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Dec 13 2012

Can We Borrow $2?

By at 5:02 pm

two single dollar billsAs you may have noticed, Kveller has launched an end-of-the-year fundraising campaign. We know, we know–it’s the time of year everyone is hitting you up for money, but we think our campaign is a little special because all we are asking for is TWO. DOLLARS.

That’s right, two bucks and you can help us continue to publish great posts about everything from pregnancy to preschool to nutella beignets. Two bucks and we can keep bringing you the inside scoop from Mayim Bialik. Two bucks and you can help Kveller.com–the only Jewish parenting website of its kind–continue to serve Jewish moms and families as a source of guidance, insight, and most of all, support.

If you’re more of a visual learner, let’s put this into perspective. For the price of the following items, you can help Kveller out in a major way:

1. Eight gumballs.eight gumballs

2. One baby food pouch.

baby food pouch

3. One Twelfth* of a Sophie the Giraffe

*That’s just an ear!

As part of a non-for-profit, Kveller depends on the support from readers like you. If you have $2 to spare, please consider donating through our secure website here. If you’re more comfortable giving through PayPal, you can do so here as well. If you would like to pitch in a little more than $2, all contributors of $50 or higher will get a $10 coupon to Magic Beans, where you can shop a parent-tested selection of baby gear and toys for all ages including, yes, a full Sophie the Giraffe.

Nov 6 2012

A Birthday Party Without Presents?

By at 1:19 pm

As I was planning my daughter’s 6th birthday, I had to ask myself why so many of us continue to throw big parties complete with an enormous pile of presents. I recognize that the parties are large to avoid hurt feelings, but can we agree that the amount of presents the kids receive as a result is objectionably over the top?

I’m not against the idea of gifts as a rule. It’s wonderfully celebratory to open some beautifully wrapped presents that someone took the time to choose. But when parents feel pressured to invite the whole class, we are talking about 20 or so gifts. I don’t think a birthday is more memorable for our children because of that seventh, tenth, or 18th present. It’s the law of diminishing returns. Certainly receiving 14 new Barbies is no more joyful than receiving, say, four. Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 5 2012

You Can Be A Philanthropist (Really!)

By at 1:59 pm

As part of our month-long series dedicated to Women, Work & Money, Tamar Snyder highlights the best ways for women to get involved with philanthropy.

Women rarely refer to themselves as philanthropists. We tend to think that the term refers only to the uber-wealthy–to people like Bill Gates, Michael Steinhardt, and the Bronfmans (all men!). But that’s not the case.

In fact, a growing body of research on men, women, and charitable giving suggests that women of all ages–especially Baby Boomers and older–are more likely to give to charity and give more than their male counterparts. This is true even though women still earn less than men, on average; live longer and tend to be more risk averse. Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 25 2012

Rabbis Like Kveller, Do You?

By at 10:08 am

rabbi deborah goldmannKveller is part of a non-profit organization that depends on donations from people like you to cover 85% of its budget. This High Holiday season, we’re reaching out to our readers and asking for your help.

Dear Friends,

I always knew that I wanted to be a parent. I never knew (or thought about) what kind of parent I would be. Turns out, that between mine and my daughter’s personalities, and my hearing loss, I am an extended-breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby-led-weaning kind of parent. It is thanks to Kveller that I have the words to describe the kind of parent that I am.

I have friends and family who are very loving and supportive. As wonderful as they are, however, they sometimes struggle to understand and respect the decisions that I make. Since finding Kveller, I have found a place where I can intelligently consider many different parenting perspectives and find my own voice and confidence. To my surprise, I also found a community of parents that I want to comfort and support in return for all they have done for me.

This wonderful community needs our support. Kveller is a project of a non-profit organization and depends on donations from people like us to cover 85% of its budget. I hope you’ll join me in donating to Kveller today.

Shana tova,

Rabbi Deborah Goldmann

Mar 26 2012

Interviews with Interesting Jews: Wendy Berezovsky

By at 9:58 am

Wendy's family in their pj's.

Mother of three, Wendy Berezovsky, founded a nonprofit organization called Sweet Dreams for Kids, which collects pajamas to donate to children in hospitals. She started the program after having her own daughter in the hospital for cancer treatments.

1. Tell us about your program: what do you do and why did you start it?

Sweet Dreams for Kids is a nonprofit organization that donates new pajamas to children in the hospital. We have donated over 3,000 pairs nationwide. Our dream is to have every children’s hospital filled with cute, cozy, and comfortable pajamas instead of the hospital ones. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 29 2012

Swab Your Cheek, Save a Life

By at 10:06 am
cheek swab for marrow registry

My dad, doing the cheek swab.

In the past month or so, we’ve been talking a lot about bone marrow donation after the unthinkable happened: 2-year-old Ayelet Galena died from a bone marrow disease. Jordana Horn wrote a beautiful piece about the call to action this tragedy spurred on, expressing how important it was for all of us to join the registry of marrow donors, to not let this happen again. After I read her piece, I clicked on over to the registry website, looked around, thought about signing up, but just… didn’t. Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 16 2011

Help Us Keep Kvelling

By at 10:46 am
pink piggy bank

Anything you have to spare, we would greatly appreciate it.

We’ve never been so good at asking for money. And really, who wants to hit up their friends for cash? But Kveller.com is a project of MyJewishLearning, Inc. — a not-for-profit organization — and our ability to keep providing you with keen insights, helpful parenting tips, and rollicking good times, depends upon the support of readers like you.

We just launched a campaign to raise $5,000. We know that a good chunk of your paychecks goes to diapers, toys, and macaroni and cheese. But we hope there might be a little something left to help support the work we do here.

In addition to creating an online community for parents like you, Kveller has been helping to raise awareness about important issues like infertility, post-partum depression, and Jewish genetic diseases.

If you can, please help us out by making a tax-deductible donation today. And if you’re feeling extra cheerleader-ly, spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, or through some good-old-fashioned word-of-mouth.

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