By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Jewish Exponent is celebrating its 125th year of serving Philadelphia’s Jewish community.

“I say mazel tov to the Jewish Exponent staff and leadership,” said the Exponent’s board president Dan Bacine today at the paper’s offices at 2100 Arch Street in center city.

He said he felt like a proud parent as he bragged about the Exponent’s online strategy and recent awards, 125 years after the weekly was created to help new arrivals connect to Philadelphia’s already well established Jewish community.

Young Sam Ostrey (photo), in a newsboy’s cap and knickers, tried to recapture those early days for attendees at today’s celebration.

“I’m being a newsboy, handing the cover page out,” he told KYW Newsradio.

Mayor Nutter was also on hand.

“All of us benefit from great journalism,” he said.  “All of us benefit from the learning of, and being exposed to, a variety of religions and cultures and people.”

The Exponent says it is the “second-oldest continuously operating, Jewish publication in the United States.”

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