By Sarah Breger
Our commemorative issue is here! Check out
• Moment Magazine Symposium 2010,
Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Itzhak Perlman, Leon Wieseltier, Geraldine Brooks and 30 other Jewish luminaries and thinkers ponder two big questions: What does it mean to be Jewish today? What do Jews bring to the world? And, celebrate the debut of our newly designed website on May 10th when 35 more fascinating responses from more amazing people go live—available online only!
Celebrate Jewish American History Month with:
• The story of the pivotal role played by Holocaust survivors in Skokie, Illinois, in ushering a new era of tolerance in the United States. When neo-Nazis threatened to march through the town, Holocaust survivors broke their long silence to educate Americans about the consequences of extremism. Chicago Tribune arts critic Howard Reich recalls his childhood in Skokie and how the past came back to haunt his mother, who awoke one morning to see yellow stars on her lawn.
• Just in time for summer: our second annual guide to Jewish American museums, historical societies and archives, featuring fascinating exhibits plus wonderfully kitschy roadside attractions. There’s also the whirlwind tour of sites loved by and lived in by American literary stars from Philip Roth to Edna Ferber, Chaim Potok to Faye Kellerman with stops in New York City, Boston, New Jersey, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Appleton, Surfside, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin and more.
• How the phrase tikkun olam soared from obscurity to encompass the spirit of American Jews
• Calvin Trillin writes a happy birthday poem just for us!
• Pastrami, pickles and the delectable history of deli foods
• Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan picks his 10 favorite Jewish American films
• Capitalism and the Jews reviewed by Robert Solow, The Rebbe reviewed by Robert Pinsky and find out who’s being hailed as the heir to Jane Austen