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2021 AJPA ANNUAL Conference - Speakers

Craig Burke

Chief Executive Officer
Mid-Atlantic Media

Craig Burke has been Chief Executive Officer of Mid-Atlantic Media for 11 years.  He is currently the Publisher of AJPA member publications Baltimore Jewish Times and Washington Jewish Week.  Burke is also the publisher of eight (8) other publication titles and a vibrant Custom Media division. 

A veteran of media for over 33 years, Burke started in advertising sales and rose into sales management, publisher and chief executive officer.  While Burke’s responsibilities covers supervision of all aspects of Mid-Atlantic Media, he continues to have a strong passion for advertising sales.

Burke is a graduate of Towson University, who majored in Mass Communications.  He and his wife of 27 years have three (3) sons ages 23, 21 and 19. 

Burke, an avid volunteer and executive committee member of AJPA since 1995, served as President of AJPA from 2016 through 2020.   

Philissa Cramer

Editor in Chief 
Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Philissa Cramer is the editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the century-old news organization covering the Jewish world. Prior to joining JTA in 2020, she was a founder and editor at Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering education. A graduate of Brown University, she is returning to the New York area this summer with her husband, Rabbi Benjamin Resnick, and two sons.

Sue Fishkoff

Editor
J. The Jewish News of Northern California 

Sue Fishkoff is the editor of J. The Jewish News of Northern California. She has worked in the Jewish media in Israel and the United States for 30 years and believes it has a future, if those who practice it are forward-thinking enough. 

Ellen Futterman

Editor in Chief
St. Louis Jewish Light

A native New Yorker, Ellen Futterman began her journalism career as a general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. After a short stint at the Belleville News-Democrat, she joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1982 and spent 25 years there working as a news reporter, feature writer, columnist, Arts and Entertainment Editor, critic-at-large and Features Editor.

In late 2007, Ellen took a buyout at the Post-Dispatch, and joined the St. Louis Jewish Light in 2009 as its editor, where she is responsible for overseeing editorial operations, including managing both staff members and freelancers. Under her editorship, the Light has won more than 30 Rockower Awards, which are the highest awards given for Jewish journalism. She personally won the Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary in 2012, 2014 and 2018 for her News & Schmooze column, which runs weekly in the Light.

David Horovitz

Founding Editor
Times of Israel

David Horovitz is the founding editor of The Times of Israel, the fastest-growing current affairs website in the Jewish world, with an average of some 8 million monthly users worldwide and 40 million monthly page views. The Times of Israel, which provides independent, non-partisan coverage of Israel, the region and the Jewish world, also publishes in Hebrew, French, Arabic and Persian.

Horovitz was previously editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post (from 2004-2011). Before that, he was editor and publisher of the award-winning newsmagazine The Jerusalem Report.

He has conducted landmark interviews with a succession of Israeli and international figures, including all of Israel’s recent prime ministers, has written from Israel for newspapers around the world, and is a frequent interviewee on CNN, the BBC, Sky, and other TV and radio stations.

Horovitz is the author of 2004’s “Still Life with Bombers: Israel in the Age of Terrorism,” and 2000’s “A Little Too Close to God: The Thrills and Panic of a Life in Israel,” both published in the US by Knopf.

Bob Jacob

Managing Editor
Cleveland Jewish News

Bob Jacob has been managing editor of the Cleveland Jewish News since February 2011.

In his position, he oversees day-to-day editorial department operations, including the award-winning weekly newspaper, award-winning website, electronic daily newsletter and other news-oriented products.

Jacob has been in the newspaper business for nearly 40 years. He has been a sportswriter, sports copy editor, executive sports editor, copy editor and interim news editor for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram; news editor for the Chagrin Valley Times, The Solon Times and The Geauga Times Courier.

He also has served as managing editor of the Columbus Jewish News since its founding in August 2018.

He has received numerous awards for sports writing, news writing, column writing, design, photography and headline writing. He has led newsrooms that have consistently received statewide recognition for its news coverage.

Jacob, the son of Holocaust survivors, also serves as secretary of the American Jewish Press Association.

He and his family are members of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun (Conservative) in Beachwood after 30 years at Congregation Shaarey Tikvah (Conservative) and Heights Jewish Center Synagogue (Orthodox) in University Heights.

He lives with wife, Debby, in Beachwood. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

Jamie Janoff

Publisher
New Jersey Rockland Jewish Media Group

Jamie Janoff is the publisher of the New Jersey Rockland Jewish Media Group.

Publications include The Jewish Standard, New Jersey Jewish News, and Our Children.

When not dealing with endless deadlines, he’s playing guitar or on an extended bike ride.

Maybe even in his garden creating beautiful foliage.

Or, dedicating his time at a local charity.

Kaylene Ladinsky

Editor & Managing Publisher
Atlanta Jewish Times

Atlanta Jewish Times’ Kaylene Ladinsky, has been with the AJT since January 2011. She has served the AJT as a writer, Business Manager, Associate Publisher and now as Editor and Managing Publisher throughout her tenure. News and community relations took a priority when becoming founder and president of one of the largest pro-Israel charitable 501(c)3 NGO’s Americans United with Israel Corporation based in Atlanta, Georgia.

She has 15 years of experience in corporate mediation representing many Fortune 500 clients, including FEDEX, Muzak and Citibank. Kaylene’s passions include her family, community, educating and rallying diverse “Americans” in support of Israel.

Andrew Silow-Carroll

Editor in Chief
New York Jewish Week

Andrew Silow-Carroll is Editor in Chief of the New York Jewish Week and Senior Editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Andy, the former Editor in Chief of JTA, returned to 70 Faces Media in 2021 after its acquisition of The Jewish Week to help reimagine the award-winning weekly as an all-digital brand. 

Jonathan S. Tobin

Editor in Chief
Jewish News Syndicate

Jonathan S. Tobin is the editor in chief of the Jewish News Syndicate — JNS.org — an international wire service covering the Jewish world and Israel. He’s also a senior contributor for The Federalist, and a columnist for Newsweek, the New York Post, Haaretz and Israel Hayom, as well as writing regularly for other publications such as the Washington Examiner and Commentary magazine. In his writing he covers on a daily basis the American political scene, foreign policy, the U.S.-Israel relationship, Middle East diplomacy and the Jewish world.

He is also the host of a weekly podcast “Top Story With Jonathan Tobin,” available on JNS.org, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Google podcasts as well as YouTube.

Previous to becoming editor of JNS, Mr. Tobin was executive editor and then later senior online editor and chief political blogger for Commentary magazine. Prior to that he was editor in chief of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia and before that the editor of the Connecticut Jewish Ledger.

Mr. Tobin has won more than 50 awards for his writing including being named top columnist for Jewish publications many times, including 2018 and 2019. He appears regularly on television commenting on politics in the United States and Israel, foreign policy and Jewish affairs and lectures on college campuses and to Jewish communities.

Mr. Tobin was born in New York City, attended local schools and studied history at Columbia University

                    

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