Passover is almost here! In addition to scoping out the latest kosher for Passover goodies (sriracha or red velvet macaroons, anyone?) and solidifying your seder plans, consider checking out one or…more of these family-friendly events to add some extra fun to your holiday celebrations. Remember, this year Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 3. Kids Model Seder and Potluck Join Jewish Without Walls for an interactive, fun experience including stories, songs, and a hunt for the afikomen. Dairy potluck dinner to follow. RSVP required.… >> Read More
Man-oh-man, we are just going crazy with the giveaways here at Kveller. We're like Oprah, if Oprah was also a Jewish mom. And maybe less screaming (or more depending on the day of the…week). Breaking Matzo is an amazing new resource for everything Passover. It particularly focuses on the cooking aspect, but also provides a ton of great activities and educational material so everyone can better celebrate the holiday (i.e. eat delicious chocolate-covered matzah). So, to introduce the fine folks at Breaking Matzo to you all, we're teaming up with our… >> Read More
Looking for work in the media industry? Want to work for an awesome Jewish non-profit organization? You're in luck! Our parent company, 70 Faces Media, is currently hiring for two…positions. Assistant Director of Development 70 Faces Media is seeking a high-energy, results-driven Assistant Director of Development to lead our grant development process by identifying new sources of funding and facilitating all aspects of grant writing and reporting. She/he will also be responsible for developing initiatives to engage readers and donors in the annual campaign.… >> Read More
We're overjoyed to report not one, but two new Kveller babies have arrived! Congratulations to contributing writer Maurie Backman, who gave birth to two healthy twin girls on Wednesday, Jan.…14. Kailey Rebecca was born first, weighing 4 lbs, 7 oz. Anabelle Claire followed, weighing 5 lbs, 11 oz. They went home two days later on Friday, Jan. 16. Maurie previously wrote a blog post seeking twin advice, so if you haven't yet dropped your pearls of wisdom, she could really use them right now!… >> Read More
If you want a really good bagel, you know you need to come to New York. But once you get here, you’ll find the bagel possibilities are endless. Even the most seasoned bagel connoisseurs have not…eaten EVERY bagel in NYC, so we are here to help you narrow it down. The first thing to look out for is old-fashioned bagels, specifically the hand-rolled, kettle-boiled, brick-oven-baked bagels (as opposed to the fluffy, stale machine variety that you can find in Everywhere, America). So without further ado, these are, hands down, the top five bagels… >> Read More
So, you’re doing Shabbat and you need a challah. But not all challahs are created equal. Any veteran challah baker knows that there are doughy challahs, eggy challahs, fluffy water challahs,…dense multigrain challahs, and they come coated, sprinkled, and stuffed with everything ranging from sesame seeds to chocolate bars. They can be gluten-free, vegan, or even dairy. The great news is that, if you live in New York, a great challah is within reach. Many of our favorite challah picks are available at markets all over the city. So… >> Read More
Few foods are more comforting than two slices of rye, smeared with coarse mustard, and topped with moist, rich deli meats. Add a side of matzah ball soup and a Dr. Brown’s cream soda and it’s…like taking a bite out of New York’s rich Jewish history--which is as old as the city itself. So without further ado, here are our picks for the best kosher and kosher-style delis in New York: 1. Katz’s 205 E. Houston St., at Ludlow St. (212) 254-2246 Katz’s is, perhaps, New York City’s most famous family-owned kosher-style deli. It’s… >> Read More
New to the area and trying to figure out the lay of the land? Still looking for the right “fit” for your family in the Baltimore Jewish community? Or perhaps you are new to this whole parenting…thing and are itching to get out of the house and speak in full sentences with other adults. These lovely folks can help you with all of that and more! Anna Levin lives in Waverly with her husband, Ken, and daughter, Julia, who will be 2 in October. Anna works as an attorney at Sinai… >> Read More
