Prior to joining 70 Faces Media as the Social Media Editor, Lior Zaltzman was a digital fellow at the Forward, where she wrote about funky yarmulkes and short Jewish men, made comics of bad date stories in a series called #OyDate, created animated-gif, illustrations and drafted thousands of social media posts. Lior is a cartoonist and illustrator, her work was featured in exhibitions from Israel to Canada and has been honored by the Society of Illustrators.
There’s a measles outbreak in Israel — and it’s spreading to the U.S.
There are now over 679 confirmed cases in Israel as of October 14 — with the majority in Jerusalem, and the majority of…the patients under 9 years of age. Measles is considered one of the world's most highly contagious diseases, and Israel's ministry of health is having a hard time isolating and containing it. What makes this mom-of-an-infant — one who is still too young to receive the vaccine — infuriated is that this outbreak could have… >> Read More
A baby's name is the first gift we give them, so it's important to be thoughtful about it. Sometimes, the perfect name is a short and sweet one — and it's surprising how much meaning a one-syllable…name can pack. (In fact, one of the Hebrew words for gifts is Shay, which is itself a beautiful, one-syllable name.) So if you're in the process of naming your child, or helping others with a baby name, I would encourage you to peruse this list of lovely one-syllable names. After all, everyone knows the best… >> Read More
I admit it: I was a bit weary when I first found out about Mary Poppins Returns, the Mary Poppins sequel that's coming out later this year. My videotape (remember those?!) of the 1964 original…movie was one of my most precious possessions as a child. More than anything, I loved the movie's infectious soundtrack. Glynis Johns' performance of "Sister Suffragette" was perhaps my first indoctrination into feminism. I also had a terrible crush on Dick Van Dyke's character, Bert, whose terrible accent I was luckily too young to discern. I… >> Read More
Turns out celebrities love bagels just as much as we do — except they can probably afford lox on their bagels a bit more often. In honor of this Yom Kippur break fast (for those of us fasting or…not) here are a bunch of pictures to prove that even famous people cannot resist the considerable charms of a chewy, crusty bagel. Mmm. 1. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher The paparazzi caught this A-list couple their way out of Manhattan Bagels in Studio City with a paper bag of foodstuffs. Much like any tired mom,… >> Read More
On Monday, at an event in Israel, Monica Lewinsky gave a speech about cyberbullying and the internet. After the speech, in what was supposed to be a 15-minute conversation, a celebrated Israeli…newscaster Yonit Levi, asked Lewinsky if she expects an apology from President Bill Clinton. After saying, "I'm sorry, I can't do this," Lewinsky walked off stage, ending the conversation before it even began. According to a tweet, Lewinsky said she walked offstage because “the exact question the interviewer asked first, she had put to me… >> Read More
Love is hard. I know this because I just had a baby, and having a baby can put a serious strain on your relationship — we're talking sleep deprivation, postpartum ickiness, being touched out, and…all that fun stuff. But you know who makes it look easy? Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon. The two have been married for 30 friggin' years (!!!). They have two kids and clearly there are still sparks flying between them. Just look at this video they put on Twitter for the 30th wedding anniversary of… >> Read More
Last week, I doubled back in horror at this image: a fetus in a womb, with an army beret meticulously photoshopped on his little, soon-to-be baby head.
It was not some sharp political commentary;…instead, it was an ad for a hospital in the Israeli city where I and many of my relatives were born. The text read “Recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence, 2038.” As Mairav Zonszein of +972 Magazine, who first reported about this in English, states, it's an especially harrowing ad to publish at a… >> Read More
Once again, it's that time of the year! The Social Security Administration just released the most popular baby names of 2017.
Many of the top names seem very much inspired by today's celebrity…culture, including the number-one girls' name, Emma, possibly after Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone. Also super popular: Ava, after famous movie director Ava Duvarnay (Selma and A Wrinke in Time) and the top boys' name, Liam, which, as Time posits, could be after either the One Direction singer Liam Payne, actor Liam Neeson, or actor and… >> Read More
When it comes to living long, happy lives, nobody knows more about it than our grandparents. But do we listen to them enough? Jewish filmmaker Sky Bergman wants to make sure we do.
Lives Well…Lived is an adorable new documentary coming out today, April 20th. The movie, inspired by her Italian-American grandmother who recently passed away at 103, features life advice and stories from 40 people who have lived long, full lives. Much of the advice in this documentary is what you'd expect — follow your passions, don't be fearful, stay active,… >> Read More
What do you do when you can never find the right clothes to wear to a wedding? Start your own modest fashion line, of course!
This is exactly what the two Persian Jewish women behind the LA-based…brand, RaJu, did. Now, Rachelle Yadegar and Judith Illulian have a pretty diverse clientele: “They’re Mormons, they’re Muslims, they’re lawyers, they’re professional, it’s not only the Jewish community.” Walking around the streets of LA, these glamorous ladies tell us how they made their “passion for fashion” into a career, and why looking your best is… >> Read More
Merav Ben Ari, 42, has one of the hardest jobs in Israel: she’s a politician! But the most important thing in her life is being a mother. She made history by becoming the first member of the…Knesset (the Israeli parliament) to ever have a baby using in-vitro fertilization, or IVF. Ben Ari, who has been very public about her journey to motherhood, says she wants to “be a model to other women, to know that they can do it and keep their career” and look for love, but be more relaxed… >> Read More
Israeli athlete Moran Samuel was 24 years old, and well on her way to making her passion for basketball a career:
“That was my dream. If you had opened up my chest you wouldn’t find an…anatomical heart,” she says, “you would find something round and orange and it had stripes and it was bouncy because that’s what I had for a heart.” Then one day, tragedy struck. In this moving video, the 35-year-old Paralympic athlete and world champion tells us how she revived her sports career after feeling like she… >> Read More
Let's face it, we are all dumb f***s.
