Rabbi Nison Gordon, z”l, was a man with a clear vision and great intellectual appreciation into the developing Orthodox Jewish community after his arrival in the US as a teenager in 1934. His career as a Yiddish journalist in the Day-Morning Journal and The Algemeiner Journal spanned over almost a half century.
Rabbi Gordon was well connected and attuned to the various aspect of burgeoning Jewish life and his relationships with every level of Jewish leaders from government ministers in Israel to modern Orthodox Rabbis to Chassidic Rebbes which afforded him the opportunity to share with his readers the world over insight into innumerable aspects of Torah life both here in the US and in Israel.
Born in a shtetl in Russia in 1918, Rabbi Nison Gordon developed into an accomplished Torah scholar and a man who cared deeply about both the Jewish people and the Jewish homeland. His dedication and attachment to Eretz Yisrael was a frequent theme of his several times a week essays in these papers as well as in other Jewish magazines and periodicals.
He had an extraordinary appreciation for the building and efforts to populate Judea and Samaria in the aftermath of the Six Day War and had a very close relationship with Beth El’s founder Rabbi Yaakov Katz and the cities benefactor the inimitable Eugen Gluck.
Larry ( Arye Leib) Gordon was born and raised in Crown Heights and is a resident of Lawrence. Larry is a veteran journalist, writing stories on Jewish life and related issues for thirty years. He is also the acknowledged creator of modern Jewish radio.
In 1977, Larry pioneered the first weekday morning Jewish music and news program on FM radio – 19.1 WFMU at New Jersey’s Upsala College. Larry’s program, the “Hebrew and Jewish program” and the format he created is the direct, originating predecessor of the world famous JM in AM radio show hosted by Nachum Segal. Recognizing the necessity for an unfettered Orthodox Jewish voice in the Five Towns, Larry established the 5 Towns Jewish Times, what was then a thin newspaper published twice a month. Today, The 5 Towns Jewish Times is published 50 times each year.
Larry’s vision for the paper is to be a reliable resource for information, news, advocacy, fundraising and promoting achdut within and throughout all the disparate Jewish Communities of the United States, Israel and the world.
Tonight’s award is dedicated to Rabbi Nison Gordon ע'ה’s great accomplishments and memory and is being accepted by his son, Larry Gordon, Publisher and Editor of the 5 Towns Jewish Times.