Editor-in-Chief & CEO: Nadine Epstein
Nadine Epstein is the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Moment Magazine, founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Change, and founder of the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative. She covered politics in the Chicago bureau of the New York Times and at the City News Bureau of Chicago. She was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, holds a B.A. and M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a University Fellow in the political science doctoral program at Columbia University. Epstein has written several books, contributed to anthology collections and co-written a documentary film that was a semifinalist for the 2001 Academy Awards. She is also a photographer and is based in Washington DC.
Deputy 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 reporting of the year from the Religious News Association and first place for Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion from the American Academy of Religion. She joined Moment in 2009 as the Rabbi Harold S. White Fellow.
Managing Editor: Ellen Wexler
Ellen Wexler is a journalist based in Washington, DC. She joined Moment in 2016, and she was a finalist for the 2018 Mirror Awards for her story on Whitefish, Montana. She previously covered education at Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Education Week. She graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2015.
Book & 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.
Arts Editor: Diane M. 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, Boltz worked in New York City for architects I. M. Pei and Richard Meier. Bolz majored in English and Art History at Cornell and Columbia Universities. She has been at Moment since 2012.
Fiction Editor: Susan Coll
Susan Coll is the author of five novels, most recently The Stager—a New York Times and Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice. Her other books include Acceptance—which was made into a television movie starring Joan Cusack—Beach Week, Rockville Pike, and karlmarx.com. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, NPR.org, atlantic.com, and The Millions. She is currently teaching an intensive, year-long novel writing class at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda and is on leave from Politics & Prose bookstore where she oversaw events and programs for five years.
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. Moskowitz is Professor of English at George Washington University and teaches creative writing and Jewish American literature. Moskowitz joined Moment in 2007.
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. At Oxford, she was the first woman to graduate from Corpus Christi College since its founding 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 for both radio and television. Gold 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. Gold joined Moment in 2013.
Senior Editor: 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, winning awards including the prestigious Children’s Choice Award. Heiman joined Moment in 2012
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. Johnson joined the Moment staff in 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 and of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Lavine joined Moment as Senior Editor in 2008.
Senior Editor: Laurence Wolff
Laurence Wolff was previously an education officer at the World Bank and has written and published widely on education policy issues in developing countries. Most recently he has focused on the challenges facing Israeli education, the growth of Reform Judaism in Israel, and the demographic future of Israel’s population. He holds a doctorate in education planning and administration from Harvard.
Moment Institute Senior Fellows
Ira runs Moment’s Anti-Semitism Monitor and is a visiting professor and senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Jewish Civilization. From 2013 to2017, he served as the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (MOAS). He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, and has an MBA from Stanford University. He has had opinion pieces published in the Washington Post, the Jerusalem Post and New York Jewish Week.
Nathan writes Moment’s DC Dispatch: Five Things to Know This Week. He is the U.S. correspondent for Israel’s public broadcasting corporation and has served as Washington bureau chief for The Forward, Ha’aretz and the Jerusalem Post. His award-winning reporting has included coverage of the highs and lows of the Middle East peace process and the role of Jewish interests in U.S. politics.
Rabbi Harold S. White Fellow: Anis Modi
Originally from Israel, Anis graduated this spring from American University with a Masters in Global Media. Along with reporting, he helps manage Moment’s social media presence and is participating in its new millennial project.
Design Editors: Anne Masters & 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. Marvi joined Moment in 2009.
Business and Professional Staff
Associate Publisher: Tanya George
Tanya George is a development professional with more than 30 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. Since 1999, George has worked as a free-lance fundraiser and writer for various groups including Justice at Stake, the ARAVA Institute for Environmental Studies, Wider Opportunities for Women and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. From 1988 to June 1999, Tanya served as Vice President for Development for Partners of the Americas, a private voluntary organization that carries out technical assistance and training programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to her work with Partners, George served as the Development Officer for the Mental Health Law Project. She joined Moment in 2012.
Associate Publisher/Consumer Marketing: Nicole Bowman
Nicole Bowman is an award-winning leader in the field of consumer marketing, fulfillment, and audience development. After having worked as the Consumer Marketing Director for companies including Gruner+Jahr, Dennis Publishing, Cowles Enthusiast, and Spin, Nicole started her own circulation and consumer marketing consultancy. She has launched nearly a dozen titles including OK!, Complex, and The Week. Nicole has also served as Chairman of The DMA Circulation Council and the President of the Media & Content Marketing Association.
Director of Marketing: Ellen Meltzer
Ellen Meltzer has spent more than fifteen years as a marketing and communications strategist. Her international experience includes positions as creative director at Ogilvy & Mather and Leo Burnett in Hong Kong, and writer at J Walter Thompson, Melbourne, Australia. Meltzer joined Moment in 2015.
Assistant to the Editor and Event Director: 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 launch the National Geographic Channel as Manager of Communications. She joined Moment in 2013.
Director of Community Affairs: Debbie Sann
Debbie Sann’s professional experience includes almost 20 years in marketing, communications and business strategy. Sann is also a seasoned Jewish communal professional and contributed to the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington for almost five years. She earned an M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School and an M.S. from Cornell University. She joined Moment in 2015.
Senior Development Associate: Pat Lewis
Pat Lewis is a longtime communications and development professional who has worked with a wide range of nonprofits and government agencies. She served most recently as a consultant for OWL: The Voice of Women 40+, and as communications director for the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities and the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers. A former journalist, she worked previously in the media office under President Clinton and for the New Israel Fund. Pat has a history degree from Duke University and a master’s in political science from Auburn University at Montgomery. She joined Moment in 2017.
Additional Moment Contributors
Special Projects Manager: Suzanne Borden
Director of Operations: John O’Leary
Moment Video: New Voyages Productions
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Editor-in-Chief and CEO
Nadine Epstein is the founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Change, and founder of the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative. An award-winning journalist, she reported for the City News Bureau of Chicago and the Chicago bureau of The New York Times and has written for numerous publications. She was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, holds a B.A. and M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a University Fellow in the political science doctoral program at Columbia University. Epstein has co-written three books, contributed to anthology collections and co-written a documentary film shortlisted for an Academy Award. Her artwork and photography have been featured in several exhibitions.
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 reporting of the year from the Religious News Association and first place for Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion from the American Academy of Religion. She joined Moment in 2009 as the Rabbi Harold S. White Fellow.
AMY E. SCHWARTZ
Culture and Opinion Editor
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.
Susan Barocas is a writer, cook, teacher and speaker. In 2018, she co-chaired the 13th annual Hazon Food Conference, also serving as a keynote speaker and presenting several sessions. She coordinated the 2017 international conference at American University focused on “Israeli Cuisine as a Reflection of Israeli Society.” She was honored to serve as the guest chef for White House Passover Seders hosted by the Obamas in 2014-16. Susan has made numerous speaking and broadcast appearances and has written for the Washington Post, Lilith, Moment and Huffington Post among others. The founding director of the Jewish Food Experience and its award-winning website, she is a member of the international culinary society Les Dame d’Escoffier. When not in the kitchen, Susan writes and produces documentary films and consults with film festivals, having served as director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival and Women in Film International Festival.