Eric Alterman Kicks Off String of Guest Opinion Page Editors at Jewish Newspaper ?The Forward?

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By: E&P Staff

Eric Alterman is the first of what will be eight guest editors taking charge of the opinion pages of the Jewish weekly newspaper The Forward beginning with the issue that hit the streets Tuesday last Friday.

Alterman, a professor of journalism at City University of New York who is a columnist for The Nation magazine, will be followed by  seven other journalists once a week as guest editors replace Daniel Treiman who is on a two-month leave.

“In a season when it’s traditional to invite guests into a sukkah, why not invite guests to edit our pages?” the weekly said in its announcement. A sukkah is a temporary shelter erected during the week-lion Jewish festival of Sukkot each autumn.

The Forward said the following people will be editing the pages in weeks to come:

Sam Apple, editor-in-chief of The Faster Times, and author of two books including “American Parent,” published last year.

Rachel Sklar, media critic and editor-at-large for Mediaite.com, and my co-host on the Jewish Channel’s Salon television show.

Michael Berenbaum, Holocaust scholar and museum consultant, author of many books, and Forward contributing editor.

Morris Vogel, president of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum historian and former dean at Temple University.

Samuel G. Freedman, professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and columnist for the New York Times.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, founding editor of Ms. Magazine, and a leading figure in American feminism.

Judith Shulevitz, prolific writer whose book “Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time” was published this year.

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