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Crack, Bam, Dot: The Sounds and Stories of Mahjong with Author Annelise Heinz and Moment Deputy Editor Sarah Breger

Thursday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT

Tiles clicking and clacking, women chatting – these are the childhood memories many Jewish women have of their mothers playing mahjong – a game still enjoyed today. How did a game from China make its way to America and how did it become so intertwined with Jewish culture in the United States? Annelise Heinz author of Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture takes us through the history of this beloved game. In conversation with Moment Deputy Editor Sarah Breger. In commemoration of Jewish American Heritage Month.



Henry Ford and Antisemitism Between World War I and World War II with Historians Pam Nadell and Daniel Greene

 Tuesday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT

In the years between World War I and World War II, American society became increasingly xenophobic and prejudiced against minorities; these years also are considered the apogee of American antisemitism.  One man, perhaps more than any other, played an outsized role in disseminating it.  His name was Henry Ford.  Sponsored by Moment Magazine with the support of the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation, in commemoration of Jewish American Heritage Month.



The Man Behind the Masks: Stan Lee and Marvel Comics with Journalists Abraham Riesman and Dan Raviv

Tuesday, May 25 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT

Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee, revolutionized the comic industry and helped create superheroes like Spider-Men, X-Men, Black Panther and more for Marvel Comics. Join Abraham Riesman, author of True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee in conversation about Lee’s complicated life and legacy with Dan Raviv, author of Comic Wars and former CBS News correspondent. Co-sponsored by Moment Magazine and the Association of Jewish Libraries in commemoration of Jewish American Heritage Month.



The State of Antisemitism in Germany Today with Ambassador Emily Haber and Robert Siegel

Tuesday, June 1 at 4:30pm, ET / 1:30pm PT

Emily Haber, Germany’s Ambassador to the U.S., will discuss the current forms and manifestations of antisemitism in Germany, and how it is connected to other European movements. Ambassador Haber will be in conversation with Robert Siegel, Moment special literary contributor and former senior host of NPR’s All Things Considered.

This program is hosted by Moment Magazine with the support of the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation and co-presented by the German Embassy, Washington.



Jewish Pioneers in Television: The Next Generation with TV Historians Walter J. Podrazik and Harry Castleman

Tuesday, June 8 at 4:30pm, ET / 1:30pm PT

TV became the preeminent communication force in society from the 1960s onward, with Jews at the creative and business forefront. Walter J. Podrazik and Harry Castleman continue their entertaining survey of the medium’s history with a focus on influential figures such as Fred Silverman, Brandon Tartikoff, Barry Diller and Sumner Redstone and the groundbreaking shows they brought to the screen such as Seinfeld, Happy Days, Charlie’s Angels, Hill Street Blues, The Cosby Show, The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory plus made-for-TV movies and miniseries such as Roots. Their achievements paved the way for the growth of cable, and eventually streaming.


To All Who Call in Truth with Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren and Journalist A.J. Jacobs

Tuesday, June 15 at 4:30pm, ET / 1:30pm PT

Former Israeli ambassador to the United States, former Knesset member, historian and prolific author Michael Oren will discuss his books including his latest novel, To All Who Call in Truth, a story about passion, betrayal, adolescence, and murder, drawing on his own experiences as a teenager growing up in New Jersey in the early 1970s. Michael will be in conversation with journalist and bestselling New York Times author A.J. Jacobs.



Laughing at Myself with Father and Son Duo former Congressman Dan Glickman and Hollywood producer Jonathan Glickman

Tuesday, June 22 at 4:30pm, ET / 1:30pm PT

Dan Glickman has done it all – from serving in the U.S. House of Representative to becoming the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to serving as Chairman of the Motion Picture Association. In his new book, Laughing at Myself: My Education in Congress, on the Farm, and at the Movies, Dan shares how a Jewish midwestern kid with Russian and Eastern European immigrant grandparents made his way from Kansas to Washington, DC and Hollywood and survived to tell the story. Glickman will be interviewed by his son, Hollywood producer and former president of MGM Motion Picture Group, Jonathan Glickman. Held in celebration of Father’s Day.



Women Resistance Fighters during the Holocaust with Author Judy Batalion and Filmmaker Aviva Kempner

Tuesday, June 29 at 4:30pm, ET / 1:30pm PT

Judy Batalion, author of The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos will discuss the young women who found different ways of fighting back against the Nazis with filmmaker Aviva Kempner, who produced and co-wrote the documentary Partisans of Vilna: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during World War II.


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