Let's talk about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. In the long-awaited second season (which opens with a Barbra Streisand song and is finally streaming now on Amazon), Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) is…trying to navigate being a single mom, her job at B. Altman's, and her burgeoning stand-up career. But forget that whole "work-life balance" thing for a minute (... right, moms?). We're here to talk about a particular moment in the season's third episode, in which Midge busts out with some biblical Hebrew. In a scene… >> Read More
When my friend invited me to see Natalie Portman's newest film, Vox Lux, I obviously said yes. Natalie Portman playing a pop star past her prime? In which she gives "a riveting performance of…fiercely mannered bravado?" All that plus Jude Law? Yes, please! I barely Googled anything about it; I don't like reading film reviews before seeing the movie myself. But I did watch the trailer. It seemed like a really interesting portrait of a pop star who had been affected by tragedy. Mostly, what I knew about… >> Read More
The Hallmark Channel, famous for its Christmas movies, is finally adding some (holiday) diversity to its mix: Hallmark is now in the business of making Hanukkah movies!
Forbes reported that the…channel "has two movies with Hanukkah themes under development that it plans to air next year." One of the films, tentatively titled Holiday Date, will have "Hanukkah elements." (That makes us think it'll probably just be a Christmas movie with one or two Jewish people, maybe a menorah thrown in there, a la the "Happy… >> Read More
There's a measles outbreak in Israel. It's spreading to Orthodox communities in the United States, and many are speaking out encouraging parents to vaccinate their kids. Two prominent Israeli moms…have added their voices to the conversation: model Bar Refaeli and actress Gal Gadot. Refaeli posted to her 2.7 million followers on November 18 a photo of her covering her upper arm. She wrote, "on Tuesday 11/20, we are all uploading pictures with our hand on our vaccinated shoulder because a vaccinated environment is a… >> Read More
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2 premieres on December 5th on Amazon Prime (YES!), and viewers may recognize an iconic song in the opening scene, sung by none other than Barbra Streisand.
Yes,…the most Jewish show around at the moment (created, naturally, by a Jewish woman) kicks off to the sounds of Babs' singing, and we are here for it. The first episode of the second season opens at B. Altman's, the department store where Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) got a job in the first season. Except… >> Read More
The news coming out of California is devastating. From the two wildfires ravaging the state (the Camp Fire and the Woolsey Fire), there are nearly 100 people dead and more than 1,000 people are still…missing. The fires' destruction have been rampant — impacting the rich and the poor alike. Nearly 1,200 structures have been destroyed from the Woolsey Fire (which is nearly contained as of this morning), and over 15,000 structures have been destroyed in the Camp Fire. The loss is incomprehensible. And yet, some hateful folks have managed… >> Read More
Rachel Wesiz, the 48-year-old Jewish actress, welcomed a daughter with husband Daniel Craig this past August. This is her second child — her first with Craig — and she joined the club of other…Jewish celebrity moms who had kids over 40 (which, go them!). Weisz announced her pregnancy while on the press tour for her Orthodox lesbian drama Disobedience this past spring, and she's now on another press tour, promoting her new film The Favourite. The movie — which looks incredible, BTW — means, of course, a press tour, which means Weisz… >> Read More
A book is the best present, even if it is a present to yourself. That's why they are the perfect gift for Hanukkah. We've found 13 books released in 2018 for every type of person in your life. And…because we could, they're all female authors. We've broken it down into five categories: (1) for book lovers, the ones who check out 5+ books at a time at the library and are probably a member of more than one book club; (2) for nonfiction aficionados, who can always be found reading a biography or memoir or history… >> Read More
Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman's mom expressed concern for her daughter — as well as the climate of violence in the U.S. — in a statement she posted to Twitter on Sunday night.
