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Back in Time to 1909: The Black Jewish Relationship and the founding of the NAACP with Lillie J. Edwards and Nadine Epstein

W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Henry Moskowitz, Rabbi Emil Hirsch, Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise, Lillian Wald and others came together to found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), launching a historic chapter in the fight for civil rights. Dr. Lillie J. Edwards, Professor Emerita of History and African American studies at Drew University discusses what was going on in 1909, the importance of this Black-Jewish coalition, and how the Black and Jewish communities can continue to work together to counter racism.

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Escaping Auschwitz with Jonathan Freedland and Dan Raviv

Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland, author of The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World joins former CBS News correspondent and Moment contributor Dan Raviv for a conversation about the heroic efforts of Vrba and why his report did not achieve its goal—of ending the Nazi slaughter of the Jews.

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The Educational Legacy of Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington with Dorothy Canter, Marian and Valerie Coleman, Stephanie Deutsch, Andrew Feiler and Aviva Kempner

A discussion about Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington’s historic partnership, the impact the Rosenwald schools had on the African American community and the importance of remembering and preserving their legacy.

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Hanukkah: The Festival of Cheese with Vered Guttman

Potato latkes aren’t the only tradition on Hanukkah, there’s actually another-cheese! Join Israeli chef and food writer Vered Guttman to learn about the bravery of Judith, how she saved the Jewish people with salty cheese and why Hanukkah has become a Jewish celebration with a feminist angle for some. Guttman  demonstrates how to make Polish syrniki cheese latkes, Moroccan sfinge doughnuts and Ukrainian pampushki (fried potato balls filled with cheese)

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The Power of Friendship: Dinners with RBG and others with Nina Totenberg and Nadine Epstein

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Nina Totenberg were friends for nearly 50 years, meeting long before Ruth became a Supreme Court Justice and Nina an award-winning NPR journalist. They shared the ups and downs of life, the opera, shopping and so much more, and then during Justice Ginsburg’s final year of life, Saturday night dinners. Join NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, author of the new book Dinners with Ruth, for a conversation about the trailblazing paths they both created for future generations of women and the power of friendship. In conversation with Moment editor-in-chief, Nadine Epstein, author of RBG’s Brave and Brilliant Women.

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A Wide Open Conversation with Ken Burns and Michael Krasny

Filmmaker Ken Burns joins award-winning journalist Michael Krasny, retired public radio host of KQED Forum, for a wide open conversation about Burn’s just released book Our America: A Photographic History and the new three-part series The U.S. and the Holocaust. 

This program is part of a Moment series on antisemitism supported by the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation.

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A Robert Siegel Interview with Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt

Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism sits down for an in-depth interview with Moment Special Literary Contributor Robert Siegel, former host of NPR’s All Things Considered. Ambassador Lipstadt is the 2022 recipient of the “Moment Ruth Bader Ginsburg Human Rights Award.”

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After the Midterms: Now What? And What’s the State of Our Democracy? with Jennifer Rubin and Robert Siegel

What do the midterm election results mean and what should we expect over the next two years? A post-election conversation about the state of our democracy with Washington Post opinion columnist Jennifer Rubin and Robert Siegel, former NPR host of All Things Considered.

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Book Review | The Maus That Roared

The latest cycle of public panic over book-banning—as distinct from the constant, threatening drumbeat of book-banning itself—kicked off last January when The New York Times reported that a school board in McMinn County, Tennessee, had withdrawn Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel/memoir Maus: A Survivor’s Tale from the eighth-grade Holocaust education curriculum.

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Is There Such a Thing as a Bad Jew? The Confluence of American Jewish Politics and Identity with Emily Tamkin and Dan Raviv

Should Jews be considered “Good Jews” or “Bad Jews” based on their level of observance of Jewish holidays or their feelings about Israel or their political stance? Emily Tamkin, author of the new book Bad Jews: A History of American Jewish Politics and Identities, discusses how these terms have been weaponized against members of the community, what it means to be Jewish and the ever-changing American Jewish identity. In conversation with former CBS News correspondent and Moment contributor Dan Raviv.

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Chickens and Sheep and Goats, Oy Vey! The New Jewish Farmer with Wendy Rhein, Adrienne Krone and Noah Phillips

All over the country Jews are reconnecting with the land, and some would say the Jewish farming movement is stronger than ever. Wendy Rhein, who bought a 10-acre farm she named Chutzpah Hollow in North Carolina and moved there with her sons in 2021, is one of them. Wendy shares why and how she created a thriving and growing Jewish farm and Adrienne Krone, who has studied Jewish American farms, discusses the movement today and the history of Jewish farming. In conversation with Moment digital editor Noah Phillips, an alum of Urban Adamah, a Jewish farm community in Berkeley, CA.

