What and who is the Jewish Independent?
How can I reach the Jewish Independent?
When is the paper published?
Where can I pick up a copy of the paper?
How do I get my news into the paper?
If I send in a press release am I guaranteed an article?
When should I write a letter to the editor?
How do I submit an obituary for publication in the paper?
How do I place an unveiling announcement in the paper?
How do I purchase an ad in the Independent?
How do I send a camera ready ad to the Independent?
What are the editorial and ad deadlines?

What and who is the Jewish Independent?

The multiple-award-winning Jewish Independent newspaper is one of Vancouver’s oldest and most respected Jewish community institutions. Established in 1930, we provide a place for the entire community, regardless of affiliation, politics, gender, orientation, ability, denomination or age, to find out what their Jewish community has to offer. We carry articles on an incredibly diverse range of topics, from the next seniors home tea to the next beat box concert, from interviews with the transgendered artist to the Chabadnik, from financial planning advice to home renovation ideas, from book and movie reviews to commentary on issues related to Judaism and living a Jewish life.

Since June 1999, the Jewish Independent – formerly the Jewish Western Bulletin – has been owned and operated by Western Sky Communications Ltd., which also provides a diverse range of writing, editing, public relations and distribution services.

How can I reach the Jewish Independent?

To help support the Jewish Independent, for a paper or electronic subscription, and for any inquiries concerning the services offered by Western Sky, email owner/publisher Cynthia Ramsay, [email protected].

With story or Community Calendar ideas, email Cynthia Ramsay, [email protected].

To advertise, contact Leanne Jacobsen ([email protected]) or Steve Freedman ([email protected]).

We can also be reached by mail at PO Box 47100 RPO City Square, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 4L6. (Please note: Couriers are not able to deliver packages to a post office box, so please send all packages, such as review copies of books, by snail mail.)

Our phone number is 604-689-1520.

When is the paper published?

The newspaper is published weekly, coming out on Fridays, with the exception of a few weeks in the middle of the summer (July/August) and during the winter holiday season (December/January). As well, we don’t publish an issue during the holidays of Passover and Sukkot.

Where can I pick up a copy of the paper?

The Independent has several depots from which you can purchase a copy of the paper for free. You can drop in to our office or you can pick up a copy at any of the following locations in the Lower Mainland:

Maple Grill Restaurant, 1967 West Broadway, Vancouver
Solly’s Broadway, 2873 West Broadway
Solly’s Main, 4071 Main St.
Cavell Gardens, 2835 Sophia St.
Kosher Food Warehouse, 612 Kingsway
Joe Fortes Library, 870 Denman St.
Chapters Bookstores at Broadway & Granville
Max’s Deli, 3105 Oak St. (at 15th)
Congregation Beth Hamidrash, 3231 Heather St.
Schara Tzedeck Synagogue, 3476 Oak St.
Congregation Beth Israel, 989 West 28th Ave.
Sabra Bakery, 3844 Oak St.
Legacy Senior Living, 611 West 41st Ave.
JCC Pro Shop, 950 West 41st Ave. (at Oak)
Café FortyOne, 5750 Oak St.
Louis Brier Home and Hospital, 1055 West 41st Ave. (at Oak)
Weinberg Residence, 5650 Osler St.
Omnitsky’s Kosher Deli, 5775 Oak St.
Temple Sholom Synagogue gift shop, 7190 Oak St.
Marpole Library, 8386 Granville St.
Peretz Centre, 6184 Ash St.
Dunbar Theatre, 4555 Dunbar St.
Sofra Restaurant, 2277 West 41st Ave.
Hillel House, UBC, 6145 Student Union Mall
Garden City Bakery, 9100 Blundell Rd. in Richmond
Congregation Beth Tikvah, 9711 Geal Rd.
Chabad of Richmond, #200-4775 Blundell Rd.
Richmond Library, #100-7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond Jewish Day School, 8760 No. 5 Rd. (closed during July and August)
Har El Synagogue, 1305 Taylor Way, West Vancouver
West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Dr.
Burnaby Public Library, Main Branch, 6100 Willingdon
Tommy Douglas Library, 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby
Burquest Community Centre, 2860 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Coquitlam
New Westminster Public Library, 716 6th Ave.
Guildford Public Library, Main Floor, 15105 105th Ave. in Surrey

How do I get my news into the paper?

Since we don’t have a large enough staff to have eyes and ears in every part of the community at all times, we suggest you either give us a call at 604-689-1520 or e-mail the acting editor, Cynthia Ramsay, at [email protected]. Make sure you provide us with all of the important information (organizer, date/time/location/contact number for the public), particularly the relevance of the event to the Jewish community. If you send us a fax, follow it up with a phone call. We get dozens of press releases each day and following up is always useful. It lets us know that the news/event is important to you.

If I send in a press release am I guaranteed an article?

Unfortunately, we are limited in how much space we have for editorial content each week because the size of the paper is limited. Sometimes special sections or more local community events means a bit less space for certain articles. This means that we are often left making difficult decisions about what will be published and when. We cannot guarantee that anyone’s news or event will be published.

When should I write a letter to the editor?

Any time you have an opinion about an article, editorial, column or you if just have some thoughts on an issue of importance to the Jewish community, write to us. We encourage all of our readers to express their thoughts and opinions with a letter to the editor, as long as they are appropriate for a family publication. Once you send us a letter, we will contact the writer to ensure the letter is genuine and is for the purpose of publishing, not just sent for general information. Letters are edited for clarity and sometimes for length. We try to publish every letter submitted to us.

