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
Believe it or not, Schoolhouse Rock! is now 45 years old. That means it's been educating kids for generations — maybe even since before you were born. But whether you're closer to 45, 35, or 25…years of age, chances are you'll remember these ridiculously catchy tunes from those lazy, cartoon-filled Saturday mornings of yore. In order to celebrate these beloved interstitial shorts, here are 11 of the best Schoolhouse Rock! episodes: 1. Get your adverbs on. https://youtu.be/14fXm4FOMPM 2. Hey! Or other interjections. https://youtu.be/YkAX7Vk3JEw 3. Conjunction junction! https://youtu.be/4AyjKgz9tKg 4. Just a… >> Read More
Out with the old, in with the new. It's a great cliche when referring to things like, um, calendar years — but when it comes to children's toys, it's easier said than done.
If you feel like your…house is being taken over by stuffed animals, Lego pieces and random robot parts — well, it probably is. The problem may feel particularly acute in the wake of Hanukkah, particularly if you've been spending an inordinate amount of time indoors during a record-breaking cold spell. But no matter what the climate is like where… >> Read More
It may be freezing outside, but let’s face it: There are only so many days you can spend cooped up indoors before cabin fever sets in. We’ve put together a list of tot Shabbats, music classes,…family-friendly performances, and lots of fun ways to celebrate Tu Bishvat - the Jewish holiday celebrating trees and the environment. Brought to you in partnership with PJ Library in New York Bronx | Brooklyn | Long Island | Manhattan | Queens | Staten Island | Westchester Rockland County Bronx A Sense of Riverdale: Coming Together As a Community in… >> Read More
It's officially 2018. While most of us are thrilled that last year is finally over — Google 2017 and "worst year ever" to see for yourself — it also seemed like New Year's Day snuck up on us with…a small amount of dread. That's because January 1 is associated with that loaded phrase: New Year's resolutions. Resolutions carry a lot of pressure with them. It's hard not to be a little frustrated — resentful, even — about all the things you want to do in order to make 2018 the best year ever.… >> Read More
Ok, maybe you’re heading out to a party tonight with fancy drinks and cocktails served in glass flutes, but let’s admit it, more likely you weren't able to get a babysitter and will be spending…New Years toasting with a combination of sippy cups, sparkling cider, and some old fashioned booze. So, we're here to help. Here are 12 last minute tips to make sure you have the best New Year's ever at home: 1. Use the Netflix New Years Eve fake countdown. Who needs to stay up until midnight? When you… >> Read More
Let’s face it folks, Chinese food and a movie just doesn’t fill up the day. Luckily there are fun, family-friendly activities taking place all over the New York area. You can swim, gym, take in a…concert, get some culture at a museum, or take a walking tour of the Lower East Side. And if you don’t want to go the restaurant or take-out route, our friends over at The Nosher have put together 17 Chinese takeout recipes that you can make at home. >> Read More
For the first time in her life, Jewish actress Meredith Salenger trimmed a Christmas tree. And for the first time in his life, non-Jewish actor Patton Oswalt celebrated Hanukkah. The couple has been…getting into the spirit of both holidays, together with Oswalt's daughter, for the first time since they married. Oswalt married Salenger in November; they began dating after the unexpected death of his first wife, Michelle McNamara, in 2016. Salenger captured the moment on her Instagram, with adorable photos of Alice, Oswalt's daughter: My first ever very own… >> Read More
There's another Hanukkah gem from three-time GRAMMY nominee Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could — and it begs to be listened to. The band recently put out "Hanukkah Rocks," but now they're…back with "Rainbow Candles." “Rainbow Candles” is a slow, heartwarming jam that will surely fill you with nostalgia and gratitude. What a great way to also teach your kids about the bonding power of the holiday. Listen to "Rainbow Candles" and watch the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23fxWNxsJAg&feature=youtu.be >> Read More
Today is the first day of Hanukkah, and to celebrate, we rounded up some adorable and funny (and ironically ugly) Hanukkah sweaters for kids. Perhaps you need to order some last minute gifts for your…kids, or maybe you just want a good laugh. Either way, we got you covered. 1. This Is How I Roll, $18.95 (Sizes 2T–6) 2. Happy Llamakkah, $18.95 (Sizes 2T–6) 3. Happy Llamakkah, $9.95 (Youth Sizes) 4. Return of the Judai, $26 (Youth Sizes) 5. Jewish Star, $19 (Baby-10) 6. Dreidel, $13 (Youth Sizes) 7. Let's Get… >> Read More
Your favorite Jewish a capella group is back. Yes, that's right. The Maccabeats are back with a new Hanukkah song. This time, they've got a parody of Ed Sheeran's "Castle on the Hill," but of…course, changed to "Candles on the Sill." The real question is, which version is better? Ed Sheeran's or The Maccabeats? Only you can decide. Check it out below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=dx0jvrlV_EQ&app=desktop Also, seven years (and 13 million views) on, their 2010 Hanukkah hit, "Candlelight," still holds up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSJCSR4MuhU >> Read More
Get ready to spin your dreidel and light your menorah, because Hanukkah is here! We’ve rounded up all of the best ways to celebrate in the five boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester. There are…Hanukkah parties, storytimes, sing-a-longs, outdoor menorah lightings, crafts, concerts, and lots of latkes, Hanukkah gelt, and doughnuts. Want to make some Hanukkah treats at home? Head on over to our sister site, The Nosher to find recipes for all of your holiday favorites as well as fresh takes on latkes, doughnuts, and other holiday treats.… >> Read More
To get in the Hanukkah mindset — and illustrate the holiday's focus on standing up for what's right — the Yeshiva University male a capella group Y-Studs (short for Yeshiva Students!)…covered Andra Day's "Rise Up." The Y-Studs have said that they "hope to remind Jews across the world the relevance of the Hanukkah story in modern day." This is a time, they added, that "we must stand up for our religious freedom, as the Maccabees did many years ago. We must rise up." The music video shows… >> Read More
It can be a little daunting to explain what Hanukkah is to your kids (or your non-Jewish friends who are curious about the holiday). Because it can be hard to know where to start. That is why Mayim…Bialik made a Hanukkah quiz video in which she talks about some facts and misconceptions about the Festival of Lights. Like, why so much unhealthy Hanukkah food? Or why is it referred to as "Jewish Christmas?" And what does the holiday actually commemorate? In her usual Mayim fashion, she gives us all the answers —… >> Read More
There's a new Hanukkah video in town, and we think you're going to like it. It's from Listen Up!, a band comprised of Freddie Feldman, Eli Nathan Taylor, Sari Greenberg, and Steve Singer. Their…latest hit just happens to be an a cappella cover of Matisyahu's "Shine on You." Check this magic out below: https://youtu.be/tn3IQg_wVUU >> Read More