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A Big Jewcy Announcement!

I’m very excited to announce that, as of today, Jewcy has been adopted by JDub, the non-profit dedicated to innovative Jewish content, community, and cross-cultural dialogue. What does this announcement mean for you, the Jewcy reader? A few things: We’ll … Read More

By / October 13, 2009

I’m very excited to announce that, as of today, Jewcy has been adopted by JDub, the non-profit dedicated to innovative Jewish content, community, and cross-cultural dialogue. What does this announcement mean for you, the Jewcy reader? A few things:

  • We’ll be making it easier for you guys to participate on Jewcy and be part of our community, making sure all voices are heard.
  • Jewcy is no longer a for-profit company. We’re a non-profit. So stop asking to bum twenty bucks already. In fact, speaking of twenty bucks
  • Our vision and editorial integrity will not change. We are still committed to bringing you up-to-date, relevant, challenging, interesting content.
  • Another thing that won’t change: me. I’ll be giving up my title of "Head of the Jewcy Government in Exile" and going back to just "Jewcy Editor."

Want to know more? Check out the official press release below, but first a quick note from JDub’s Jacob Harris:

Huge thank yous go out to Jon Steingart and Jenny Wiener for their visionary leadership in the creation of Jewcy, Tahl Raz for his editorial expertise and creative passion, and Michael Tive and Craig Leinoff for leading us to this new opportunity and shaping it into a reality. We are very excited to welcome Lilit into our organization and continue the important work they began!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JDUB ANNOUNCES ADOPTION OF JEWCY.COM

JDub, the non-profit dedicated to innovative Jewish music, community, and cross-cultural dialogue today announced its adoption of Jewcy.com. Jewcy is a premiere online media outlet devoted to presenting a spectrum of young Jewish discussion on the topics of today.

Jewcy.com launched in 2006 as a for-profit online media outlet and initially made waves with a line of edgy Jewish t-shirts sold on the site. Jewcy maintains 120,000+ unique visitors per month, making it one of the highest trafficked amongst Jewish sites written by and for 18-35 year old Jews and their culturally aware peers.

As a flagship program of JDub’s 501(c)(3) non-profit, JDub’s management team will guide Jewcy to new business opportunities. Day-to-day operations will be overseen by JDub’s Chief Operating Officer, Jacob Harris, and Jewcy’s Editor, Lilit Marcus, who has kept the site alive and updated on a volunteer basis for the past 8 months, will officially join the staff of JDub.

The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles has committed funding to Jewcy, and Repair The World, a new national non-profit created by several of the country’s largest Jewish foundations and dedicated to creating a Jewish social service movement has signed on as a strategic content partner.

“Jewcy is an amazing brand,” says Harris. “We’ve been fans of the site since it began and are very excited to leverage the natural overlap and keep Jewcy thriving and growing. Jewcy’s content is similar to our music catalogue in that it proudly presents very diverse Jewish thoughts, ideas, challenges and struggles in a quality and relevant fashion.”

“In these difficult economic times, we are constantly seeking partnership and collaboration with likeminded organizations,” adds Aaron Bisman, JDub’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are creating spaces and experiences without barriers to entry where young people can find their community and interact with it on their own terms, be it through music, blogging, events, or social media. We hope JDub’s adoption of Jewcy can serve as a model for increased efficiency and allow focus to remain where it belongs – on culture, conversation, and real community.”

Jewcy will continue to expand the definition of community through the further integration of their user blog platform and a complete site redesign in 2010. The site already has over 1,000 user bloggers who have the ability to write their own posts, which often fuel conversations and get featured editorial placement.

About JDub: JDub is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to innovative Jewish content, community, and cross-cultural dialogue. Functioning as both a forward thinking Jewish event company and record label since 2002, JDub is responsible for Matisyahu, Balkan Beat Box, and comedian Michael Showalter to name just a few. Their artists have topped the Billboard charts, and been featured in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, and on David Letterman, PBS, CNN, MTV, and NPR among many other outlets. To date, their total catalogue has sold over 1.6 million records, and their online presence and event work throughout the world has impacted many millions more and helped define a new era of proud Jewish culture in the mainstream. This month JDub releases Soulico’s Exotic on the Speaker and Girls In Trouble’s self-titled debut.

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