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Apr 24 2013

Writing Contest: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Kveller

By at 11:58 am

oh god george burnsOver here at Kveller we spend a lot of time talking about breastfeeding and how to make the perfect noodle kugel. Though it dawned on us that we haven’t carved out that much space to talk about a pretty important topic: God.

So, in May we’ll be rolling out a series of pieces all focused on that all important “God talk.” That is, that conversation you’re forced to have when your child asks, “Mama, what’s God?” or when you decided it was time to let your child know what you believe.

What we learned is that you, our readers and writers, all have different beliefs and ways of dealing with the talk. In preparation for the series, we’d like to open up a contest. We’re looking for short essays (300-500) words about your experience with the God talk. Even more, we’re looking for perspectives from parents of all religious (or non-religious) backgrounds, not just Jewish. We’ll choose a winner and publish the essay along with the rest of the series in May.

Please send entries to with the subject line “God Talk.”

Mar 11 2013

Recipe Contest: Your Favorite Passover Dessert

By at 11:17 am
round matzah stack

Turn this into something sweet.

Ah, the Passover dessert. Is it just us, or are flourless chocolate cake and coconut macaroons so 5772? This year, we’re looking for some more creative Passover desserts, and we’re turning to you.

Are you a matzah miracle worker? Do you laugh in the face of chametz? Prove it by sending us your original Passover dessert recipes. The winner will get their recipe published on Kveller.

To enter, send your recipe to with “Passover Dessert Contest” in the subject line. If you have a picture of the finished product, even better. Send it to us by next Monday, March 18th. We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

Feb 14 2013

Valentine’s Day Contest Winners!

By at 11:30 am

my love conversation heartEarlier this week, we asked you how you met the love of your life for a little Valentine’s Day fun. And we must admit, it warmed our hearts to see our inbox filled with your stories of love.

We also noticed some trends that we thought were pretty interesting–like a lot of you met while volunteering (such mentsches!) or on AOL (hello, 90s), and a good number of you got married within less than a year of meeting your spouse. There were so many good stories that we didn’t just want to share one, so below you’ll find some of our favorites. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 11 2013

Contest Alert: How Did You Meet Your Spouse?

By at 4:31 pm

valentine's day heartsLove (or anxiety, if you haven’t figured out a gift yet) is in the air as Valentine’s Day fast approaches this Thursday. In honor of this celebration of love, we thought it would be fun to travel back in time before diapers and sippy cups filled our lives with joy, back to the time when romance and dating didn’t come with a babysitter’s fee.

That’s right, we want to know how you met your one and only.

Whether through a matchmaker, Jdate, the bar scene or a chance encounter at the DMV (hey, it could happen) we want to hear your funniest, weirdest, most romantic or silliest stories of how you met your future spouse.

Send us your story between 100-200 words of how you met your significant other for the chance to win fame and glory (i.e.  publication on Kveller) and a copy of Brooklyn Love by Yael Levy, an orthodox Jewish romance novel about three young Orthodox women searching for love. All submissions should be sent to with “Valentine’s Day Contest” in the subject line. Send them to us by this Wednesday, February 13th and we’ll announce the winner on Thursday.

Jun 4 2012

Share Your Embarrassing Bar/Bat Mitzvah Photos With Us

By at 1:39 pm
molly tolsky bat mitzvah

Our little Molly, officially a woman.

One thing we haven’t talked a whole lot about on Kveller is the quintessential milestone of a young Jewish person’s life: the bar/bat mitzvah. Alina just opened the floodgates with her post about deciding to not throw her son a standard bar mitzvah. On the other side of the spectrum, Kveller’s editorial assistant Molly just uncovered a number of pictures from her own bat mitzvah that are… how do we put this… absolutely amazing?

And now we want to see some of your pictures. The good, the bad, the over-the-top. Did your party have a theme? Were you sporting a sharp power suit? Was your whole family forced to hug in front a professional photographer? Read the rest of this entry →

May 17 2012

Giveaway: Lactose-Free Products for Shavuot

By at 1:19 pm

green valley organice lactose-free productsShavuot is coming up in a little over a week, and with this holiday comes all things dairy. There is a custom of eating dairy foods–especially cheesecake and blintzes–on Shavuot, which is a great excuse to dig into some delicious treats. But as Logan Ritchie just shared with us in her piece on food allergies, a large number of children cannot enjoy these dairy products.

