If you're looking to find some baby name inspiration, celebrating your family is not just a traditional approach — it's also an awesome one, considering grandparents are totally cool. This is why…we rounded up the most popular Jewish baby names of the 1930s. We took a look at the Social Security Administration’s official list of the 200 most popular names of 1930s (what a time to grow up!). From this list, we rounded up some of the most popular Jewish names — and honestly, they’re clearly favorites for… >> Read More
While on the surface, it may seem like Gwyneth Paltrow has it all, but she's struggled too — specifically with postpartum depression. Which shouldn't be a surprise. Postpartum depression is…something many moms struggle with silently (about 11 percent of U.S. moms suffer from symptoms of postpartum depression). Paltrow recently opened up about her experience with PPD after the birth of her second child. The Jewish Oscar-winning actress talked to her own mother, fellow actress Blythe Danner, about the "dark place" she was in after the birth… >> Read More
"I’m colored, Jewish, and Puerto Rican," the legendary Sammy Davis, Jr. once said at a performance. "When I move into a neighborhood, I wipe it out.”
Davis is a true cultural icon, but, below…the surface, his life remains something of a mystery. He rose to fame as a singer, dancer, actor, and impressionist at a time of extreme discrimination — both before and during the civil rights movement. Notably, he was one of the members of the “Rat Pack,” a group of entertainers made up of icons like… >> Read More
It turns out, you may want to rethink that extra glass of wine. Apparently, our ideas of moderate drinking may not be as innocuous as we once thought. According to a new study at The Lancet,…alcohol contributes to more early deaths than we thought -- and the supposed benefits of alcohol (particularly wine) may not really be so beneficial after all. The study, which involved 600,000 participants, comes alongside other reports that show alcohol is a level-one carcinogen. (It was labeled as such in 1988 by the the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on… >> Read More
Did you know that black women are four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women in New York State? And in New York City, black women are 12 times more likely to die from…pregnancy-related causes than white women. This is shameful. Thankfully, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo just announced a series of initiatives aimed to decrease these unacceptably high rates, including a program that will expand Medicaid coverage for doulas. Having a doula present for a birth decreases complications -- and yet, most women don't use them, largely because the… >> Read More
Over the past few years, more and more awareness has been raised about postpartum depression — which is amazing.
But often times, moms with babies in the NICU are often sidelined in these…discussions. Apparently, some 70 percent of moms whose babies spend time in the NICU have signs of depression — and yet many don't receive treatment. In general, about 11 percent of U.S. moms suffer from symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD). NICU moms, unsurprisingly, suffer from postpartum mood issues at higher rates, according to a paper published at International Journal… >> Read More
Rachel Weisz is on fire. Her new film, Disobedience, just came out, and the 48-year-old actor and Jewish mom is pregnant with her second child. Thanks to this double-whammy, the Oscar winner — who…has been acting since the early 1990s and had her breakout role in 1999's The Mummy — has been in the news everywhere. But there's a lot you probably don't know about her, which is why we rounded up some cool facts about her below. 1. She is already mom to 11-year-old, Henry, whom she had… >> Read More
We officially have found the coolest teen ever: 13-year-old Ava Barash. Barash celebrated her bat mitzvah in March — and she donated her gifts (along with her savings) to a sexual abuse legal fund…for models. In February, Barash had watched a news segment about Humans of Fashion Foundation — a nonprofit that works to create a safe space for workers in the fashion industry and helps address workplace misconduct, like harassment, abuse, and assault. It also provides pro-bono and subsidized legal counseling for victims. Barash is an aspiring fashion designer, so this… >> Read More
Let's face it: Grandparents are among the coolest people on the planet. And if you're interested in honoring your elders in a Jewish way, we we rounded up the most popular Jewish baby names of the…1920s. We took a look at the Social Security Administration’s official list of the 200 most popular names of the decade that's known as the Jazz Age. From this list, we rounded up some of the most popular Jewish names — and honestly, they’re clearly favorites for a reason. And if you’re in need of more inspiration,… >> Read More
Natalie Portman, Jewish mom of two, actor, and activist, just pulled out of attending the ceremony for this year's Genesis Prize, a prestigious award often called the "Jewish Nobel."
While Portman,…born in Jerusalem, was initially proud to accept the prize when she was announced as the winner last year, she decided not to attend the upcoming June awards ceremony in Israel because of recent events in the country. The Genesis Prize Foundation said Portman's representative told them that she "does not feel comfortable participating in… >> Read More
Jewish actress Rachel Weisz and James Bond husband Daniel Craig are expecting their first child together. Weisz, 48, and Craig, 50, have been married for seven years and are excited to have a child…together, as reported by The New York Times. Weisz said that she will be "showing soon. Daniel and I are so happy. We’re going to have a little human. We can’t wait to meet him or her. It’s all such a mystery." Both are already parents — Weisz has an 11-year-old son with her former partner,… >> Read More
Yesterday, the Senate finally voted to change an antiquated rule, and now babies under age 1 are allowed on the Senate floor during votes. The vote, which was unanimous, also allows senators with…babies to breastfeed during votes. This is all largely thanks to Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who recently gave birth to her second child. This makes her the first U.S. Senator ever to have a baby while in office. (Whaat?) After the vote, Duckworth said that being a mom shouldn't make anyone's job harder: "By ensuring that no… >> Read More
How would you feel if your child died at the hands of a mass murderer, only to have a radio talk show host deny that the attack ever happened?
