One day, I sent away a test tube filled with my saliva. And the next thing I knew, I had about 10 million relatives, all Ashkenazi Jews like me, around the globe.
DNA kits are something of a…trend these days, and there are at least 10 companies that offer a variety of testing options. There are several different kinds of test reports: some focus on genetic risk for diseases while others are used to identify people with whom you share DNA (i.e. family). We used 23andMe, and although ours included information on a… >> Read More
The saying "opposites attract" has never been truer for Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini. One's a Jew from Canada, the other's a daughter of a Palestinian family. Salomon is a Taurus, and…El-Husseini is a Leo. One's a ginger, the other a brunette. So, nu? What's the glue that keep this Odd Couple together? Love, of course. After a few years of platonic friendship in Montreal, El-Husseini and Salomon fell in love and moved to New York, just before the 2016 presidential election (the timing of their… >> Read More
After having donor-conceived children, many curiosities follow. They range from small curiosities like, “Where did they get that chin?” to larger ones, like, “Does alopecia run in the donor’s…family?” But one of the biggest questions that plagued me after my first child was born was, “Are there more kids?” And then, one day in 2011, I looked at my 7-month-old son and my curiosity got the best of me. I typed the word “donor” into a search engine, followed by the unique donor… >> Read More
Another holiday season is upon us, with Hanukkah starting bright and early this year — December 2, to be exact — and ending with plenty of weeks to spare until Christmas, two lovely holidays that…should have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Seriously. Aside from its Decemberish date, Hanukkah bears no relation to Christmas. But, as if our people haven't suffered enough, we were recently confronted (or rather, re-acquainted) with the hideousness that is the Santa dreidel, when Kveller contributor Laurel Snyder tweeted the following image: https://www.instagram.com/p/BqiEXZMni3h/ Like… >> Read More
Rachel Weisz is on fire. Her new film, Disobedience, just came out, and the 48-year-old actor and Jewish mom is pregnant with her second child. Thanks to this double-whammy, the Oscar winner — who…has been acting since the early 1990s and had her breakout role in 1999's The Mummy — has been in the news everywhere. But there's a lot you probably don't know about her, which is why we rounded up some cool facts about her below. 1. She is already mom to 11-year-old, Henry, whom she had… >> Read More