This past week has been excruciating for women, to say the least. Our reproductive rights are slowly (really, not that slowly) being stripped away, state by state, the latest of which comes from…Alabama. Their new, heart-wrenching abortion ban — the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the United States — adds insult to injury in the wording of the bill by comparing abortion to the Holocaust and mass genocide. It’s infuriating. As we know, banning abortions doesn’t stop them from happening, it only makes it more dangerous for… >> Read More
In the heart of the Old Town in Prague, Holocaust survivors and four generations of their families — 250 people, in total — recreated an iconic photograph that was simultaneously chilling and…heartwarming. Nearly 74 years ago, 300 girls and boys were liberated from a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. The orphans were flown by the U.K.'s Royal Air Force to Prague, where they took a photo in front of the Jan Hus memorial. After six months in the Czech capital, the children were relocated to Windermere, in… >> Read More
As we have previously noted, the royal baby arrived on May 6. While there was nothing Jewish about the big news, we at Kveller are thrilled for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
And now, today's…baby news disclosed the bundle of joy's name: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Of course, there's nothing Jewish about that, either — or IS there? As it happens, we've drummed up a smattering of high-profile Jews named Archie. We're not saying that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex named their son after any of them, but, hey, anything's… >> Read More
What would you do to make it into The Guinness Book of World Records? Eat an absurd amount of bagels? Jump rope for days on end? Grow your nails so long that they drag on the floor? Travel to every…single country in the world? The last one might be incredibly expensive and time-consuming, but it’s exactly what one Jewish family intends on doing. Justin Zackham, a screenwriter who literally coined the term “bucket list,” is currently attempting this feat. But he's not doing it alone — Zackham and his wife, Katherine, are traveling with… >> Read More
What’s the best way to express one’s love and gratitude for their partner? With flowers, chocolates, or a wooden box? If this was a multiple choice question on a test, Mark Zuckerberg would…circle option C. The Jewish dad of two took to his favorite social media platform, Facebook, to share his latest invention with the world — a “sleep box.” The device was inspired by his wife Priscilla Chan whose had difficulty sleeping through the night since giving birth to her daughters Max, 3, and August, 1.… >> Read More
While Carrie Bradshaw is known for her obsession with vintage clothing, actress Sarah Jessica Parker takes a keen interest in a different sort of vintage product: mah jongg. Yes, really.
For her…52nd birthday, SJP's friend gifted her a vintage mah jongg set. Parker called this "one of the great birthday gifts I have ever received." https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv0AFA3A3kA/ "I can't explain how/why these gorgeous old tiles bring me so much joy, but oh how they do," the Jewish mom of three wrote in her Instagram caption. "I'm giddy… >> Read More
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and… Jewish?
Well, not quite. But between Morticia Addam’s Yiddish pet name for her husband, Gomez Addams, and to the very Jewish writer (Paul…Rudnick) behind the movies' scripts, it’s safe to say that the Addams family is, at least, Jew-ish. Hulu keeps adding to its vast trove of movies, and — huzzah! — The Addams Family and its sequel, Addams Family Values, are available to stream now. Notably, these hit movies (from 1991 and 1993, respectively) are not… >> Read More
My relationship with Amazon's Alexa is complicated. I love that she's politically informed and shares the latest news with me, and she has really great taste in music. Since she's come into my life,…I can't imagine not waking up next to her every morning, but sometimes she gets on my last nerves. Her listening comprehension skills aren't the best, she never pronounces my name correctly, and she often lies to me about the weather. And she can be very rude and impolite when she interrupts my conversations completely… >> Read More
With just two days left before Passover begins, seder hosts everywhere are scrambling to get everything in order for their guests. Discarded all the chametz? Check. Bought enough gefilte fish to…serve an army? Check. Have enough haggadahs for the whole family? Crap. Never fear, because two-day shipping with Amazon Prime is here! Don't beat yourself up if you just realized you're a few boxes of matzah short, or you can't find the kiddush cup anywhere. Because hosting a seder is practically a full-time job (and… >> Read More
Next to matzah, the seder plate is the iconic symbol of Passover.
