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Dec 13 2013

Kveller Makes its MSNBC Thanks to Jennifer’s Bat Mitzvah Tee

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In the concluding (we think) piece to the Jennifer’s bat mitzvah t-shirt saga, we are proud to say that Kveller was featured on MSNBC last night!

Earlier this week, NPR’s Planet Money alerted readers to be on the lookout for the owner of a bat mitzvah shirt from 1993 that ended up in a used-clothing market in Africa. We posted about it with hopes to help solve the mystery, which inspired JTA employee Adam Soclof to use his Facebook searching skills to find Jennifer, as well as the owner of the t-shirt.

Last night on MSNBC, Chris Hayes included the story in his “Click 3″ round up, which summarizes the three most awesome things on the internet that week. We make our debut at .56 seconds in!

Kveller: solving bat mitzvah mysteries, one tee at a time.

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Dec 11 2013

Jennifer’s 1993 Bat Mitzvah T-Shirt: Mystery Solved

By at 1:28 pm

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Yesterday we helped NPR’s Planet Money on its search to find a cartoon-themed bat mitzvah t-shirt that turned up in a bin of donated clothes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Once he saw our post about it, Adam Soclof at the JTA went on a hunt for the namesake of this amazing shirt from 1993.

Somehow he ended up finding Rachel Aaronson (maiden name Williams, whose name was sewn into the tee thanks to Jewish summer camp) on Facebook, which led him to interview Rachel and identify Jennifer Slaim–the bat mitzvah girl–who he also interviewed on this bat mitzvah tee fiasco. Check out the interview to learn more about Jennifer’s Betty Boop obsession, her thoughts on her bat mitzvah tee winding up in Israel, and an amazing video of her daughter dancing to MC Hammer. Mmm-hmmm.

UPDATE: NPR got in touch with Jennifer and Rachel and posted this update, including an amazing picture of the two wearing the bat mitzvah t-shirt at the bat mitzvah. The story will be airing on All Things Considered tonight.

Well, folks, never underestimate the power of Facebook and Jewish geography. And keep donating your old tee’s to those in need–you never know when a story could unfold.

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Dec 10 2013

Let’s Help NPR Find The Owner of This Bat Mitzvah T-Shirt from 1993

By at 3:06 pm

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Ah, the days of the bat mitzvah tee–before Drake started playing at parties and expensive hoodies became a gift giveaway norm. Well, we miss the classic bar mitzvah party t-shirt, and so do two NPR correspondents. Thus, they are on a hunt to find the owner/namesake of this “Dancing with the Toons” t-shirt.

Last week, Gregory Warner and David Kestenbaum reported on the after life of American clothes–namely how clothes we outgrow or get tired of end up in bins in sub-Saharan Africa. Through out their rummage, they found this gem from Jennifer’s bat mitzvah, dated November 20th, 1993.

The question they desperately want answered (as do we): WHO IS JENNIFER?

The shirt had a tag sewn inside (most likely from the clothes-labeling days of Jewish summer camp) that reads Rachel Williams.

Do you know Rachel? Do you know Jennifer? Help these two guys solve this bat mitzvah mystery! Email planetmoney@npr.org and put “that’s my shirt” in the subject line.

Let the Jewish geography conversations commence!

UPDATE: Jennifer (and Rachel Williams) have been found. Good job, internet. Read the update here.

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