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Renaşterea Noastră

Weekly publication issued in Bucharest by its editor, Samu (Samuel I.) Stern. The first issue was published on 14 September 1924, under the title Renaşterea (Renaissance); its goal was to promote the ideology of a literary club bearing the same name. The title was changed to Renaşterea Noastră (Our Revival) on 10 October 1925. The subtitle, “Organ național evreesc” (Jewish National Organ), defined its political orientation.

From September 1925 to September 1926, Renaşterea was issued twice a week; the last issue of the first series was dated 31 January 1942. The first issue of the second series of Renaşterea noastră was published on 1 September 1944, and was edited by M. Moscovici until its final printing in 1947. The weekly aimed to become the heir of another publication, Mântuirea (Redemption), and was clearly Zionist in its outlook. It advocated emigration to Palestine, though it did not neglect local Jewish claims, especially those of Jews living in areas annexed to Romania as a consequence of World War I. Some of its regular columns were “Ştiri din Erez-Israel” (News from the Land of Israel), “Ştiri din Galuth” (News from the Diaspora), and “Cronica Keren Hajessod” (Keren Hayesod Chronicle). Among its contributors were Abraham Leib Zissu, Ury Benador, Alexander Şafran, the historian Theodor Loewenstein (Lavi), Meir Rudich, Felix Aderca, and especially Gala Galaction.

Besides articles on Zionism and its leaders, Renaşterea noastră published selections from writers such as Y. L. Peretz and Martin Buber.

Suggested Reading

Biblioteca Academiei Române, Bibliografia Publicațiilor Periodice Româneşti (Bucharest, 2003), vol. 4, pp. 775, 777; Lucian Predescu, ed., “Renaşterea noastră,” in Enciclopedia României “Cugetarea” (Bucharest, 1999), p. 722.