How do I submit an obituary for publication in the paper?

E-mail the text you wish to have published, as well as the photograph, if any, that you wish to include in the obituary, to [email protected], along with your contact information (e-mail and phone). The editor will conduct a word count: the first 50 words are published at no charge; after that, every 100 words or portion thereof are $52.50 (includes GST). Prepayment by Visa or Mastercard is required for obituaries – you can call the office (604-689-1520) regarding payment, or someone from the office can call you at the number provided in your e-mail. (We do not recommend sending credit card information by e-mail.) The deadline for booking space is nine days prior to the publication date, and the paper is published every Friday, therefore, the editor needs to receive the text (and photo, if any) by the Wednesday of the previous week.

How do I place an unveiling announcement in the paper?

Call the JI office at 604-689-1520 or e-mail [email protected]. Steve, or someone else from the office, will ask you for the following information to be included in the announcement: name of the person for whom the headstone is being unveiled, the name of the cemetery at which the headstone is being placed, the date and time of the unveiling, and the name of the rabbi, cantor or other person officiating the ceremony (if this information is known). The cost of placing an unveiling is $73.50 (includes GST) for one time, and $126 (includes GST) for two times. We recommend that you place an unveiling announcement in an issue published at least one week prior to the unveiling, and the deadline for booking space is eight days prior to the publication date, which means that an unveiling should be booked a good two to three weeks in advance.

How do I purchase an ad in the Independent?

There are two types of ads you can purchase: For display advertising, call the main number, 604-689-1520, and ask for Leanne Jacobsen or Steve Freedman, or e-mail [email protected]. Purchasing display advertising in the newspaper may also entitle you to advertising space on the Independent‘s Web site. Ask Leanne for more details. For classified advertising, ask for Steve, or e-mail [email protected]. For a copy of our rate card, click here.

How do I send a camera ready ad to the Independent?

All ad material is due at the Independent by the Monday preceding the ad’s publication date, unless it is for a special issue (see editorial and ad deadlines below). We we work on Macintosh computers and can receive the material on a CD or by e-mail. If sending by e-mail, put it to the attention of your Independentsales contact and include your company name in the e-mail subject line, then send to [email protected]. Include all fonts, pictures, logos/scans with your ad; make sure the ad is designed to the correct size; 85 line screen. The ad can be designed in QuarkXPress 3.31 or 4.0; Illustrator 7.0 or 9.0; Photoshop 5.5 or 6.0 (saved in psd, tiff, pict or jpeg formats); and Adobe Acrobat pdf. Color ads must already be color separated.

What are the editorial and ad deadlines?

With some exceptions, we publish an issue every Friday. The deadline for booking an ad is eight days prior to the desired publication date, and the editorial deadline is nine days prior; early deadlines are noted. For the remainder of 2017 and into 2019, our issues are:

Editorial e-mail:
[email protected]

Advertising e-mail:
[email protected]

Issue Date

Advertising Deadline:
Thursdays, 2 p.m.
* Denotes an early deadline
(in all cases, the editorial deadline is the day prior to that listed below)

Special sections or issues
Jan. 4, 2019
Jan. 11
 Jan. 3 Camp Guide #2
Jan. 18
Jan. 10
Camp Guide #3
Jan. 25
Jan. 17
Business Thank You / Milestones
Feb. 1
Jan. 24
Feb. 8
Jan. 31
  Finance & Law
Feb. 15
Feb. 7
Feb. 22
 Feb. 13*
Generations (Weddings & Celebrations)
March 1
Feb. 21
March 8
Feb. 28
Home & Garden / Style
March 15
March 7
March 22
March 14
March 29
March 21
April 5
March 28
April 12
April 9*
April 19
April 17*
April 26
May 3
April 25 Israel’s 71st Birthday
May 10
May 2
May 17
May 9
Health & Wellness
May 24
May 15*
May 31
May 23
June 7
May 30
June 14
June 6 Summer Celebration / Auto Section
June 21
June 13
June 28
 June 20 Canada Day / Milestones
July 5
June 26*
July 12
July 4
Food & Drink
July 19
July 11
July 26
Aug. 2
Aug. 9
Aug. 16
Aug. 23
Aug. 15
Aug. 30
Aug. 22
Sept. 6
Aug. 28*
Sept. 13
Sept. 5
Pre-Rosh Hashanah
Sept. 20
Sept. 10*
 Rosh Hashanah
Sept. 27
Sept. 18*
Oct. 4
 Sept. 26*
Oct. 11
Oct. 3* Finance & Law / Federal Elections
Oct. 18
Oct. 25
Oct. 16*
Nov. 1
Oct. 24
Nov. 8
Oct. 31
Nov. 15
Nov. 6*
Nov. 22
Nov. 14
Nov. 29
Nov. 21
Gift Guide / Milestones
Dec. 6
Nov. 28
Gift Guide
Dec. 13
Dec. 3*
Chanukah / Gift Guide
Dec. 20
Dec. 12
Camp Guide #1 / Milestones
Dec. 27
Jan. 3, 2020
Jan. 10
Jan. 17
Jan. 9
Camp Guide #2
Jan. 24
Jan. 16
Camp Guide #3
Jan. 31
Jan. 23
Business Thank You / Milestones