Sunday, May 10, 2009

And the winner of the Call-Your-Mother Gift Box Is...

Michael W. and his mother, who have won the Cool Mamalah's Call-Your-Mother Gift Box!

Here is what Michael says about his mom:

My mother would truly love this gift box tremendously - I would love to even purchase one for her for Mother's Day. My mother was only able to have one natural child (my oldest sister) and adopted three others, and treated all four kids like they were their very own blood and none differently than the others. My mother has stuck by me and supported me all my life, albeit in times when she may have found it difficult to hold her tongue, she allowed me to fail in a way that got me to straighten up and fly right. She treats my wife like a true daughter and member of the family - and puts up with all the guff and never says a bad word about it. (Read more about Michael's mom here!)

All of the
Cool Mamalahs: Jennifer, Maya, Doni, Meredith, Jennie and I are so touched by the entries to this giveaway. Thank you for sharing the descriptions of the special women in your life. We would love to stay in touch with you and invite you to join the Cool Mamalah's Email Lists. All who join this list receive:

* $10 Gift Code from -- good for $10 at

* 50% off Gift Code for the Modern Jewish Mom's t-shirt when it becomes available this fall. Meredith (the Modern Jewish Mom) & I are planning a contest to develop a beautiful graphic design celebrating all Modern Jewish Moms. We will notify you of the contest and invite you to vote for your favorite designs. When the t-shirt is available, you will be able to purchase it for 50% off.

* 15% off Gift Code for the new Cool Jew t-shirt featuring the cover design from Lisa's book.

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* You can still purchase items from the Call-Your-Mother Gift Box on


The Call-Your-Mother Gift Box is presented by the Cool Mamalahs.

Based in New York, author and cooking instructor Jennifer Felicia Abadi wrote and illustrated her cookbook-memoir, A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-Jewish Recipes from Grandma's Fritzie's Kitchen - now in its third printing in paperback. Among her many pursuits, Jennifer also operates "The Traveling Palate," a monthly event in New York City; guests enjoy a series of food demos and tastings and learn about less-common cuisines and cultures in an intimate café setting.

Maya Escobar is a Guatemalan Jewish digital media and performance artist. She received a BFA with an emphasis in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently completing her MFA at Washington University in St. Louis. Maya appears in a series of identity-related YouTube videos entitled "Acciones Plasticas" and serves as the Online Art Editor for Zeek, a Jewish literary journal. She has taught, performed and exhibited work in Germany, Spain, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Meredith Jacobs is author of The Modern Jewish Mom's Guide to Shabbat: Connect and Celebrate-Bring Your Family Together with the Friday Night Meal (HarperCollins). She hosts "Connecting Family" on WYPR 88.1 fm, near her home in Rockville, Maryland and the video series "Faith in the Family" available on Her monthly parenting columns appear in The Baltimore Jewish Times. She is also the parenting advice columnist and co-founder/editor of

Jennie Rivlin Roberts is the founder of, an online Judaica and Jewish gifts store for people with progressive minds, spirits, and style. She is also the co-inventor and manufacturer of No Limit Texas Dreidel, the game that crosses dreidel with Texas Hold'em poker. Jennie is a Dixie Jew, born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.

Doni Zasloff Thomas of Montclair, New Jersey is a preschool music teacher, songwriter and the lead singer of The Mama Doni Band, which won the 2008 Simcha Award for "Inspiring Joy Through Music" at the International Jewish Music Festival Competition in Amsterdam. Recognized in The New York Times, New York Post, and many other media outlets, The Mama Doni Band appears nationwide, delighting families across the country.

and moi:

Award-winning journalist Lisa Alcalay Klug is California-based. Her book, Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe, is a 2008 National Jewish Book Awards Finalist. A contributor to the New York Times, Forward and many other publications, Lisa also edits the multicultural blog, Tolerant Nation. She is the daughter of an Ashkenazi Holocaust survivor and the descendant of the Sephardic Zionist and chief rabbi of Sarajevo, Yehuda Alcalay.

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