If you take a look at bookstore shelves and bestseller lists, it seems that readers continue to seek out stories about the Holocaust. This is in no way a bad thing — more people should learn about…the Holocaust, not less. Among recent buzzy Holocaust novels are Julie Orringer's The Flight Portfolio (May 2019), which tells the tale of Varian Fry, who helped thousands of Jews flee occupied Europe and became the first American to be named “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. Georgia Hunter’s We Were the Lucky Ones… >> Read More
Celebrities are just like us: they celebrate Passover! They buy kitschy 10 plagues masks, they search for the afikomen, and they cook brisket and matzah ball soup.
So, we rounded up our favorite…Jewish celebrity Passover Instagram posts — plus one from Kris Jenner, who definitely isn't Jewish: 1. Alex Borstein The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star and Jewish mom of two posted a picture of her and her daughter with plague masks on. We wonder if she ever got her copies of the Maisel haggadah... https://www.instagram.com/p/BwgUPaEB9M2/ 2. Debra Messing The Jewish actress celebrated… >> Read More
We are back on the Jessica Mulroney beat!
With just about the entire world on Royal Baby Watch, the Jewish mom of three, who's also Meghan Markle's BFF, took to Instagram to wish her 300,000…followers a very happy Passover and Easter. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwaKDWCFFYX/ Jessica Mulroney, née Brownstein, was raised in a prominent Montreal Jewish family. ("The Brownstein family is behind the Browns shoe retail empire, founded by Ms. Brownstein's great uncle Morton Brownstein in 1940," according to the Globe and Mail.) In 2008, she married Ben Mulroney, son of a… >> Read More
Last month, the U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) — who are the number one women's soccer team in the world, BTW — picked inspirational women to honor on the backs of their jerseys. Defender…Crystal Dunn picked Serena Williams, forward Meghan Rapinoe picked writer Audre Lorde, among others. Our personal favorite pick? Defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who chose none other than Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "She’s a complete rock star," Sauerbrunn explained. "Dissenting opinion, battling cancer, and then showing up to vote… what can’t she do? I just think she’s amazing."… >> Read More
Author Myla Goldberg is back with Feast Your Eyes, a beautiful and compelling novel about a female photographer who grapples with being a mom and an artist.
The novel is structured as catalogue…notes from an exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art. It's a retrospective focused on Lillian, a street photographer; the 118 notes describe the photograph and are written from the perspective of her daughter, interwoven with oral histories from Lillian's friends, lovers, and peers. Set in the 1950s through the early 1970s, Feast Your Eyes is,… >> Read More
By now, you've probably heard about the Mrs. Maisel haggadah.
Yes, it's real — and, yes, it's very exciting. (Although it's obviously not as exciting as Kveller's brand-new haggadah, which is…free!) And while the internet is abuzz with this unexpected, Maisel-branded update of the classic Maxwell House haggadah, the team behind the seder guide seems to have forgotten to inform some key people about the collaboration... including, apparently, Maisel cast members. In an Instagram post, our favorite Jewish mom, Alex Borstein, who plays Susie on the Amazon series, wrote,… >> Read More
Get a copy of the Kveller Haggadah here!
Does your family's Passover seder need some livening up? Good news! Midge Maisel, the effervescent housewife-turned-comedian who's the titular character in…the hit series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, is ready to join you at your seder table this year. Today, just in time for Passover 2019, Maxwell House announced a limited-edition, Maisel branded haggadah. Really! The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as we know, is a super Jewish show. (What other Emmy-award winning show featured the Mi Sheberach… >> Read More
Today at Buckingham Palace, Prince William honored an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor and educator named Vera Schaufeld (née Lowyova) with an MBE for services to Holocaust education. An MBE denotes a…Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, which is a Very Big Deal Indeed. In May 1939, when she was 9, Vera fled Czechoslovakia on the the Kindertransport, which brought thousands of young Jewish refugees to Great Britain between 1938 and 1940. "My last sight of my parents was as they stood… >> Read More
The second wealthiest family in Germany, the Reimann family, owns Einstein Bros. Bagels. They also have controlling stakes in pretty much anywhere you'd meet your bubbe for a meal, like Krispy Kreme…Donuts, Panera Bread, Pret a Manger, Peet's Coffee, and more. Just why are we writing about the Reimanns, who are worth roughly $37 billion? Well, take a gander at this recent shocking announcement, that states, "new research had shown that the company’s Nazi-era directors, Albert Reimann and his son, Albert Reimann Jr., were dedicated National Socialists… >> Read More
When I first saw the tweets, I didn't want to believe it was true.
