Moment Happy Hours Presents Zoominars With Moment

By | Apr 01, 2020
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Coming Up

When Rabbis Bless Congress: What’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel got to do with it? featuring C-SPAN Communications Director, Howard Mortman

July 28, 4:30 p.m. ET

 Since the Civil War, over 400 rabbis have offered prayers during the opening sessions of Congress. C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman shares fascinating stories about some of these rabbis, the mixing of politics into prayers and how words of Torah are tied to the issues of the day.


Israeli Street Food Beyond Falafel with Chef Vered Guttman

August 4,  4:30 p.m. ET

Join Moment Talk of the Table Contributor Chef Vered Guttman as she takes us on a food adventure through the streets of Israel. Learn to prepare these flavorful Israeli foods:

  • Sabich – Iraqi style Shabbat breakfast in a pita (fried eggplant, egg, tahini, mango preserves and salads)
  • Tunisian sandwich – canned or fresh tuna, preserved lemon, harissa, potato, egg
  • Arayes – grilled pita stuffed with kebab or with vegan options (like spinach and cheese) and stuffing, served with tahini
  • Malabi – Arabic panna cotta, topped with pistachio and sweet pomegranate syrup


Special Three-Part Moment Musical Matinee

Thursday, July 16, July 23, & July 30, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. ET

Broadway Musicologist, Performer, and Music Director Michael Lavine gives you an in-depth look at songwriters who wrote for radio, film, and Broadway during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

$25 per class, $60 for all three.  Read more or register here!

Previous Zoominars

A Conversation with Letty Cottin Pogrebin, a Founding Editor of Ms. Magazine 

July 21

Moment columnist since 1991, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, is a powerful voice for feminism in the Jewish world and beyond. Pogrebin, in conversation with Moment opinion and books editor, Amy Schwartz, discusses the state of feminism today and her dismay at how the miniseries m portrayed her friend Gloria Steinem and represented the world of second wave feminism.

Celebrating Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Revue with Louie Kemp in conversation with Kinky Friedman

July 14

Louie Kemp recounts his lifelong friendship with Bob Dylan, who he met at Jewish summer camp, and which he wrote about in his book Dylan and Me: 50 Years of Adventure. Louie also talks about the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue that he produced, a concert tour featuring Bob Dylan and other performers like Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. Joining Louie is Kinky Friedman who performed in the Revue in 1976 and wrote the forward for Dylan and Me.


How Women in Israel are Losing Ground Due to COVID-19

July 7

Eetta Prince-Gibson, Moment Israel Editor and former editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Report and Moment Deputy Editor Sarah Breger discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has played out unfairly toward women in Israel.


Lessons from My Father: The Teachings of Elie Wiesel Remembered with Elisha Wiesel

July 2

Elisha Wiesel joined us on the fourth anniversary of his father’s passing to share stories and reflections on the lessons he learned from his dad, Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel. Elisha is in conversation with Nadine Epstein, Moment editor-in-chief and editor of Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life & LegacyMoment is pleased to host this special zoominar to honor the memory of Elie Wiesel who co-founded the magazine 45 years ago with writer Leonard Fein.

Save Yourself from Zombies, Bigfoot and Pandemics, with Bestselling Author and Disaster Preparedness Expert Max Brooks

June 30

Max Brooks, author of World War Z and the newly released Devolution, discusses his books, what you can do to be prepared for times when reality resembles fiction and how his unconventional way of thinking has led to a partnership with the military. In addition, Max reminisces about the late Carl Reiner and the friendship he had with his dad, Mel Brooks and what it was like growing up Jewish. Max also shares how he became a writer, despite having dyslexia and how his mother, the late Anne Bancroft, was always his biggest advocate. Max is joined in conversation with Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein.


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

June 16  

Esther Safran Foer, author of the recently released I Want You to Know We’re Still Here,  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.


Israeli Politics Today: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?

June 9

Nathan Guttman, Moment Institute Senior Fellow and correspondent for Israel’s public broadcasting corporation and Sarah Breger, Moment Deputy Editor, explain Israel’s electoral system and discuss Israel’s new unity government and the potential annexation of parts of the West Bank.

Moment Zoominar: Israeli Politics Today

The City of Light: Stories and Songs of Theodore Bikel 

June 2

Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, Theo’s wife and director of the Theodore Bikel Legacy Project, gives us an up-close and personal look at the man behind the legend. Aimee shares 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 also presents an excerpt from her recently released book, Theodore Bikel’s The City of Light, which recounts moments from Theo’s childhood in Vienna. 


Broadway Songs about the Jewish Experience You May Not Know

May 19

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.


Cooking with Chef Vered Guttman

May 12

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

May 5

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.


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

April 28

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.


The Unfortunate Convergence of Anti-Semitism and COVID-19
April 21

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.


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

April 14

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.


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

April 2

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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