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Jan 26 2012

Contest Winner: Birthday Party Giveaway

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Matty Roxx

Birthday party performer extraordinaire, Matty Roxx.

Well, the chance to win free birthday party entertainment for your child is officially over, folks. Congratulations to Jaclyn Novatt on winning this contest, and having world-class kiddie musician Matty Roxx at her next birthday party! We’d asked people to tell us about their best (or worst) birthdays ever, and here’s Jaclyn’s story:

My best birthday was my 30th. My husband threw me a party, and it was a total, complete surprise! They got me out of the house by having us babysit for our friends, and while we were out my brother, sister in law, and mother in law came over and cleaned up.   Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 10 2012

Birthday Party Giveaway: Matty Roxx!

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Matty Roxx

Matty Roxx in action.

We’re big fans of birthdays for little kids. The chance to celebrate another year, with presents, balloons, birthday cake, and lots of love is just the greatest.

But wait–we’re about to up the ante and make it even better.

We’d like to introduce to you children’s musician extraordinaire, Matty Roxx. Matty is well-known in the tri-state area for being a kiddie rock star. His interactive, musical performances are guaranteed to get the little ones to dance, sing, play instruments, blow bubbles, and more. Matty got into the kiddie music business when he had kids of his own–and realized that he could do music classes and birthday parties way better than the other folks out there. So not only is he an expert, he’s a dad too.

And today, you can not only meet Matty, but have him perform at your kid’s next birthday party! Unfortunately this contest is limited to those in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut), and subject to availability (you’ll have to coordinate with Matty to be sure your dates work out).

How do you enter? Just comment below and tell us about your best or worst birthday ever (and we’re talking about your birthdays, not those of your children). The winner will get a Matty Roxx birthday party that we’re pretty sure might be your kid’s best birthday ever.

Enter by Wednesday, January 18. And for more fun, check out Matty’s Facebook page (and take a look at Kveller’s too, while you’re at it!) Good luck!

Jan 1 2012

Kveller’s Latest and Greatest Giveaway

By at 10:50 pm

If you live in the New Y0rk area, this one’s for you.

There’s a great musical at the 14th St Y called Hanna and the Moonlit Dress. It’s based on an Israeli children’s book (Hanna’s Sabbath Dress, by Itzchak Schweiger-Dmi’el) and it should be pretty fantastic. Not only is it a great play, but children will actually get to participate by helping craft paper masks, costumes, and pieces of the set with the actors. Talk about interactive, right?

So how do you win tickets to the show? Simple. Just comment below and tell us your favorite Jewish children’s book–and why it’s so great. We’ll pick a winner by Thursday, January 5, so tell us your answer now!

Dec 20 2011

Hanukkah Contest Winner #2–The Lady Shaver

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bikini shaver hanukkah present

Happy Hanukkah, Liz!

To continue on with the season of giving, we’re very happy to announce the winner of our Worst Present Ever Hanukkah contest. Last week, we asked readers to share the most disappointing gift they ever received for Hanukkah, and our favorite response was not only disappointing, but deeply disturbing. Without further ado, we’re happy to congratulate the winner, Liz Nord, for her entry:

My boyfriend’s mother gave me an electric lady shaver! I’m not kidding. It was embarrassing on so many levels and we’ve never discussed it since.

There’s not too much to say besides… awkward. For being such a good sport and enduring such a seriously bad gift, we’re sending Liz an entire gift package from Modern Tribe. Happy Hanukkah, and may we never associate boyfriends’ moms and lady shavers again.

Dec 16 2011

Hanukkah Contest Winner #1

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A few weeks back, we launched our first Hanukkah contest of the season: Parents Get Lit(erature). The contest wrapped up earlier this week and we wanted to announce the winner–Ory Sandel, from California. Congratulations Ory! Check the mail for your bag o’ books from Kar-Ben Publishing.

Ory’s winning entry?

In line waiting to get into a Phish show in Chico, California, 12/4/94.

The fact that a Phish Phan (get it?) could remember the exact date of the show after seven years speaks volumes to both his commitment to Hanukkah and the perseverance of his brain cells despite any “ambience” at the concert.

And if you didn’t win that contest, luckily for you there’s a few hours left to win our other one–the Worst Hanukkah Present Ever. Simply follow THIS LINK, and add your worst Hanukkah present to the comment section at the bottom. We’ll choose a winner by the end of the day. Good luck!

Dec 14 2011

Hanukkah Twitter Party… Bring Your Own Latkes

By at 3:37 pm
retro lady on the phone

A Twitter party? Hold the phone!

What’s a Twitter party? It’s when the kids go to bed and you get to chat with other parents about ideas for Hanukkah. And win prizes!

We’re going to be hosting our first Twitter party on Monday, December 19th from 9-10 pm (EST).

We’ll talk about our favorite Hanukkah treats and decorations, share our gifting strategies, and discuss how we celebrate with our families. We’ll be giving away four $50 gift cards to Magic Beans to party participants, so be sure to stay for the whole hour.