"Barbra Streisand says Michael Jackson’s accusers were ‘thrilled to be there’ and his ‘sexual needs were his sexual…needs,'" the New York Daily News headline proclaimed. "Barbra Streisand: Michael Jackson’s alleged abuse ‘did not kill’ accusers," read another. And our favorite? "Oh No, Barbra Streisand Has Thoughts About Michael Jackson!" Incredibly, the details are even worse than the headlines. Streisand, 76, gave an interview to The Times, a British publication, where she said,… >> Read More
"Terrifying," is the adjective writer Mira Jacob uses to describe raising a half Indian, half Jewish son in Trump's America in 2019.
Her new memoir, Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, is about…her experiences growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in Albuquerque, about raising her son, and what happened when she discovered her Jewish in-laws were ardent supporters of Trump. The memoir — told in graphic form — is structured as conversations between Mira and her son, along with conversations between Mira and her family, husband,… >> Read More
Fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, rejoice! The hit series, renewed for season three last year, is set to begin filming this week in New York.
And, later this month, if you're in Long Island: The…show put out an open casting call for men to play 1950s soldiers on Wednesday, March 27. We don't know much about season three — the details are being kept under wraps — but Tony Shalhoub, who plays Midge's dad, Abe, may have let something slip. "I think I’ve heard that we’re going to Miami… >> Read More
Rachel, as we all know, is an über-popular name, especially among Jews. Rachels are everywhere you look! Aside from your inbox — and ours — there's Rachel from Friends, Rachel Zane…from Suits (played by future Duchess Meghan Markle, whose first name is actually — you guessed it — Rachel), Rachel Berry on Glee, and so many more. There's actresses Rachel Bloom, Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Bilson... should we keep going? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCblzXcIxeA But there's one more place where we've recently noticed a lot of Rachels: our bookshelves. These… >> Read More
Midge Maisel, though fictitious, is many, many things. She's a woman, a comedian, a mom (maybe not a great one, but that's OK), a Jew, a daughter, and so much more.
But there's definitely one…thing that's the titular character in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is not: a superhero who joins the Avengers. Yet that's exactly what Funny or Die's short video, "Marvel's Mrs. Maisel," imagines. It's a hilarious mashup of the two franchises, presented as a trailer. "As the Avengers and their allies face yet another world-ending, apocalyptic showdown,… >> Read More
Israeli elections are coming up in April, and, if you haven't heard yet, it's been something of a wild ride. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (a.k.a. "Bibi") is seeking his fifth term — his fourth…in a row. (He was Prime Minister from 1996 to 1999, and has currently been in the role since 2009.) The campaign has become extremely heated, especially with Bibi's decision to partner with the right-wing extremist party, Jewish Power, which is deeply anti-Arab and the ideological descendant of the racist American Rabbi Meir Kahane. (You… >> Read More
Jewish mama Selma Blair made an inspiring return into the public eye at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty, when she used a cane. Selma opened up about her MS diagnosis in October 2018, and her…reemergence on the red carpet — with the cane — was her first public appearance. We can't stop kvelling over her, and her bravery. The actress is mom to Arthur, born July 2011, and they're adorable: https://www.instagram.com/p/BtAO1akn63B/ In fact, Selma Blair is our favorite! Here are 15 reasons why... 1. Born in July 1972, she was… >> Read More
When it comes to soccer supremacy, the U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) is the most accomplished team in the U.S.
