When his 14-year-old daughter, Jamie, was murdered at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, Fred Guttenberg's life changed forever.
Jamie was one of 17 victims — mostly teenagers —…who were shot and killed when a gunman open fired at the school. And now, the 52-year-old Jewish dad has dedicated the rest of his life to gun safety. Today, which marks 6 months since the shooting, he wrote on Twitter, "This is not an anniversary for me, this is just another day to wake up and… >> Read More
The new documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG, premiered in May to rave reviews. The film traced her status as a Jewish feminist icon, and gave viewers a rare glimpse into her life — her…marriage, her workout, and more. And if you missed it in theaters, have no fear: The film is coming to TV. CNN will air RBG on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 3rd), as well as on the evening that Rosh Hashanah begins, on Sunday, Sept. 9th. (What a way to celebrate the New Year!) The movie has already… >> Read More
Attention: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season two teaser trailer just dropped. And it's amazing.
We recently wrote about everything you need to know about the second season, including a premiere…in Paris, Joel's status as a main character, Midge's new job, and more. But the teaser trailer gives us so many hints about what is to come in the second season of our favorite TV show. Ready? 1. Midge is dating again The first frame of the trailer is Midge and her mom sitting in a hair… >> Read More
Here at Kveller, we firmly believe in bagels — the more bagels, the better. Bagels for happy days, bagels for sad days; bagels for celebrations, for shivas, for everything.
So, naturally, we…are in support of you eating as many bagels as you want during pregnancy. But there's one type of bagel you may want to stay away from: the poppy seed bagel. The Washington Post reported a horrifying story today about one Maryland mom, Elizabeth Eden, who ate a poppy seed bagel on the same morning that she went… >> Read More
Jewish Mom Aline Brosh McKenna, the screenwriter and producer behind iconic rom-coms The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses, is changing the way writer's rooms work in Hollywood. She's currently the…show-runner of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (alongside Rachel Bloom) and their writers' room — a general term for the writing offices for a TV show — has six (six!) working moms. In a CNN series on moms in writers' rooms, Brosh McKenna said, "I always want to create a comfortable environment for people where they feel safe and part of… >> Read More
This is what dreams are made of: Gal Gadot is rumored to star in — and executive produce — a new Showtime series about the life of Hedy Lamarr.
Lamarr, an Austrian Jewish actress who made her…debut at age 17, was widely regarded as "the most beautiful woman in Hollywood." But, she was so much more: She was an inventor who helped create WiFi. Yes, WiFi! In 1942, Lamarr — along with composer George Antheil — created a secret communication system designed to protect radio-guided torpedos. As Paula Sinclair wrote in… >> Read More
Gal Gadot is not here for your gender stereotype bullshit. On Tuesday morning, after reading an article in Romper — "My Son Is Busting Gender Stereotypes, But I'm Nervous for His First Day of…School" — the actress and Jewish mom took to social media to share her support for a 5-year-old boy wearing a Wonder Woman backpack. In the article, Florida mom Katie Alicea shares how her kindergarten-bound son picked out a Wonder Woman backpack. She writes, "I admittedly have some fear for my sweet Isaac. For how the… >> Read More
We were looking at lists of baby names — as we do here at Kveller — and did a double take.
Sitting at #17 on the "The Most Popular Names of 2018," was the name Aryan. Yes, Aryan. As in,…white supremacy, Aryan blood, "Heil Hitler," etc. What the hell, parents!? Why are you naming your child after a racial ideology in which unspeakable atrocities have been committed? How is Aryan a more popular boys' name than Josh? Well, to clear some things up, Nameberry says its an "Indo-Iranian" name and defines it as "warrior, honorable." And… >> Read More
We love Judy Blume. You love Judy Blume. Who DOESN'T love Judy Blume?! So when the writer recently mentioned that she's considering adapting her classic books for the big and/or small screen, we…kinda freaked out. On August 2, she tweeted: "So which of my books, kids and/or adult would you want to see adapted for series or movie? I ask because I’m in LA meeting with many talented people. I think the time has come." The time has definitely come, Judy!! And we have five suggestions for you:… >> Read More
The judge who ruled over a trial in the newest season of the Netflix show Orange is the New Black looked familiar to many viewers. And not because he's a famous actor, but a famous mohel. Yes, you…read that right. Cantor Philip Sherman — yes, he's also an associate cantor — is an actor in his free time. His day job is associate cantor at Congregation Shearith Israel in New York (also known as the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue), and he's an in-demand mohel. Sherman typically performs four or five circumcisions a day.… >> Read More
On November 22, 1909, at a massive workers meeting held at Cooper Union, Clara Lemlich Shavelson made herself known. In Yiddish, she declared, “I am tired of listening to speakers who talk in…general terms... I move that we go on a general strike!” Her words prompted some 20,000 to 30,000 garment workers — most of them Jewish women — to go on strike. This would be known as the Uprising of the 20,000, which was a "milestone action in a swelling labor movement that made workplaces safer, workdays… >> Read More
We've come to the last installment of Camp Kveller's retro photo series. Here's a look into summer camps in the 1970s and 1980s — a time of feathered hairstyles and shorter shorts. (You can see the…past photo essays here: 1910s & 1920s, 1930s & 1940s, and 1950s & 1960s.) Summer camps in the '70s and '80s pretty much look like they do now — except for the fashions, of course. Enjoy! Camp Tawonga Campers and Canoes, Center Day Camp, 1970 [Documenting Maine Jewry] JCC Camp Chi, 1970s JCC Camp Chi,… >> Read More
Attention busy parents, everywhere: There's a new Shabbat guru in town, and her name is Mila Kunis.