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The Little-Known Story of Jewish Refugee Professors at Historically Black Colleges & Universities with Lillie J. Edwards and Nadine Epstein

When German Jewish scholars were expelled from universities after the rise of the Nazis in the 1930s, many hoped to flee to the United States. But it wasn’t easy to find educational institutions to sponsor them due to rampant antisemitism in academia. Some of the lucky ones found homes at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Join Dr. Lillie J. Edwards, Professor Emerita of History and African American studies at Drew University, for a conversation about why HBCUs offered Jewish scholars positions, the influence these teachers had on their students and the impact the students and schools had on the lives of these refugees. In conversation with Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein.

This conversation is part of a Moment series on antisemitism supported by the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation. The program is also a part of The Wide River Project, a yearlong, joint initiative of Western States Center and Moment Magazine, that takes a deep dive—and fresh look—into the art, history and issues that both unite and divide the Black and Jewish communities.

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Does the Government of Hungary Really Have a “Zero Tolerance” Policy When it Comes to Antisemitism? with Ira Forman, Kati Marton and Amy E. Schwartz

His supporters in Europe and the U.S. insist that the government of Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban is not antisemitic. But others point to his rhetoric, including a speech he made in Romania that his critics have called “pure Nazi,” and his policies in Hungary. Join Moment Senior Fellow Ira Forman, former U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and Hungarian-American journalist Kati Marton, founding advisory council chair of Action for Democracy, for a discussion about why we should be very concerned about antisemitism in Hungary. In conversation with Moment Book & Opinion editor Amy E. Schwartz.

This program is part of a Moment series on antisemitism supported by the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation.

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From Undocumented Child to Successful American Jewish Lawyer and Writer with Qian Julie Wang and Sarah Breger

Qian Julie Wang came to America with her parents when she was seven years old, living in the shadows and always looking over her shoulder throughout her childhood. Learning English and surviving the harsh realities of being undocumented, Qian Julie eventually made her way to Swarthmore College and Yale Law School, marrying and converting to Judaism. Wang is in conversation with Moment editor Sarah Breger about her family’s search for the American dream, her connection to Judaism and the struggles and antisemitism faced by Jews of Color from within the Jewish community.

This program is part of a Moment series on antisemitism supported by the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation.

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Book Review | Studying Talmud with Beruriah

When the ancient rabbis had a question about the Torah—an important detail that seemed to be missing, an inconsistency between two passages, even a redundant word or verse—they would often solve the problem by writing a midrash, or story, filling in the missing piece or reconciling the seeming contradiction.

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The Road to Gender Equity with Ting Ting Cheng and Nadine Epstein

Women still do not have equal rights to men in the United States, leaving them vulnerable to changing political winds. What needs to be done to finally achieve this critical goal? Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein is hosting a series of informal “dinner party” conversations, exploring long-term strategies that could lead to true gender equity. The focus is not on politics but on big picture legal, organizational and cultural change. In this inaugural conversation, Epstein talks with civil rights attorney Ting Ting Cheng, Director of the Equal Rights Amendment Project at Columbia Law School.

“The Road to Gender Equity” series is in memory of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose legal strategies, based on the 14th Amendment, helped strengthen the rights of American women.

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The U.S. Senate: America’s First and Last Lines of Defense with Ira Shapiro and Rabbi Eric Yoffie

Today’s Senate looks very different from the Senate of the 1960s and 1970s, a time when those serving in Congress put “country over party.” Ira Shapiro, a former longtime Senate staffer and author of the new book The Betrayal: How Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans Abandoned America, discusses the many functions of the Senate, how it’s failed to provide leadership and what lies ahead of the 2022 elections and beyond. Shapiro is in conversation with Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President Emeritus of the Union of Reform Judaism about how we can return to a time when Senators worked across the aisle.

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The Politics of Being Gay with Congressman Barney Frank, Eric Orner and Ann F. Lewis

Barney Frank was the first member of Congress to voluntarily acknowledge being gay in 1987. Frank joins his former congressional aide, Eric Orner, author of the new graphic novel Smahtguy: The Life and Times of Barney Frank, in conversation about growing up Jewish, his lifelong crusade for civil rights and his 30+ years in the U.S. House of Representatives. With Ann F. Lewis, a champion for women’s rights, a former White House Director of Communications, and the congressman’s sister.

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Zionophobia: A Wide Open Conversation with Judea Pearl

What is Zionophobia and how is it different from Antisemitism—and what can be done about it? Is Israel key to the survival of the Jewish people? Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein speaks with Judea Pearl, who grew up in Israel and is the father of journalist Daniel Pearl who was killed by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002.

This program is part of a Moment series on antisemitism supported by the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation.

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