guess is that there is much herethat will interest you. And it will take considerably more than aweek to read.-- GeneLichtenstein
Editor-in chief,Gene Lichtenstein
Managing editor, Robert Eshman
Assistant editor, Stig Jantz
Calendar and copy editor, William Yelles
Senior writer, NaomiPfefferman
Staff writer, RuthStroud
Production coordinator and
online editor, SaraEve Roseman
Community editor,Michael Aushenker
Arts editor, DianeArieff Zaga
Religion Editor, Julie Gruenbaum Fax
Valley Editor, WendyJ. Madnick
Education Editor, Beverly Gray
Senior Columnist, Marlene Adler Marks
National Correspondent, J. J. Goldberg
Contributing writers, James David Besser (Washington),
Larry Derfner (Tel Aviv), Rabbi Ed Feinstein,Linda Feldman, Joel Kotkin, Rabbi Steven Leder, Yehuda Lev, DeborahBerger-Reiss, Eric Silver (Jerusalem), Teresa Strasser
Contributing editor, Tom Tugend
Theater Critic, Charles Marowitz
Art director,Shelley Adler
Photo/Graphics, Carvin Knowles
Advertising Director, Melissa H. Safran
Advertising art director, Lionel Ochoa
Advertising Traffic Coordinator,Kimber Anapoell
Advertising Account Executives,Tamara Liebman, Tori Radaich, SuzanneRinger, Toni Van Ness
Classifieds/Personal Advertising Executive,Bob Garcia
Circulation/Subscription Manager,Myrtle Wells
Office Administrator, James Black
Members of the corporation,Ed Brennglass (1919-1997), Willard Chotiner, Irwin Daniels,Irwin Field, David Finegood, Herbert Gelfand, Osias Goren, RichardGunther, Stanley Hirsh, Marvin Kristan, Mark Lainer
Legal counsel/ accountants, Leon Katz of Tyre, Kamins, Katz and Granoff; JonathanKirsch of Kirsch and Mitchell/Gerald Block of Block, Plant andEisner
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