Joseph Aaron, publisher and columnist for Chicago Jewish News, dies in Jerusalem

Joseph Aaron

We are deeply saddened to inform our readers of the passing away of Joseph Aaron, the longtime publisher and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Jewish News, for which he also wrote a weekly column.

“Aaron, 64, died of a suspected heart attack Nov. 16 outside a restaurant in Jerusalem . . . He lived in Jerusalem while also maintaining a home in the West Rogers Park neighborhood, his brother said.” ~ Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune Obituaries, Nov 27, 2019, 5:36 pm (Please use this link to view the full obituary).

We will publish a final, commemorative issue of The Chicago Jewish News in the coming weeks and will post the issue to this site.

14 Comments on "Joseph Aaron, publisher and columnist for Chicago Jewish News, dies in Jerusalem"

  1. This loss to Chicago’s Jewish community is immense. Joe was more than a publisher and editorial writer–he was a stalwart believer in ethical and moral Jewish behavior, and he had the courage of his convictions. If the Jews are commanded to be a light unto the nations, Joe was a beacon. At his Skokie shiva, more than one guest commented to me that he or she didn’t always agree with Joe, but that he always spoke the truth. Personally, there is a profound chasm in my heart at the sudden loss of this man who took his support of the Chicago Jewish community so seriously all of his too-short life. The week of his sudden demise we had exchanged emails about publicizing an event, and he was–as always–supportive, friendly, kind, generous of his time. I wish I had known then that he had so little time left to give–I would have stopped the business chatter and told him then and there how much I admired and esteemed him. My heart is heavy, along with hearts all over Chicago. Rest in peace, great man.

  2. I always picked up your newspaper to read, especially Joseph’s article.
    This past Sunday, I didn’t see your paper and I was heavy on my heart, feeling that something wrong happened to him.
    My sincere condolences to Aaron’s family and Chicago Jewish Newspaper family!
    We lost a genuine publisher and columnist.
    May he rest in peace.

  3. I was so saddened to have heard a few weeks ago of Joseph’s passing. I always enjoyed reading his opinion pieces. But I enjoyed reading the entire newspaper too, so I’m also sad that it will no longer be published.

  4. I was shocked to hear that Joseph Aaron passed away. I could not help but notice that it happened so soon after he lost his mother. I had hoped that this would be a better year for him. His column was always thought provoking and I enjoyed reading it. He was a great example of what a Jew should be. He will be missed.

  5. We send our condolences to Joseph Aaron’s family and friends. May his memory be for a blessing–zikhrono livrakha. He was a unique voice in the Jewish community and, as stated, the loss of the paper will be a loss to the whole community.

  6. Just heard the sad news. Rest in Peace Mr. Aaron.

  7. Chicago Jewish News should continue on, in honor of Joseph Aaron’s memory.

  8. Why can’t the Chicago Jewish News continue with the current staff?

  9. Please continue your newspaper; it was deeply humanitarian. I looked forward to it every week for the real Jewish news. All columnists had something unique to offer, especially Joseph Aaron.

  10. My wife and I are so sad to learn of Joseph Aaron’s passing. I often sent Joseph emails praising his columns and each time, he responded with gratitude. His Jewish values were on full display and he seemed to be a real mensch. His family had been through so much. I concluded he received far more nasty remarks than praise for his positions. It is so much easier to complain than to praise. We will miss the Chicago Jewish News dearly.

  11. Marvin Hoffman | February 3, 2020 at 11:46 am | Reply

    Are there still plans for a final commemorative issue? Joseph Aaron deserves a proper send off. He was a brave man, holding fast to his political views in the face of strong push back from many in the community, including people who could have been financial supporters if he had compromised his views.

  12. Carolyn Sherman | February 22, 2020 at 3:19 pm | Reply

    I am so saddened to learn of Joe’s death, as are all of us. I am awaiting the “Commemorative Issue”. Has it come out? When/where will I see it?

    Thank you.

  13. Cathy Horwitz | April 6, 2020 at 6:42 pm | Reply

    i agree that the newspaper should be continued in aaron’s honor and memory.

  14. sara nuss-galles | May 13, 2020 at 1:51 pm | Reply

    I am so sad to read about Joseph Aaron’s death last year. I’m a writer and sent him several pieces over the years, many of which he published along with photos. He was very kind and attentive, always prompt in responding and following up on questions/answers. I was surprised when he didn’t respond to my email recently but assumed he was busy. Then I checked the paper and saw this very sad news. Blessing on his memory and gratitude for being a mensch and a committed chronicler for the Chicago area Jewish community.

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