Partisan & Petty: White House Hanukkah Party Chaos

If you’re hostile to President Trump, don’t expect an invite to the White House Hanukkah party. According to this article, only 2 Jewish members of Congress were welcome and the rest, who were excluded, are understandably upset.

To be fair, this is not exclusive to the current administration, but I think it’s obviously petty and partisan, and was done to punish critics. Regardless of being a Democrat or Republican, every Jewish member of Congress celebrates Hanukkah and I’m sure they all wanted to attend the party—whether they admit it or not.

One interesting note: the Vice President and Mrs. Pence attended. I am very impressed with the commitment and friendship that Pence continues to demonstrate towards the Jewish community. Christians who love Israel and support Zionism need to be recognized for their efforts.

If only Washington could move past the bickering and nonsense, we could really accomplish big things…

Double Celebration – It’s My Birthday & Hanukkah!

Birthdays are special days on their own, but when your birthday AND Hanukkah happens to coincide, it’s beyond amazing! Every so often, this has happened to me over the years, and when it does, I just love it.

For me, birthdays are always a time to take stock of my life and see how far I’ve come and where I want to go next. This past year, my 35th, brought so much growth, professionally and personally. As I enter my 36th year, I am very hopeful and excited for the future and all the possibilities in front of me, eager and willing to go wherever the Lord directs. 

I hope each and every reader knows how much you all mean to me. The constant stream of emails, comments, collabs, content ideas, and social media interactions make The Jewish Lady what it is. (Yes, it’s a blog, but it’s also a forum and a community!)

Some of you like the articles; some are here solely for the giveaways; and a few very persistent trolls keep me quite humble. The feedback is overwhelmingly positive and provides a constant source of encouragement and enlightenment. I’m probably the one who learns the most from the blog, which is funny but true.

So, in honor of this very special day, I want to thank my readers for making all of my birthday wishes come true. I love and appreciate you guys so much. I have a lot of things planned for 2018—and beyond!—that I hope will bless everyone the way they’ve blessed me.

Happy Hanukkah to all!

It’s National Brownie Day. Which Kind is Your Favorite?

It’s National Brownie Day and there’s an interesting debate going on about what kind is the best. Honestly, a brownie’s always been just a brownie to me, but it’s evidently quite different to some folks and they’re very passionate about it. Most of us are familiar with the “Big 3” common varieties:


The chewy, chocolate dessert that usually comes from a mix. Sometimes with nuts, sometimes without, but always good. 

Cream Cheese:

The marbling certainly looks spectacular, but I’m not sure it’s worth the extra step.


Lighter in color and some would argue also lighter in flavor.

I’ve eaten—and enjoyed—all of those, but I had no idea the world of brownies was so much larger and more exotic! Ever heard of “Deep Cherry Chipotle” brownies or “Tahini and Halvah Floss” brownies? I definitely hadn’t prior to today. Those two, along with a dozen more obscure concoctions, are featured on Hello Giggles. While not all of them sound appetizing to me, I am impressed with the creativity.

As for my personal favorite? Drenched in caramel! OMG, this would seriously be heaven on a plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream added.


Feel free to chime in with your thoughts. What’s your favorite brownie?

The Cutest Outfits from Gymboree’s Holiday Collection

Gymboree Sale On Now!

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No doubt about it, the holidays are the best time of year when you’re a kid. All the wonder of wish lists, snowy days, and shiny moments full of possibilities. From baking star and dreidel cookies, to Hanukkah parties full of latkes, and picking out 8 special gifts, there are so many magical things my family looks forward to.

Of course, new clothes make any occasion more festive and I love to pick up something special from Gymboree. (One of our holiday traditions is to take an annual family photo, and while new clothes aren’t required, they sure do make it feel super special!)

How adorable is this Sparkle Floral Dress, on sale for only $17.98! It pairs nicely with a Sequin Bow Headband. As you can see, colorful and glitzy are high on the list around here and I think this combo makes the cutest holiday outfit.

Gymboree offers so much. Find everything you need here:

Gymboree Holiday Girl Collection
Gymboree Holiday Toddler Girl Collection
Gymboree Holiday Boy Collection
Gymboree Holiday Toddler Boy Collection
Gymboree Holiday Baby Collection