Lynn Raisman —…who you may remember from her anxious reactions to her daughter's routines — wrote about how her Olympic medalist daughter came forward as a survivor of sexual abuse about a year ago. Aly, along with more than a hundred other gymnasts, accused team doctor Larry Nasser of abuse. Since then, she has been a powerful and… >> Read More
At last, Barbra Streisand is the Jewish bubbe she was born to be. The iconic singer and actress welcomed her first grandbaby, Westlyn Reign Brolin, whose birth was announced on Instagram on…Sunday. In a New Yorker profile, Streisand "kvelled" — that's the New Yorker's word, not ours! — saying, “A lot of people don’t want to be known as grandma. I think it’s a privilege.” How cute is that!? Streisand married actor James Brolin in 1998. Brolin's son, Josh (another actor) just had his first child with… >> Read More
Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor spoke out powerfully in support of HIAS, the Jewish agency that provides aids to refugees that was one of the targets of the Tree of Life shooter's ire.
Posting on…both Twitter and Instagram, the Jewish mom, 38, shared a powerful message in support of HIAS and in solidarity with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. "Today my heart breaks for al the dead an injured in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting," Spektor writes. "This shooting happened in a Jewish community on Shabbat… >> Read More
Amanda Peet — actress, playwright, Jewish mom – played tennis with The New York Times in a delightful new article. As she explains, "It’s really horrible to love something and suck at it so…much." In the profile, Peet opened up about her career, her family, and, yes, playing tennis. Here are 9 things we learned about her: 1. She has a lot of anxiety keeping Games of Thrones finale details secret. Her husband, David Benioff, is one of the two co-creators of the show. 2. Not in the Times profile,… >> Read More
Here's some happy news: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's grandson, Paul, got married on Friday, October 27. The officiant? None other than the Notorious RBG herself. The location? The Supreme Court, in…Washington D.C. Because if your grandma is a Supreme Court Justice, why wouldn't she officiate your wedding at the freakin' Supreme Court!? Paul, 32, married Francesca Sarah Toich, 37. The couple, both actors, met in Venice met performing in "The Merchant of Venice," a Shakespeare play that deals with anti-Semitism. The full details, per The New York Times: "The… >> Read More
A Kentucky man thought it would be a good idea to dress his young son up as Adolf Hitler for Halloween — and to match the look, he dressed himself as a Nazi soldier. Yes, really.
According to…local news, the man "says he originally did it for historical purposes but admits he didn’t think through his idea." Apparently, he did not see the backlash coming. In light of the recent, terrible, heartbreaking news, this astonishingly bad idea seems even more horrifying. After all the murder of Jews simply for being Jewish isn't something… >> Read More
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a gunman opened fire on Shabbat services and a bris taking place at the Tree of Life synagogue. Eleven people have been confirmed dead so far. The gunman — a…46-year-old white male — reportedly shouted, "All these Jews need to die" as he was being taken into custody. A bris. A gunman shot up a bris and Shabbat services at a synagogue. This is the world we're living in. As this news sinks in, and we try and heal, our hearts are with the… >> Read More
Natasha Leggero is maybe the funniest Jewish mom working right now. Her Instagram feed is full of jokes about her daughter, who was born in February 2018. (She announced the birth with a post from…the hospital captioned, "Finally have a toilet baby of my own.") In addition to becoming a mom, the 44-year-old comedian also really found her platform this year. In addition to the third season of her Comedy Central TV show, Another Period, she stars in a Netflix special, The Honeymoon Special, with her husband, Moshe Kasher, where she joked candidly… >> Read More
Exciting news: The season 2 premiere of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was officially announced today.
The Emmy-award winning show is coming back on December 5th. Mark your calendars now. And huge…bonus: that's the fourth night of Hanukkah — you can watch the entire season on demand on Amazon Prime as a gift to yourself. Wondering what to expect in season 2? We've got you covered. The teaser trailer premiered this summer, featuring Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) dating again, Joel (Michael Zegen) beginning to work with his dad,… >> Read More
In a post on Instagram Monday afternoon, Amy Schumer photoshopped her face and her husband's face onto the bodies of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The royals recently announced they were expecting…a royal baby; while on a tour of Australia, Meghan was photographed cradling her baby bump. This may sound weird, but stick with us. In her caption, the 37-year-old Jewish comedian wrote "About to announce some exciting news," and directed her followers to Jessica Yellin's instagram page. Yellin, a journalist, founded an organization called News. Not… >> Read More
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