Oct 18 2011
It’s hard to ignore the fact that today, technology plays a huge role in almost every aspect of our lives, from how we communicate with friends and family, stay up to date with current events, and get great parenting advice (wink, wink). Technology can also play a huge part in educating our children, though all too often, the technology in schools is out-of-date or sparse.
The Intel AppUp Center is currently holding a contest open to all parents who would like to get better technology into their childrens’ school. The Wired to Learn contest will offer tech packages worth $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000 to three deserving schools. They’re also giving away one netbook each week to celebrate technology and education, so gather up your lucky charms and enter to win today.
To enter your school into the challenge, all you need to do is tell a story about your school and drum up votes. The school with the most votes wins a tech package. Be sure to also check out the AppUp Center for all kinds of education apps that your kids can use on their home or school PC, including Britannica Kids, Caillou Alphabet and Core Mind Master.
So if you’re ready to introduce the latest technology to your kids’ education, enter the Wired to Learn contest, and we’ll be sure to cross our fingers for you.
Note: This is a sponsored blog post. Kveller is a not-for-profit resource. Sponsorship revenue helps us provide Kveller resources free of charge.
Oct 4 2011
Shana tova, y’all! A couple of weeks ago, we announced a contest for the new year: give us your best resolution, and we’ll send you a cookbook.
Like so many of our contests, it’s hard to choose just one winner. Because really, a resolution is what’s best for you, and who are we to choose the best? But we’d made a promise, and so we’ve done the hard work and chosen a winner.
Congratulations to Jennifer Steinberg of Wilmington, Delaware! We love her resolution and its honesty–and its unintentional pun:
Jennifer’s resolution: My resolution this year is to have more, *ahem*, intimate time with my husband. With two kids and work and community and synagogue stuff, we just got really busy this year and I think it’s time for us to make a point of reconnecting more frequently.
Jennifer, keep your eyes peeled for a cookbook coming your way!
And even though we couldn’t send you all a cookbook, Simply Southern With a Dash of Kosher Soul wanted to share a recipe with you–for their Splendid Apple Pie. It uses a sugar substitute, so if your resolution was to get healthy, this is a great first step. Enjoy!
Sep 20 2011
Rosh Hashanah is very soon (like, next week!) and besides eating apples and honey, one great way to celebrate the Jewish New Year is to take a cue from that other New Year’s celebration and make resolutions. We’re curious to know what your resolutions are, and since everybody loves prizes, we decided to hold a contest!
Leave your resolution in the comments section below. One lucky winner will receive a copy of the brand new cookbook Simply Southern With a Dash of Kosher Soul. Kosher fried chicken? Yes, please. We’ll be accepting entries up until sundown on Wednesday, September 28 (the official start of Rosh Hashanah.)
The winner should prepare to feel extra motivated (and possibly guilted into) keeping his or her resolution for at least a month, so start thinking about what your resolution will be, and enter today! (And if you just can’t wait to get your hands on Simply Southern, their website is offering free shipping through 9/23 for the High Holidays. Oh, and they can only ship to U.S. addresses, so keep that in mind!)
Aug 30 2011
As evidenced to the right, searching for Jewish pictures on stock photography websites can be frustrating, if not outright laughable. Our “parent” website MyJewishLearning has had it up to here with phony, staged pictures of Jewish people doing Jewish things, so they’re making a plea to the real Jewish families out there. That’s where you come in.
MyJewishLearning is currently holding a photo contest asking for pictures of real families celebrating Rosh Hashanah. This could mean photos of your kids dipping apples into honey, or the whole family sitting down to a meal. However you celebrate, we would like to see it. The person who submits the best photograph will win an Amazon gift card and have their picture featured prominently on MyJewishLearning. The fame! The glory!
So start clicking through your Facebook albums (or photo albums, for those of you who are so 2003), and add your favorite Rosh Hashanah pics to the contest Flickr pool.
Read full contest guidelines here.
Aug 11 2011
Not to alarm anyone, but summer will soon be coming to a close. The good news? That means Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is just around the corner! September 29th, to be exact. There are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday, like eating apples and honey and blasting the shofar, and another simple way to mark the new year is by sending out New Year’s cards to close friends and family.
