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May 27 2014

Mayim Bialik: Download Kveller’s Awesome New Baby Name App

By at 10:51 am


One of my favorite things to do when I was pregnant was to look up baby names. I’m not typically “feminine” in a lot of ways and I never, for example, planned my fantasy wedding on my first date with a guy. I never spent any time fantasizing about what bedding to use for my baby’s crib (I never used a crib, as a matter of fact). However, one thing I really did enjoy when I was pregnant was looking at baby names and seeing what they mean and what kinds of names different cultures have.

In my family, we name babies with the Hebrew name of the most closely related relative of the same gender. So, my sons are named for both of my grandfathers, Meir and Ephraim Hirsch. It is also customary in my family to choose an English name beginning with the first initial of the Hebrew name. For example, my son Miles is named for my grandpa Meir and my Frederick is Ephraim. (Pronounce the “PH” in Ephraim and you’ll hear what the guards at Ellis Island heard when they gave my immigrant, non-English speaking grandpa the American name “Frank”…).


Well, let me tell you something: I wish I had Kveller in my life during my pregnancies! Kveller, in all of its progressive hipness, worked with G-dcast to create a new app for the iPhone and iPad which is an awesome baby naming app! You can look up names in Hebrew, English, and even Yiddish. You can learn what the names mean, variations of those names, and even ways to change the gender of those names, if that floats your boat.

Download the free app here!

Shucks, it almost makes me wish I was pregnant again… almost. In the way that “almost” can sometimes mean “not really.”

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Apr 4 2014

Kvellers IRL: Mayim Bialik & Carla Naumburg

By at 10:43 am

We love when Kveller writers become friends with each other over the internet, and it’s even sweeter when they get to hang out in real life! Here’s Mayim, who was in Boston with Texas Instruments promoting “Stem Behind Hollywood” with Kveller contributing editor Carla Naumburg (whose forthcoming book on mindful parenting is now available for pre-order on Amazon!).

Mayim Bialik & Carla Naumurg

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Sep 20 2012

Why Kveller Needs Your Help

By at 1:56 pm

mayim bialik blogger for kvellerDear Readers,

I was in a serious car accident about a month ago and I received an email during my recovery from a woman who saw the accident happen and was compelled to stop her car and come help me. Why? Check this out: she didn’t want to help because I was a famous person on television. She wanted to help because she read an article I wrote for Kveller about helping people even when it’s inconvenient, difficult, and might seem impossible.

I’m writing to you now to ask for your help in a different way, even though it might not be easy or convenient. Kveller has gathered an incredible group of female writers who put words to feelings which are not typically shared. It is one of the few places I’ve found on the internet where intelligence, courage, wit, and honesty are the foundation.

The world of social media and internet information can distract us and dumb us down, but Kveller is a place that rises above that. Kveller challenges us to inspire, confront, and grow–as individuals, as parents, as a community, as a people–and that’s something I’m proud to be a part of.

That’s why I write for Kveller. That’s why I want to keep writing for Kveller. And that’s why we’re asking for your support.

Kveller depends on donations from people like you to cover 85% of its budget. Kveller is a project of a non-profit organization. Help make a difference by making a tax-deductible donation today.

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Mar 9 2012

Hits of the Week from Kveller

By at 2:06 pm

kveller ladies at jcc

What’s been going on at Kveller this week, you ask? Here we go:

– There was a Kveller ladies reunion at the Manhattan JCC on Monday, and here’s a picture to prove it.

– Kveller contributing editor Tamara Reese announced her second pregnancy, along with the most adorable announcement photographs we’ve ever seen.

– In honor of Purim, Renee Septimus waxed poetic about Unorthodox, the new memoir everyone’s talking about, and her own experience with women from the Satmar community.

– Carla Naumburg, a self-proclaimed non-Attachment Parent, talks about her experience with reading Beyond the Sling.

- Kveller got a makeover! Check out the homepage for the new look and for fun features like “Name my baby for me.”

About Mayim

Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

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