There's no doubt about it — the men's team didn't even qualify for last year's…World Cup, whereas the women are favored to win it all in France this summer. But this weekend gave us one more reason to kvell over the USWNT, and cement their status as the superior national soccer team. On Saturday, the players all wore jerseys emblazoned with the name of an inspirational woman on the… >> Read More
Eugene Levy is seriously reemerging in the pop culture sphere, thanks to his role as beleaguered patriarch on the cult hit series, Schitt's Creek. For those of you who haven't watched it — and if…you're not, what are you waiting for?! — is the tale of a wealthy family who loses everything, and moves into a motel in a small town called, yes, Schitt's Creek. Eugene co-created the show with his equally talented son, Dan Levy. It also features his daughter, Sarah. We're totally in love with Eugene —… >> Read More
Maya Rudolph is the funniest Jewish mom in the game right now. She became a cast member on Saturday Night Live in 2000, leaving the show in 2007. She's gone on to star in Bridesmaids and provide…the voice for the "Hormone Monster" in the critically acclaimed Netflix show about puberty, Big Mouth. Since 2001, she's been in a relationship with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. She's also mom to four kids: Pearl (born 2005), Lucille (born 2009), Jack (born 2011), and Minnie (born 2013). We've brought you Mila Kunis, Taika Waititi, Gal Gadot, and… >> Read More
Mila Kunis left the Soviet Union at age 7 with her family. All she remembers? “I was told we were moving down the street," she says — when they were actually moving to the United States.
At…the time, Mila was unaware of the anti-Semitism her family faced. “My parents went through hell and back," the mom-of-two now realizes. "They came to America with suitcases and a family of seven and $250, and that’s it." Mila landed her first acting role at age 14 on That '70s Show, co-starring with her now-husband Ashton… >> Read More
In mid-2016, Dani Shapiro discovered that the man she thought was her father was, in fact, not her father. Up until that point, she believed she descended from her father's prominent Orthodox family.…She grew up in an Orthodox Jewish community, attending yeshiva, speaking Hebrew. Yet, in one DNA test, who she thought she was completely shifted. Don't worry — we're not spoiling anything. While this is the big, inciting moment of Inheritance, Shaprio's fifth memoir, so much of her incredible story focuses on the aftermath. Kveller had the… >> Read More
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a lot of things. It's a super Jewish show; it's a show that unabashedly loves its heroine; it's critically acclaimed and consistently sweeps awards shows.
But one…thing Midge, the main character of Mrs. Maisel, isn't: A present mom. We've talked about Midge's parenting before — Kveller contributor (and Call Your Mother co-host!) Jordana Horn wrote about how Mrs. Maisel may be marvelous, but she's a terrible mom. This critique weaves throughout other reactions to the show; a Lilith essay headlined "Is Midge Maisel a Bad Mom?… >> Read More
Elizabeth Banks's breakout role was in the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, and since that 2001 film, she's gone on to produce, direct, and act in a wide range of films. She stole our hearts as…Effie in The Hunger Games trilogy— and when her directorial debut, Pitch Perfect 2 was released, it was the best debut for a first-time feature film director. This month, Banks lends her voice to The Lego Movie 2 (which features a Lego Ruth Bader Ginsburg!). We figured it was high time to dive into why we love her so… >> Read More
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, is due to give birth to her first child in April 2019. As the date approaches, it appears the royal rumor mill is working overtime, prompting Meghan's friends to…defend her, most recently in a People cover story and a Serena Williams subtweet. What caught our eye here at Kveller were reports in British tabloids The Sun and Hello! claiming that Meghan was breaking with royal tradition by hiring a doula to assist in the birth. Reportedly, Meghan hopes to have "a natural birth if she can have… >> Read More
Andy Cohen is finally a dad! The Jewish TV personality told the world in December he was expecting a baby via surrogate (watch the heartwarming announcement here), and then, and on New Year's Eve, he…declared to Anderson Cooper how he was so excited for his "Semitic baby." Well, his Semitic baby is finally here! (And well-timed, too: Just last week, the Real Housewives threw him a seriously epic baby shower.) Weighing 9 pounds, 2 ounces, Cohen's son was born via surrogate at 6:35pm on Monday, February 4. Cohen posted to Instagram,… >> Read More