Minted.com has a new line of adorable Rosh Hashanah cards that can be personalized with your own family photograph. We’re giving away a set of cards to three lucky winners, and all you have to do is sign up for our e-letter, which brings you the latest stories, tips, recipes, and more from Kveller. Winners will be randomly chosen next Friday, August 19th. And don’t worry, if you’ve already been enjoying our e-letters, you’re automatically qualified to win.
Thank you so much to everyone that entered our 6-word story contest about Jewish mothers. We got so many great entries that tickled our fancy, and we’re very pleased to announce that we are able to choose 2 winners that each get a pair of tickets to The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom. Without further ado, here are the two winning entries are:
Alissa Stonehill Butterfass: I’m turning into my mother. Oy.
HaDassah Sabo Milner: Oy, lose some weight. You hungry?
Congrats to Alissa and HaDassah, and thanks for the double batch of “oy” humor. We’ll be getting in touch with you to make sure you get the tickets, so you’ll have to let us know how the show is.
And to all our Kveller readers, stay on the lookout for more contests, coming soon!
Aug 2 2011
We’ve got an exciting contest for all you New York-based Kvellers out there. Comedian Judy Gold, who was the star of the critically-acclaimed show “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother,” has a new comedic show that reveals everything that’s truly funny about her life through the lens of the classic sitcoms of our youth. “The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom” is now playing at DR2 Theatre in Manhattan, and we’ve got two tickets to give away to one lucky winner.
To enter to win, we’re looking for the best 6-word stories about Jewish mothers. (If you’re not sure what a 6-word story is, it’s literally just a story written in 6 words. For example: Write something good, win free stuff.) It could be about what makes you a Jewish mother, or what your Jewish mother was like, or anything, really, as long as it’s 6 words. Leave your story in the comment section below by next Wednesday, August 10th and we’ll choose our favorite.
So, if you’re in New York (or plan to be there by the end of August) and you desperately need a date night with some comedic relief, enter today!
Apr 8 2011
After Purim, we had a great idea. Why not have a costume contest? We’d have parents submit photos of their kids in adorable Purim costumes and then we’d choose a winner and post the photo on the blog and send them a prize. Sounds perfect, right?
Well, you try narrowing down what felt like a gazillion cute babies into just one. I mean, really, what were we thinking? How do you decide whether the dinosaur, ladybug, or sock monkey is cutest? THEY’RE ALL CUTE, PEOPLE. We have some adorable baby Kvellers out there and we’re not afraid to say it.
So we finally narrowed it down to our top three, after much deliberation. These kids are so cute they’re practically edible (and since one of them is dressed as a hamantaschen, she kind of is!) Thank you to everyone for participating, and we can’t wait to see what the kids look like next Purim!
And the winners are…
Michal Frumkin, 7 1/2 months old, from Germantown, Maryland
Elijah Rediger, age 2, from Bexley, Ohio
Noah Baumgarten (it was his 1st birthday on Purim!) from Kettering, Ohio
Mar 23 2011
Is your kid's Purim costume possibly cuter than this?
Kveller is launching its first-ever photo contest! This is big news, people. Here’s the idea: send us a photo of your little one dressed up for Purim. If we think your kid is cute–I mean they’re all cute–but if we think your kid is especially cute, we’ll put the photo up on Kveller and send you a prize!
(I’ll let you in on a secret–if you send us a Halloween photo, we’ll never know the difference.)
Please send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 16 2011
I just heard about a very cool contest sponsored by Keshet, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Jewish advocacy group. (The word keshet means rainbow in Hebrew.) They realized that there’s a lack of Jewish children’s books out there that have GLBT families or characters.
So to combat it, they’re asking for submissions. But they don’t want just any book. They want a GOOD book. A book with an engaging story that would resonate with the whole Jewish community–but just happens to also have GLBT characters. So in other words, they don’t want it to be too preachy about inclusion or anything; it should just naturally have GLBT folks as part of Jewish life. Which is the way our world should be, in my humble opinion. But that’s another blog post for another time.
Submissions should be between 800-1000 words, and the winner gets a prize of $250 and a chance to have their book published. Kind of awesome. Entries are due by April 15, so get writing!