Sign In or Register here


Moment Magazine Celebrates 35 Years

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Oct 21,2010
Filed Under News , Community,
Share  


 

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Leonard Fein co-founded Moment Magazine with Elie Wiesel.
Courtesy Photo
Leonard Fein co-founded Moment Magazine with Elie Wiesel.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - In 1975, Leonard Fein and Elie Wiesel saw a need for a publication that would address issues that affected the American Jewish community. A collaborative effort, Fein and Wiesel decided to launch a magazine – they called it Moment.

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Elie Wiesel co-founded Moment Magazine with Leonard Fein.
Courtesy Photo
Elie Wiesel co-founded Moment Magazine
with Leonard Fein.

Wiesel was the literary editor and Fein was the founding editor. Fein loved the magazine and he enjoyed working with Carol Kur and Bill Novak. They ultimately made the magazine into something that was very popular within the Jewish community. It is now the largest independent Jewish magazine in North America.

They referred to it as "The New Magazine for America's Jew." It was initially launched in Boston, Massachusetts, but eventually migrated to Washington, DC, where it continues to be published out of a small office on Wisconsin Avenue.

“After 11 years of putting their heart and soul into the magazine they sold the magazine to Herschel Shanks,” said Nadine Epstein, Moment's editor and publisher. “The magazine moved to Washington DC. After running the magazine for many, many years with the help of Suzanne Singer and a lot of other very talented editors, he, he sold the magazine to us about six years ago. I put the magazine into a nonprofit and a whole new era of the magazine has begun.”

Shanks is satisfied with the direction of the publication, and said, “Nadine Epstein has followed in the tradition that I have. Uh, but she’s improved it. And she produces an extraordinarily varied product. I mean you look the people who are writing for it. They’re, they’re stars really.

“Nadine is a magician. She has enlisted the support of so many good people. And also she gets help, uh, from many volunteers because it’s such an exciting project that they come in and give her a hand. She works very hard herself. And, and she is a, an example for everyone else.”

On Sunday, October 24, 1954, Wiesel and Fein will serve as honorary chairs for Moment Magazine’s 35th Anniversary Symposium and Dinner that will be held at Four Seasons in Washington, DC.

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Nadine Epstein is the editor and publisher of Moment Magazine.
Courtesy Photo
Nadine Epstein is the editor and publisher
of Moment Magazine.

The event will celebrate not only a milestone in Moment’s history, but will also honor the memory of acclaimed writer, Daniel Pearl with launch of the magazine’s Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative.

The symposium, "The Influence of the Jewish Ethos on American Culture" will feature The Red Tent author Anita  Diamant; BP Gulf Fund Administrator Kenneth Feinberg; artificial intelligence expert Judea Pearl; The New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff; National Public Radio host Robert Siegel; and President Emeritus of George Washington University Stephen Joel Tractenberg.

Mankoff said, “I recently did a cartoon for them called ‘Mixed Marriage.’ Uh, my wife is half Jewish. Where the woman, I’m projecting, my wife is saying, uh, uh, why are you arguing with me? And, and the guy is saying, I'm not arguing, I'm Jewish. So I try to in some way relate to the Jewish experience.”

The event will be moderated by Moment Magazine editor and publisher Nadine Epstein. Proceeds will help support the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative, created in memory of the 38-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter slain by terrorists in 2002. This project is designed to encourage young journalists to research and write in-depth stories about modern manifestations of anti-Semitism and other deeply-ingrained prejudices.
 

Moment Magazine is committed to “portraying intellectual, political, cultural, and religious debates within the community, and to educating readers about Judaism’s rich history and contemporary movements, ranging from left to right, fundamentalist to secular.”

 “We wanted something about Israel,” said Fein. “We wanted something about American Jews. We wanted something about ideas. We wanted something about literature.

“I was not too long ago in the art gallery and I was introduced to somebody as the person who founded Moment. And this young woman looked at me and said, ‘Oh my God I was raised on Moment magazine.’ That was enough satisfaction for me.”

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Bob Mankoff is cartoon editor for New Yorker.
Courtesy Photo
Bob Mankoff is cartoon editor for New Yorker.

Wiesel said, “As a writer, of course, I go first to the literary section.  Be it by a writer or about a writer. That is the kind of, of, uh, of, of, of fantasy that one has. I find something that I didn't know about somebody I never met.”

Nadine Epstein is the current Editor and Executive Publisher of Moment and continues to move the magazine forward. Epstein has been a journalist for 25 years with her articles, essays and op-ed pieces have appearing in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, The Christian Science Monitor, Ms., and other publications.

She covered politics and news in the Chicago bureau of The New York Times and worked as an editor and reporter at The City News Bureau of Chicago. She has published three books, contributed to several anthology collections and co-written a documentary film, which was selected as a semifinalist of the 2001 Academy Awards.

“If you open Moment Magazine you will find points of view from the left, from the right, from the middle, from the Israeli left, from the Israeli right, from the middle,” said Epstein. “You will have a chance to see what other people are thinking and hopefully in a very intelligent way.”

Dr. Jonathan Sarna, the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, said, “Anyone interested in the central themes of the last 35 years, uh, the critical ideas, the debates, the, the cultural innovations, uh, the issues that Jews debated, will find those reflected on the pages of Moment magazine.”

Thirty-five years is a long time, but Wiesel said, “I'm always amazed how, uh, it, it continues to be so good. Intellectually and from the Jewish viewpoint.  It's a very good Jewish magazine. Which means it should be that not only for Jews alone but about Jews. What the Jews believe in. What, what Jews hope for. It is there.”

For more information about the event, contact Amelia Cohen-Levy, acohenlevy@momentmag.com or 202-363-6422.


Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Stephen Joel Tractenberg is President Emeritus of George Washington University.
Courtesy Photo
Stephen Joel Tractenberg is President
Emeritus of George Washington University.



Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Anita Diamant is the author of The Red Tent and other books.
Courtesy Photo
Anita Diamant is the author of The Red
Tent and other books.


Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Judea Pearl is an expert on artificial intelligence.
Courtesy Photo
Judea Pearl is an expert on artificial
intelligence.



Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Kenneth Feinberg is currently serving as BP Gulf Fund Administrator.
Courtesy Photo
Kenneth Feinberg is currently serving as
BP Gulf Fund Administrator.


Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Robert Siegel is host of All Things Considered on National Public Radio.
Courtesy Photo
Robert Siegel is host of All Things Considered
on National Public Radio.





Loading Loading..


Shopping and Services Guide


Exclusive deals from the best locals!

Browse our highlighted partners
Spas, retailers, restaurants and…
so much more.