It holds six items that symbolize an aspect of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. It's designed to help us imagine ourselves in…our ancestors’ shoes — not only are we supposed to tell the story of Passover, we’re supposed to see, smell, taste, and feel it. As traditional as the seder plate may be, there's actually room for some creative flourishes. While most Jewish households stick to the classic six items mentioned in the haggadah — shank… >> Read More
Just what makes Jewish mom and major fashion influencer Arielle Charnas so irresistible to stalk on Instagram? Her authenticity and transparency, that's what!
Over the past year, I've watched…Charnas as she launched her fashion brand, Something Navy (so named after her popular blog); gave birth to her second daughter, Esme; and experimented with CBD to ease her anxiety — all in real time. When Charnas' 1.2 million followers — myself among them — watch her Instagram stories, we feel like we're practically sitting… >> Read More
Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, 62, used to aggressively bite her nails. It was a chronic, nervous tick, and it had to stop. After all, she was the co-founder and creative director of a global nail polish…company, and chewed up cuticles wasn’t a good look for the woman shaping the beauty industry. This is just one fascinating tidbit from I’m Not Really a Waitress, Weiss-Fischmann’s new book about how she went from a childhood in communist Hungary — where she secretly studied Hebrew with a rabbi — to becoming globally recognized… >> Read More
Friday, April 5 would have been German Jewish physicist Hedwig Kohn's 132nd birthday, and Google is honoring her in the best way possible — with a Google Doodle, of course!
Aside from having one…of the coolest names ever, Kohn is known for being one of only three German Jewish women to obtain habilitation — the degree necessary to teach physics at a university level — before the Holocaust. In 1933, when the Nazi regime gained power, Kohn and her fellow Jewish female colleagues — molecular physicist Hertha Sponer,… >> Read More
Why is the night of April 19th different from all other nights? Because on this night — the first evening of of Passover — we only eat unleavened bread.
But why stop there? Apparently, you can…dress like unleavened bread, too. Yes, Kvellers, there's an entire universe of matzah-print apparel out there. The internet is chock full of matzah leggings, matzah ties, and matzah kippot... the list is endless. In fact, Passover is the best Jewish holiday of the year to splurge on festive gear! Yes, there's a whole bunch of… >> Read More
Sunday morning. While you were likely noshing on bagels or schlepping your kid to Hebrew school, a chilling artifact was delivered to Manhattan's Museum of Jewish Heritage: a windowless boxcar that…was used to transport Jews to Nazi death camps. The vintage German train car is among 700 Holocaust artifacts that will be featured in the museum's forthcoming exhibit, "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away." The road to the worst massacre of the Jewish people began with the boarding of such a wagon — the… >> Read More
Joyce Fienberg was a connector. Bringing people together for a holiday meal was incredibly important to her, and not just her family: she invited people she met on world travels, her students from…the University of Pittsburgh, colleagues. She loved connecting people of all different backgrounds, and they'd have riveting discourse over Thanksgiving or Rosh Hashanah meals and, especially, Passover seders. "It always made a very different sort of conversation and something you would look forward to," Marnie Fienberg says about holidays hosted by her mother-in-law. "It was… >> Read More
The most important research study to hit the Jewish community — this is not a hyperbole — has arrived, and the results are fascinating. What could it possibly be about? Jewish grandparents. Or…rather, your parents. The Jewish Grandparents Network (yup, that's a thing) commissioned the first ever national study of Jewish grandparents, which deserves a hearty shehechiyanu. About 8,000 bubbes and zaydes were polled about their attitudes, beliefs, and commitment to passing along Jewish traditions to their offspring's offspring. According to the study, 81 percent of Jewish… >> Read More
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