The Chicago Jewish Star has ceased publication. The Skokie, Illinois-based independent paper served Chicago's Jewish community for 27 years. The paper cited falling ad revenues as the reason for its shutdown, Robert Feder and others reported.
"We wanted to make what we did matter," Douglas Wertheimer, founding editor of the biweekly paper, wrote in a last editorial to readers. "We never ceased trying to do our best." Wertheimer and his wife Gila, the associate and literary editor, owned the paper. Son Aaron was the assistant editor.
The paper has won six Peter Lisagor Awards for excellence in journalism, and is in the running for two in this year's contest.
The Chicago Jewish News, an independent weekly newspaper, and the JUF News, a monthly publication of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago will continue to produce news of interest to Chicago's Jewish community.