Hey Alma!
December 14, 2017 4:15 PM   Subscribe

Welcome to Alma (heyalma.com), a website geared toward Jewish millennial women focusing on topics of cultural interest and forging a virtual community for those seeking a connection to others grappling with common “Jew-ish” issues.

Summer 2017: An Orthodox transgender woman shares feelings of alienation in the trans community because of her Jewish identity. A woman who quit her office job to travel the world and become a “digital nomad” offers advice to others who may be contemplating the same. A writer offers a list of six camp-themed novels that will feed the nostalgia of those missing summers filled with bug juice and cabin raids. And readers are offered a free giveaway of a “Kiss My Tuchis” muscle tank to one lucky winner “who will clearly be the envy of everyone in their Zumba class.”

So far, this month's articles include:

- I wore a ridiculous Hanukkah dress in all my JSwipe Photos and Things Got Weird - Full of hilarious (?) puns and sad shtupboys.

- The 10 Best Jewish Jokes in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - [in synagogue] “Are you going to answer my question with a question?” “If not here, where?”

- 8 Things Jewish Women Actually Want for Hanukkah - 1. Affordable access to birth control, 2. Equal pay, and 3. No more sexual harassment in the work place (or anywhere)!

- All My Favorite Childhood Books and Movies are Ruined Because of Stalking - As you watch the video of your recent wedding that your husband’s best friend made, you realize that the camera was trained on your face and body the entire time — missing most of the key moments of the ceremony, not to mention your husband.


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posted by elsietheeel (12 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
And now I know that JSwipe exists. I mean, of course JSwipe exists, but somehow I had never heard of it.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 4:24 PM on December 14, 2017 [3 favorites]

sad shtupboys

posted by Itaxpica at 5:30 PM on December 14, 2017 [14 favorites]

Alma needs to learn that these "mobile telephone computer machines" have become quite popular, and that maybe it's not a great idea to obscure a scrolling web page with a stationary image. Even if it's the only way to validate engagement with yoyr website, it basically makes it unusable for many people.
posted by Joe in Australia at 6:19 PM on December 14, 2017 [6 favorites]

Instant potatoes, scary goyish.
posted by Hermione Granger at 7:49 PM on December 14, 2017

Instant potatoes are what rice is. Seriously, I remember my parents buying instant potatoes once and we stood around the pot and marvelled at it, but once was enough, never again, because you don't actually end up with whole potatoes you can dip in salt and eat.
posted by Joe in Australia at 8:23 PM on December 14, 2017 [2 favorites]

Fine, I'll watch Mrs. Maisel already!

I am twice the age of their target demographic, but I'm going to subscribe because funny Jewish feminist is sorely lacking in my life.
posted by Sophie1 at 6:41 AM on December 15, 2017 [2 favorites]

This is fantastic. Thanks for posting it!

Regarding JSwipe.... The NY Times interviewed the founder a couple of years ago. The article's corrections included this hilarious note:
Also, an earlier version of this article and its accompanying headline incorrectly compared JSwipe users to yentas. Yentas are busybodies, not matchmakers.
The Forward also published a bunch of articles about it this year, including:
* Jews, We Need To Talk: Why Are The Men On JSwipe So Awful?
* Meet the 45 Most Popular Women on JSwipe and Meet The 42 Most Popular Men On JSwipe
* An Insider’s Guide To Staying Sane On JSwipe
posted by zarq at 7:51 AM on December 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

re: Mrs. Maisel - beware fat jokes in first 30 seconds of the first episode. I didn't watch further.
posted by tangosnail at 7:55 AM on December 15, 2017 [2 favorites]

Thank you, tangosnail, I'll pass on it now.
posted by fiercecupcake at 8:28 AM on December 15, 2017

beware fat jokes in first 30 seconds of the first episode

posted by Sophie1 at 10:03 AM on December 15, 2017

Two fat jokes made within 5 seconds of each other and that was the end of it. I personally didn't find them to be that bad, but my experience as a fat person is different than yours.
posted by elsietheeel at 10:32 AM on December 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

That Haim song is going to be stuck in my head all day. I'm not complaining.
posted by Ruki at 10:40 AM on December 15, 2017

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