Right in time for Wednesday evening, the start of Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel's Independence Day, which commemorates the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948), your favorite Jewish a capella…group is back with an original song. Yup, we're talking about The Maccabeats. They wrote and produced an original song and video for "Megillat Ha'atzmaut," which draws lyrics from Israel's Proclamation of Independence. We're not going spoil the song for you. Check it out below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6UcozPpJvs >> Read More
It's that time of year. You know the one — when all the new, clever songs about Moses leading the Jewish people out of Egypt, sung to the tunes of pop songs, appear like buds on a warm spring…day. This time, the Jewish a capella group Y-Studs covered soundtrack hits from the movie The Greatest Showman. They reinvented it (in less than four minutes!) as a song called "The Greatest Passover." Of course. The group collaborated with award-winning musical producer and director of Pitch Perfect (and Pentatonix partner) Ed Boyer, and product sponsor, Manischewitz, to create Passover magic. We don't… >> Read More
There's another Passover parody you need to watch. This one from Six13 takes on our fave sitcom, The Big Bang Theory.
The song is set to the tune of the show, and the video captures the…deliciously nerdy vibe of The Big Bang Theory, a show about what happens scientists are roommates and love enters into the picture. (And you know, Mayim Bialik is one of the characters, which makes it a million times more awesome). The tune expertly sums up pretty much the whole story of Passover in under 30 seconds —… >> Read More
Who doesn't love a good Larry David joke? Well, now the Jewish a capella group, Six13, made a Passover video that parodies David's famous (or is that infamous?) HBO show, Curb Your…Enthusiasm. "Curb Your Passover" impressively captures the series' characters (no small feat considering the general lack of costumes), jokes, and kvetchy vibe. There's even a kugel that's — you guessed it — prettay, prettay, prettay good. The Larry David wig is too much for us to handle — in the best way possible. Check it… >> Read More
If you're a rabid Game of Thrones — and who isn't? — you're going to love this new Passover video by Jewish a capella group Six13.
It's a total revamp of the GOT theme song, complete with a…Jon Snow lookalike and a Hodor who says "maror, maror." Whether you're a Stark or Bolton, a Targaryen or a Lannister, everyone should watch and listen to the clip below. And remember: Pesach is coming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ9M9d5k7uA&feature=youtu.be >> Read More
There's a lot going on this April. The month begins with Passover followed by Israel’s 70th birthday, and Earth Day and there are lots of fun ways to celebrate. In addition to all of the holiday…fun, there are also concerts, story times, museum programs, volunteer opportunities, and tot Shabbats to keep you having fun all month long. Brought to you in partnership with PJ Library of New York >> Read More
What kids draw says a lot about their views and perceptions of the world — and how they are being shaped.
Fifty years ago, when kids drew pictures of scientists they were almost always men. But…now, about a third of these drawings are of women. (Huzzah! It's about time.) How do we know this? A study published in the journal Child Development evaluated 78 different studies, spanning the years 1966 to 2016 and involving more than 20,000 children. Today's kids are drawing more women scientists than ever before. The change is thanks to… >> Read More
We always wanted to live in Mr. Rogers' neighborhood. What kid (or adult) didn't? With unparalleled empathy, Mr. Rogers taught generations of children about all sorts of things, from divorce to…racism to sexism to breastfeeding. Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood is celebrating a major anniversary this year — it ran on PBS from 1968 to 2001 — and, in honor of its 50th birthday, a documentary is coming out about Fred Rogers himself. Though Rogers wasn't Jewish, both the man and his program exemplified many Jewish values, like… >> Read More
Start stocking up on matzah and macaroons because Passover is right around the corner!
There are loads of fun and family-friendly ways to celebrate this year. You can indulge in a chocolate…seder, bake your own matzah, attend a family sing-along, check out a story time or two, and more. Looking for a family-friendly seder or somewhere to send your kids during school break? We’ve got you covered. Passover 2018 begins on Friday evening, March 30 and continues until the evening of Saturday, March 7. PJ Library… >> Read More
Those original 10 plagues are like, so 4,000 years ago! Our friends at Midrash Manicures have come out with new nail decals highlighting plagues from our modern day society. Some of their picks…include binge-watching, global warming, selfies, and mosquito-borne diseases. Put these babies on your nails and add a new twist to your seder conversations. After discussing frogs, locusts, and cattle disease, you can fast forward a couple of millennia and discuss the things plague-ing us today. Enter to win a set of these fab nail decals… >> Read More
Passover is two weeks away and if you are anything like us, you're slowly exiting Passover denial and beginning to plan.
