If you fertilized your egg in the early spring, then 'tis the season to start thinking of baby names! Not sure where to begin? As always, we here at Kveller have got your back.
To honor our most…favorite least important Jewish holiday, give your baby a Hanukkah-themed name! No, not like "applesauce" or "latke" (although, on second thought, those are pretty adorable names). From paying tribute to the Maccabee soldiers to honoring the fire that burns your menorah candles, here's an extensive list of Hanukkah inspired baby names. (But that's not all!… >> Read More
What's short, green, and covered in candy? The first Jewish Disney princess, of course!
Back in 2012 while you dozed off watching Wreck-It Ralph in theaters with your kids, you might've missed…an important moment in Disney history. At the end of the movie, the title character's best friend Vanellope von Schweetz, voiced by Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman, reveals she's a royal in exile — thus making her Royal Highness the very first Jewish Disney princess. Granted, Disney never officially confirmed Princess Vanellope's religion or heritage, but… >> Read More
As we've said before, 2018 is the year of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. So what better gift is there to wrap in shiny blue paper than adorable merch inspired by RBG?
We've rounded up the very best…Ginsburg gifts the Internet has to offer. Consider this our Hanukkahpresent to you, dear readers. We ask for nothing in return but a photograph of your baby in an RBG onesie. 1. Action figure Like the woman in flesh, this RBG action figure is small but mighty. And with over 15,000 backers, this little trailblazer… >> Read More
Are you tired of scouring the Internet for the perfect Hanukkah gifts? Of course you are — that's what led you here, right? Well, are you in luck, 'cause you've just landed on the best gift…listicle (gifticle, if I may) in town. To commemorate 2018 as the "Year of the Woman," this Hanukkah we're giving all our friends and family feminist inspired gifts: your new baby cousin gets a feminist gift, zayde gets a feminist gift, the intern at your office gets a feminist gift — everyone's getting a feminist gift!… >> Read More
On a Friday night at Wendy's in Southern California, a group of senior citizens gather to celebrate Shabbat with milkshakes, fries, and chili, as is their tradition. Only this time, everything feels…quite different. Tearing up, an elderly man says, "I don't handle this sort of thing well." "It's just hard to believe that anybody can have so much hate," a woman shares. In this brief followup to Wendy's Shabbat, a heartwarming short film about a group of elderly Jews who celebrate the weekly Sabbath at a local… >> Read More
The 2018 Midterm Election was a historical victory for all women. (Yeah, representation!)
At least 118 women will be headed to Congress in January — a record number that includes some incredibly…notable firsts: Sharis Davids and Deb Haaland, both Democrats, are the first Native American women elected to Congress; South Dakota elected Republican Kristi Noem as their first female governor, and among many other notable wins, Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Democrat Ilham Omar will be the first Muslim women to enter Congress. We're proud of… >> Read More
Between the Ruth Bader Ginsburg movies, action figures, books, and costumes, we're officially dubbing 2018 as The Year of RBG. And with less than two months left in this (insane) year, tributes to…the iconic Supreme Court Justice are rolling out full force. The latest addition to the shrine? A Hamilton-inspired rap music video. Jewish comedian Mia Weinberger's new song "The Notorious RGB" sets the story of Ginsburg's road to success to music — and it's just as educational as it is entertaining. "How does the master of law,… >> Read More
Among the 50,000-plus runners who participated in the annual New York City marathon on Sunday, there was one runner who especially moved us: Rochelle Goldschmiedt, who honored her Holocaust survivor…mother by wearing her Auschwitz number on her arm. Just a couple days before Sunday's race, Goldschmiedt received a henna tattoo of the number that her mother, Devora Hilsenrath, got when she arrived at Auschwitz from Hungary at age 14. The inspiration to do this Goldschmiedt told NorthJersey.com, was twofold: To honor her mother as… >> Read More
In the aftermath of the deadliest attack on Jews in American history, parents are grappling to talk about the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting with their kids. How does one explain to a child that 11…Jews were killed in a synagogue because of their faith? And if it is discussed, are they too young to process the horrific tragedy? A touching note written by an elementary schooler may help answer some of these pressing questions. A few days after the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue, a Jewish fourth… >> Read More
It's been nearly 25 years since Adam Sandler blessed us all with his iconic song about Hanukkah. And now, the comedian is back with another Jewish banger (and no, it's not a follow-up to the fourth…rendition of the "The Chanukah Song"). On Wednesday, Netflix dropped Sandler's latest standup special, 100% Fresh. (The title refers to his low Rotten Tomato ratings.) The special is a mashup of several live performances, stitched together. Straight jokes are sprinkled throughout the show, but Sandler's shticky songs like "My Uber driver smells bad" and "My… >> Read More
What did YOU do last weekend? If you weren't at one of two super-lavish bar mitzvahs in Manhattan, well, then I guess you missed out. (We did, too).