But families dealing with lactose intolerance, have no fear! Green Valley Organics offers a wide array of lactose-free products, and they’ve offered to give away their entire line of lactose free sour cream, yogurts, and kefirs to one lucky Kveller reader. Oh, and a “Love & Dairy” t-shirt. Sweet!

To enter, click here to sign up for our semi-weekly e-letter and then drop us a note in the comments below. If you’re already signed up, then just leave a comment, and you’re all set! We’ll choose a winner on Monday, May 21, so enter today!

And for those of you looking to whip up some lactose-free holiday dishes, be sure to check out Green Organic’s recipes on their site.

May 10 2012

Contest: 6 Word #MamalehDay Story

By at 1:33 pm

#mamalehdayIt’s unavoidable, whether you think it’s the perfect opportunity to express your gratitude, or just another Hallmark holiday. Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and we thought we’d have a little fun by hosting yet *another* contest. This one is for all you Tweeters out there, so get your hashtag fingers ready:

We’re looking for six word stories, all about moms. It could be your favorite Mother’s Day memory, an ode to being a mother, or an ode to your own mother. Whatever it is, we’re asking for it in just six words. Here’s an example (please don’t judge):

Gave me life, and homemade cookies.

To enter the contest, tweet your 6-word story @kveller along with the hashtag #MamalehDay. We’ll choose a favorite by Monday morning, and the winner will receive–drum roll please–a copy of Mayim Bialik’s book, Beyond the Sling!

Apr 24 2012

Giveaway: Baby Nursery Decor

By at 4:39 pm
Matan in Hebrew

The name "Matan" in Hebrew. Get your child's name for your nursery.

They call it nesting: this overwhelming urge when you’re pregnant, to get things ready for the baby’s arrival. Some moms-to-be find themselves cleaning with an urgency they’ve never felt before. Others go through their closets, to send huge bags to Goodwill. And these days, lots of us spend hours on Pinterest, drooling over baby nursery decor.

Luckily, we can help you out with that last one.

We’re giving away some super-cute Jewish baby nursery decorations this week. We were just introduced to a little company called Otiyotli, Letters for Me. They make Hebrew letters to spell out your child’s name that can be hung in your baby’s room. Otiyotli is run by an Israeli mom, Lymor Gal, who lives in Los Angeles. When Lymor’s daughter was born, she couldn’t find anything cute enough for her nursery. So Lymor bought a saw on Craigslist, got herself some paint, and started crafting on her own. Before she knew it, her business had built up beyond family and friends. Check out their Facebook page or their brand new website for more photos and details.

Otiyotli is planning to give away a set of Hebrew letters to a lucky Kveller reader. How do you enter? Just comment below with your child’s name and why you chose it. We’ll pick a winner by Thursday, April 26 at 5 pm–so enter now!

Mar 26 2012

Contest Alert: Free Inflatable Matzah Balls!

By at 12:11 pm

Here at Kveller, we’ve become pretty huge fans of (It’s hard not to like a site that sells Obi Wan Kenobi mezuzahs.) So, we’re excited to tell you that we’ve teamed up to bring you our next Passover giveaway.

Check out these great prizes:

1. Manishewitz onesie:

2. Inflatable matzah ball:

3. Passover seder play set:

How do you enter? Follow us on Pinterest and leave your Pinterest name below so that we can follow you!

This contest ends on Thursday, March 29 at noon–so enter now!

Mar 19 2012

Passover Contest #1: Books!

By at 4:19 pm

Well friends, it’s that season. Time to start thinking about your seders, using up your bread products, and reading books to your kids about Passover. To that end, we’ve teamed up with Kar-Ben Publishing and have a Passover book contest for you.

The lucky winner will receive a basket of Sammy Spider Passover fun, including two books and a plush toy. (If you’re not familiar with the character of Sammy Spider, he is a lovable spider who gets introduced to all of the Jewish holidays through his friendship with the Shapiro family.)

So how do you enter? Just write in below with your favorite item on the Seder plate. The contest ends this Friday, March 23, at 5 pm, so enter now!


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