28 2017

Keeping it Local

10:45AM - 12:00PM  

This Federation program will be held at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire 270 State Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Contact Nancy Maurice Rogers
413-442-4360 x 15

The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires presents:
Knosh & Knowledge
"Keeping it Local" with Judge Fredric Rutberg on restoring The Berkshire Eagle to local ownership

Knosh & Knowledge hosts Fredric D. Rutberg, longtime Berkshire County judge and, since May 2016, president of The Berkshire Eagle.  In "Keeping it Local" Judge Rutberg will talk about restoring the paper to local ownership, and the pitfalls encountered and lessons learned along the way.

Judge Rutberg will discuss the genesis of the project that led to the purchase of The Berkshire Eagle from absentee ownership and share the hopes he has for the project.  'I will also discuss what we have done in the year since the purchase to put The Eagle on the path to become the finest community newspaper in America," he says. "I will also address the challenges we face and the next set of changes our readership will encounter."

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Judge Rutberg moved to the Berkshires in 1972 to practice law privately, and also briefly for the Legal Aid Society in Troy, NY.  He was appointed as Associate Justice of the Southern Berkshire District Court in 1994 and named Presiding Judge of the Pittsfield District Court in 2007, as well as Presiding Justice of Southern Berkshire District Court in 2013.  After holding these and other high-profile judicial and civic posts, he retired from the bench in 2015.

Advanced lunch reservations required by Thursday, April 27 before noon by calling 413-442-4360, ext. 10 or jfb.officemanager@verizon.net