Downtown at at high-end club/restaurant Tao, a…newly-minted man named Jake celebrated his bar mitzvah with rapper Cardi B and the the Knicks City Dancers — and even the "Kodak Black" singer was impressed: "Bro, I just left my first bar mitzvah. I just did a bar mitzvah for this cute little boy called Jake. Epic," Cardi B said on her Instagram… >> Read More
The midterm elections are a-coming! Are YOU registered to vote? (Check here — it will take a fraction of the time it takes to get your kids out the door in the morning.)
This year, a record…number of women are running for office. Some are even coining 2018 as the "Year of the Angry College Educated Woman."According to the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics, 3,381 female candidates are on the ballot for their state legislatures. That's roughly 1,000 more than in the past two decades, which is pretty amazing.… >> Read More
In the biggest plot twist of the century, a new study found that there's no correlation between getting the HPV shot and our daughters engaging in risky sexual behaviors — phew!
The human…papillomavirus — the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world — can cause cervical cancer, which is the fourth most common cancer in women. In 2012, the virus killed 266,000 women, according to the World Health Organization. Luckily there's a vaccine for HPV. It's recommended for girls ages 9 to 14, has been available… >> Read More
At a glance, Big Mouth, the animated adult comedy, is not for children. The Netflix original doesn't go a few minutes without a penis joke and frequently shows nudity and drug use. Yet, there's a…case for letting your tweens watch the grotesquely hilarious show about puberty. Inspired and created by real life childhood Jewish best friends Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, Big Mouth follows a group of 13-year-olds going through the biggest changes in their life. Each protagonist has a "hormone monster" that helps them navigate their raging hormones and… >> Read More
"Boys aren't supposed to cry."
That's what Laurel Wider's 4-year-old son said one day, relaying the message he learned from his preschool teacher.
And Wider, a Jewish psychotherapist, was…floored. Despite her best efforts — feelings were an important topic at home — she realized that the current societal climate simply did not support expressive male emotions. "These rigid ideas of what it means to be a boy or a man are not only confining, but they create anxiety, depression, and a whole lot… >> Read More
If you're on Twitter, Monica Lewinsky wants you to change your display name to whatever you've been called by bullies. She's taking the lead, making her display name for the month of October "Monica…'Chunky Slut Stalker That Woman' Lewinsky." Why? It's part of her latest, badass anti-cyberbullying campaign. A year after debuting "In Real Life," a video that showed actors reading nasty online posts about themselves, Lewinsky is back with another powerful P.S.A. Dubbed #DefyTheName, the new video features celebrities being called horrible names from their childhood bullies,… >> Read More
So you decided you want to have a baby. Mazel Tov! Now comes the fun part — figuring out the best ways to do it.
Since you've probably spent a large chunk of your life trying not to get…pregnant, you might need a refresher on the whole birds-and-bees thing. But before you jump into a rabbit hole of fertility tips, remember to be wary of what you read. “There’s a lot of crap on the web,” said Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School… >> Read More
We seriously can't stop schepping nachas: Last night, at the 70th Annual Emmy Awards, our favorite show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, won a whopping 8 (yes, 8!) awards.
