In a series of three tweets Thursday afternoon, journalist Yair Rosenberg noted: "An Ethiopian-Israeli mother of 3 quite possibly prevented a war between Israel and Gaza yesterday. Her name is Miri…Tamano, and here is how it happened." Rosenberg was referring to a Gaza rocket attack in Beersheba on Wednesday morning, which completely destroyed Tamano's home. When Code Red sirens sounded in southern Israel, Tamano quickly grabbed her three young sons and took them into the shelter. She told reporters, "I thought it was dream. When I… >> Read More
Jill Soloway, the creator of Transparent, recently published a memoir, She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy.
The book details the process of creating the award-winning (and…very Jewish) TV show, Soloway's parent coming out as transgender, as well as their identity as a non-binary person (Soloway prefers to use the pronouns "they/them"). To promote the book, Soloway participated in a Times Talk with comedian Hannah Gadsby and the gender editor for The New York Times. As such "conversation" events go, after a… >> Read More
There's a lot of stupid news out there these days. But this may take the cake: Misogynistic British celebrity Piers Morgan — and trust us, his misogyny is well documented — like, he just keeps…messing up) — tweeted a photo of Daniel Craig with wholly unnecessary rude comment about his parenting style. Let's back up a second: Actor Craig, 50, most famous for playing James Bond, married Jewish actress Rachel Weisz, 48, in 2011. As Weisz began her press tour last spring for the Jewish lesbian drama Disobedience, she announced… >> Read More
The most surprising thing Ruth Bader Ginsburg's biographer learned about the Supreme Court Justice has nothing to do with law, the courts, or even her intense workouts.
Jane Sherron De Hart,…author of the new book Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life, told Kveller that the most unexpected thing she learned about Ginsburg was her unique parenting style. Yes, really! "One form of discipline she used when her children misbehaved was to make them write an essay," De Hart says. "And then she would make them re-write it… >> Read More
The Internet is aflutter with news of the royal baby. The pregnancy was just announced by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle via their official social media channel, Kensington Royal, everyone is kind of…freaking out. The couple is beginning their first royal tour today — to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand — and our guess is that they decided a pregnancy would be too difficult to hide. Since the pregnancy news broke, a lot of the coverage has focused on how Markle's been hiding a bump (though,… >> Read More
This week, New York magazine has an incredible special issue entitled "Women and Power."
It's "not a women's empowerment issue," but rather, it's "about women and their relationship to power —…how they get it, how they lose it, how they wield it, what they sacrifice for it, and, ultimately, what they hope power will help them achieve." The articles — in which a wide range of women, including Anita Hill and Gloria Steinem, are interviewed and profiled — will be rolled out throughout the week… >> Read More
The story of Anne Frank has become a universal tale, and her diary has become one of the world's most famous books. No matter how many times you read the story — of Anne and her family hiding in an…attic in Amsterdam — your heart breaks every time. If Anne Frank's tale is so universal, her story so well known, her name forever associated with the tragedies of the Holocaust, why is a graphic adaptation needed? Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaption does not diminish the original, but enhance it. Ari Folman (words) and David Polonsky… >> Read More
Bette Midler, the acclaimed 72-year-old Jewish actress, is very active on Twitter. Last night, this was to her downfall.
She tweeted (and has since deleted) a message calling women "the n-word of…the world." She explained the analogy: "raped, beaten, enslaved, married off, worked like dumb animals; denied education and inheritance; enduring the pain and danger of childbirth and life IN SILENCE for THOUSANDS of years." Midler ended her tweet with, "They are the most disrespected creatures on earth." First of all: yikes. Black women exist, Bette.… >> Read More
OK, OK. We know we've been hitting the Gwyneth Paltrow beat pretty heavily lately. (Jerry Seinfeld hosted her wedding rehearsal dinner; she loves to hire moms; she recently opened up about her…postpartum depression.) But this story is too good to miss. In an interview with Marie Claire UK, she opens up about how her dad (Jewish director Bruce Paltrow) once told her she was being, well, something of a putz. When she was 27, she explains, her dad took her aside and told her she was "becoming an asshole."… >> Read More
Yesterday, actress Kate Hudson, 39, welcomed a daughter with her boyfriend, Danny Fujikawa.
