She was a member of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In launch team and has been at the forefront of changing the paradigm for women and work for over a decade. Oh, and also, she's a kickass single mom living…in New York raising an adorable little girl. Meet Rachel Sklar, former lawyer turned writer, social entrepreneur, and founder of Change the Ratio and TheLi.st, two platforms dedicated to increasing visibility and opportunities for women in tech and new media. Rachel knows how to get a lot done! In the newest episode of Call Your… >> Read More
When you think about people addicted to opioids or other pain medications, your mind likely jumps to someone you probably don't know. You're probably not thinking about an educated, suburban Jewish…mom. But that's exactly what happened to Jen Simon, who is a writer, mom, and recovering addict. Jen talks with Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna on this week's episode of Call Your Mother, Kveller's new official podcast. Jen bravely shares her powerful story of how menstrual cramps, depression, and the stresses of parenthood led her… >> Read More
Celebrity chefs are parents, just like the rest of us. And this week, in the VERY FIRST episode of our new podcast, Call Your Mother, co-hosts Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna — who are also moms and…Kveller contributors — dish with chef Einat Admony about everything from morning orgasms to what she feeds her kids for dinner. Einat is the brilliant Israeli chef behind Taim, Balaboosta, Bar Bolonat, and Kish Kash, all located in New York City. She was one of the first chefs to introduce Israeli food to Americans, a… >> Read More
Kvellers! Do you know that we have a podcast?
It's true: Kveller's shiny new podcast, Call Your Mother, is premiering Tuesday, January 29.
Hosted by all-star Kveller contributors Jordana Horn…and Shannon Sarna, Call Your Mother offers a sharp, sassy take on all the ups and downs of parenting while Jewish. Each episode includes an interview with a notable Jewish mom, shedding new light (and hot takes) on everything from addiction and anti-Semitism to sex and the Supreme Court. In short, it's everything you love… >> Read More
Hanukkah is finally here! To help you celebrate, we’ve rounded up the best family-friendly Hanukkah parties in Middlesex & Monmouth counties. You can eat some latkes, spin your dreidel, snag…some sufganiyot (jelly donuts), and light Hanukkah candles at the mall, on ice skates, and even on a trampoline! Hanukkah 2018 begins at sundown on Sunday, December 2 and concludes at sundown on Monday, December 10. Hanukkah at the Mall Join Chabad of the Shore at the Monmouth Mall for a Hanukkah celebration including family entertainment,… >> Read More
Hanukkah 2018 is almost here and there are lots of family-friendly ways to celebrate in the Baltimore area including concerts, story times, fireworks, art, and even science. While you’re planning…your holiday fun, consider donating a new, unwrapped toy, book, craft project, or gift card to the JCS Toy Drive with drop-off locations at the Park Heights and Owings Mills JCC’s and at the Barnes & Noble in Pikesville. Hanukkah 2018 begins at sundown on Sunday, December 2 and concludes at sundown on Monday, December… >> Read More
On the police barricades outside the Pittsburgh synagogue hang stars painted with messages of love and support for the Pittsburgh community.
In Pittsburgh, just days after the awful synagogue…shooting, we spoke with Jeff Parness, the founder of the Stars of Hope organization. His young son started Stars of Hope as a mitzvah day project in 2007, and since then, they have helped 200+ communities impacted by disaster and tragedy. As their site explains, "When disaster strikes, we deploy Stars of Hope to lift… >> Read More
It may seem hard to believe, but there will come a time when your child is going to take his or her first step, roll, or crawl out of the nest and into an organized program with other children.…Whether you are looking for daycare, full-day preschool, half-day preschool, or something in between, finding the right fit for your child and family can seem like an overwhelming task. To help get you on your way, we have rounded up a list of Jewish preschools in the Baltimore area. The fine print: The information on… >> Read More
Sukkot is the ultimate kid-friendly holiday. It is multi-sensory, outdoors, joyful noise is encouraged, and there is even a parade! Kids get to shake the lulav, smell the etrog and have picnics in…the sukkah. On Simchat Torah it is customary to parade around with the Torahs, wave flags, and sing and dance at the top of your lungs - and did we mention that there’s usually candy? You can celebrate this family-friendly harvest festival on a farm, at an adventure park, with stories and crafts, and even… >> Read More
Sukkot is the ultimate kid-friendly holiday. It is multi-sensory, outdoors, joyful noise is encouraged, and there is even a parade! Kids get to shake the lulav, smell the etrog and have picnics in…the sukkah. On Simchat Torah it is customary to parade around with the Torahs, wave flags, and sing and dance at the top of your lungs - and did we mention that there’s usually candy? We’ve put together a list of some of the best ways to celebrate this family-friendly, harvest holiday near you. Sukkot 2018… >> Read More
September is jam-packed this year. Between the kids heading back to school and the upcoming fall Jewish holidays, we know things are going to be hectic. To make things a bit easier, we’ve rounded…up the best, family-friendly ways to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the Baltimore area. There are outdoor holiday celebrations, apple picking, volunteer opportunities, and even a drumming circle. We’ve also put together a list of places with family-friendly Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, where you can bring the kids to hear the… >> Read More
Whether your kids have already started classes or the first school bell will ring sometime after Labor Day, it's officially back-to-school season.
And with a new school year comes a fresh…assortment of school supplies: Notebooks? Check. Pens and pencils? Check. New water bottle to replace the one your kid managed to lose on the last day of summer camp? Check. Bulletproof insert for your kid's backpack? Wait, what? We were surprised when our inbox contained a message advertising a new device from SentryShield, a "maker… >> Read More
Are you a parent raising Jewish or Jew*ish* kids? We want to hear from you!
We’re launching our second annual class of Kveller Fellows, and we’re seeking 5 parents to join our team for the…2018-2019 school year (September 2018-June 2019). As a Kveller Fellow, you would have the opportunity to pitch and write for Kveller.com, act as a brand ambassador, and be a part of a core group of go-to writers that the Kveller editors will turn to for assignments and fresh ideas. All fellows will be compensated for their… >> Read More
Kveller — along with our sister sites Alma and the Nosher is hiring! This person will work out of our Midtown Manhattan office, where there are loads of friendly colleagues and occasionally…great coffee. Read on for the job description and how to apply: 70 Faces Media is seeking an Editorial Fellow to work on our women’s lifestyle sites, Kveller and Alma and our food site, The Nosher. Kveller is a Jewish parenting website for smart, savvy moms; Alma is a site for Jewish millennial “ladies with… >> Read More
Summer has officially arrived bringing warmer temperatures and (hopefully) more relaxed schedules. While we can’t help you apply sunscreen on wriggly toddlers or find that missing flip-flop, we CAN…hook you up with all of the fun, family-friendly activities happening in Baltimore this summer. There are poolside and outdoor Shabbat celebrations, story times, nature and gardening experiences, and even a coding class. You can also introduce the kids to Harry Houdini (did you know he was Jewish?) and learn about one of his famous… >> Read More
There's some really, really, really cute maternity clothes out there — so cute that we almost wish we were pregnant. (Almost.)
But if you've got a bun in the oven — or if your friend or…partner is pregnant — there's an incredible amount of cute, comfy duds to buy (hey, Mother's Day is coming). And best of all: They are cheap. From bathing suits to comfy t-shirts, here are 10 items we're eyeing — and they're all less than $50. 1. Floral Bodycon Dress ($35, ASOS) Florals are always trendy —… >> Read More
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 produced an original song and video for "Megillat Ha'atzmaut,"composed by Jacob Spike Kraus, 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