Opinion | A Time of Transition, and Continuity

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By Naomi Adler

In 2015, after the Jewish Exponent went through a series of significant changes, Joshua Runyan was appointed editor-in-chief. For Runyan, the job was a natural fit, as he began his journalism career years before with the Exponent upon his graduation from college.

A native Philadelphian, Runyan had a great perspective and impeccable credentials to spearhead the Exponent’s next editorial chapter.

Over the last four years, with Runyan’s leadership and a renewed focus on reader input, we have seen our cherished community paper flourish and prosper. Through thoughtful crafting of breaking news coverage and local community profiles, Runyan brought the vibrancy and diversity of our region’s Jewish life to the Exponent’s pages.

Under his guidance, the editorial section deeply engaged our readership and encouraged passionate responses, with fresh commentary that tackled everything from the U.S.-Israel relationship to the opioid epidemic to local zoning laws. During his tenure, Runyan made sure readers were up to speed on issues affecting their day-to-day lives, always capturing the unique intersection between Jewish and Philadelphia life.

The Exponent is the second-oldest continuously published Jewish weekly in the United States, and in its 131 years of existence it has not missed delivery of a single issue. The changing of an editor will not deter the Exponent from remaining the essential source for Jewish news source in our region.

Whether you enjoy opinion pieces or news features, or recipes or engagement announcements, the Exponent will remain your go-to place for “what it means to be Jewish in Philadelphia.” The Jewish Federation will continue to serve as publisher, while the editorial team will continue to report on pertinent Jewish Federation and community news and events to keep the audience engaged and informed.

As we wish Runyan well as he prepares for the next step in his career, we are incredibly grateful that two years ago he hired reporter and editor Liz Spikol.

Spikol, a lifelong Phila-delphian with an extensive and estimable local journalism career, will take over as editor-in-chief beginning with next week’s issue. We expect she will bring a new perspective, energy and excitement while maintaining the fresh and original content that Exponent readers are now accustomed to.

I encourage everyone to continue to read the paper each week and engage with the Exponent online at jewishexponent.com, while also following the paper on social media for the most up-to-date content.

Josh, thank you for your time and dedication, and Liz, welcome to your new role.

Naomi Adler is the president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

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