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Moment Editors’ Book Picks of 2014


Got some leisurely reading time on your hands this Hanukkah season? We’ve got you covered. As the year winds to a close, we asked our editors to round up some of the best books of 2014, for your reading pleasure. Take a break from festivities next week to curl up with one these page-turners, from My Promised Land to Lawrence ... Read More »

Mendy Samstein (1938-2007), Unsung Hero of Freedom Summer

Mendy with Bob Dylan

Editor’s Note: This story is part of our yearlong anniversary coverage of Jews’ involvement in the American Civil Rights Movement. By Dina Weinstein In the winter of 1963, a 25-year-old doctoral student at the University of Chicago traveled to Atlanta, Georgia. There, Mendy Samstein connected with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and activist academics who were a part of the ... Read More »

6 Questions for Comedian-Slash-Scientist Adam Ruben


Longtime science lover Adam Ruben spends his days in a lab coat, peering down a microscope in search for a malaria vaccine. But by night, the Sanaria Inc researcher takes to the stage, cracking up crowds as a professional comedian in Washington, DC. Ruben performs at Capital Fringe Festival and the Kennedy Center, co-hosts the Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science and teaches ... Read More »

“An Uneasy Union” Update: Couple to Marry Thanks to Rabbinate’s Change of Heart


Photo and story by Eetta Prince-Gibson. Our November/December cover story “An Uneasy Union” explained why, in Israel’s thriving democracy, marriage and divorce remain under the authority of the religious courts. Central to the story was the case of Shlomit and Alon Lavi, an Israeli couple of more than 10 years who had been prevented from re-marrying due to arcane religious laws ... Read More »

90th Birthday Tribute to the Legendary Theodore Bikel

Theodore Bikel

Thanks to all who joined us for a spectacular night of festivities and feting in honor of musical and acting legend Theodore Bikel. In case you missed it (or just want to see it again), here is a tribute video to our honoree. Read More »

The Precursor to “Gentleman’s Agreement”

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  by Rachel Gordan By 1948 it would seem like only one writer had successfully pulled off a popular novel about anti-Semitism. Laura Z. Hobson’s novel, Gentleman’s Agreement, had moved from serialized story in Cosmopolitan magazine in the fall of 1946 to bestselling novel in 1947 to Academy Award-winning film starring Gregory Peck in 1948. Considered trailblazing in its denunciation of “genteel anti-Semitism,” ... Read More »

Rabbi Joachim Prinz: The Jewish Leader Who Bridged Two Journeys, From Slavery to Freedom

Prinz and King

Rabbi Joachim Prinz’s moment at the podium represented the fulfillment of both the prophetic Jewish role in history and of his life’s journey. Read More »

The Third Man and Me: A Halloween Tradition


by Hillel F. Damron My love affair with The Third Man began many years ago. It was a sunny, hot summer day in Tel Aviv, and the cool and darkness of the small art-deco cinema theater–I believe it was the Paris Cinema Theater, creaking wooden chairs and all–was too tempting to resist, even if the advertised film was an old ... Read More »

Bringing the Pew to the Bench: Moment/Newseum Discussion on How Religion Influences Supreme Court Justices


On October 27, Moment and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute partnered to bring a provocative discussion on religion and the Supreme Court. Read More »

A Milestone at the Western Wall


by Marilyn Cooper Mar Cheshvan’s Rosh Hodesh, the monthly holiday celebrating the new moon, is traditionally associated with bitterness because Cheshvan contains no holidays. But now there will be a happier historic association with the month: Last Friday in Jerusalem, following centuries of Jewish women being denied full access to the Western Wall, the first ever complete bat mitzvah ceremony ... Read More »