In today's dose of adorable, breaking political news (bet you haven't heard that one before!), Sen. Kamala Harris' Jewish stepchildren have given her a very Yiddish nickname.
As CNN reported in…their profile of potential 2020 "first husbands" — fingers crossed!! — the children of the Democratic presidential candidate's Jewish husband, lawyer Douglas Emhoff, call Harris "Momala." Now, it's unclear if siblings Cole and Ella made the explicit connection between the endearing nickname and the Yiddish word mamaleh (which literally means "little mama," but is commonly used… >> Read More
The first thing you need to know about Purim is that it's a mitzvah to get so drunk that you can't tell the difference between Haman, the story's villain, and Mordechai, one of the story's heroes.…Really! This year, Purim beings on the evening of March 20, which happens to be a Wednesday, also known as "Hump Day" — convenient, huh? Keeping all these very important facts in mind, we think it's fair to assume that more than a handful of Jewish babies will be conceived on the day we celebrate… >> Read More
Gloria Allred hasn’t taken a vacation in nearly 40 years. People are often surprised when she returns emails on the weekends and holidays, to which the Jewish lawyer reasons: “Your problem…doesn’t wait for Monday.” At 77, Gloria is as fearless and badass as she was back in the '70s when she represented Jane Roe in the infamous Roe v. Wade case. (Yup, that one, in which the Supreme Court recognized a woman's right to an abortion.) The case was a personal for Gloria — seven… >> Read More
Incredible news, Kvellers: Amazon is now streaming all seasons of Little House on the Prairie. I repeat, you can now relive some of the awesomest parts of your childhood by binge-watching all nine…seasons of Little House on the Prairie, anytime you'd like. It's been 45 years (!!) since the TV series, based on author Laura Ingalls Wilder's wildly popular novels, first aired on NBC. The show followed the lives of the Ingalls family — head of the house Charles Ingalls, his wife, Caroline, and their three daughters, Mary,… >> Read More
Purim is just around the corner — this year it falls on March 20th. (Doesn't it seem like just yesterday that we were worrying about our Halloween costumes?)
Here at Kveller we're understanding…of the trials and tribulations of Purim prep. That's why we scoured everyone's favorite e-commerce emporium, Amazon, for the easiest and most topical costumes that your kids — and even the whole family — will love. Enjoy! 1. Queen for a day Just like Queen Esther — who became the first Jewish queen of Persia… >> Read More
The Academy Awards have come and gone — which seemingly marks the end of awards season. But not so fast! There's at least one more awards show on the horizon: the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice…Awards. Hosted by DJ Khaled, the ceremony will air on March 23 at 8 p.m. But on Tuesday, Feb. 27, Nickelodeon dropped its coveted list of nominees. We took a quick scroll through the lengthy list of nominees, and it quickly became evident that American kids LOVE Jewish actors and characters. The movie that gave… >> Read More
There were plenty of notable firsts at the 91st Oscars last night. For starters, it was the first time in 30 years that the telecast didn’t have a host (though Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, and Tina…Fey basically were the hosts), Marvel Studios won its first Oscar for Black Panther, as did a 25-year-old for her documentary about periods. Plenty others marked history last night, but the Oscars event that took my breath away happened on the red carpet: Selma Blair’s first public appearance since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).… >> Read More
When screenwriter Amy Sherman-Palladino gifted the world with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, we here at Kveller went wild. At last, there was a show (a major hit, no less!) that seemed to be aimed…directly at American Jews — specifically speaking, Jewish mothers. Although titular character Midge Maisel has been criticized for being an absentee parent to her two young children, she’s equally praised for her spitfire standup comedy. Jews and humor notoriously go together like cream cheese and bagels, but another unwavering and less flattering stereotype is that… >> Read More
Roses, expensive necklaces, lingerie, chocolate — these are the globally recognized symbols of the very commercialized Valentine's Day.