What better way to accessorize your Passover planning and preparations than…with a matzah headband? Much like matzah itself, the neutral colors go with everything. Our friends at Midrash Manicures are giving away a free matzah headband to one lucky winner. Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win -- it ends next Thursday. a Rafflecopter giveaway >> Read More
Purim might just be our favorite Jewish holiday. It has a dramatic story with a king, queen and bad guy (Boo Haman!); costume parades; hamantaschen and carnivals. We’ve rounded up some of the best…ways to celebrate this kid-friendly holiday all over the five boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester, so dust off your costume, grab a noisemaker, and get ready to party! Purim 2018 begins at sundown on Wednesday, February 28th and concludes the evening of Thursday, March 1st. Brooklyn Family Purim Celebration Choose from two age-appropriate family celebrations.… >> Read More
As far as Jewish holidays go, Purim just about has it all. A dramatic story with kings, queens, and intrigue; costume parades; delicious three-cornered pastries and carnivals all add up to one of the…most kid-friendly and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. There are so many fun ways to celebrate the holiday all over Middlesex and Monmouth counties, from Megillah readings and hamantaschen baking to Purim carnivals and beer tastings. So mark your calendars, prepare your costumes, and get ready to party! Purim 2018 begins the evening of Wednesday, February 28… >> Read More
According to first-grade teachers everywhere, March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb. This March is extra-special, because it begins with Purim and ends with Passover, and is full of creative,…fun, family-friendly events from beginning to end. From Purim carnivals to Shabbat sing-alongs to chocolate seders and Passover puppet shows, your kids will be entertained and enriched, and you might even get a breather in the middle—or even a kosher wine-tasting! Purim 2018 begins the evening of Wednesday, February 28 and concludes at sundown on Thursday,… >> Read More
Get ready to dress up and make some noise, because Purim is right around the corner. There are loads of family-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday all over the Baltimore area. You can check out a…storytime or two, bake some hamantaschen, take in a family-friendly Megillah reading, bounce and play at a Purim carnival, and more. If you’re looking for new twists on hamantaschen this year, check out these chocolate chip cookie hamantaschen- or try your hand at savory hamantaschen with these pretzel bagel dogs. You can also whip up… >> Read More
As far as Jewish holidays go, Purim just about has it all. A dramatic story with kings, queens and intrigue; costume parades; delicious three-cornered pastries and carnivals all add up to one of the…most kid-friendly and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. To celebrate, there are Purim parties, plays, and both traditional and more creative celebrations being planned all over Essex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties. So mark your calendars, get your costumes ready, and get ready to party! Want to try your hand at making hamantaschen… >> Read More
"One of my friends said to me, 'Come on, we're going to go to Wendy's for Shabbat,'" says Roberta Mahler, 87. "I said, 'Wendy's? Shabbat?' I couldn't believe this."
So begins Wendy's Shabbat, a…delightful short film about a group of elderly Jews in Palm Desert, California, who gather at the fast food restaurant every Friday night for Shabbat dinner. Directed by Rachel Myers, the charming four-minute film profiles this remarkable group that's thinking outside the bun — er, box. (Wait -- that's a Taco Bell slogan. Let's just say… >> Read More
If you're in the market for some new jewelry — and, hey, Valentine's Day is coming up! — we've found the perfect thing for all the awesome moms and wonder women in your life: The Wonder Woman…collection at Alex & Ani. The jewelry line includes a $38 Wonder Woman logo necklace — available in rose gold, yellow gold, and silver finishes — and a matching bracelet of the same price. Other items in the collection include a pull-cord bracelet, a charm bangle bracelet, and our personal fave, a cuff. According to the company, the Wonder Woman collection is… >> Read More
Smartphone addiction is real, people. We often don't think of it as being in the same categories as alcohol or drug abuse, but it has been proven by studies that smartphone use changes our brain…chemistry — especially in younger people. Obviously, smartphones aren't going to go away anytime soon. So what can we do to combat this? Well, musician Graham Dugoni created a clever, simple solution. Yondr is a small, gray neoprene pouch that "locks" smartphones. The pouches can be rented for a single event, or for longterm use by facilities like courtrooms,… >> Read More
Can you even imagine singing the "Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl? What about doing it while recovering from the flu?
Sounds pretty intimidating and tough, right? Well, pop star (and…Jewish mama) Pink totally did just that — and of course she did it like a champ, pretty much nailing it while wearing a white camo dress, silver bomber jacket, and white pants. But Pink got flak for having her voice crack just the smallest amount (she was sick!). The Twitter trolls came out to… >> Read More
Kvellers, our friends at Facebook are at it again. They've recently changed your news feed so that you'll automatically see less news from publishers like Kveller (how much "news" from Russia…you’ll see remains TBD). But there's an easy way to make sure Kveller's unique combo of Jewish parenting wisdom and wit stays in your feed. Follow these steps so you don't miss a moment: If you're on your phone or tablet, open your Facebook app and go to the Kveller Facebook page. Tap “Follow” or… >> Read More
Pink always keeps it real — and that's what we love the most about her.
The down-to-earth pop star was up for her 19th Grammy nomination on Sunday. She didn't win. But instead of moaning about…it, she posted about how grateful she was for the opportunity, and for being able to share it with her family. (And she seemed completely genuine!) Like so many moms celebrating all sorts of special occasions, Pink naturally wanted to capture the moment with a photo — her whole clan, dressed to the nines, together… >> Read More
It may be the shortest month, but this February is jam-packed with fun, family-friendly things to do all over the New York area. The month kicks off by celebrating trees and nature with the holiday…of Tu Bishvat and finishes up with tons of Purim fun and delicious hamantaschen. In between the two holiday celebrations, there are loads of storytimes, Shabbat celebrations, sing-alongs and other ways to keep the winter blues at bay all month long. Purim 2018 begins the evening of Wednesday, February 28 and concludes at sundown on Thursday,… >> Read More
In case you missed the memo: Smoking is seriously deadly.
Yesterday, the American Lung Association released its 16th annual "State of Tobacco Control" report, which evaluates nationwide smoking…trends and assigns letter grades to each state based upon tobacco prevention and cessation initiatives. The good news? Smoking rates are declining in the U.S. In 2016, 16.4 percent of adults smoked cigarettes — that's about 39 million people. The bad news? The rates of decline vary according to what state you live in --… >> Read More
The parents of murdered teen Blaze Bernstein are doing their best to turn tragedy into something that resembles a triumph.
On the night of January 2, the 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania…student — home in California, visiting his parents on winter break — made dinner for his entire family. He then went out to meet friends and never returned. Bernstein was later found buried in a shallow grave in a park near his family's home, having been stabbed 20 times. A former high school classmate, 20-year-old Samuel Woodward, was… >> Read More