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Aug 25 2014

Join Us Tonight While We Live-Tweet the Emmys

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The Emmys have finally arrived, which is especially exciting for us here at Kveller, because our very own Mayim Bialik is up for an Emmy–for the third time in a row! Also up is another talented Jewish actress, Lizzie Caplan, for her role as Virginia Johnson in “Master’s of Sex.”

Who will win and who will go home empty handed? What will the hottest red carpet trends be this year? After the whole dress debacle, what color will Mayim Bialik end up wearing? Will she finally win that Emmy? Can you spot the subtle Star of David on her jewelry?

We’ll be there with you live-tweeting and schmoozing all night long. So make sure to follow us @Kveller and let us know what you’re thinking.

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May 6 2014

Kveller Blogger Adina Kay-Gross Wins BlogHer Voices of the Year Award!

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Adina Kay-Gross Wins BlogHer's Voices of the Year Award

We are so very excited to announce that Kveller writer and contributing editor Adina Kay-Gross just received BlogHer’s Voices of the Year Award for her incredible post about her father’s unveiling ceremony.

Adina wrote so beautifully about the loss of her father, her own faith in God, and a surprising encounter she had at her father’s unveiling, that it’s no wonder the piece won for the “Heart” category of the BlogHer awards. If you haven’t read the piece yet (and if you’re in the mood for a good cry) click on over and check it out.

So, join us in wishing Adina a huge mazel tov on this accomplishment. And thank you to Carla Naumburg for nominating the piece!

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May 2 2014

Kveller Wins an Award!

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Kveller wins an award!

Bear with us while we kvell about ourselves for just a minute.

Yesterday, the American Jewish Press Association announced the winners of their annual Simon Rockower Awards, and Kveller won 1st place for Outstanding Digital Outreach.

Woo hoo!

The award called us out for our “excellent mix of compelling online content, email newsletters and social media outreach.”

We are super proud of the work we do here at Kveller, and so glad to know that our efforts to reach out to an amazing community of parents have been as successful as we hoped.

So here is a big thank you: to our writers, who continually wow us with their honesty and insight, and to our readers, who come and interact and make Kveller the lively and open community that it is.

Kvell on!

Feb 28 2014

Not Quite Ready For the Oscars this Sunday? We Got You Covered

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Been too busy wiping snotty noses, murdering Caillou and pairing mismatched mittens to make it to the movies this winter? Don’t worry, this gaggle of talented kids has your back. Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 13 2014

Just Us or Was Modesty Totally Trending at the Golden Globes?

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If you tuned into the 71st annual Golden Globes award last night, you may have taken notice of this year’s fashion theme: modesty.

In a trend clearly borrowed from Miss Mayim herself (who looked gorgeous in a sheer-topped, black gown), actresses like Julia Roberts, Julie Bowen, and Elisabeth Moss left more than usual to the imagination, opting for sleeved dresses with little to no cleavage (oh my!) and maximum coverage. Ms. Roberts in particular takes the “frum chic” award home, donning an oxford shirt that appeared tucked into a form-fitting black gown. In my opinion, it looked like a glorified tuxedo, but to each her own.

Two great dresses in particular were the “Frum chic in the front/’bringing sexy back’ back” look worn by actresses Cate Blanchett and Emma Watson. Blanchett looked elegant and sexy in a high-collared black, backless dress, all the while dripping in Chopard diamonds. Watson wore a red backless flowing Dior gown, which was also backless and included pretty nifty sewn in cropped trousers. Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 6 2013

When One Son Wins an Award & The Other Son is Jealous

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My middle child won an award last week. It wasn’t a Pulitzer, an Oscar, or a Nobel, but it did come with a ceremony and a cash prize. And it did prompt his older brother to whine, “How come he always wins everything and I never win anything?”

I took a moment to remind my son that the previous few months had been more or less a non-stop party dedicated to the theme of: Yay, You Got into NYC’s Top Public High School.

“That’s not the same,” he pouted. “I never get prizes for the things I do.”

I noted that he’d won the handwriting prize at school–twice! (Anyone remember the book/movie The Bad Seed where the mother laments, “What kind of school gives out only one award, and it’s for penmanship!”)

I recalled that he was picked to be featured in an art exhibition where he was the sole child among adults (my husband observed at the time, “I think we’ve got the only artist here with a bedtime.”). Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 24 2013

Congratulations to Us!

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Slingshot women and girls

Forgive us if we take a moment to pat ourselves on the back. was just named by the Slingshot Guide as one of the 18 most inventive and pioneering Jewish organizations and projects impacting the lives of women and girls.

According to the evaluators: has created a relevant and innovative online community, bold on women’s issues, ‘tackling topics and themes that are rarely discussed in a public forum.’

And who are we to disagree. In the past year alone we have taken on miscarriage, infertility, postpartum depression, divorce, rape, abortion, loss of faith in God, and what to do when your son won’t stop saying the word “cock.”

We are proud of the work we’ve all done together in creating a strong, smart, supportive community of women where talk about serious issues is possible.

To read more about the other amazing organizations on the list, go here.

Thank you readers for making Kveller a place we all want to be.

Jul 19 2012

Emmy Nomination for Kveller Blogger Mayim Bialik

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mayim blog headerTalk about kvelling! We’re over the moon to share the news that Kveller blogger Mayim Bialik has been nominated for an Emmy. She’s up for best supporting actress in a comedy series for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory.

Also nominated from Big Bang is Jim Parsons, yet he seems to be more excited for his co-star Mayim than for himself. He tells TVLine:

“I was jumping up and down — I kid you not… I love her so much… I went to call her immediately but I didn’t have her number — isn’t that weird that I don’t have her number yet? I don’t think she wants me to have her number, which is OK. I still love her.”

Um, Jim? Pretty sure she wouldn’t mind if you had her number. I mean, here she is kissing your face on a screen at Comic-Con.

We send our biggest mazel tov to Mayim. There is no one more deserving!

Read up on Mayim’s life at her blog on Kveller, and then check out her post about pumping on the set of Big Bang.

Jan 18 2012

The Best of Jewish Children’s Lit 2012

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book of the yearIf you’re looking to update your kids’ bookshelves with some great new Jewish children’s books, how about some prize winners? The Sydney Taylor Book Awards for 2012 have just been announced, recognizing the best in Jewish children’s writing each year.

Without further ado, this year’s winners were:

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers:
Chanukah Lights by Michael J. Rosen with artwork by Robert Sabuda
(Candlewick Press)

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