To celebrate Passover, the dynamic duo at Call Your Mother — Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna — talk with the dynamic duo that created Kveller's very own haggadah, Gabrielle Birkner and Elissa…Strauss. Gabrielle's the co-author of Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome and a former managing editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency; Elissa is a parenting columnist at CNN.com., and the pair worked hard to create a haggadah that keeps kids and their parents jazzed and engaged throughout the seder. Want to hear about… >> Read More
If you loved Bravo's Odd Mom Out, or you need a good laugh, you are going to LOVE this week's episode of Call Your Mother — featuring writer, actress, and funny mom extraordinaire Jill Kargman.…Hosts Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna get down and dirty with Jill, who talks about how the isolation she felt as a new mom in Manhattan inspired her hit TV series, what it was like becoming an actress at age 39, and how she stumbled into Jewish activism after a traumatizing anti-Semitic incident at her… >> Read More
On this week's episode of Call Your Mother, Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna speak with trans activist and Jewish dad Rafi Daugherty, who gives us the scoop about how he fulfilled his lifelong dream of…becoming a parent. Rafi was born a girl, transitioned to a man, and then carried and gave birth to two healthy children. Rafi shares what it's like to be a public voice in the Jewish community for trans-identified individuals, some of his own hangups about pregnancy, and the exhausting but rewarding burdens of being a… >> Read More
Even with a pre-festivities nap, keeping your kids alert and engaged during a long seder is a difficult task. And let's face it, it can be hard for the adults in the room, too.
But fear not:…Kveller will get you through this, and that's why we created the most essential email series to hit your inbox this matzah season. Our comprehensive guide is designed to get your kids psyched about celebrating Passover, while simultaneously brushing up on seder traditions yourself — who can resist a two-for-one? Throughout the email series you'll… >> Read More
Jennifer Weiner is a bestselling author with thirteen books, a New York Times column, and a backbone of steel — she routinely speaks up for women and female empowerment, everywhere, with humor and…flair. Her newest novel, Mrs. Everything, comes out this June, and is a fiery saga of Jewish women, liberation, sex, and self-realization over the 20th and 21st centuries. Weiner came to the Call Your Mother studio to chat with co-hosts Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna, and they basically covered the entire gamut of the Jewish… >> Read More
Listen up, Kvellers, as we have incredible news: After years of fielding the question, "What haggadah should I get for my family?" We finally have an answer that we are thrilled to share: The Kveller…Haggadah: A Seder for Curious Kids (and Their Grownups). Yep, that's right, we actually created a haggadah. (By "we" we mean Elissa Strauss, a parenthood columnist for CNN.com, and Gabrielle Birkner, the co-author of Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome and a former managing editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. It was beautifully… >> Read More
Passover is a month away and we've teamed up with Shalom at Home to give away a box full of fun, hands-on Passover activities. Follow the directions below for a chance to win!
The winner will be…picked on Friday, March 29 (sorry, international Kveller fans — this giveaway is for U.S. residents only). The Passover Box is packed with crafts and holiday-themed fun. Kids can make their own Model Magic seder plate, create a personalized afikomen bag, fold origami frogs, and sweep away hametz with a homemade feather. The kit also… >> Read More
Being a teen today isn’t easy - balancing academics, social lives, extracurricular activities, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, and other demands on their time and attention. With all of these…competing demands, it can feel downright impossible to also fit in and maintain a meaningful connection to Judaism. The good news is that there are many opportunities for teens to connect to the Jewish community while having fun, making friends, developing leadership skills, and giving back. Volunteer Opportunities J-SERVE J-SERVE is the International Day… >> Read More
Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate, a lawyer, and host of Slate's podcast, Amicus: Law, Justice, and the Courts. She's also one seriously badass Jewish mom who favors the "benign neglect"…method of parenting. This week on Call Your Mother, Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna get the chance to speak with the Supreme Court expert about everything from not forcing religious beliefs on your kids, her time in living in Charlottesville (yes, that Charlottesville, and how she grapples with the violent, white supremacist events that took… >> Read More
The holiday of Purim is just around the corner and its time to dust off your costume and get ready to nosh on hamantaschen. We’ve put together a list of the best Purim carnivals, megillah readings,…and Purim spiels in the Baltimore area to help you celebrate this fun-filled, family-friendly holiday. Need a quick refresh on the Purim story? We’ve got you covered. While some of us are firmly in the DIY camp, we’ve also got the 9 Best Purim Costumes You Can Buy on Amazon Right Now and 6 children’s… >> Read More
NPR host Ophira Eisenberg is seriously funny. She's also had quite a rocky road to becoming a parent: a life-changing car accident as a child; breast cancer as an adult; and, then, a miscarriage,…before eventually having a healthy son. And yet, along the way, she's never stopped laughing — and neither will you, when you listen to this week's episode of Call Your Mother. Jordana and Shannon talk with Ophira about resilience and Jewish humor; stand-up comedy's connection to the Passover seder; and how finding the levity in parenting is key… >> Read More
The holiday of Purim is just around the corner and its time to dust off your costume and get ready to nosh on hamantaschen. We’ve put together a list of all the Purim carnivals, megillah readings,…and Purim spiels near you to celebrate this fun-filled, family-friendly holiday. Need a quick refresh on the Purim story? We’ve got you covered. While some of us are firmly in the DIY camp, we’ve also got the 9 Best Purim Costumes You Can Buy on Amazon Right Now and 6 children’s books that tell the… >> Read More
A decade ago, Emily Gould’s confessional blogging and New York Times Magazine cover story — with its sexy bedroom portrait — made her the “It” girl of the digital age.
Today, Emily is a…mother of two, and she's working on her third book while raising her family in Brooklyn. In this week's episode of Call Your Mother, we get an inside look into Emily's evolution as a writer, a woman, and a mother, including what advice she would give to her 20-something self. Jordana and Shannon also speak… >> Read More
Naomi Fry has had a fascinating career path which boasts serving as a fact checker for US Weekly and teaching James Franco, among other accomplishments. She was born and raised in Israel, but has…long been obsessed with American pop culture and successfully turned her childhood interest into a fruitful writing career. Now, Naomi is a staff writer for The New Yorker where she focuses on the intersection of high and low brow culture in America. In this week's episode of Call Your Mother, Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna talk in depth with… >> Read More
Judy Gold is an Emmy-award winning comedian, host of the podcast Kill Me Now, writer and hysterical lesbian mom. She's also this week's guest on Kveller's podcast, Call Your Mother. Co-hosts Jordana…Horn and Shannon Sarna get real with Judy about ageism in the entertainment industry, anti-Semitism, her (very funny) coming out story and the deep family secret that impacted her identity. And in their actual weekly call with Jordana's mom they discuss: what makes a Jewish mother different from all other mothers? We're not revealing any… >> Read More
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