The actress, who is married to Ashton Kutcher and is mom to Wyatt, 4, and Dimitri, 2, recently…dished to actor/podcast host Dax Shepard about how her family always makes time to do Shabbat on Friday nights. "I love the idea of — regardless of where we are in the world, regardless of what we're doing, on Friday night, we take a minute to just acknowledge one another," she says, "to acknowledge our… >> Read More
In April 1968, Harriet Glickman — a Jewish teacher and mom of three — wrote a letter to Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.
Glickman, the daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants who lived in…Los Angeles, felt compelled to write after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She wrote: "I’ve been asking myself what I can do to help change those conditions in our society which led to the assassination and which contribute to the vast sea of misunderstanding, fear, hate and violence." She continued, "As a… >> Read More
While we eagerly await the return of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, we decided to compile everything we know about its second season. These are all educated guesses, so no real spoilers here, we…promise. Since the series premiered November 29, 2017, it's been nominated for 14 (!!) Emmy Awards. It has also already been renewed for a third season. At the end of the first season, we left Midge Maisel triumphantly returning to the Gaslight Café to do a stand-up set. Her estranged husband Joel arrives, watches, punches… >> Read More
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is always one to think big. Speaking in New York City on Sunday, Ginsburg told an audience that she plans at least 5 more years on the Supreme Court. (Yes!)
"I'm now 85," she…said, "my senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years." As Ginsburg ages, however, many have worried about her health, especially as President Trump appoints Brett Kavanaugh — an anti-abortion, super conservative judge — to the court. But the unlikely… >> Read More
Camp Kveller is back! The third photo essay in our summer camp nostalgia series is here. First, we took you back in time to the early twentieth century, when bunks were just tents, and then we saw…photos from the 1930s and 1940s. And now, we turn to the 1950s and 1960s. Midcentury America was a big time for Jewish camps. As Riv-Ellen Prell wrote in Jewish Summer Camping and Civil Rights, at the end of World War II, "a new type of educational camping, denominational camps, developed that was closely linked to… >> Read More
A new must-read profile of Jewish actress-turned-lifestyle entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow, "The Big Business of Being Gwyneth Paltrow," is full of fascinating details about the rise of the "wellness"…industry, in general — and that of Goop, Paltrow's uber successful wellness brand, in particular. Goop, which launched in 2008, has many, many issues: As Kveller writer Joanna Valente pointed out last year, Goop peddles fake science, and some of their advice is "dangerous to women — and ignores the greater problems our society faces… >> Read More
Famous Canadian Jewish mama Jessica Mulroney — yes, also Meghan Markle's best friend and stylist — just said goodbye to her adorable 7-year-old twins who are going to sleepaway camp. She posted…an Instagram of her husband and three kids at the camp, with the caption: "I'm not crying. You're crying." Im not crying. You’re crying. A post shared by Jess Mulroney (@jessicamulroney) on Jul 24, 2018 at 3:31pm PDT Why is this news, you ask? Because, being a famous Jewish person, Mulroney had to deal with… >> Read More
Irina Reyn is the author two novels: What Happened to Anna K. and The Imperial Wife. Both focus on Russian Jewish narratives: the first is a retelling of Anna Karenina in modern-day Queens,…the latter is the tale of a Russian Jewish woman who works as an art dealer that's interwoven with the story of Catherine the Great. Reyn's own Russian Jewish story has an American twist, like her protagonists: she moved from Moscow to America as a child and attended summer camp in upstate New York. Kveller had the… >> Read More
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is probably not going to win any awards, but it will win your heart.
The movie — a sequel-prequel hybrid to the 2008 film based on the Broadway musical —…premiered this weekend to (mostly) rave reviews. And I'm here to tell you: it is 100% worth seeing, because it's a genuinely meaningful ode to moms. A quick refresher on the first film: Sophie (played by Amanda Seyfried) is getting married to Sky (Dominic Cooper), and wants her dad to be at her wedding. Reading… >> Read More
Superstar and super-mom Pink (real name: Alecia Beth Moore) doesn't leave her kids at home when she tours. Her children with husband Carey Hart — Jameson, 18 months, and Willow, 7 — have…accompanied her on "Beautiful Trauma" tour since it kicked off last summer. As the singer told Reese Witherspoon on her new talk show, Shine With Reese, "Going on tour with children is really tricky. It’s exhausting. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, But I’m very, very fortunate that I get to bring my kids with me and… >> Read More
Jeff Goldblum seems to be everywhere these days. An enormous, bare chested statue of him popped up in London. He's been called summer 2018's fashion icon by The Guardian. He just launched a new…series on Funny or Die called Cooking with Jeff Goldblum, and he's releasing his debut jazz album this year. Why!? (Why not?) The 65-year-old Jewish dad is a parent to two boys — 2-year-old Charlie Ocean and 1-year-old River Joe — with his wife, former Canadian gymnast Emilie Livingston. And he is charmingly self-aware about… >> Read More
At ESPN's annual awards ceremony, the ESPYs, the survivors of Dr. Larry Nassar's sexual abuse — led by Olympic champion Aly Raisman — took to the stage to accept the Arthur Ashe Courage award.…As the 141 survivors filled the stage — and it was not even all of them — the entire audience rose to a standing ovation. The first woman who spoke, Sarah Klein, was Nasser's first known victim from over 30 years ago. Klein said, "It is a privilege to stand up here with my sister… >> Read More
Television's O.G. animated Jewish family is making a comeback: Nickelodeon announced that Rugrats will be returning with new episodes — and a movie! — very soon.
Rugrats ran for 172 episodes…from 1991 to 2004. There were also three movies — The Rugrats Movie, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, and Rugrats Go Wild — plus some very memorable TV specials, including A Rugrats Chanukah and A Rugrats Passover (which actually does a great job of explaining the Passover story). The iconic animated series will return with 26 new episodes, as well as a… >> Read More