Well, that's what happened to the parents of Noah…Pozner, a 6-year-old boy who was among the 26 people killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Conspiracy theorist and talk show host Alex Jones has been outspoken about the attack being a hoax — which is, of course, not only absurd but grossly insensitive. This is why, unsurprisingly, his parents… >> Read More
Rebecca Affachiner is often called “the Betsy Ross of Israel."
She's earned the moniker because she was the first person to fly the Israeli flag — and a homemade one, at that — over the…newly created state of Israel in 1948. What's her story? Well, she was born in 1884 on New York's East Side. She became a public school teacher and received an education at the Jewish Theological Center in 1907, where she was its first female graduate. When World War I erupted, Affachiner volunteered to join the first… >> Read More
Like many Jewish moms, Jody Barrens Moran fretted about her son's bar mitzvah.
But Barrens Moran didn't just worry whether her son would have a good time, or whether the caterer would be any…good. She worried about whether he could have a bar mitzvah at all. Max, 13, is nonverbal and can’t walk without assistance. While he has significant developmental delays, doctors haven’t been able to diagnose why. However, Barrens Moran was determined to do something meaningful for his big day. And she did: According to Jewish Journal, in… >> Read More
Apparently, Pink is the most beautiful person alive. At least, according to People. The 38-year-old Jewish pop star and mom of two graces the cover of the magazine's "Beautiful Issue."
On the The…Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday, she talked about how it's important to be beautiful in different ways, inside and out: I love the way things are changing and I love that our perception of beauty has completely been knocked on its head. There's nothing wrong with beautiful, and there's nothing wrong with beautiful on the inside, beautiful on… >> Read More
Finally, there's a good reason not to eat salad: it could kill you.
An new outbreak of E. coli, linked to chopped romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, has been reported in 11 states. Because of…this, Consumer Reports (for the second time this year) recommends avoiding all romaine lettuce for now. Their recommendation, for what it's worth, goes beyond what the CDC has told consumers: to buy or order romaine at a store or restaurant only after confirming it's not from Yuma. "Consumer Reports is making this recommendation given the potentially… >> Read More
Divorce is a word that automatically sends a chill down your spine — at least, if you're married. And yet, given that it's extremely common (about 40 to 50 percent of U.S. married couples divorce),…it's clearly a reality and a fact of life. And, apparently, divorce is also contagious. According to a recent study, which used research from across three U.S. universities, couples are 75 percent (!) more likely to get divorced if they have a close friend who also gets divorced. Yes, that's a really big number. Then again,… >> Read More
Gal Gadot — Israeli actor, model, and mom of two — got emotional when her assistant recently showed her a video of her late grandfather, Abraham Weiss, who was a Holocaust survivor. Weiss lost…his entire family in Auschwitz. What her assistant didn't realize is that Gadot didn't have any photos of her grandfather, who died in 2013 at age 85. This was especially poignant for the Wonder Woman star as it happened right in time for Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Jewish mom posted a clip of the video on… >> Read More
Women and moms do a lot of unpaid labor. This is no shocker. But Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee decided to calculate what this actually means in dollar signs.
Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize…in 2011 after helping end her country’s civil war. Her work led to the election of the first female president on the African continent, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. So, you know, she's experienced with women having to fight for their rights. This is why, at a Gates Foundation event in New York a few months ago, Gbowee… >> Read More
Mara Wilson knows a thing or two about the excitement of storytelling. Though she's most famous for starring in the beloved film Matilda — based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book of the same…name — Wilson is a writer, too. You could say her entire life revolves around the magic of books. So it's fitting that Wilson, 30, is judging Roald Dahl Estate's Imaginormous Challenge Writing Contest for children. The contest is unique because it isn't about writing the perfect story — rather, it's about having a wonderful idea for… >> Read More
April doesn't always have to be the cruelest month. It's also #NationalPoetryMonth. Because despite what you (and especially your kid) might think, poetry is fun. Really!
Case in point: a new…illustrated poetry book for kids, H Is For Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z, written by the late poet Sydell Rosenberg, is a delight from beginning to end. As the title indicates, it's an A-Z compendium of haiku that brings out the joy and the poetry in ordinary moments we experience everyday. Rosenberg, who… >> Read More
Did you know that 550,000 Jews served in the U.S. military during World War II? That number includes famous Jews, like film director Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, but they weren't only men.
Some…10,000 Jewish women enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces — and, like so much of women's history, they often performed unsung roles. This incredible history (or herstory, should we say?) is the topic of the 90-minute PBS special, GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II, premiering on the PBS network at 10 p.m. April… >> Read More
Author Jane Yolen may be most famous for How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? — but she's actually written so many books that you can read one each day for a year. She's also a mom of three and a…grandmother of six — so, you know, she's pretty busy. Yolen, 79, began writing children's books more than 30 years ago. But she changed the game completely in 1988 with The Devil's Arithmetic, a young adult Holocaust fantasy-ish novel (with nearly 2 million copies in print in the U.S. alone) that was unlike anything else. The… >> Read More
If you have a brother or sister — or several of them — you understand how important they are to your general existence. Who would we be without them? Who else completely gets just how insert…adjective here your parents can be? What would your life had been like without someone throwing Barbie dolls at your head in frustration? (OK, maybe not everyone's sister did that, but mine definitely did.) Whether you're exactly alike or totally, completely different, sibling bonds are for life. In honor of #NationalSiblingsDay, we rounded up some of our… >> Read More