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
Today is #EqualPayDay. That means a lot of people are talking about money — specifically, how women continue to earn less than men.
According to the ACLU, women earn between $8,000 to $23,000…less than men annually, a figure that changes according to race: Today is #EqualPayDay, when pay for all women catches up to the pay for all men from the previous year. Here’s how the pay gap breaks down: pic.twitter.com/ysVyLQoqKU — ACLU (@ACLU) April 10, 2018 Just yesterday, however, a federal appeals court ruled that employers… >> Read More
Comedian and late-night host Seth Meyers announced that he and his wife, Alexi Ashe, just welcomed their second son, Axel Strahl Meyers. On his show Monday night, he revealed how the baby was born…quickly on Sunday — so quickly, in fact, that he was delivered on the floor of their Manhattan apartment building lobby. Intense stuff. But perhaps the most poignant detail of Meyers' story is how their newborn is named in honor Ashe's grandparents, who survived the Holocaust: We named him Axel because it’s just a name… >> Read More
What's one thing helping Tel Aviv Fashion Week stand out from the rest? Its models. More specifically: the range of its models. Unlike New York Fashion Week, where models tend to represent one…very specific segment of the population (read: young and thin), Tel Aviv's recent show featured women of all different ages and body types. As Tablet reports, Tel Aviv Fashion week, now in its sixth year, used models from a range of ages, backgrounds, sizes, and shapes during its event this past March. The founder and producer… >> Read More
There's some exciting celebrity baby news: Kate Hudson, Jewish actress and mom of two, is now pregnant with her third child — and it's girl! The newest addition will be joining Hudson's two sons,…14-year-old Ryder from her first marriage to Chris Robinson and 6-year-old Bingham with former fiancé Matt Bellamy. Hudson revealed the happy news in a video she posted on Instagram, where she and her family popped four black balloons to show pink confetti and balloons coming out. It seems like this pregnancy has definitely taken some physical… >> Read More
Having kids over the age of 35 is still sometimes considered “advanced maternal age" in the medical community (we know...). While women of any age can experience infertility, about a third of…couples have a difficult time conceiving when the woman is over age 35. And yet, first birth rates for women in the 35-to-39-year-old age group have increased since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And many doctors are dispelling this statistic as a myth or outdated research. We're sure you've seen plenty… >> Read More
Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match. We've all heard that before -- probably even had our mothers and grandmothers sing that famous line from Fiddler on the Roof to us (I have!).
While going…to a matchmaker in 2018 might seem old-fashioned, for some Orthodox Jews, this is still a common practice. But what about Orthodox Jews who come from more unconventional backgrounds, like trying to remarry or marry later in life? This is when you call Yocheved Lerner-Miller, who is a matchmaker for Orthodox Jews with unusual stories. The… >> Read More
By now, everyone knows interior designer power couple Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent welcomed their second child, son Oskar Michael, on March 26 via surrogate. The Los Angeles-based couple just…revealed why they named their son Oskar, and it's not just because it's an adorable name. The backstory behind the name is heart wrenching and will make you feel all of the feels. Jewish dad Berkus opened up about who the namesake is for Oskar: his former partner Fernando Bengoechea who died in the 2004 Sri… >> Read More
There's character in Riverdale and her name is Scarlet. Even if you're not a particularly huge fan of comics, this is awesome. Archie Comics is making the move to becoming more inclusive and diverse,…as Scarlet will join the Riverdale world as a character with autism. The announcement came right in time for World Autism Awareness Day. Co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit said how the new character gives readers examples on "inclusion and friendship," tweeting out the news. Ultimately, however, it's a way for kids to connect with a character like themselves, Silberkleit told us:… >> Read More
When it comes to naming kids, the rules aren't so black and white anymore. Traditionally, parents chose names based on the child's gender (boy or girl). Now, however, there's a growing awareness…about gender neutrality. Many parents are opting for gender-neutral clothes and toys — and baby names are moving in that direction, too. In fact, since the early 1900s, gender-neutral baby names have been on the rise. Take the name Charlie. According to Quartz, which analyzed the Social Security Administration’s public data on baby names, in 1910 just… >> Read More
Quick! Think of the phrase "sports bra." What words come to mind?
We're guessing one of the following: Uniboob, chafing, unsupportive, ugly.
Chances are, the larger your breasts, the more…choice words you have about sports bras. But one Jewish mom, Elyse Kaye, is trying to change that. Kaye — a runner, dancer, and yoga teacher — wears a size 31G, so she knows a thing or two about sports bras for bustier women. The San Francisco mom founded Bloom Bras, which specializes in sports bras that… >> Read More
Jewish dad Nate Berkus and his husband, Jeremiah Brent, just welcomed a baby boy into their family. The interior design power couple — the hosts of TLC's Nate & Jeremiah By Design — are…already parents daughter, Poppy, 3. Oskar Michael was born at 8 pounds, 2 ounces. The proud dads announced his birth Wednesday night on Instagram. Berkus wrote how full of joy they are (and um, look at those delicious toes!): It is with so much love that we welcome Oskar Brent-Berkus to our family. We have waited… >> Read More
Netflix's Jessica Jones features the feminist anti-hero that we never realized we needed — which, of course, is exactly what we need right now.
If you're unfamiliar, it's a dark superhero show…reminiscent of X-Men — except the main character is a flawed, complicated woman. Based on the Marvel comic, the main character, Jessica Jones, has superhuman strength and works as a private investigator. Under the surface, however, she's dealing with an alcohol addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder from being sexually abused. The show's second season just started… >> Read More