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Dec 9 2013

The Night I Realized I’m Really Not an Outsider

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Photograph by Bridget Badore

This post is about Kveller’s recent live storytelling event, “What’s the Matter?” To learn more and watch video from the event, click here.

I walked in to the small dark theater at the 14th St Y in Manhattan a few days before Thanksgiving and found myself surrounded by women wearing stylish dresses or skinny jeans and boots. I looked down at the sweater my grandmother gave me when I was still in college and my circa-2008 boot-cut jeans (I keep meaning to buy a new pair, but then, you know, a little girl is up all night puking or I forgot to prep the Hanukkah craft for her preschool class or maybe I just looked at my thighs and decided today wasn’t the day to go jeans shopping) and once again I felt like an outsider.

Of course, I thought to myself. How appropriate. After all, I was there to participate in a reading about Jewish motherhood, an aspect of my identity that is both central to who I am and yet continually confusing and somewhat elusive. Nonetheless, I had agreed to read an essay about the legacy of patrilineal descent that I am passing along to my daughters.

Needless to say, I was pretty ambivalent about it. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 5 2013

Here’s to an Evening of Jewish Mamas, Storytelling, Wine & A Boobie Chair

By at 2:03 pm

"what's the matter?" kveller and laba house of study

On the night of Monday, November 25th, Kveller and LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture teamed up at the 14th St Y in Manhattan to present, “WHAT’S THE MATTER? A night of storytelling with your favorite Jewish mamas.”

The audience was ushered into the theater, welcomed by a “Eve –  Chair of all Mothers,” a “boobie chair” designed by artist Mirta Kupferminc, and 10 beautiful, sincere, modern-day mamas, all ready and willing to bare their varying emotions and experiences with motherhood for a packed crowd.

Kveller editor Deborah Kolben enjoying her time in the boobie chair.

Kveller editor Deborah Kolben enjoying her time in the boobie chair.

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Oct 16 2012

Time to Get Our Mitzvah On

By at 4:20 pm

92y mitzvah day 2012Need something to feel good about? Next month, the 92Y in New York City is hosting a Hands-On Mitzvah Day, and everyone is invited to join in on the fun. The day will be filled with hands-on projects to benefit those in need and promote the spirit of tikkun olam, repairing the world.

Projects include writing and creating holiday cards for soldiers, decorating flower pots for the elderly, preparing activity kits for children with life-threatening illnesses, collecting and sorting new and gently used books for children in underserved schools and for children in hospitals, toiletries for women in need and pet supplies for animals in shelters. There’s a suggested donation of $20 per family.

To learn more and buy tickets to join, click here.

And remember, Kveller has been doing a little tikkun olam along with PJ Library with our tzedakah campaign that will bring $5000 to a deserving non-profit. Learn more and nominate your favorite organization here.

Sep 21 2012

Great (and Free!) Family Programs for Downtown Babies

By at 4:11 pm

If you’re in the New York area and have young children, you’ll definitely want to check out these upcoming free events at the Museum of Jewish Heritage that are part of their New Families, New Traditions series. They’re especially geared towards families with children under 3, and feature puppets, music and storytelling galore!

All events are at the museum at 36 Battery Place New York, NY 10004. For more information, email or call 646.437.4202. Reservations are not needed.

jacob stein with pupperSunday, September 23, 10:30 A.M.

Days of Awe-Some New Year Celebration

Join Jacob Stein and The Bakery Band Puppet Players to welcome 5773 with songs and stories.

Jacob Stein is the musical director of the Jewish Community Project in Lower Manhattan, and his Bim Bom Musicfest Class is now in its seventh year. Read the rest of this entry →

May 29 2012

What to Do in Westchester This Summer

By at 12:38 pm

westchester jcc summer eventsNew Yorkers: the Rosenthal JCC in Westchester has some awesome events planned for this summer that we thought we’d send your way. From Shabbat playdates to water fun to bagels and yoga, if you’re in the area, be sure to check out these events for parents, babies, and toddlers. For all these events, you can RSVP to

Friday, June 1, 9:30-11AM–Shabbat Shabooty Playdate

Make your own “stuffed challah”, sing Shabbat songs, and eat freshly baked challah. Babies and toddlers welcome for indoor and outdoor play on a terrific playground at the home of one of our Board members. Read the rest of this entry →


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