Or at least, that's what Mark Zuckerberg called those of us who are willing to give Facebook our data. That was way back in 2004 — when Zuckerberg was just…a college kid, not the CEO of a bazillion-dollar company that has literally become our social fabric. But recent news developments have many of us thinking that the social media giant has treated us all like we're idiots. With all the drama surrounding Russian ads, "fake news," and finally, the scandal of Cambridge Analytica, which… >> Read More
Today was a day our country's youth showed us what it was made of. Thousands of students joined the National School Walkout — taking to the streets to protest gun violence and in support of gun…control. The walkout was in solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were recently killed in horrific massacre. (Most walkouts were scheduled for 10 a.m. and lasted 17 minutes, one minute for each victim). According to the Washington Post, organizers indicated that nearly 3,000 schools agreed to… >> Read More
Yes, you have to get past the awful name. But Schitt's Creek, a CBC/PopTV sitcom, is seriously one of the best shows I've seen in a while. And if this comedy created by a Jewish family isn't on your…radar yet, it should be. The lovable series — which was just renewed for a 5th season — was co-created by the father-and-son team Dan Levy and Eugene Levy (of American Pie, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind fame). They both also star in the show, along with Dan's sister, Sarah Levy. Dan, a… >> Read More
Chances are, you're reading this somewhere in North America — which means you're probably not one of the 200-plus million people who live for Eurovision, the world's longest-running international…song contest on TV. But whether or not you're into Eurovision — and let me tell you, if you're not, you're missing out on quite a colorful show — a recently released video of Israel's fun, uplifting entry is an absolute must-watch for anyone who has eyes, ears, or feet. The song, "Toy," by Netta… >> Read More
Jenna Jameson is not one to hide things. I mean, yes, she is a former porn star, so she's used to baring all in that way. But we're talking about how candid she has been about her struggles with…alcoholism and the process of her conversion to Judaism, which she did before marrying her Israeli husband, Lior Bitton. Jenna often professes her love for kosher food and for her religion on social media. Shameless selfie... but I gotta show of my cute shirt from @proudjewstshirts #weremember A post shared by Jenna Jameson (@jennacantlose) on Jan… >> Read More
There's nothing quite as vital and full of character as a teen's bedroom. That's why recently published photos from the room of Parkland shooting victim Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, are particularly…heartbreaking. They give you such a strong feeling of the personality and the passions of a life cut too short. These photos, published in a moving article on Buzzfeed, written and photographed by Buzzfeed reporter Remy Schmidt, are deceptively simple. A hairbrush. An overflowing basket of makeup. Mud-stained soccer cleats. Yet they so palpably tell… >> Read More
Make way for new Barbies! The iconic brand is launching two new lines of dolls based on incredible ladies, just in time for International Women’s Day (March 8).
Three amazing women constitute…the debut of the Inspiring Women line: Mexican painter and activist Frida Kahlo, pilot and writer Amelia Earhart, and the brilliant N.A.S.A scientist Katherine Johnson, whose story was recently featured in the movie Hidden Figures. All three incredible women have revolutionized their fields and changed our world for the better. Truly, I would love for… >> Read More
How do you translate Green Eggs and Ham into Hebrew? It’s an extremely difficult feat. Dr. Seuss’s wonderful, rhyming children’s books are, in every possible way, an ode to the English language.…Green Eggs and Ham, for example, is the perfect book for beginning language learners. It contains a mere 50 different word — 49 of which have only one or two consonants (i.e., Sam, Am; Box, Fox). It’s the pithiness of language, along with its consistent tone of playful joy, that have made it one of… >> Read More
The good news is that IKEA is running an advertisement that just might change your life. The bad news is that it involves pee.
Of course, IKEA has long been majorly major — and by that we mean…cheap. A kids' Swedish meatballs meal? $2.49. Billy Bookcase? $59. Putting your relationship with your significant other through the ultimate test? Priceless! But now, the ready-to-assemble furniture giant has stepped into new territory by inviting customers to urinate on their latest print ad campaign. Thanks to a combination of new technology and advertising executives' ingenuity,… >> Read More
Like so many I have been captured by Jill Soloway’s “Transparent” since Season One. It is very hard for me to stop myself from binge watching each season of the show about a Jewish family whose…father comes out as trans. The show’s characters are flawed, yet lovable; it is audacious and fabulously written--and in many ways, it is the most Jewish TV show I’ve ever seen. For instance, its intimate depictions of Jewish burial, prayer services, and even a mikvah, are fantastic. But the trailer for the new season of… >> Read More
I love getting a card with a hand-made touch, don’t you? There’s nothing like opening the Jewish New Year with a unique card made just for you.
If you don’t have the energy to hand-draw…cards (and let’s face it, who does) using a printmaking technique is the best way to make multiple cards with that personal feel. I use a reductive (that means whatever you carve away is the white space on your paper) printing technique called linocut, because honestly? The carving process is really relaxing after a long… >> Read More