Nazi hunter and international lawyer Allan Gerson, who represented victim’s families after the Lockerbie bombing, didn’t know his real name until he was 12 years old. Born at the end of World War II, Allan and his family, out of desperation, eventually entered the United States under assumed names. Daniela Gerson, assistant professor of journalism at California State University, Northridge, discusses her father’s book Lies that Matter and what it was like learning about her family’s past secrets. Daniela is in conversation with Robert Siegel, Moment special literary contributor and former senior host of NPR’s All Things Considered.
Moment Zoominar: Jewish Art and Architecture with Artists Judy A. Greenberg, Simonida Uth and Professor Ori Z. Soltes
Explore the exciting connections between art and architecture, ancient and modern, spiritual and utilitarian. Artist and film documentarian Simonida Perica Uth; artist and director emeritus of The Kreeger Museum Judy A. Greenberg; and Georgetown University’s Ori Z. Soltes, author of Tradition and Transformation: Three Millenia of Jewish Art and Architecture will be in conversation with The Moment Gallery founders, Robin Strongin and Nadine Epstein.
Moment Zoominar: What Can We Learn from Films About the Holocaust? with Holocaust Scholar Michael Berenbaum and Screenwriter Michael Berlin
At a time when antisemitism is on the rise and the Holocaust is thrown around as a comparison to many of today’s political and social issues, what can movies about the Holocaust teach us? Holocaust scholar and film producer Michael Berenbaum is in conversation with Michael Berlin, screenwriter and founder of the Jewish Film Festival of Orange County, CA, about the impact of the Holocaust on film and how film plays an important role in transmitting knowledge about the Holocaust to new generations. The conversation commences with the 1940 Academy Award nominated film, The Great Dictator, starring Charlie Chaplin and progress through the decades. This program is hosted by Moment Magazine with the support of the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation.
Known as the “Kosher Baker,” Paula Shoyer goes beyond desserts in her new book, The Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook. Paula demonstrate how to prepare beet and quinoa salad as well as tzimmes, using an instant pot. Don’t have an instant pot? No worries! Paula also share how to make these dishes the traditional way. Perfect for prepping for the upcoming Jewish holidays.
London-based comedian Rachel Creeger, cohost of the podcast, “Jew Talkin’ To Me?”, talks about growing up in a traditional home and listening to the men in the family tell jokes on Shabbat and how it feels to now be the only Orthodox Jewish woman on the British comedy circuit. Rachel is in conversation with Michael Krasny, retired public radio host of KQED Forum and the author of Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means.
Both Rachel and Michael are part of the Moment Symposium “What is Your Favorite Jewish Joke – And Why?”
Jews have always been at the forefront of American popular music. Musician and music producer Ben Sidran, author of There Was A Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream talks about: Who is a Jew in America? What is Jewish about popular music in America? What’s the prognosis for the future? Ben is in conversation with pianist Joe Alterman, executive director of Neranenah Concert & Culture Series, which celebrates Jewish contributions to music and the arts.
Authors Ruby Namdar (The Ruined House), Ruth Franklin (A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction) and Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein (Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life) discuss the enduring power–and perils–of Holocaust fiction.
Moment Zoominar: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter with Historian Kai Bird and Journalist Dan Raviv
President Carter, who was considered both an outsider and an outlier, dealt with many issues the United States is still dealing with today: healthcare, racism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer Kai Bird is in conversation about his new book The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter with former CBS News correspondent Dan Raviv
Moment Zoominar: How Should We Define Antisemitism—and Who Should Define It? with Dina Porat and Mark Weitzman
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism has been endorsed by 30 countries and hundreds of organizations worldwide yet remains the subject of fierce debate. Dina Porat, head of the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University and Mark Weitzman, director of government affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, are in conversation with Ira Forman, Moment Institute Senior Fellow and former U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, about what’s behind the debate and what’s at stake. Malcolm Hoenlein, vice chair and William Daroff, CEO, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations also participate.
In an exclusive interview with Moment senior editor George E. Johnson, Israel Prize-winning journalist Nahum Barnea offers fresh insights on how Naftali Bennett, Israel’s new Prime Minister, will govern and why it may be different in both method and substance from his predecessor and from what people may have assumed based on policy positions and priorities Bennett has espoused as a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s inner circle. Barnea focuses on how President Biden’s long experience and record in Middle East politics presents opportunities for Israel in the years ahead regarding the region and Iran in particular, and why Bennett will depart from Netanyahu’s approach to seeking allies among Americans in general and among American Jews.