Staff

Editorial Leadership

Editor-in-Chief & CEO: Nadine Epstein

Nadine Epstein, Editor-in-Chief of Moment Magazine, is the founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Change, founder of the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative and an award-winning journalist and editor of MomentBooks. She reported for the City News Bureau of Chicago and the Chicago Bureau of the New York Times and covered the U.S.-Mexico border. She was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she also taught journalism. She reported on rural America during the 1990s. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a University Fellow in the political science doctoral program at Columbia University. Epstein has written and edited several books including the recent “Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life and Legacy,” contributed to anthology collections and co-written a documentary film. She speaks widely about anti-Semitism and other issues pertinent to the American Jewish community. She is also an artist and the creator of the iShadow Project. Read some of her columns and articles here.

 

Deputy Editor: Sarah Breger
Sarah Breger is the deputy editor of Moment Magazine and director of the Daniel Pearl Investigative Initiative. While at Moment she has won numerous awards, including first place for religion reporting of the year from the Religion News Association and first place for Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion from the American Academy of Religion. She is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Pennsylvania. You can read her writing here.

 

Managing Editor and Eugene M. Grant Fellow: Ellen Wexler
Ellen Wexler is a journalist based in Washington, DC. She was a finalist for the 2018 Mirror Awards for her story on Whitefish, Montana, “After the Cyber Storm.” She previously covered education at Inside Higher EdThe Chronicle of Higher Education and Education Week. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Read her writing here.

 

Editorial Staff

Book & Opinion Editor: Amy E. Schwartz
Amy E. Schwartz received a degree in literature from Harvard University. She worked at Harper’s Magazine and The New Republic before joining the Washington Post, where she was an editorial writer and op-ed columnist on cultural issues from 1985 to 2002. Schwartz has also lived in and reported from France, Germany and Turkey. Her articles can be found here.

 

Arts Editor: Diane M. Bolz
Diane Bolz was a Senior Editor and Arts Editor for Smithsonian magazine for more than 35 years, where she edited and wrote columns and stories on the fine arts, architecture, performing arts, popular culture and history. Before coming to Smithsonian, Bolz worked in New York City for architects I. M. Pei and Richard Meier. Bolz majored in English and Art History at Cornell and Columbia Universities. Her articles can be read here.

 

Poetry Editor: Faye Moskowitz
Faye Moskowitz is a renowned fiction writer and essayist. Her works include the memoirs A Leak in the HeartAnd the Bridge is Love, and Peace in the House, as well as the short story collection Whoever Finds This: I Love You. Moskowitz is a recently retired professor of English at George Washington University, where she ran the Jewish-American literature and and creative writing programs.

 

Senior Editor: Dina Gold
Dina Gold has postgraduate degrees in social anthropology from both London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies and Oxford University. At Oxford, she was the first woman to graduate from Corpus Christi College since its founding in 1517. Her first job in journalism was as a financial reporter on the “Investors Chronicle” in the UK before she joined the BBC to work as an investigative reporter and producer for both radio and television. Gold was also a BBC ombudsman and BBC policy advisor to the British police at Scotland Yard. She is the author of Stolen Legacy.

 

Senior Editor: Diane Heiman
Diane Heiman is a graduate of Brown University and Georgetown Law School. After practicing law for more than a decade, she wrote five children’s books, winning awards including the prestigious Children’s Choice Award.

 

Senior Editor: George Johnson
George E. Johnson is a Washington-based lawyer and writer. He formerly was Research Director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Planning and Research of the Synagogue Council of America. He is the author of studies on numerous Jewish policy issues, including inter-marriage, Russian-Jewish immigrants, American aliyah, and Israeli negotiations with the Palestinians.

 

Senior Editor: Eileen Lavine

Eileen Lavine has previously worked as a writer and editor for the New Bedford Standard TimesThe New York Times Youth Forums, UNESCO and the Marshall Plan Radio Unit, and also served as the president of information services at the Bethesda Editorial Company. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin—where she was the first woman editor of the student-run Daily Cardinal—and of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

 

Senior Editor: Francie Weinman Schwartz

Francie Weinman Schwartz is a writer and educator specializing in Jewish subjects. She has lectured extensively and serves as a facilitator for a course in Wise Aging at her synagogue, Temple Micah, in Washington, D.C. She received her Master’s Degree in Judaic Studies from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Schwartz is the co-author of The Jewish Moral Virtues and A Touch of the Sacred, books she wrote with the late rabbi and eminent liberal Jewish theologian Dr. Eugene Borowitz. She lives in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband Stuart. She’s the proud mother of Dana and David, and three grandchildren, Jonah, Teo and Stella.

