A Living Lens

From Sept ’07 Spotlight: Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies kicks off a new book series with a visit from Alana Newhouse on Sunday, September 30. Newhouse, the arts and culture editor at the Forward, has just published A Living Lens, a beautiful and thought-provoking collection of photos from the Forward archives.

“Forward is associated in the Jewish public mind with New York because that’s where we were based,” Newhouse told me when I called, “But, in fact, we had staffed bureaus in six cities outside of New York (including Chicago). We also had stringers in 12 cities all over the country, and staffers in Eastern Europe, London, Paris, and Palestine. I think it’s fascinating for American Jews to know that we once had a newspaper like this—a newspaper that included the kind of news you’d get in a Wall Street Journal, the local news you’d get in a Chicago Tribune, the news you’d get from your local Jewish newspaper, fiction by Isaac Bashevis Singer, celebrity news. All of that in one newspaper, in a language that you spoke but that the rest of the country didn’t. It was all of that and Dear Abby!”

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