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.
Despite smaller budgets and audiences, Israelis make some consistently excellent TV. It's not something much of the internet knew about before the explosive popularity of Shtisel, an Israeli show…from 2013 about an ultra-Orthodox family of the same name that swept Netflix viewers across the world after the platform made its two seasons streamable online. But TV networks across the world have known about Israeli TV's Midas touch long before Shtisel's sudden thrilling popularity. From England to the US, there have been many adaptations… >> Read More
I have a special place in my heart for Pink. I feel like I grew up with the Jewish singer's music. Since her 2001 album "Mizzundastood," which defined my early teenage years, she has released songs…that make me feel seen, uplifted, songs that were a salve for broken hearts and dreams, and songs to dance to when nobody is watching. But I love Pink for more than just her music. Her public persona is wonderfully vulnerable and raw. I was moved by her post about being Jewish and performing in… >> Read More
If this Passover parody from the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan had just been cute and well-produced, dayenu! It would have been enough!
But the truth is, this must-see video also happens to be…hilarious and incredibly accurate. "Seder: The Movie," features a diverse and talented cast playing some very familiar Passover seder guests, like your cousins who brought their guitar to the seder, even though no one asked. (They sing "matzah ball" to the tune of Oasis' "Wonderwall," because that song will NEVER get old.) There's also your… >> Read More
There's a new Jesus movie out and, while it's about the Christianity's central figure, the film has and it has A LOT of Jews in it!
Mary Magdalene was released on Friday, April 12, and it is…about... drum roll, please! ... Mary Magdalen, who is possibly Jesus' most controversial and most frequently mentioned apostle. The filme movie is directed by Garth Davis — who also directed Lion and the TV series Top of the Lake — appears to be the first female-centric depiction of Jesus' story. With a script written by two… >> Read More
It's kind of baffling to think that there's a gorgeous, fully animated feature based on the Passover story, but it's true: The Prince of Egypt is real, and it's available to stream on Hulu.
The…1998 DreamWorks movie about the story of the Jewish people's exodus from Egypt is arguably one of the best animated movies out there. The music alone is simply impeccable, and while he may be a cartoon, Moses is pretty foxy in a very hipster kinda way. But that's not all! There are actually a lot… >> Read More
Over the years, we at Kveller have been highly concerned with one Passover quandary in particular: How do you make the Passover seder fun for kids?
That's one reason we published the Kveller…Haggadah, which is designed to make the seder more engaging for kids and adults alike. But if you're looking for fun activities for kids of all ages, we've published a bunch of articles on the subjects. This article from Emily Aronoff Teck is definitely one of my favorites, while this video from intrepid Kveller contributor and… >> Read More
I'm at the pediatrician's office. It's a warm April day, and the space almost feels like a brightly colored sauna, filled with large paintings and wooden toys and surrounded by an entirely glass…exterior. Outside, a woman in a long skirt and a sheitel pushes a baby in a Bugaboo Bee stroller, the same model I use for my son. I'm waiting for my 9-month-old's first MMR vaccine, more than two months ahead of schedule. I'm feeling a bit lightheaded, as if I were about to get the… >> Read More
Update: Well, looks like we celebrated too early. Israeli spacecraft Beresheet made it to the moon and even took a selfie... but unfortunately, it then crashed on its surface. We will leave this…article up as a reminder of the joy that could’ve been, and not to count our spacecrafts before they landed. RIP Beresheet. Jews ... in... space! Have you heard the good word? Israel is about to make its first moon-landing! I'm personally very excited for this — in fact, some might say I'm over the moon… >> Read More
Babies thrive on routine. Unfortunately, that routine can be broken when you spend time in a kosher for Passover home, because yes, lots of baby food (we're looking at you, baby oatmeal!) may not be…kosher. Luckily, thanks to the magic of the internet, there's plenty of kosher for Passover food out there that can ship directly to you, like kosher for Passover baby cereal (yes!) and these kosher for Passover baby fingers. And while many Ashkenazi Jews don't eat kitniyot (corn, rice and other legumes), many are willing to… >> Read More
On Passover night, we all recline and get together for a long and delightful Passover seder — which can be A LOT if you're a kid with energy to spare. Luckily, the seder has a built-in expending of…shpilkes: the traditional hunt for the afikomen, which is designed to keep kids awake and entertained. For the adult tasked with the very important task of hiding the afikomen, there are many things to consider. How long do we want the afikomen search to last? Are the kid in attendance up for a challenge, or are… >> Read More
The recitation of the the Four Questions (Ma Nishtana) is, arguably, the most adorable part of the Passover seder.
