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Editor and Publisher: Nadine Epstein

Nadine Epstein is the editor and publisher of Moment Magazine, founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Change, and founder of the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative. In 2004 Epstein relaunched Moment Magazine, co-founded in 1975 by Leonard Fein and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, and has forged it into a multi-media platform of highly respected, award-winning independent journalism. A longtime journalist, her work has appeared in Moment, 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 at The City News Bureau of Chicago, then covered the U.S.-Mexico border while based in Arizona. She is a recipient of the prestigious 1990 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan as well as many grants including the Washington, D.C. Commission on the Arts and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. During the 1990s, she taught in the Master’s Program in Journalism at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a University Fellow in the political science doctoral program at Columbia University. She has co-written three books, contributed to anthology collections and co-written a documentary film, which was selected as a semifinalist for the 2001 Academy Awards.

Managing Editor: Sarah Breger

Sarah Breger is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Pennsylvania. While at Moment she has won numerous awards including first place for religion report of the year from the Religion News Association and first place for Best InDepth Newswriting on Religion from the American Academy of Religion Award. Her writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Forward, Haaretz, among other publications. She joined Moment in 2009 as the Rabbi Harold S. White fellow.

Literary Editor: Mitchel Levitas

Mitchel Levitas has been with the New York Times for more than 40 years in a variety of editorial positions, including Metropolitan editor, editor of the Week in Review, editor of the Sunday Book Review and editor of the Op-Ed page. He is also co-editor of the 2002 book, A Nation Challenged: A Visual History of 9/11 and Its Aftermath. Levitas has been Moment’s literary editor since 2008.

Poetry Editor: Faye Moskowitz

Faye Moskowitz is a renowned fiction writer and essayist. Her works include the memoirs A Leak in the Heart, And the Bridge is Love, and Peace in the House, as well as the short story collection Whoever Finds This: I Love You. She is Professor of English at George Washington University and teaches creative writing and Jewish American literature.

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 and has been Moment’s opinion editor since 2011.

Fiction Editor: Alan Cheuse

Alan Cheuse is the author of five novels, four collections of short fiction and the memoir Fall Out of Heaven. He is a regular book commentator for National Public Radio, and his fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Antioch Review, Prarie Schooner, New Letters, The Idaho Review, The Southern Review, among other places. He teaches in the Writing Program at George Mason University and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Cheuse has been Moment’s fiction editor since 2011.

Arts Editor: Diane Bolz

As a Senior Editor and Arts Editor for SMITHSONIAN magazine, where she worked for more than 35 years, Diane Bolz commissioned, edited and wrote articles on the fine arts, architecture, performing arts, popular culture and history. During her years at SMITHSONIAN, she also edited and/or wrote several monthly columns. Before coming to SMITHSONIAN, Diane worked in New York City for architects I. M. Pei and Richard Meier. She has traveled extensively, both independently and for Smithsonian Journeys, escorting trips to such destinations as the Baltic, Russia, Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Portugal, England, Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala, China, Borneo and Papua New Guinea. Diane majored in English and Art History at Cornell and Columbia universities and is a member of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee and ArtTable. She has been at Moment since 2012.

Senior Editor: Eileen Lavine

Eileen Lavine has previously worked as a writer and editor for the New Bedford Standard Times, The New York Times Youth Forums, UNESCO and the Marshall Plan Radio Unit, and has 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 Daily Cardinal, and of Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Lavine joined Moment as Senior Editor in 2008.

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. As a practicing energy lawyer, he has written extensively on legal issues affecting the electric power industry. Johnson has been Senior Editor at Moment since 2012.

Senior Editor and Board Liaison: 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, which won several honors including the Children’s Choice Award. Heiman joined Moment in 2012 and works with Nadine Epstein on Board development and runs Moment’s children’s and senior citizen’s contests.

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, where she was the first woman to graduate from Corpus Christi College since its foundation 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 in both radio and television. She was later a BBC ombudsman as well as, for a year immediately after 9/11, on attachment as a policy advisor to the British police at Scotland Yard. In the UK she was a member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, immigrating to the USA in 2008. She is co-chair of the Washington Jewish Film Festival and an Executive Board member of the DCJCC.

Harold S. White Fellow: Rachel E. Gross

Rachel joined Moment in 2014 after graduating from the Medill School of Journalism master’s program with a scholarship for science writing. Previously, she was an editorial fellow at WIRED magazine and an intern and freelancer for The New York Times Bay Area. Her writing has also appeared in National Geographic NewsNew Scientist and The Atlantic online.

Eugene M. Grant Fellow: Sala Levin

Sala Levin joined Moment in 2010 after graduating from the University of Maryland, where she won the Jimenez-Porter Literary Prize for fiction. Levin runs the Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Fiction Contest.

Designer and Production Editor: Navid Marvi

A graduate of American University, Navid Marvi is an award-winning graphic designer: Awards include first place for illustration or graphic from the Religion Newswriters Association. He has freelanced for several organizations in Washington, DC, including Men Can Stop Rape, and was a board member for the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington. Marvi joined Moment in 2009.

Community Outreach and Marketing Director: Rebecca Newman Leavey

Rebecca Newman Leavey has spent more than ten years in television industry, producing public service announcements, sports and promotions for The Learning Channel, Comcast SportsNet and Washington DC’s ABC7. A graduate of Boston University, she also worked at the Jerusalem Cinematheque and the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. She joined Moment in 2008.

Community Affairs: Toba Penny

Toba Penny has spent more than 30 years working in the Washington Jewish community, including resource development and community relations for the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the American Friends of the Hebrew University and the Koby Mandell Foundation. She has degree in international Relations from the George Washington University and has worked for Moment since 2010.

Assistant to the Editor: 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 to launch the National Geographic Channel as Manager of Communications. She joined Moment in 2013.

Office Manager: Zev Lewis

Zev Lewis has spent many years working in the non-profit community sector, including serving as the youngest member of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington. He also worked as a staff member in the White House Office of Public Liaison in the Reagan administration. Zev has been with Moment since 2012.

Development Director: Tanya George

Tanya George is a development professional with nearly 30 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. She has worked as a free-lance fundraiser and writer for various groups including the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, the National Breast Cancer Coalition and the ARAVA Institute for Environmental Study. She also served as Vice President for Development for Partners of the Americas and as Development Officer for the Mental Health Law Project. George has also worked as a volunteer with a number of local organizations in Washington DC including Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Health Care, Amazing Life Games Preschool and One World Education.

One comment

  1. I sent Mitchel Levitas ,my story “The bus to Jerusalem.”
    Can someone reply to let me know if the story was received?
    Shelly Rybak . Founder and President International foundation for the arts, http://www.foundationforarts.org
    You can also google me at shelly rybak pearson

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