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    Name the "Jennie & Patrick Show"

    Hey there. ModernTribe's new associate, Patrick Aleph of Can!!Can band and PunkTorah, and I are doing these quirky shopping-channelesque videos where we discuss items we sell on We'd like some help coming up with a name for this "show" which we hope to do regularly.

    If you haven't seen our "shows" the videos are below. Please comment to suggest names. Don't be mean, and, yes, the comments are moderated, so inappropriate comments may not make it live (unless they are really funny).

    Thanks so much!

    You can buy these items on

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

    Congratulations 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. I remember as a young boy growing up in a reform jewish home, that whenever her father would come to visit from Chicago, all the pork products would have to be hidden so he wouldnt find them. And she was such an excellent cook and baker, and even had a lock on her freezer door to keep her children from eating all the goodies she would make in advance for parties and such. She is still a trip, I am glad she is still with us, and miss her dearly between visits.

    She deserves to be remember every day, not just on Mother's Day :)

    All of the Cool Mamalahs: Jennifer, Lisa, Maya, Doni, Meredith, 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 will 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.

    Join The Cool Mamalah's Email Lists
    • The Call-Your-Mother Gift Box is presented by the Cool Mamalahs.


    Why does your mom, grandmother, sister, friend, cousin, aunt (any special woman in your life) or you deserve the Call-Your-Mother Gift Box?

    Submit your answer in the comments below to enter.

    A winner will be randomly chosen from the answers and announced on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10th. (No purchase is required to enter. This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.)

    The Call-Your-Mother Gift Box contains over $150 worth of gifts:

    A Fistful of Lentils Sephardic cookbook by Jennifer Felicia Abadi

    Three-CD set of original "Funky music with a Jewish Twist" by Mama Doni

    Gift certificate for customized "Shomer Negiah Panties" by artist Maya Escobar

    The Modern Jewish Mom's Guide to Shabbat by Meredith L. Jacobs

    Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe by Lisa Alcalay Klug

    Pomegranate vases/candle holders by Israeli artist Racheli Peretz
    provided by Jennie Rivlin Roberts
    • The Call-Your-Mother Gift Box is presented by the Cool Mamalahs.

    Comment below to enter!
    (If you must comment anonymously, please email us with your comment so that we know how to contact you if you win!

    Open E: ModernTribe's Best & Worst of 2008

    In the spirit of the Open Source software movement, I'm sharing my learning as an e-commerce entrepreneur. 2008 was an incredible year for and No Limit Texas Dreidel. Our first full year in operation was filled with triumphs, mistakes and exponential learning. Here are some of the best & worst, biggest flubs and greatest wins of 2008:

    Best Marketing ROI (return on investment):

    Direct mailing of postcards to media resulting in editorial in the Los Angeles Times, B'nai B'rith Magazine, and more. Approximate Cost: $500. Estimated ROI 5-10x!

    Most Exciting Unexpected Editorial:

    Inclusion in Newsweek's holiday gift guide which we found out about through a customer. We didn't believe him and then he scanned in the page and emailed it to us.

    Biggest Advertising Disappointments:

    With the sad closing of Jewish Living Magazine we lost our banner ad, some great editorial links, and an editorial feature of our Stainless Steel Scroll Menorah. Also, the Google Jump Start program conducted during Passover was a blood bath: our $116 average purchase cost us $93 (that means each $46 gross profit, cost us $163 to generate -- ouch!)

    Best Buying Decision:

    Listening to a product rep and stocking the best sellers from the line including the Jumbo Glitter Crystal Balls.

    Biggest Supplier Nightmare:

    Selling 80 Peace Sign Menorahs over the weekend and then finding out our order from the manufacturer wasn't coming.

    Biggest Buying Mistake:

    Not paying attention to an invoice and missing that an artist increased his wholesale price 40%. (The dollar's weakness against the shekel was part of the reason why). I'd set and advertised the retail price, based on the original wholesale price.

    Biggest Manufacturing Triumph:

    When the No Limit Texas Dreidel games were late, insisting that a small amount be air shipped to fulfill a large customer's order.

    Second Biggest Manufacturing Triumph:

    Games arrived in pretty good condition, pretty much as specified, and late but early enough not to miss the season. (In manufacturing, this mediocre result is a triumph).

    Biggest Manufacturing Mistake:

    Failing to get a detailed, complete price quote in writing resulting in us paying $1400 for production molds we had understood were part of the per piece price.

    Biggest Heart Attack Moment:

    Getting a call from "The View" and then finding out they were looking for one of our suppliers, not us.

    Biggest Heart Attack Moment II:

    Getting a call from NPR and finding out they were looking for us!

    Biggest Serendipity:

    Erica with her complimentary skills and geographic desirability became a business partner after getting a gift from from her mother.

    Best Unofficial (and Unpaid) Business Partners To Whom ModernTribe Owes Big Thanks:

    My husband Webb contributes his smarts and talents to nearly every aspect of the business. Todd, Erica's husband, manages our intellectual property. Jill, Jeremy's wife, edits and contributes to the blog (and just started her own editing/writing business). Mike Weiser and Beth Shapiro of Donner, Weiser and Associates provide excellent accounting services and advice. Brian gives his opinions freely about our ads, influenced our design direction considerably and gave us the lead for the Time Out New York editorial that lead to one of our biggest sellers of the season: Mix Tape USB Stick. Meredith Jacobs included No Limit Texas Dreidel in her TV show on The Jewish Channel, named for her book and her website: Modern Jewish Mom, and talked about us on DC radio. Lauren is always looking out for PR opportunities for us and introduced me to HARO, my favorite PR tool. Christy hooked us up with two Pittsburgh retailers who sold No Limit Texas Dreidel. My mom, our loyal customers, and many others have helped make 2008 a success for ModernTribe. To all of you, my most sincere thank you!