Is Mayim Bialik the best dressed celebrity this Hanukkah? We think so. The evidence:
1. Hanukkah Sweggings
@mollytolsky I'm wearing Chanukah sweggings. @kveller women, take note.…pic.twitter.com/X9jj3kJOdD — Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) December 16, 2014 That's right, leggings + sweater = sweggings. Wow. They're currently sold out, but you can backorder these babies here. 2. Hasidic Snowman Sweater @mollytolsky @kveller and a @GeltFiend chasidic snowman sweater. Just sayin. pic.twitter.com/gjoag13OOm — Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) December 16, 2014 Get in on that sweet sweater magic… >> Read More
It's no secret that Jews have a special Christmas tradition of our own--eating Chinese food, or course! Which is why Soy Vay, a delicious Asian sauce company started by a Jewish boy and a Chinese…girl, is offering the ultimate gift package to help you cook your own Chinese cuisine this Christmas Eve. We're teaming up with our foodie friends, The Nosher, to give away this epic gift package to 10 (that's right, 10!) lucky winners. The gift package includes: -$50 grocery delivery gift card -$25 Netflix gift card -Soy Vay… >> Read More
A couple of months ago, Mayim wrote here about a new book by "The Big Bang Theory" writer, Eric Kaplan, called "Does Santa Exist?" She writes, "I highly recommend this book for you or as a gift to…anyone you know who is searching." So here comes the good news... we've got three copies of the book to give away to three lucky readers, courtesy of Dutton Penguin. To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below. We'll choose three random winners next Tuesday, December 16th. Good luck, and happy reading! a Rafflecopter giveaway >> Read More
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, begins at sundown on Tuesday, December 16 and ends the evening of Wednesday, December 24. In addition to spinning your dreidel and frying your latkes at home,…here are some events throughout the New York metro area that will help you party like a Hanukkah rock star. Manhattan: When Mindy Saved Hanukkah Treasure Hunt Who doesn’t love an adventure? Take the kids on a Hanukkah-themed treasure hunt in this century-old synagogue/museum and make holiday crafts and treats. $15 per family Eldridge Street… >> Read More
What glows in the dark, is made with 100% organic cotton, and is the must-have Hanukkah item for fashionable babies? Obviously, it's this Glow-in-the-Dark Hanukkah Onesie!
This bad boy will be the…hit at any Hanukkah party, especially once the sun goes down. ModernTribe is graciously giving away one of these onesies to a lucky Kveller reader. To enter, fill out the form below, and we'll choose a winner this Wednesday, December 10th. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway >> Read More
Well, if you've been looking for the perfect Hanukkah sweater for the little girl in your life, you can stop. This is it. The "Chanukitty Sweater." Featuring both adorable cats and dreidels, it…really doesn't get better than this. Which is why we're very excited to be giving one away, courtesy of ModernTribe. (Oh, and before you ask why only little girls get to have all the fun, check out these amazing Hanukkah sweaters for boys, women, and men.) To enter to win the sweater, fill out the… >> Read More
Less than two weeks to go until Hanukkah, and we've got some more fun swag coming your way! ModernTribe, home of the cutest Judaica you'll find on the web, is graciously giving away one of the…most unique menorahs we've seen to date--the chalkboard menorah! Your kids can decorate the menorah any way they like, and erase and recreate for all eight nights of Hanukkah. To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below and we'll choose a winner next Monday, December 8th. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway >> Read More
The countdown to Hanukkah continues, and we're very excited to give away three copies of the hilarious children's book, "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel" from Scholastic Books.