The Amazon series — which…revolves around Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahanan), a fiery 1950's Jewish housewife on the Upper West Side who, after splitting with her unfaithful husband, pursues her dream of being a standup comedian. (Her new career possibly comes at the expense of her parenting technique — or lack thereof — but that's a subject for another time.) The… >> Read More
Jewish holidays are generally synonymous with large bounties of food and wine. But on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, we fast to atone for our sins.
Abstaining from food and drink for…roughly 24 hours can be challenging — especially after a week of stuffing your face with leftover Rosh Hashanah delicacies. (Brisket sandwiches! Cold kugel for a midnight snack!) So, we asked nutritionists for tips on the best and healthiest way to prepare for the fast, which this year starts Tuesday evening and ends Wednesday night.… >> Read More
A 13-year-old girl from New York made Food Network history this week when she became the first Orthodox Jew to win Chopped.
On Tuesday night's episode of the reality cooking competition, Rachel…Goldzal took home the $10,000 prize. She's the first observant Jew to win — which, by extension, also makes the preteen the first Chopped winner to keep kosher. The rules of the competition for the four middle school chefs were simple: create an appetizer, a main dish, and a dessert in three 30-minute rounds. The catch?… >> Read More
Would you buy a pair of $500 heels for your husband?
Jane Weitzman would. In fact, she purchased more than 100 pairs of elegant shoes for her husband — who is none other than Stuart Weitzman, one…of the most prolific and successful shoe designers in recent decades. (He has adorned the feet of a host of celebrities, from Aretha Franklin to Gigi Hadid.) In April, the New York Historical Society opened the "Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historical Shoes" — a drool-worthy collection of contemporary and… >> Read More
Are you still upset over the closing of Toys "R" Us? Well, dry your tears, big ears: New York's most iconic toy store is making a comeback.
FAO Schwarz — with its famous enormous piano — is…returning to NYC. The new store is being developed by ThreeSixty Group, a company that designs and sells toys, which bought the FAO brand from Toys "R" Us in 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF7-rz9nIn4 This time around, FAO Schwarz plans to inject theatrics into its brick-and-mortar store. Customers can expect to see demonstrators, magicians, and human toy soldiers, according… >> Read More
Meet the most adorable couple on Instagram: 101-year-old Kirk Douglas and his great-granddaughter, Lua Douglas.
On Monday, Cameron Douglas — the grandson of the iconic Jewish actor — shared a…touching photo of his grandfather gazing upon his daughter. In the black-and-white Instagram post, captioned "LOVE," the 8-month-old is seen reaching for her great-grandpa's hand. It's almost too cute to handle. https://www.instagram.com/p/BnAeRdCFQpl/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_loading_state_control Born last December to Cameron Douglas and his partner, Viviane Thibes, Lua already has a special connection to her great-grandfather. Her middle name,… >> Read More
Pop singer and Jewish mother Pink stopped her concert in Australia this week to hug a teenage girl in mourning.
During the "Beautiful Trauma" singer's performance on Monday, 14-year-old Leah…Murphy waved a sign that read, "I just lost my beautiful mum. I would love a hug." Murphy's mother passed away in June and was supposed to attend the concert with her daughter. When Pink spotted the teen's sign, the crowd parted so Murphy and her aunt Katrina Donkin could make it to the front… >> Read More
With names like Kulture, Cricket, and Blue Ivy, there seems to be an unspoken rule among celebrities that newborns must be given obscure names. Like the trendsetters they are, the general population…has begun to follow suit. And sure, a unique name that has no association with anyone else offers the opportunity for a child to create their own legacy. But what about carrying on the legacies of our ancestors? At a time when everyone is seeking to stand out and make a name for themselves, it can… >> Read More