 

Senior Editor: Laurence Wolff
Laurence Wolff was previously an education officer at the World Bank and has written and published widely on education policy issues in developing countries. Most recently he has focused on the challenges facing Israeli education, the growth of Reform Judaism in Israel, and the demographic future of Israel’s population. He holds a doctorate in education planning and administration from Harvard.

Contributors

Robert Siegel

Siegel was the senior host of NPR’s award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered. In 2018, Siegel was awarded the Edward Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. Siegel has been honored with three Silver Batons from Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University, as well as the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. He is a contributor to Moment Magazine.

Moment Institute Senior Fellows

Ira Forman

Forman runs Moment’s Anti-Semitism Monitor and is a visiting professor and senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Jewish Civilization. From 2013 to2017, he served as the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (MOAS). He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, and has an MBA from Stanford University. He publishes opinion op-eds worldwide.

 

Nathan Guttman

Guttman writes Moment’s DC Dispatch: Five Things to Know This Week. He is the U.S. correspondent for Israel’s public broadcasting corporation and has served as Washington bureau chief for The Forward, Ha’aretz and the Jerusalem Post. His award-winning reporting has included coverage of the highs and lows of the Middle East peace process and the role of Jewish interests in U.S. politics.

 

Rabbi Harold S. White Fellow: Lilly Gelman

Lilly Gelman is a journalist originally from Houston, Texas and based in Washington, DC. A graduate of Yeshiva University with a degree in creative writing, Lilly’s work has been featured in the Forward, Jewish Georgian, and Kol Habirah. Read her writing here.

 

Business and Professional Staff

Associate Publisher: Tanya George
Tanya George is a development professional with more than 30 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. Since 1999, George has worked as a free-lance fundraiser and writer for various groups including Justice at Stake, the ARAVA Institute for Environmental Studies, Wider Opportunities for Women and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. From 1988 to June 1999, George served as Vice President for Development for Partners of the Americas, a private voluntary organization that carries out technical assistance and training programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

Director of Marketing: Ellen Meltzer
Ellen Meltzer has spent more than fifteen years as a marketing and communications strategist. Her international experience includes positions as creative director at Ogilvy & Mather and Leo Burnett in Hong Kong, and writer at J Walter Thompson, Melbourne, Australia. Meltzer joined Moment in 2015.

 

Special Assistant to the Editor and Event Director: Johnna Raskin
Johnna Raskin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously worked as Senior Press Specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and helped launch the National Geographic Channel as Manager of Communications. She joined Moment in 2013.

 

Director of Community Affairs: Debbie Sann
Debbie Sann’s professional experience includes almost 20 years in marketing, communications and business strategy. Sann is also a seasoned Jewish communal professional and contributed to the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington for almost five years. She earned an M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School and an M.S. from Cornell University.

 

Senior Development Associate: Pat Lewis

Pat Lewis is a longtime communications and development professional who has worked with a wide range of nonprofits and government agencies. She served most recently as a consultant for OWL: The Voice of Women 40+, and as communications director for the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities and the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers. A former journalist, she worked in the White House media office under President Bill Clinton. Lewis has a history degree from Duke University and a master’s in political science from Auburn University.

 

Special Projects Manager: Suzanne Borden

Suzanne Borden worked for many years at Hillel International, overseeing a campus community service initiative and at PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values, coordinating programs for Jewish high school students and writing a service-learning curriculum. Suzanne is an experienced meeting and event planner. She earned her degree in Community and Family Studies from the University of Delaware.

 

Consumer Marketing: Nicole Bowman
Nicole Bowman is an award-winning leader in the field of consumer marketing, fulfillment, and audience development. After having worked as the Consumer Marketing Director for companies including Gruner+Jahr, Dennis Publishing, Cowles Enthusiast, and Spin, Nicole started her own circulation and consumer marketing consultancy. She has launched nearly a dozen titles including OK!, Complex, and The Week. Nicole has also served as Chairman of The DMA Circulation Council and the President of the Media & Content Marketing Association.

 

 

 


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