Early in seder, the youngest attendee at the Passover table (who is capable of…intelligibly singing and memorizing words, of course) is charged with asking the other guests, "What makes this night different from every other night?" The words to the song are in Hebrew, which you can find here, and learning them can prove challenging for our little ones. However, there are ways to tackle it that can… >> Read More
As you may or may not know, we here at Kveller are obsessed — obsessed! — with Andy Cohen's adorable son, Ben. (And yes, postpartum hormones may be related to said obsession). We love his Jewish…name, we love his cute head of Semitic hair, and, of course, we love his outfits. Now, as the mom of a 9-month-old myself, my absolute favorite thing is dressing my son. I spend more time coordinating outfits and online shopping for him than I ever did for myself. I try to match everything, from… >> Read More
For many Jewish children, the most exciting part of the Passover seder is finding the afikomen. But where, exactly, does this tradition come from?
During a Passover seder, it's customary to put…three matzahs on the table. Then, early in the seder, we take the middle matzah, break it into two parts — and the larger portion becomes the afikomen. The word afikomen (pronounced Ah-Fee-Koh-Man) comes from Greek. Traditionally, this piece of matzah is eaten as a "dessert," after the meal. Why? Well, according to the Talmud,… >> Read More
Meal planning when you have kids can be hard. But when your whole family is keeping kosher for Passover, finding kid-friendly, hametz-free meals can be beyond challenging.
I mean, no bread, no…pasta, no cake, no chicken nuggets?! It's enough to make even the most mild-mannered, carb-loving kid throw a major tantrum. Fortunately, however, there's no need for things to get that bad. There's actually a wealth of delicious, kid-friendly Passover recipes out there, many of them courtesy of our own Shannon Sarna, co-host of the our podcast,… >> Read More
Back in 2000, physicians and parents sighed with relief, as measles was considered eradicated in the U.S.
But that relief, unfortunately, was premature — the U.S. is currently experiencing what…is likely the second-biggest outbreak of the virus since that time. So far this year, between January 1 and March 29, 387 cases of measles have been confirmed in the U.S. That's more than the total number of cases diagnosed in all of 2018. Many of these cases originated in Orthodox Jewish communities, likely introduced… >> Read More
Molly Yeh, the very darling host of Girl Meets Farm on the Food Network, is a new mom. Mazel!
The cookbook author — who draws inspiration for her gorgeous recipes from her Jewish and Chinese…heritage — and her husband, Nick Hagen, a fifth-generation farmer, welcomed their daughter on March 31. Apparently, she "arrived promptly and calmly on her due date." (We should all be so lucky!) While pregnant, the Emmy-nominated TV host gave her future little one a cute and, some would argue, very Jewish nickname: poppy seed. The… >> Read More
The Passover story may be a bit hard to summarize. That's probably why, every spring, we spend a very long dinner retelling it!
But if you've ever struggled to explain the holiday to a non-Jewish…friend or relative (or, perhaps, you ARE that non-Jewish acquaintance! Welcome!), or needed a short version to tell your kids before diving in a bit more deeply, we're here for you. We bring you two brief explanations: one covers what the holiday is all about, and the other is a super-abbreviated version of the Passover story.… >> Read More
A surprising new survey shows that the top names for German babies are... wait for it... Jewish! Who would've thought?!