In an Instagram post, Hudson wrote, "we have decided to name our daughter Rani (pronounced Ronnie) after…her grandfather, Ron Fujikawa. Ron was the most special man who we all miss dearly. To name her after him is an honor." The baby's full name, she revealed, is Rani Rose Hudson Fujikawa. Hudson is also mom to Ryder, 14, her son with ex-husband and Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, and Bingham, 7, her… >> Read More
Mazel tov to uber-famous Jewish mom Gwyneth Paltrow! The actress turned wellness entrepreneur, 46, tied the knot with Jewish television producer and writer Brad Falchuk, 47, in the Hamptons over the…weekend. According to a "source" (take this with a grain of salt), ET Online reported, "After the ‘I dos,’ Gwyneth was elated and danced throughout the evening. The atmosphere was incredibly romantic. The flowers were beautifully arranged on the tables with crystal wine glasses and candles. It was a very Hamptons, outdoorsy feel. The weather… >> Read More
Alex Borstein, fresh off her Emmy win for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, shared a trio of Instagram posts to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot.
Borstein, the 47-year-old Jewish actress, has entered the…spotlight this year due to her star turn as Susie on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. And while it may be weird to post about Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival that's not exactly a huge mainstream holiday, Borstein does not care. Borstein adores Sukkot. And we adore her. In her first post, Borstein writes, "Gonna transform this into our sukkah… >> Read More
Rashida Jones, the 42-year-old Jewish actress, secretly gave birth a month ago. She welcomed her first child with boyfriend Ezra Koenig, 34, the Jewish frontman of Vampire Weekend.
Their…relationship is a secret, their baby is a secret... what else don't we know!? Us Weekly broke the news this morning. How she kept her pregnancy a secret is beyond us, but if you scroll through her Instagram, it's just pictures of her face. (And some very cute throwbacks.) And then, E! News reported some more crucial details:… >> Read More
Arielle Charnas, 31, is famous for being a stylish mom. She has over 1 million followers on Instagram. And even though I myself am not a mom, I am one of them.
I follow her because I like her…style, yes — her look is always put together and cute. But I think I follow here mostly because her life is also so aspirational — her adorable kids, her loving husband, her beautiful apartment. For whatever reason, Charnas is super popular among tons of non-parent millennials like me. It's hard pin down what, precisely,… >> Read More
Meghan Markle's first solo project as a royal made a maor statement: The Duchess of Sussex published a cookbook, containing 50 recipes from survivors of London's 2017 Grenfell Tower fire — which…claimed the lives of 72 residents of the public housing block. The cookbook, Together: Our Community Kitchen, officially launched today, with Markle joined by her mom and Prince Harry. Markle gave a speech where she said, “This is more than a cookbook, and what I mean by that is the power of food is more… >> Read More
On Sunday night, New York Magazine published a profile of Soon-Yi Previn. Soon-Yi, the daughter of Mia Farrow and wife of Woody Allen, had been largely silent on the accusations of abuse that…swirled around her. For the first time, the profile promised, the 47-year-old, who married her mom's boyfriend when she was 27, would speak out. There's a lot to unpack in the piece. For starters, there are accusations of abuse against Soon-Yi's mother, Mia Farrow. There's Woody Allen, sticking to the stories that he's said for the… >> Read More
In a fantastic profile of Maya Rudolph in the New York Times Magazine, the actress shares about her childhood growing up in a "mixed" family: her dad, Richard Rudolph, was Jewish, and her mom,…Minnie Riperton, was Black. Rudolph recalls, “When I was a kid, and people would come up to me or stare at me because of my mom, I didn’t like it. I really didn’t like it. I used to think, Oh, they’re staring at my hair, because it’s so big and ugly. Because I didn’t realize… >> Read More
The 2018 U.S. Open's women's finals should have been an amazing match. Instead, it was a historic disgrace.
