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The 2012 Annual Conference was held in Philadelphia June 11-14, 2012. 

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The 2012 AJPA Annual Conference took place at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, June 11 – 14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is a vibrant city with an impressive past and fascinating future. We captured Philly's spirit in the sessions at the 2012 conference by theming them around the topics of the Jewish Vote, American Jewish Heritage and Skill-Building for the future. We also planned two extraordinary offsite tour experiences to The Franklin Institute - Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit and the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Among those attended were:

  1. Editors, Publishers and Journalists who work in Jewish Media
  2. Sales & Marketing Professionals in Jewish Media
  3. Public & Media Relations Professionals
  4. Freelance Writers
  5. Supporters of Jewish Media including suppliers of products and services used by the Jewish Media

 Jonathan Sarna, Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History and Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor at Brandeis University, keynoted at the Simon Rockower Awards Gala at the National Museum of American Jewish History and presented on "Using History to Enrich Your Reporting" during the conference.


At this conference attendees heard from other leading experts, explored new technology, and gathered a wealth of ideas on how to maximize profits and strengthen their publication to navigate the changing world of Jewish media.


Philadelphia is rich in both Jewish history and the history of American journalism. Benjamin Franklin’s newspaper career started in the city when he took over publication of The Pennsylvania Gazette. Philadelphia is also home to the third oldest surviving daily newspaper in the United States - The Philadelphia Inquirer, founded on Monday, June 1, 1829.

Jewish history in Pennsylvania also dates back to Colonial America. Jewish traders were even operating in southeastern Pennsylvania before the arrival of William Penn and congregations, such as Mikveh Israel and Rodeph Shalom, date back to the late 1700s.

"The 2011 AJPA conference was fantastic. It’s so great to collaborate with other Jewish newspapers from around the country. From sharing what’s working well to getting new ideas to improve your own newspaper and make it even better, the wealth of knowledge that each individual brings to each session makes the entire conference the best around.”

Paul Bram, Senior Account Executive, Cleveland Jewish News



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