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Newspaper The Southern Jewish Weekly (Jacksonville, Fla.) 1939-1992

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About this Newspaper


  • The Southern Jewish Weekly (Jacksonville, Fla.) 1939-1992


  • The Southern Jewish Weekly (sn78000090) began publication in 1939 when editor Isadore Moscovitz (a University of Florida Journalism graduate) merged the Florida Jewish News (sn 95047205) and the Jewish Citizen (sn 95047204) to create a new newspaper that would be "an independent weekly serving American citizens of Jewish faith". The Weekly considered itself the "oldest and most widely circulated Jewish publication in this territory." The paper was a member of the Religious News Service, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the American Jewish Press Club, and the Independent Jewish Press Service. It was published in Jacksonville once a week, with every issue typically being eight pages. In October 1943, Moscovitz published an announcement noting a change in publication frequency due to World War II. The Weekly became the Southern Jewish Monthly, publishing a single issue every third Friday of the month. During this time Moscovitz served in the war, leaving his wife Ethel Moscovitz to manage the paper and serve as its editor in the interim. The paper continued as a monthly until January 1947 when Moscovitz returned to the United States and resumed the paper's weekly publication schedule. The Southern Jewish Weekly was "opposed to communism, fascism, and Nazism and is dedicated to the ideals of American democracy". It reported on WWII, providing readers a unique perspective from the community most affected by the tragedies of the war. The newspaper often reported the murders and atrocities endured by the Jewish community. It also also reported on activities of antisemitc hate groups hate groups in the United States, like the Ku Klux Klan. Additionally, the Weekly served as a strong promoter of Jewish faith, including information about Jewish congregations from around the state. It published information to educate readers on Jewish holidays, including a mini-calendar for readers to refer to and coverage of local celebrations for Passover, Shavuot, Hanukkah, and Rosh Hashanah. Pensacola was home to the first known Jewish community in Florida in 1763 after the Treaty of Paris was signed. Once England acquired Florida, non-Catholics were allowed to freely settle in the colony. The Jewish community in Florida began to flourish in the late 1850s as they began to establish organizations that would meet their educational, social, and health-related needs. The Jacksonville Hebrew Cemetery was the first Jewish institution to be established in the state in 1857. By 1900 there were six established congregations across the state in Pensacola, Jacksonville, Key West, Ocala, and Tampa. The community continued to grow and by 1928 approximately 10,000 Jews lived in Florida, with approximately 10% of the community residing in Jacksonville. As of 2020, over 600,000 Jews are living in Florida, making up 3% of the overall state's population.

Dates of Publication

  • 1939-1992

Created / Published

  • Jacksonville, Fla. : Isadore Moscovitz, 1939-


  • -  Jewish newspapers--Florida
  • -  Jacksonville (Fla.)--Newspapers
  • -  Duval County (Fla.)--Newspapers
  • -  Jewish newspapers
  • -  Florida
  • -  Florida--Duval County
  • -  Florida--Jacksonville
  • -  United States--Florida--Duval--Jacksonville


  • Newspapers


  • -  Semimonthly, <1990-1992>
  • -  Vol. 14, no. 39 (Aug. 11, 1939)-
  • -  Ceased in 1992.
  • -  "Combining the Florida Jewish news and the Jewish citizen."
  • -  Also issued on microfilm from the Library of Congress and the University of Florida.
  • -  Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • -  Latest issue consulted: Vol. 69, no. 22 (Dec. 15, 1992).
  • -  National Jewish advocate 1068-123X (DLC)sn 93004805 (OCoLC)27449951


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Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn78000090

OCLC Number

  • 3929713

ISSN Number

  • 0038-4240

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Chicago citation style:

The Southern Jewish Weekly Jacksonville, Fla. -1992. (Jacksonville, FL), Jan. 1 1939.

APA citation style:

(1939, January 1) The Southern Jewish Weekly Jacksonville, Fla. -1992. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

The Southern Jewish Weekly Jacksonville, Fla. -1992. (Jacksonville, FL) 1 Jan. 1939. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,