Stephanie Wittels Wachs was changing her baby's diaper in the bathroom of the Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston in February 2015 when she got a call from an unknown number in Los…Angeles. This is how Wachs learns her brother, comedian Harris Wittels, died of a heroin overdose at age 30. She relays the story, in painful detail, in the opening pages of her memoir, Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss. Harris, writes Wachs, "was the success story every Jewish mother… >> Read More
Apparently, Pink is the most beautiful person alive. At least, according to People. The 38-year-old Jewish pop star and mom of two graces the cover of the magazine's "Beautiful Issue."
On the The…Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday, she talked about how it's important to be beautiful in different ways, inside and out: I love the way things are changing and I love that our perception of beauty has completely been knocked on its head. There's nothing wrong with beautiful, and there's nothing wrong with beautiful on the inside, beautiful on… >> Read More
Gal Gadot — Israeli actor, model, and mom of two — got emotional when her assistant recently showed her a video of her late grandfather, Abraham Weiss, who was a Holocaust survivor. Weiss lost…his entire family in Auschwitz. What her assistant didn't realize is that Gadot didn't have any photos of her grandfather, who died in 2013 at age 85. This was especially poignant for the Wonder Woman star as it happened right in time for Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Jewish mom posted a clip of the video on… >> Read More
Mara Wilson knows a thing or two about the excitement of storytelling. Though she's most famous for starring in the beloved film Matilda — based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book of the same…name — Wilson is a writer, too. You could say her entire life revolves around the magic of books. So it's fitting that Wilson, 30, is judging Roald Dahl Estate's Imaginormous Challenge Writing Contest for children. The contest is unique because it isn't about writing the perfect story — rather, it's about having a wonderful idea for… >> Read More
If you have a brother or sister — or several of them — you understand how important they are to your general existence. Who would we be without them? Who else completely gets just how insert…adjective here your parents can be? What would your life had been like without someone throwing Barbie dolls at your head in frustration? (OK, maybe not everyone's sister did that, but mine definitely did.) Whether you're exactly alike or totally, completely different, sibling bonds are for life. In honor of #NationalSiblingsDay, we rounded up some of our… >> Read More