It's true that V-Day is definitely not a Jewish holiday…— its origins are believed to be derived from Roman Catholics — and there's actually a Jewish holiday for love, Tu B'Av that's celebrated over the summer. Still, February 14th lends another opportunity to woo your loved ones (and is wooing ever wrong? No.) Perhaps more important, Valentine's Day is particularly great for pregnant women with upcoming… >> Read More
Mammograms — they’re uncomfortable and scary, but once women reach a certain age, they become a necessary part of life.
Being the best test available for doctors to detect early signs of breast…cancer, all women over 40— yes, even celebrities — eventually have to go have them. The universal procedure requires women to place their breasts on an X-ray machine, and that can be a very vulnerable experience. Medical practitioners are meant to guide their patients through the exam to make it as comfortable as possible, so… >> Read More
When it comes to Seth Rogen and his mom, the apple certainly doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Last year, Rogen's mom, Sandy, demonstrated how she’s Twitter's ultimate Jewish mom. And just this…week, Rogen himself was outed as the Jewish dad of Instagram. On Monday, Twitter user Montana Murray brought Rogen’s concern for rappers’ safety to our attention. In the now viral tweet — which feature two Instagram screen grabs from celebrity musicians 21 Savage and Travis Scott — Murray wrote: "Shoutout to Seth Rogen for always… >> Read More
Our favorite 97-year-old “accidental icon” never ceases to amaze us. Jewish designer Iris Apfel just became a certified model, proving once again that she’s the queen of #lifegoals.
On…Thursday, it was announced that the businesswoman and interior designer (and barbie doll!!) has been signed by IMG for worldwide representation for modeling, appearances, and endorsements. “I’m very excited,” Apfel told Women’s Wear Daily. “I never had a proper agent.” Apfel has kept herself extraordinarily busy over the past decade. She released a set of… >> Read More
Rachel Platten has officially joined the celebrity Jewish mama cohort. On Saturday, the “Fight Song” singer and her hubby Kevin Lazan (also Jewish!) welcomed their first child, and she’s just…as beautiful as her parents. On Wednesday, Platten, 37, graced us with the first photo of her "delicious and cuddly" daughter Violet Skye Lazan on Instagram. “There is so much about this massive love that I want to share but don’t know how to,” Platten wrote. “For now we are busy falling deeply in love… >> Read More
Since the '70s, comedian Catherine O'Hara has gifted us with countless hours of laughter. The Canadian American actress is currently known for starring in Schitt's Creek as Moira Rose, the hyperbolic…Jewish mother of a formerly filthy rich family. Between her roles in Home Alone, Best in Show, and outstanding writing for SCTV Network 90, O'Hara has built herself quite the legacy. And who does she have to thank? None other than the beloved, late Jewish comedian Gilda Radner. In an interview with the New Yorker — timed… >> Read More
What does a Jewish holiday for trees and Martin Luther King, Jr. have in common? A lot, actually.
This year, both Tu Bishvat and MLK Day of Service fall on Monday, January 21. (Hey, it’s no…Thanksgivukkah, but we’ll take it!) The former celebrates the life of trees, and the latter celebrates the life of an influential American civil rights leader. Both holidays are commemorated by giving back to the earth and our communities — so it's a pretty cool opportunity for a cultural mashup and a prime "teaching moment" you… >> Read More
Stop us if you've heard this one: Having an orgasm can help you get pregnant.
