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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
The prospective new owners of the Baltimore Jewish Times took over Washington Jewish Week nearly two years ago and made an array of changes to the publication, which had just turned 80 years old. They redesigned the tabloid, revamped the website and launched an email newsletter. It's not yet clear if they contemplate similar changes to the Jewish Times, a weekly that has come out every Friday for 93 years. Craig Burke, the publisher of Washington Jewish Week, said he cannot discuss specific plans until he learns more about the Baltimore company, Alter Communications Inc., which also publishes Style magazine.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
The prospective new owners of the Baltimore Jewish Times took over Washington Jewish Week nearly two years ago and made an array of changes to the publication, which had just turned 80 years old. They redesigned the tabloid, revamped the website and launched an email newsletter. It's not yet clear if they contemplate similar changes to the Jewish Times, a weekly that has come out every Friday for 93 years. Craig Burke, the publisher of Washington Jewish Week, said he cannot discuss specific plans until he learns more about the Baltimore company, Alter Communications Inc., which also publishes Style magazine.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2012
The company owned by the family that has published the Baltimore Jewish Times for 93 years was sold at bankruptcy auction Monday morning for $1.26 million to the owners of the Washington Jewish Week, who are promising to keep the local focus of the weekly magazine. Louis Mayberg, one of the principals of Route 95 Publications, LLC, said the paper will continue to have "Baltimore-based reporters covering Baltimore-based issues…I hope we'll get the support from the Baltimore Jewish Community.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2012
The likely new owner reassured staffers of the Baltimore Jewish Times on Monday that nothing will change in the 93-year-old weekly's commitment to reporting on the local community. Louis Mayberg met with employees around lunchtime at the Park Avenue office of Alter Communications Inc., which publishes the Jewish Times and Style Magazine, answering questions about possible changes and explaining his business background. Mayberg's Rockville-based company, an affiliate of Washington Jewish Week, won the three-way bidding at a bankruptcy auction Monday morning with an offer of $1.26 million.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2011
The editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times is leaving at the end of June to take the helm of a Washington paper. Phil Jacobs, who accepted a job as editor of Washington Jewish Week, spent nearly 30 years working for the Jewish Times and a sister publication. He joined the Jewish Times in 1982, moved to Michigan in 1990 to edit the Detroit Jewish News and returned to Baltimore in 1997 to take over as editor, the company said. Jacobs is best known for uncovering multiple instances of sexual abuse by rabbis, an emotionally wrenching effort detailed in the new documentary "Standing Silent.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
The creditors and the publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times met behind closed doors Friday with a bankruptcy judge in an attempt to iron out a new ownership plan, and emerged after more than three hours with a commitment to return Monday for more negotiations. Alter Communications Inc., the publisher of the Times and Style magazine, has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since April 2010, after losing a legal battle with its former publisher, H.G. Roebuck & Son Inc. of White Marsh.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2012
The Baltimore Jewish Times, whose parent company's assets were ordered liquidated by a bankruptcy judge Friday, will be in mailboxes and on newsstands at the end of next week, the newspaper's publisher said Saturday. But unless a new owner takes over the paper by Friday, the niche publication may never again be delivered or available for purchase in stores. Since its launch 93 years ago, the weekly journal has never missed an issue. "There are 40 people laser-focused on keeping things running for 10 days," said Andrew A. Buerger, the Jewish Times' publisher and the CEO of the paper's parent, Alter Communications.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2012
Pending the approval of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine could be sold at auction next week. Zvi Guttman, the trustee in the case, asked the court Wednesday to approve a sale schedule, which calls for all bids for Alter Communications Inc. to be submitted to him by Tuesday afternoon and for the sale to be conducted on the morning of Wednesday, March 28. Objections to the proposed schedule are to be filed with the court by 10 a.m. Thursday.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2012
Five investor groups or companies, including The Baltimore Sun's publisher, have either expressed interest in or submitted bids for the owner of the Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine, according to the general manager of Alter Communications Inc., which is now up for sale under a bankruptcy trustee. Alter filed for Chapter 11 reorganization two years ago, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court last week appointed a trustee, who said the court could select a buyer next week. Linda Yurche, Alter's general manager, said that Timothy J. Thomas, senior vice president of business development for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, was among several parties that have reviewed Alter's financial records.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