Perfect…for the whole family, you've never seen Hanukkah or the "I Know an Old Lady" story like this before. Beyond the joy of a Jewish take on this most American of folk songs, the illustrations offer hilarious parodies of great works of art. To enter, fill out the form below, and we'll choose three random winners… >> Read More
The Hanukkah countdown has officially begun. There are just over two weeks before we dust off our menorahs and get this festival of lights underway (the first night, for those not keeping track, is…Tuesday, December 16th). If you're looking to add one more tradition to your family's Hanukkah celebration, "The Mensch on a Bench" may be just what you're looking for. Featuring both a book and "mensch" doll, the set helps teach kids the story of Hanukkah and the importance of being a good person, or a mensch. We're giving… >> Read More
Yesterday was a busy day for Mayim Bialik. First she hit up the ladies on "The View" to talk about landing a role in "Beaches," how to practice attachment parenting once your kids are no longer…babies, and the recent "Shamy" developments on "The Big Bang Theory." Highlights include Mayim cracking a joke about breastfeeding her 6-year-old, doing an expert imitation of a bobble head, and Rosie O'Donnell declaring her love for Kveller. Watch the clip below: Want even more Mayim? Last night she went on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and… >> Read More
Getting ready for your winter getaway? You'll be happy to hear we're teaming up with HydroChic to give away one of their bestselling swim shirts to one lucky Kveller reader.
HydroChic is…lifestyle active wear that doubles as swimwear, is sun protective, and is designed to be worn both in and out of the water. Their tops and bottoms--including short sleeves, long sleeves, skirts, skorts, shorts, and pants--offer a full range of UV protection and coverage, and are super fun to mix and match. There is a… >> Read More
Attention, Chicagoland Kvellers! We are looking for a few good moms and dads to participate in focus groups in Buffalo Grove, Skokie, and Oak Park/River Forest.
- Have at least one child…under the age of 5, and - Either you and/or your spouse/partner is Jewish, and - You are raising your child in a Jewish or interfaith home, but are not particularly active or involved in the Jewish community Then we are looking for YOU! All participants will receive a $20 Target or Whole Foods gift… >> Read More
Looking for a way to learn more about Jewish customs, but tired of reading all those... words? Our friends at G-dcast have just released a new series of animated videos all about various Jewish…lifecycle events, so you can sit back, press play, and learn something new. Three of the videos may be particularly pertinent to Kveller readers, as they're all about--you guessed it--babies. Below, check out videos about Jewish naming practices, a traditional bris, and baby naming ceremonies for newborn girls. Enjoy! 1. Jewish baby naming traditions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC24lbhixfM#t=45 2. Why do Jews… >> Read More
What can we say about our contributing editor Carla Naumburg? She can write about her Jewish identity just as eloquently as she can write about poop (and that is a seriously high compliment).
So…when word came out that she was working on a parenting book, we knew this was going to be the real deal. Just released from Parallax Press, "Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters" is a must-read for anyone feeling overwhelmed with this whole parenting thing (yes, that would… >> Read More
Need a night out on the town, sans kids? Of course you do! Which is why if you live in New York or plan to visit the big apple soon, you'll definitely want to enter our latest giveaway to win a…pair of tickets to see this hilarious show critics call “hysterical, heartfelt, timely and poignant.” “My Son The Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy” is Brad Zimmerman's hilarious and inspiring story about the grit and passion required to "make it" as an artist, and the sweet rewards that come from never giving up on your dream, even when… >> Read More
Kveller.com is seeking a full-time editorial assistant to join our staff. We’re a Jewish parenting website for smart, savvy moms, but you don’t need to be a mom to work here. You also don’t…need to be Jewish, though some familiarity with Jewish culture and traditions helps. What we’re really looking for is someone with excellent editing and writing skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to stay on top of a variety of tasks. We are also looking for someone who is social media savvy and can… >> Read More
The harvest festival of Sukkot has arrived. The air is crisp and leaves are everywhere. It's time sit in huts, and eat under the stars. If you're lucky you may just catch the lunar eclipse…tonight. And what better way to welcome the holiday than with this adorable new sukkah song from The Macaroons: Step Into My Sukkah by The Macaroons Chag Sameach from all of us at Kveller! Like this post? Get the best of Kveller delivered straight to your inbox. >> Read More