According to the Deutschlandradio, the most popular boy's name in 2018 in…Germany was Ben. and among the top 10 newborn names, "four boys’ names and five girls’ names have Hebrew origins," according to the report. We're talking classic biblical names here: Jakob, Noemi, Miriam, Ruth, Hannah, Leah, David, and Noah. One thing is for sure, most of these babies are not Jewish. In a country with a population of… >> Read More
If you, like all Netflix subscribers, are obsessed with the popular Israeli show, Shtisel, you may have spent a fair amount of time admiring star Michael Aloni.
Aloni plays the tormented, lovelorn…artist Kiveh, and he's getting accolades for his sensitive portrayal of the young ultra-Orthodox man. However — and there's no doubt about this — Aloni is also getting considerable attention thanks to his very pretty face. (Swoon!) But it seems he takes it all in stride. When he was asked about being attractive by the New… >> Read More
We're freaking out!!! Greta Gerwig, the 35-year-old magical, long-limbed fairy of an actress and the brilliant filmmaker behind Lady Bird, just had a baby with her boyfriend, 49-year-old…filmmaker Noah Baumbach. We came to know about this surprise when paparazzi caught a picture of the couple walking through New York with a stroller covered by a muslin blanket. This caused some observers to deduce that there was a baby in said stroller, and the baby was probably the progeny of the talented couple, and not, say,… >> Read More
Purim is here, which means it's time to party! The holiday celebrates Queen Esther and her uncle Mordechai, who saved the Jewish people of ancient Persia by foiling Haman, the king's grand vizier,…who was plotting to annihilate them. And so, we celebrate by dressing up, eating hamantaschen, reading the Book of Esther, booing Haman's name, and drinking abundantly (well, that's just for adults, and certainly not while we're caring for the little ones). Another holiday tradition is producing a Purim shpiel, humorous plays based on the Purim… >> Read More
This is going to be one cool baby! Audrey Gelman, co-founder of the women's co-working and networking space, The Wing, is expecting her first child with husband Ilan Zechory, the founder of the…lyrics annotation app, Genius. The announcement, via Instagram, was characteristically on-brand: with a selfie at The Wing, showing off a beautiful growing bump, surrounded by a beautiful wallpaper drawn by illustrator Joana Avillez. (The Wing is known for its impeccable decor.) She adorably captioned the photo with "Excited to meetus the fetus." https://www.instagram.com/p/BvCYg1FAmil/ This is perfect… >> Read More
At first, it seems like John and Amy Israel Pregulman nailed the ideal "digital nomad" lifestyle. The very-much-in-love couple travels the and country and the world, side-by-side, working for an…organization they built, together, from the ground up. "Every day we wake up and go, 'We can't believe we're getting to do this,'" Amy tells me from the passenger seat of the car, as the couple is en route to Boulder from their home in Denver. But here's the thing: The Pregulmans don't have a… >> Read More
The Passover seder is a wonderful time for family, delicious food, and joyous banter. But also — and let's get real second — for kids, the seder can also feel really long.
Fortunately,…built right into the seder are fun songs that really liven things up. And while there are many wonderful options to choose among — "Chad Gadya," the Four Questions — if I had to pick a favorite, it would be "Dayenu." "Dayenu," in Hebrew, means "it would've been enough," and the song is the quintessential song… >> Read More
Jewish mom Evan Rachel Wood is opening up about intimate partner violence — and how it drove her to self-harm — with #IAmNotOK. The hashtag is meant to help survivors of abuse share their…stories, draw attention to the prevalence of abusive relationships, and help fight the scourge of domestic abuse. This isn't the first time the 31-year-old — who has a son with ex-husband, actor Jamie Bell — has used her high profile to draw attention to important issues. In the wake of the 2016 elections, she joined… >> Read More