A trustee will run Alter Communications Inc., publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge ordered late Friday after determining the company had exhausted all avenues to reorganize under Chapter 11. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Nancy V. Alquist rejected an 11th-hour bid that Alter and its attorneys said could prevent the 93-year-old Jewish Times from folding as soon as next week. Under Alter's proposal, presented in court Friday, Washington Jewish Week publisher WJW Group LLC was prepared to make a formal offer for Alter's assets by Monday and close the deal by Wednesday in time to allow the weekly magazine to publish Friday.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2012
A key creditor in the bankruptcy of the Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine publisher has become the third bidder for the firm, raising the prospect of new ownership that the current chief executive officer said would be "a real tragic end to this company. " H.G. Roebuck & Son Inc., the company's former printer, submitted its initial bid of $450,000 hours before the 5 p.m. deadline on Thursday, said Zvi Guttman, the trustee appointed this month by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to sell the assets of Alter Communications Inc. Starting bids of $440,000 were entered earlier by Route 95 Publications LLC, run by the same group that publishes Washington Jewish Week; and Baltimore Community Publishing LLC, an investor group led by Scott Rifkin, an Owings Mills physician and health care entrepreneur.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
All the assets of the publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times, which has operated under bankruptcy protection for nearly two years, will be auctioned April 2 at attorney offices in downtown Baltimore, according to a court order filed Friday. A federal bankruptcy court judge last week appointed a United States Trustee to run Alter Communications Inc., as the company's finances worsened. The family-run company has published the Times for nearly a century, and also publishes Style magazine.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2012
Pending the approval of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine could be sold at auction next week. Zvi Guttman, the trustee in the case, asked the court Wednesday to approve a sale schedule, which calls for all bids for Alter Communications Inc. to be submitted to him by Tuesday afternoon and for the sale to be conducted on the morning of Wednesday, March 28. Objections to the proposed schedule are to be filed with the court by 10 a.m. Thursday.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2012
Five investor groups or companies, including The Baltimore Sun's publisher, have either expressed interest in or submitted bids for the owner of the Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine, according to the general manager of Alter Communications Inc., which is now up for sale under a bankruptcy trustee. Alter filed for Chapter 11 reorganization two years ago, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court last week appointed a trustee, who said the court could select a buyer next week. Linda Yurche, Alter's general manager, said that Timothy J. Thomas, senior vice president of business development for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, was among several parties that have reviewed Alter's financial records.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2012
The new face in the office of the publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine is Zvi Guttman, a man in a black yarmulke, white shirt, dark tie and black suspenders who settled into the conference room Monday, opened his laptop and began the work of a bankruptcy trustee: selling the business and searching for assets to pay creditors. "The trustee becomes the owner, the board of directors, the officers. … Legally I've replaced all those," said Guttman, who worked with the door shut, sitting at a long table surrounded by empty chairs, with nothing in front of him but his computer, a phone and an open spiral notebook.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2012
The Baltimore Jewish Times, whose parent company's assets were ordered liquidated by a bankruptcy judge Friday, will be in mailboxes and on newsstands at the end of next week, the newspaper's publisher said Saturday. But unless a new owner takes over the paper by Friday, the niche publication may never again be delivered or available for purchase in stores. Since its launch 93 years ago, the weekly journal has never missed an issue. "There are 40 people laser-focused on keeping things running for 10 days," said Andrew A. Buerger, the Jewish Times' publisher and the CEO of the paper's parent, Alter Communications.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
A trustee will run Alter Communications Inc., publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge ordered late Friday after determining the company had exhausted all avenues to reorganize under Chapter 11. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Nancy V. Alquist rejected an 11th-hour bid that Alter and its attorneys said could prevent the 93-year-old Jewish Times from folding as soon as next week. Under Alter's proposal, presented in court Friday, Washington Jewish Week publisher WJW Group LLC was prepared to make a formal offer for Alter's assets by Monday and close the deal by Wednesday in time to allow the weekly magazine to publish Friday.
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