Unfortunately, the veracity of this rumor has long been suspect. Lacking concrete evidence, doctors have typically…considered it a dubious claim, many cheerfully suggesting, "It definitely can't hurt!" But, well, let's just say that science is awesome. And luckily for us gals, a new study suggests that the orgasm/conception connection might be more than just an old wives' tale. While writing his upcoming book Tulips at Midnight: Exploring the latest Research into… >> Read More
Tu Bishvat is around the corner, and the chorus to that song I learned in Jewish day school has been stuck in my head for the past week... And if you went to Hebrew school as a kid — or your kids…are enrolled in one now — then surely you know the one: Tu Bishvat higiyah, chag Ha'Ilanot! ("Tu Bishvat is here, the holiday for trees!"). Although it's technically regarded as a minor holiday, let's all agree that Tu Bishvat is seriously important (not to mention awesome). Celebrating trees and planting new ones as our ancestors did… >> Read More
On Monday, Dr. Bernice Resnick Sandler, known as the “Godmother of Title IX" passed away. Affectionally called "Bunny" — a Yiddish nickname for Bernice — the 90-year-old died of cancer…complications. After hearing she was "too strong for a woman" when she applied for a teaching position in the 1960s at the University of Maryland, her alma mater, Sandler became incensed. Luckily for women everywhere, she channeled her feelings into action, paving the way for Title IX, a law that protects people from discrimination based… >> Read More
What quantifies a "good" person? Compassion? Honesty? Kindness?
According to former Sabrina the Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart, 42, a good person is someone that believes in Jesus.
And if…you happen to, you know, not believe in Jesus? You better look out! On the latest episode of the "Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris" podcast, Hart shared a story about her son and a Jewish neighbor which sparked backlash from people for being anti-Semitic. Nervous about his first day at a new school, Hart… >> Read More
Nearly 72 years ago, Holocaust survivor Otto Frank released his daughter's posthumous diary for the world to read. Since then, The Diary of a Young Girl has been published in more than 60 languages…and young Anne Frank has become a global icon. Though she died at age 15 in Bergen Belsen, both Anne and her diary remains as relevant as ever, continuing to educate youth about the horrors of the Holocaust, in particular, and hate and discrimination, in general. But in 2018 — a turbulent year during which… >> Read More
If someone read and reviewed your diary, how many stars would it get? Well, it depends on how juicy and engaging the content is — according to some harsh critics on Goodreads, at least.
While…perusing 1-star reviews of iconic books on Goodreads, writer Anna Fitzpatrick discovered something astonishing: scathing comments on Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Yes, the Anne Frank who chronicled life as a Jewish teen during the Holocaust in her now-famous wartime diary she fondly called "Kitty." "Do you ever log on and read 1-star… >> Read More
If you haven't noticed, we're on somewhat of a Hanukkah song beat. And in a world inundated with Christmas songs, we can't say we're mad about it.
So, on the 6th night of Hanukkah, we gift you the…most heartwarming Hanukkah song on YouTube: a wholesome rendition of the timeless song about the Maccabee's fight for freedom. You might recognize Yoni and Nina Tokayer from their cover of Matisyahu's "One Day" that went viral a couple years ago. The Israeli couple, known together as Yonina (a hybrid of Nina and Yoni), are famous… >> Read More
The moment we'd all been waiting for caught us by surprise: Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is finally streaming on Amazon! (It actually dropped a day earlier than expected, but, hey, we're not…complaining.) The titular Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) is an elegant, hilarious trailblazing Jewish comedienne (who may or may not be a pretty lousy mom). With its incredible 1950s costumes and witty Jewish banter, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stole our hearts completely when if first premiered in 2017. So, in honor of the best show us Jews… >> Read More
The saying "opposites attract" has never been truer for Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini. One's a Jew from Canada, the other's a daughter of a Palestinian family. Salomon is a Taurus, and…El-Husseini is a Leo. One's a ginger, the other a brunette. So, nu? What's the glue that keep this Odd Couple together? Love, of course. After a few years of platonic friendship in Montreal, El-Husseini and Salomon fell in love and moved to New York, just before the 2016 presidential election (the timing of their… >> Read More
Brace yourselves, our favorite Jewish (sex) doctor is in.
After teasing an upcoming announcement that had us at the edges of our seats, the spunky Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 90, finally revealed that a…documentary about her life will air on Hulu in 2019. On Thursday, the renowned German-born sex doctor shared her big news in an adorable video on Twitter. The documentary will come to the streaming service, and "you're all going to watch it," Westheimer asserts. And if you can't wait for Hulu to release Ask Dr.… >> Read More