Party Details

WHAT: Hanukkah Twitter Party! Bring your own latkes.

WHEN:  Dec. 19, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT)

WHO: Hosts Sheri Gurock, Magic Beans, @sherigurock; Pam Lewis, @outsidevoice; Holly Rosen Fink, @theculturemom; Devra Renner, @parentopiadevra. Moderated by @Kveller and Ciaran Blumenfeld, @momfluential.

HOW TO JOIN:  Follow the hashtag #Kveller or if you’re a Twitter party pro and aren’t scared off by a Tweetgrid, join the party here.


Leave your Twitter handle as a comment below and also Tweet at least once in the party in response to a question. We will @message all winners and they must then follow @Kveller so we can contact you with prize delivery info. Please view our official rules for more details.


If you’d like to invite other parents you think will enjoy our Hanukkah chatter, here are a few links you can tweet out:

I’m going to the #Kveller #Hanukkah Twitter party on 12/19 at 9pm ET. Join me!

I’m talking latkes and dreidels at the #Kveller Twitter party on 12/19 at 9pm ET. Hope to see you there!

Share #Hanukkah stories and traditions w/ me and other parents at #Kveller Twitter party on 12/19, 9pm ET.

Hanukkah Contest: My Worst Present Ever

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What's inside? The BEST Hanukkah gift ever or the WORST Hanukkah gift ever?

We know it’s happened to you before. You slowly untie the bow, tear the paper, and open the box, only to find the world’s worst Hanukkah gift. Is it a new iron from your loving husband? A hand-knitted sweater vest from Aunt Irene? Or perhaps it’s a childhood memory of the year when you really really really wanted the new Cabbage Patch Kid and instead you got a knockoff baby doll?

Well, Kveller is here to help. We don’t believe in bad gifts–and we want to introduce you to, an amazing website for all gifts Hanukkah, funny, Jewish, and adorable. We’re big fans of theirs–such big fans, in fact, that we’ve partnered with them to do a Hanukkah contest and give one lucky Kveller reader a special Hanukkah present. (It’s actually a gift for the whole family–some for the kids, and some for the parents.)

So to save that lucky reader from this year’s not-so-perfect-but-maybe-well-intentioned gifts, we introduce our newest contest: My Worst Present Ever. Simply tell us in the comments section below about your worst Hanukkah present, and we’ll pick a winner. Be sure to enter by Friday, December 16, and your bad Hanukkah present can turn into a great Hanukkah present.

Don’t wait–tell us now!

Your gift includes Hanukkah cookie cutters, Hanukkah window decor, a stainless steel latke server, a Lego Star Wars mezuzah, and Jewish fortune cookies… yum!

Dec 5 2011

Hanukkah Contest: Parents Get Lit(erature)

By at 12:50 pm

hanukkah menorah with lit candlesKveller wants to know: where’s the craziest place you ever lit it?

We’re talking about your menorah, of course. With Hanukkah rolling around, we want to know if you’ve ever wound up lighting the candles in an unusual place. So far among our staff, “cruise ship bathroom” is in the lead, but we’re dying to hear any weird Hanukkah stories that you all have.

If you’ve got one, share it in the comments section below. We’ll choose a winner, who will be sent an assortment of 8 books about Hanukkah from Kar-Ben, including new titles Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles and Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap. If you do the math, that’s one book for each night of Hanukkah.

Leave your menorah-lighting comment by next Tuesday, December 13th and we’ll announce a winner shortly thereafter.

Free books!

Nov 11 2011

Friday Night: Shabbat Princess Contest Winner

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Last week, we announced that we’d be giving away a copy of Amy Meltzer’s newest book, The Shabbat Princess. The only catch was, you all had to send in your cute photos of your little ones celebrating Shabbat anyway they knew how. We got some great entries–from challah-baking to dressing up for Shabbat to playing outside with family. But this one was our runaway favorite. We think the way he’s shoving the challah in his mouth is adorable, and did you notice he’s using a fork? So civilized!

Congratulations to the Gerber family, and keep your eyes peeled for the book’s arrival in the mail.

Shabbat Shalom!

Nov 4 2011

Friday Night: Shabbat Princess Giveaway

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Our friend Amy Meltzer has just released a new book called The Shabbat Princess. It’s the story of a little girl who might be a tiny bit princess-obsessed, and wants to dress up the Shabbat table so it’s worthy of a princess. (Traditionally, Jews welcome the Sabbath Queen on Shabbat, but there’s nothing in the prayerbook about a princess!) This sweet story has been a hit with the preschool set, and we have no doubt that your little one will love it too.

So how do you get your hands on a copy? Well, besides buying it on Amazon, you can enter our Shabbat giveaway! Send in a photo of your kid doing something Shabbat-related (making challah, taking a Shabbat nap, or well, do anything really) and you’re officially entered in the contest. Please know that by sending us your photo, you’re allowing us to use it on Kveller and show the world how darn cute your kid is. Send photos to by Thursday, November 10, and we’ll pick a winner and announce it on the blog next Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom!


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