Moment Happy Hours Presents Zoominars With Moment

Moment Happy Hours Presents Zoominars With Moment

April 1, 2020 in Coronavirus, Highlights, Latest
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“Israeli Politics Today: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?”

Tuesday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m. ET

After a year and a half and three elections, Israel has its unity government. Now the country faces a Prime Minister on trial, the potential annexation of parts of the West Bank, and a potential COVID-19 resurgence. How did it happen? What will its impact be? Join Moment Deputy Editor Sarah Breger in conversation with Moment Institute Senior Fellow Nathan Guttman. Nathan is the U.S. correspondent for Israel’s public broadcasting corporation. His award-winning reporting has included coverage of the highs and lows of the Middle East peace process.

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Special Zoominar—“Film Discussion with Chained Director Yaron Shani and Producer Naomi Levari”

Thursday, June 11th at 5:00 p.m. ET

Join Moment Book and Opinion Editor Amy E. Schwartz for a live Q&A with the director and producer of the award-winning Israeli film Chained. After 16 years on the police force, Rashi (Eran Naim) is suspended after an incident at work. His world is thrown into disarray, and so is that of his family. An intensely realistic profile of a seemingly strong man whose questionable claim to power may lead to tragedy. This program is in partnership with the Virtual Israel Film Center Festival. Participants will have access to view the film anytime between June 7 and June 14. Tickets must be purchased for a nominal fee to attend the film discussion. Use promo code “moment20” for 25% off your ticket. The film is in Hebrew with English subtitles. The Q&A is in English.

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“Discovering Your Family Secrets with Esther Safran Foer, interviewed by Robert Siegel”

Tuesday, June 16th  at 4:30 p.m. ET

Join Esther Safran Foer, author of the recently released I Want You to Know We’re Still Here, as she shares her deeply moving story about her journey to learn more about her father’s family. It was not until Esther was an adult that she discovered her father had a previous wife and daughter, both killed in the Holocaust. Interviewed by her dear friend and former NPR All Things Considered host, Robert Siegel, Esther will reveal how she became a detective and traveled the world in search of the family she never knew she had.

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“Zombies, Viruses, Erupting Volcanoes and Other Disasters: Being Prepared with Max Brooks”

Tuesday, June 30th,  at 4:30 pm ET

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Past Zoominars

“The City of Light: Stories and Songs of Theodore Bikel “

Join Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, Theo’s wife and director of the Theodore Bikel Legacy Project for an up-close and personal look at the man behind the legend. Aimee will share stories about Theo’s life, from his acting roles to a sampling of his folk music, as well as his passion for tikkun olam (repair of the world). Aimee will also present an excerpt from her recently released book, The City of Light, which recounts moments from Theo’s childhood in Vienna. The City of Light, a MomentBook Imprint can be purchased here.


“Broadway Songs about the Jewish Experience You May Not Know”

Broadway Performance Coach and Music Director Michael Lavine shares Jewish themed songs that are unfamiliar to many, including songs that were cut from the original Fiddler on the Roof. Actress Barbara Minkus who starred in the Broadway show The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N and the television show Love American Style, makes a special guest appearance.

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“Cooking with Chef Vered Guttman”

Chef Vered Guttman shows viewers how to make feta and eggplant burekas pie, seven species salad, Romanian malai, and Israeli cheesecake while discussing the harvest holiday of Shavuot.


“Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice”

When she was growing up in England, Dina Gold used to listen to her grandmother’s stories about her glamorous life in 1920s Berlin and of her dreams of one day recovering the building which, she claimed, had been stolen from the family by the Nazis.  Dina talks about her search to unearth the details of her long-dead grandmother’s claims and the legal case she launched to recover the property.

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“Funny You Should Ask: How & Why Jews Became the People of the Joke”

Former New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff shows how his Jewish heritage helped him become a successful cartoonist. Bob presents a personal and historical cartoon illustrated history of Jewish humor featuring cartoons from Have I Got a Cartoon For You! The Moment Magazine Book of Jewish Cartoons and shares tips for writing great captions.

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The Unfortunate Convergence of Anti-Semitism and COVID-19

Ira N. Forman, Moment Institute’s Senior Fellow and former U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and Nadine Epstein, Moment Editor-in-Chief, discuss the impact of the coronavirus and anti-Semitism being seen around the world.

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“Jewish Leaders in Women’s Fight for the Vote: History You Should Know”

Ann Lewis, a former chair of the Moment Advisory Board and founding member of the National Women’s Political Caucus, discusses the critical role Jewish leaders played in the fight for the vote for women, though they are often excluded from standard suffrage history. Ann shares stories about Polish immigrant and Tennessee legislator, Joe Hanover; Yiddish-speaking union organizer, Rosie Schneiderman; Co-chair of the Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise and social reformer, Maud Nathan as well as others.

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The Seder is Always Virtual. Why Should This Year Be Any Different?”

Amy E. Schwartz, editor of Moment Magazine’s Ask the Rabbis, Books, and Opinion sections explores readings and meditations to accompany the Passover seder–whether virtual or in-person. She also discusses Moment’s new virtual Haggadah supplement.

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