Miami's South Beach wasn't always the glamorous, glittery paradise that it is today.
I mean, sure, not too long ago, it was basically just a subtropical jungle. But after the city's rapid growth…in the 1920s and '30s — which saw its famed Art Deco buildings rise on the beachfront — and before its present iteration as a super-chic luxury playground, South Beach was, for a brief period spanning the 1970s, something of a Promised Land for elderly Jews. This vanished world, in all its coral-hued and palm-bedecked… >> Read More
It was "dreidel night" at my home last night, and my kids (ages 8 and 11) were stoked. The menorah was lit, the comic books had been unwrapped and enjoyed. The dinner dishes were cleared, the gelt…was distributed, and the glasses of wine for me and my husband were poured. It was time to play. The only thing missing was some music, so I turned to my all-time favorite app, Spotify, to search for some Hanukkah tunes. Sure enough, the music streaming service (where I am a proud premium member!) had… >> Read More
Of all the historic victories that happened during last night's elections — including, of course, a record-breaking number of women headed to Congress — we're going to take a moment to give a…shoutout to one special guy: Jared Polis, a 43-year-old Democrat who was elected governor of Colorado. We're kvelling here at Kveller because not only is he the first openly gay man in the U.S. be elected governor, he's a proud Jewish papa. (Yeah!) Notably, Polis is also the first Jewish governor of the state. His candidacy… >> Read More
"You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life."
If you grew up in the 1980s, chances are the theme to the sitcom The Facts of Life has been…imprinted on your brain for life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGS56qJ0xIw The series, about a group of girls at an elite boarding school, grew to be so popular that it's easy to forget that it started as a spinoff of another sitcom, Diff'rent Strokes. The connection between the two? Edna Garrett — played by veteran actress Charlotte Rae —… >> Read More
Remember Neve Campbell from Scream? Or Party of Five? The Canadian actress is in the news again these days: Campbell recently revealed that she and her boyfriend, actor JJ Feild, adopted a baby boy,…Raynor, earlier this year. Campbell and Feild have another son, Caspian, who is 6 — and is apparently overjoyed at being a big brother. "I wanted to wait until it was official but we adopted a beautiful baby boy 5 months ago," Campbell wrote on an Instagram post on Saturday. "Caspian is over the moon… >> Read More
There is no school tomorrow. Normally, since my husband and I both work, and our after-school sitter is just that, these occasional days off send my husband and me into a tailspin: Who will watch the…kids?? (And, yes, if you're scratching your head: New York City public schools are in session until the end of June.) But tomorrow will be different, folks. Tomorrow, I will not have to worry about how to do my job and keep the kiddos entertained. Tomorrow, I get to employ a secret weapon, one that's… >> Read More
As the school year draws to a close, chances are you're busy with end-of-year performances, ordering items to check off the summer camp packing list, and finalizing vacation and childcare…arrangements. But before school's officially out for summer, please be sure to properly thank your child's teachers. In addition to, you know, caring for and educating your kid, a teacher may have touched your child's life in ways you may not even know. Take the story of one Brooklyn boy, Shawn Carter — who's better… >> Read More
Attention Amazon shoppers (read: everyone): While Amazon founder Jeff Bezos may be literally getting richer by the second, there's some bad news in store for those of us in search of cheap and…convenient online shopping. It turns out that Amazon's famously super-lax return policy may not be so lax after all. The online juggernaut is now banning customers who make too many returns. For those of us who rely on Amazon for just about everything — groceries, clothes, and especially last-minute travel items and birthday gifts —… >> Read More
It's hard to believe, but it's been 18(!) years to the day since that most iconic of 1990s prime-time soap operas went off the air. Happy chai anniversary, Beverly Hills, 90210!
Though the…series may come off as dated and a tad earnest to modern viewers, Beverly Hills, 90210 was somewhat heavy-hitting in its time, tackling serious subjects like drug addiction, guns, eating disorders and sexually-transmitted diseases during its 10 seasons on the air. via GIPHY Anti-semitism, too, was a subject that came up in "Bev Niner" over the years.… >> Read More
Mother's Day is coming up — and, yes, mamas, we know, we know.
We know that all you really want for your Special Day is some QT with your loved ones. Maybe a chance to sleep in a little, a…homemade card from the kids, and perhaps your partner will both cook and clean up dinner. You're low-key like that, right? But we also know that you're pretty selfless pretty much every day of the year. So why not take one. single. day. and treat yourself — or, at least, make sure that your family… >> Read More
If your kid plays a sport, chances are you've seen some pretty bad behavior — from the parents on the sidelines, that is.
My kids have played soccer for years and I have my share of horror…stories: parents screaming at the referee; parents punching each other in an all-out brawl. The absolute worst, however, was when I saw a dad physically go after a kid on the field. And this was at an AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) game, which is about as low-stakes a league as they come. Aggressive sports… >> Read More
Yes, I'm Jewish. And I love it. But I also have some serious Easter candy envy.
I still remember one glorious Passover seder as a kid, when, as a prize for finding the afikomen, my grandfather…gave my sister, my cousins, and me a Cadbury Creme Egg. In my childhood mind, this was infinitely cooler than the silver dollars he usually gave us. The years (um, make that decades...) ticked by. My love of candy continued unabated; meanwhile, I grew up and started hosting Passover seders of my own. Both scarfing… >> Read More
Chances are, you have a Toys R Us gift card lying around somewhere. (Trust me: You do. I happened to just find one last weekend that's probably more than five years old.)
If you've got them, use…them: The iconic chain announced today that they will be closing all their stores in the U.S. The retailer intends to honor gift cards for the next 30 days, a company spokesperson told USA Today. At a time in which it's easier (and often cheaper) to purchase toys online — and in an era in… >> Read More
Admit it: When you're shopping for kids' clothes, say, or a new cell phone case, you often buy a few different sizes and colors — you keep the ones that work the best and return the rest.
No big…deal, right? After all, so many of our big-box retailers have generous return policies. (That's, like, the whole point of shopping at a chain store!) But these generous return policies may not, in fact, be so generous. (See L.L. Bean, which shocked the world when they abandoned their lifetime return policy last month — even prompting… >> Read More