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JEW IS H BOOK ANNUAL
of their papers. T h a t content has always mirrored the thoughts,
aspirations, and sometimes demands, of young Jews seeking to
influence Jewish public opinion. I t has reflected viewpoints on
a variety of topics such as traditional and radical Zionism,
Soviet Jewry, religious affairs, and Jewish education.
Some papers were established to deal with specific areas of
concern.
Exodus
was established in 1970 to deal with the Soviet
Jewry issue. Long before the Soviet Jewry issue could boast
broad based support,
Exodus
was getting the word ou t to the
people with its nation-wide distribution.
Aciid,
an acronym
for “A call for insight into Israel’s dilemmas,” publishes out
of Washington University and enjoys a history of publishing
excellent articles on all aspects of Middle East issues.
Aciid
is
committed to a “progressive criticism of the Middle East and
toward an understanding of Israel’s purpose and future in
Buber’s Hebrew and national humanism.” In another light,
Chutzpah,
a fairly recent addition to the group, addresses itself
to creative and positive Jewish life for Jewish communities in
America. However, most of the journals reflect a variety of
opinion and analysis on many issues. Despite diversity of ap­
proach and style, the Jewish student press is unified in tha t
it attempts to provide a forum from which Jews can examine
their collective identity and destiny as Jews.
I t is a unique characteristic of the movement tha t politics,
religious issues, questions of ethnic identification and ques­
tions of Jewish life styles are frequently directly related in the
minds of the people involved. Because of this, many journals
that were initially restricted to a narrow frame of reference,
evolved into much broader forums. A case in point is
The
Jewish Radical,
from Berkeley, California, the first paper to
publish, established in 1968. The ir initial statement of purpose
is quite clear: “This paper is being edited by a group of rad i­
cals, who are concerned with their radical friends’ positions
on the Middle East situation.” After the first few issues the
pages of
The Jewsh Radical
were filled with an increasing
amount of material related to other issues of Jewish concern.
Most of the sixty-plus journals extant today are produced
by student groups and communities on shoestring budgets,
generally supplied by various Jewish organizations and local
federations, who sparingly dole out funds on an issue by issue