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2018-08-24 digital edition

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The Jewish Press of Tampa and the Jewish Press of Pinellas County are Independently- owned biweekly Jewish community newspapers published in cooperation with and supported by the Tampa JCC & Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, respectively. Copyright © 2009-2018 The Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc., All Rights Reserved.


August 24, 2018  RSS feed
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Here’s why you received this paper

For approximately 5,375 households in Pinellas and Pasco counties, this is likely the first time you have received a Jewish Press of Pinellas County in the mail as our regular readers do.

Instead, you likely picked one up at your synagogue, Menorah Manor, Jo-El’s, Lenny’s or one of the other locations where copies are dropped off. Or perhaps, you didn’t know of the existence of the Jewish Press.

An expansion of our mailing list means that more than 10,000 households are now receiving the Jewish Press of Pinellas County.

Where did we find all these “new” Jewish community members?

A 2017 demographics study of the local Jewish community found that only about 40 percent of the estimated 18,000 Jewish households in Pinellas and Pasco Counties regularly or occasionally read the Jewish Press. That meant there are a lot of you who might be missing out on all our vibrant Jewish community has to offer, from the Jewish Food Festival to the Film Festival to Shabbat services on the beach, and so much more.

As part of its examination of the results of the survey and what can be done to better serve the Jewish community, the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties – the organization whose primary goal is to promote Jewish life in all its forms – has made it a priority to connect all Jews in Pinellas and Pasco in some way to the Jewish community.

“Our Jewish newspaper is the backbone of our shared community information and as soon as we saw that there were so many who hadn’t been receiving it, we jumped into action,” said Emilie Socash, executive director of the Pinellas/Pasco Federation.

To that end, the Federation – which maintains the Jewish Press mailing list – recently acquired a mailing list of local Jewish residents, revealing a significant number of households new to the Jewish Press.

How are these mailing lists compiled? One of the most common is to identify distinctive “Jewish” names. While that might not be true for many Jews today, if your last name is Goldberg or Levy, you can bet you are now receiving the paper.

“It has always been our mission to deliver the Jewish Press to every Jewish household in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. We are pleased to say this brings us much closer to that goal,” said publisher and co-owner Jim Dawkins. “We know for some this is their only link to the Jewish community.”

The cost of home delivery of the Jewish Press is paid for by the Jewish Federation; there is no charge to you, the reader, for receiving the paper. If you find the paper worthwhile, it will continue to arrive every two weeks. If you don’t want to receive the paper or you would rather read it online (, simply call the Federation at (727) 530-3223 or email to have your address removed.

The Jewish Press of Pinellas County is independently owned by Jim and Karen Dawkins, who founded paper in 1986. The delivery of its sister publication, the Jewish Press of Tampa, which mails out about 7,000 papers, is similarly funded by the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation.

The majority of both papers’ operating funds, including production and payroll, come from advertising.

While there is no subscription charge for the Jewish Press, once a year the Federation issues a Jewish Press appeal, asking for a donation to offset the subsidy it gives the Jewish Press. The paper does not receive a direct benefit from the appeal, but it is one indicator of the importance readers place on the continuation of the paper.

“The Jewish Press has always strived to be the go-to place for Jewish community news,” said Karen Dawkins, co-owner and managing editor.

Secondarily, she said, the Jewish Press seeks to offer the Jewish perspective on the news of the day from what’s happening in Israel to trends in the Jewish world.

“For all our new readers, we hope you will find something worthwhile in the Jewish Press and look forward to its arrival,” Karen Dawkins said.

The Jewish Press and the Federation want all its readers to know they value your privacy.

“Since its inception, the Federation has managed the Jewish Press’ mailing list and has never, nor ever will, share the community’s contact information,” Socash said.

Readers can expect to receive information from time to time from the Federation, including holiday mailings and updates.

“While we hope all who are interested will become involved in our work, we will honor the requests of anyone not wishing to receive mail from us,” Socash said.

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