For those who don't watch tennis, or maybe live under a rock, a quick summary: Serena…Williams played 20-year-old Naomi Osaka in the finals. Williams, 36, was largely the favorite to win — Osaka had never even made it to the finals of a Grand Slam — which would also mark a triumphant comeback one year after nearly dying in childbirth. Osaka, after making history when she made the final —… >> Read More
Earlier this week, Rosh Hashanah celebrations occurred worldwide — and in the homes of some of our favorite celebrities, of course.
Below, how 10 of them celebrated the Jewish New Year and…shared Rosh Hashanah messages: 1. Gal Gadot shared a message about seeing the world through kids' eyes On Instagram and Twitter, Gadot posted a heartfelt Rosh Hashanah message. "May we accept and appreciate those who are different and see beauty in that," she wrote, and encouraged her followers to love, laugh and "see the world… >> Read More
Olympic gold medalist Julie Heldman is ready to speak her truth. The 72-year-old recently published a memoir about her experience as one of the pioneers in women's tennis. Heldman was part of that…iconic group of women — the "Original Nine" — who signed a contract for $1 to protest the pay inequality between male and female tennis players. "Tennis was not a joy for me," Heldman tells Kveller. "Aspects of it were. Crunching a winner, that felt good. Being out in the outdoors, running around, that felt… >> Read More
Carpool Dad Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings started today. There's a lot that's happened, but we want to focus in on a moment right before they broke for lunch.
Fred…Guttenberg, the Jewish dad who lost his daughter, Jaime, in the Parkland school shooting in February, attended the hearings. He was the guest of Jewish Senator Diane Feinstein (D-California), and after the morning session ended, he approached Kavanaugh to shake his hand. Guttenberg tweeted, "Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended. Put… >> Read More
It's back-to-school season — and we're also back on the Jessica Mulroney beat here at Kveller. (Did we ever leave it?)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has a well documented friendship with …Mulroney, a Canadian Jewish stylist and mom of three. Mulroney's kids practically stole the show at the royal wedding, and Mulroney has saved the day (style-wise) many times for Markle. The latest chapter in their friendship? Markle snuck out of England to visit her friend. (And she flew commercial. Gasp!) Royal reporter Omid Scobie tweeted, "Duchess Meghan… >> Read More
Operation Finale — the story of the capture of notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann by Israeli intelligence agents — premieres on August 29. The film focuses on the team of Mossad agents that traveled…to Argentina to capture Eichmann, and bring him to Israel to stand trial for the crimes he committed against the Jewish people. As you might expect, the film is dominated by male characters. Still, there's one woman on the team, played by actress Mélanie Laurent, a French Jewish woman IRL. In Operation Finale, Laurent plays… >> Read More
Breaking news on this Tuesday afternoon: Natalie Portman, arguably one of the most famous Jewish actresses today, is set to play America's most famous advice columnists. And yes, those columnists…were Jewish. The columnists who Portman will be portraying were identical twin sisters Esther and Pauline Friedman. The Friedman sisters are known more commonly by their advice column names: Ann Landers (Esther) and Dear Abby (Pauline). As The Hollywood Reporter reported, "The sisters had a bitter professional rivalry but led personal lives that were equal parts… >> Read More
Today, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, passed away from pancreatic cancer at age 76. There have been an outpouring of tributes from everyone — and deservedly so — but one that caught our eye…was Barbra Streisand's. Streisand tweeted, "It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world." Streisand pointed out that Aretha Franklin wasn't "just" an incredible singer — she was a dedicated activist. This photo was… >> Read More