Dutch weekly online
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-05-15
Expat Dutch Jews can now find out what is happening back home as Nieuw Israelietisch Weekblad, the Dutch Jewish weekly goes online by publishing its online edition at the same time as the printed version comes out hot off the press.
One of the world's oldest Jewish newspapers, Nieuw Israelietisch Weekblad or NIW is celebrating 141 years of publishing.
The launch of the online edition comes as the newspaper also revamps itself by printing in full colour and the online version viewable in PDF format offers everything from the paper.
While the paper is available to subscribers across the world, the print version encountered problems in getting to its readers due to late deliveries as well as cost of posting.
"We used to have quite a few subscribers in Israel, but the postage cost became prohibitive to most and then took forever to arrive - even to next door Belgium it could take up to eight days," said NIW editor Elise Friedmann."
At a cost of 90 euros a year, Friedmann believes people will want to subscribe and who will want to connect with their roots. "There is a sizeable community of expat Dutchies spread out all over the world, because after the war a lot of them emigrated," she added.
According to some sources, more than 100,000 Jews today can trace their roots back to the Netherlands.