The July/August Issue is Here!

By Ariana Siegel

Moment’s 2010 Summer Entertainment Issue is now in mailboxes and on newsstands!

Here’s what you’ll be reading:

–       The Baron Cohen clan, known chiefly for Sacha Baron-Cohen’s notorious Borat, Bruno, and Ali G characters, is in fact a treasure trove of talent. Attendees of the family’s annual Hannukah party include Eran Baron Cohen, a composer who wrote the score for Sasha’s movies, Ash Baron Cohen, whose Holywood films received critical acclaim, Simon Baron-Cohen, a professor of developmental psychopathology at Cambridge University, and others. Find out why Sacha’s great grandfather Chaim Baron added ‘Cohen’ to their name, and more.

– In other entertainment news, Moment discovers the Jewish influence in SNL’s jokes, sketches and actors. Much of the Jewish comedic style that appeared on SNL, with its Yiddish phrases and self-deprecating satire, developed in the Borscht Belt. Never heard of it? Read about this history of the word and its pivotal role in American Jewish life here.

PLUS:

–       Ed Asner, who voiced the character Carl Fredricksen in the Oscar-winning Up, tells moment about a series of firsts: his first time on the bima, his first jobs as an actor, and (gasp!) his first pork tenderloin sandwich.

–       Jazz legend Dave Brubeck reveals the surprising intersection between spirituality and jazz, as well as the Jewish roots of his music.

–       This summer’s infamous Flotilla incident raised many questions about the relationship between Israel and an important ally, Turkey. To answer these questions, Moment interviewed Dr. Anat Lapidot-Firilla, academic director of the Mediterranean Unit at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, and Ilker Ayturk, an assistant professor of political science at Ankara’s Bilkent University.

Erica Jong interviews author Gary Shteyngart, Wherever You Go reviewed by Ina Friedman, When Money Was in Fashion reviewed by Amy Stevens, Kings of the Jews reviewed by Robin Roger

AND MUCH MORE!

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