Wednesday, June 19, 2019

About Moment



With the quality of American civic discourse in steep decline, we need thoughtful, high-quality journalism more than ever—and that is what Moment provides. Moment is a fiercely independent magazine that provides wide-ranging perspectives on the political, cultural and social issues facing the Jewish community.


Over the past year, Moment was ahead of the curve covering such important issues as the resurgence of anti-Semitism around the world and the growing threat to free speech on college campuses. We explored critical topics that need to be brought out into the open, including the growing gap between Israel and American Jews, what the Jewish world might look like in 2050, and whether democracy is broken.


Moment has been the leading independent Jewish intellectual and cultural magazine since its founding in 1975 by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and writer Leonard Fein. Since 2004, when Nadine Epstein took over as editor and publisher, it has expanded from a single publication to a multi-media community that each year engages hundreds of thousands of people. Through its print and digital magazines, newsletters and innovative events and programs, more people read and interact with Moment today than at any time in its history.



Honors & Awards


Moment has two stories out of four finalists for the 2018 Mirror Awards in the best single story category.

In 2017, Moment won in two categories of the American Jewish Press Association Simon Rockower Awards Competition for Excellence in Jewish Journalism for work published in 2016:  2nd Place Award for Excellence in Arts and Criticism News and Features – Critical Analysis/Review for The Curious Case of Dorothy L. Sayers & the Jew Who Wasn’t There, by Amy Schwartz; and 2nd Place The Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary for Israel Is Sitting This One Out, Who Will be Israel’s Champion? and The True Value of Cheap Books by Shmuel Rosner. Nadine Epstein was also a finalist for the 2016 Food Writing Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals for her story The Great Hanukkah Clanging.


Of special note is the number of non-Jewish awards Moment has won, ranging from: nominations for two Livingston Awards; the award for Best “Investigative News Story” from New American Media; and the 2015 Clarion Award from the Association of Women in Communications for best Feature Article/Current News for Eetta Prince Gibson’s An Uneasy Union. Moment also won the 2015 first place award in magazine news reporting from the Religion Newswriters Association for Prince’s An Uneasy Union, along with awards for Nadine Epstein’s Evolution of a Moderate on Mohammed Dajani, and for Michael Orbach’s story Professor of Disbelief on James Kugel.



What People Say About Moment


Moment takes aim, takes risks and laughs at us too. Moment is a bastion of Jewish journalism and—here is the amazing part—it keeps getting better. From year to year, Moment is more serious and funny, deeper and edgier.” —author Anita Diamant


“Your magazine is constantly breaking new ground in journalism and offering what Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. used to call ‘an opportunity to participate in the beauty of diversity.'”—Clarence Page.


Moment is more important than ever because we are being flooded with fake news. In Moment, good journalists do good journalism.”  —Robert Siegel


“I think it’s a magazine for anyone who cares about the future of the American Jewish community, and is willing to see that future not in terms of what already is but rather in terms of what could be.”  — author Dara Horn.


Moment is the indispensable read for those of us seeking informed commentary on Jewish life, stripped of the factionalism and shrillness that all too often drowns out thoughtful discussion these days.” —Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks


“Anyone interested in the central themes of the last 36 years, the critical ideas, the debates, the cultural innovations, the issues that Jews debated, will find those reflected on the pages of Moment magazine.” —historian Jonathan Sarna


Moment has become a rather brilliant journal of Jewish cultural and sociological affairs—a worthy successor to the Commentary of the 1950s and 1960s.” —historian Howard Sachar





Moment Magazine was founded in 1975 by Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and acclaimed writer Leonard Fein that Fein said would include diverse opinions “of no single ideological position, save of course, for a commitment to Jewish life.”


Moment is named after the Yiddish-language Der Moment, founded in 1910 in Warsaw, Poland. Der Moment, as Wiesel describes in Moment’s first issue, “became a massive circulation newspaper, and lived until it was murdered together with Polish Jewry.” Fortunately, Der Moment lives on, on microfilm at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, and through its namesake, Moment.


Its pages have been graced by both well-known writers and emerging writers, including Calvin Trillin, Chaim Potok, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Abba Eban, Cynthia Ozick, Wolf Blitzer, Yossi Klein Halevi, Theodore Bikel, Jeremy Groopman, Ron Rosenbaum, Sherwin Nuland, Erica Jong, Dara Horn, David Margolick, Dani Shapiro and so many others.





Elie Wiesel

A professor, political activist and author of 57 books, Elie Wiesel is best known for his acclaimed memoir, Night, a searing autobiographical account of the horrors he witnessed and endured as a teenager in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. For decades after, he persistently spoke out for the need to remember the Holocaust and against atrocities and genocides around the world. The Nobel committee recognized this work in 1986 by awarding Wiesel its prize for peace. The Nobel citation described him in prophetic terms: “Wiesel is a messenger to mankind. His message is one of peace, atonement and human dignity. His belief that the forces fighting evil in the world can be victorious is a hard-won belief.” He passed away in 2016.



Leonard Fein

After co-founding Moment Magazine with Elie Wiesel in 1975, Leonard Fein served as its founding editor for 11 years. Writing in the magazine’s first issue, he described it as having “no single ideological position—save, of course, for a commitment to Jewish life.” Both a man of letters and a true activist, Leonard “Leibel” Fein never lost his abiding passion for serving the Jewish people. He used the editor’s column regularly to write about his passions – social justice and ending racism and poverty, Judaism, Israel and the American Jewish community. He also founded Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy. Author of many books, he taught political science, social policy and Jewish thought at universities around the world.  He passed away in 2014.

Selections from the archives:

Right in the First Place

Let My People Go…Where?

The Consciousness of Calendar



Center for Creative Change

The Center for Creative Change (CCC) is dedicated to strengthening civic discourse in order to find creative solutions to age-old problems. Through Moment Magazine and related projects, the CCC aims to build and educate a network of people interested in serious, intellectual exchange on the important issues of our time and to expose anti-Semitism and other deeply ingrained prejudices. Nadine Epstein is the executive director. As a dedicated 501(c)(3) based in Washington, DC, the CCC may accept tax-deductible donations. The CCC is not a sectarian organization.



Advisory Board

Michael Berenbaum

Kenneth J. Bialkin

Diane Lipton Dennis

Albert Foer

Esther Foer

Michael Gelman

Lloyd Goldman

Terry E. Grant

Phyllis Greenberger

Tamara Handelsman

Julie Hermelin

Sharon Karmazin

Connie Krupin

Peter Lefkin

Andrew Mack

Judea Pearl

Josh Rolnick

Jean Bloch Rosensaft

Menachem Rosensaft

Elizabeth Scheuer

Joan Scheuer

Leonard Schuchman

Sarai Brachman Shoup

Walter P. Stern

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg

Diane Troderman

Robert Wiener

Esther Wojcicki

Gwen Zuares