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Sarah to adopt two children

Posted by Gator on April 5th, 2014

Of course, the operative word missing from that headline is “someday.”  (What a shameless grab at site traffic.)


After their appearance at the Women in the World summit in New York yesterday, Sarah and her sister, Susan, had a follow-up interview during which they talked in greater depth about one of the topics they had mentioned during their WitW talk: international adoption. Two of Susan’s five children are international adoptees, and Sarah said she, too, hopes someday to adopt internationally.

Susan: She’s going to adopt.

Host: Are you?

Sarah: Yeah, I mean, you know– when I’m ready. I’m not– I’m going to be like–

Host: How soon are you going to be ready?

Sarah: I think like early fifties, I’ll adopt a couple sisters from Afghanistan or something. Build a life. But I’m not ready yet. I’ll probably be young grandma age. That’s why I need to stay healthy and strong and stuff.

[Click the pic to see that dialogue, or watch the full conversation here.]

They did go on after that to talk about other topics (Susan about Sarah’s activism as carrying on the tradition of the biblical prophets, a comparison she has made often before; Sarah on the need to stop the systematic chipping away at a woman’s right to choose).  Fans may like the cutely nostalgic moment when Sarah recalls their mom’s having worn a pin advocating “Think globally, act locally” when they were kids.

To learn more about the issue of international adoption, go to Susan Silverman’s site about the topic, JustAdopt.net.


Video: Sarah and Susan speak at WitW 4/4/14

Posted by Gator on April 5th, 2014

Along with its article reporting on the talk Sarah and her sister gave April 4 at the annual Women in the World summit, the Daily Beast, one of the summit’s sponsors, posted these video excerpts of what Sarah and Susan had to say.

Sarah: “Be undeniable. That’s how strides are made.”

Sarah: “You don’t need vagina perfume.”

Susan: “We have children who are drowning in this world. The systematic undermining of children has got to change.”

What Sarah and Susan told women in the world

Posted by Gator on April 5th, 2014

This is how the Daily Beast reported on Friday’s appearance of Sarah and Susan Silverman at the Women in the World summit in New York City.


At face value, sisters Sarah and Susan Silverman couldn’t seem more different. But Sarah, a notably edgy comedian, and her older sister Susan, a rabbi who lives in Israel, are clearly cut from the same cloth. “I suppose it’s because our lives seem at the surface to be so polar opposite,” Sarah told The Daily Beast before they addressed the 5th annual Women in the World Conference on Friday. “But the truth is we both kinda … preach; and we both take in our surroundings and try to mirror it.”

The sisters have both been vocal activists for a variety of issues that are dear to them. Susan, who says she always wanted to be s social worker, decided to become a rabbi as a way into social justice.  Her pet causes, including international adoption, religious pluralism, and rights for refugees, particularly those in Israel, guide her. “I knew nothing about Judaism, so I decided to be a rabbi,” she says, recounting how she called (more…)

Pics: Sarah and sister at WitW summit 4/4/14

Posted by Gator on April 5th, 2014

Here are some views of Sarah and Susan Silverman in conversation onstage at this year’s Women in the World summit in New York City. The venue is Lincoln Center.





Sarah and sister: unconventionally good

Posted by Gator on April 1st, 2014

Sarah and her sister, Susan (the one who’s a rabbi and lives in Israel), will be speaking Friday at “Women in the World: Stories + Solutions.”  The Daily Beast (formerly Newsweek) interviewed the pair and posted this resulting article yesterday.

– by Kevin Fallon

At this point, there are few things that Sarah Silverman could say or do that would shock people. But mention that the consistently controversial—and consistently hilarious—comedian’s sister is one of the world’s most renowned and influential rabbis, and watch those who thought they’d seen or heard everything from the professional button-pusher react, once again, with surprise.

But learn more about Sarah’s sister, Rabbi Susan Silverman, and it becomes abundantly clear that even though “I’m godless and she’s godfull,” as Sarah puts it, audacity runs in the family.

Many siblings independently grow up to choose alternative careers that one won’t find in those “When I Grow Up” children’s books we all read as kids. But it’s still hard to deny the acute fascination over the fond relationship between Sarah, the comedian, and her sister Susan, the rabbi.

“I suppose it’s because our lives seem at the surface to be so polar opposite,” Sarah says. “But the truth is we both kinda … preach; and we both take in our surroundings and try to mirror it.” Speaking over Skype from her home in Israel—where she, her husband, and her five kids have lived since 2006—Susan agrees. At least about the preaching bit.

“I was just saying to a friend, it’s sort of like a Kardashian phenomenon,” she says. “Like I’m not exactly sure what all the attention’s about, but I feel like since I’m getting it, I should use it for good.”

The truth is that, even though the pairing of a comedian and rabbi sounds like beginning of a “walk into a bar…” joke, Sarah and Susan Silverman have much in common, beginning with the fact that both outspokenly champion the issues they’re most (more…)

Sarah proclaimed America’s Sweetheart

Posted by Gator on March 7th, 2014

It’s been more than a months since the Orbit gum press event about Sarah’s ad campaign for them, and we’ve been wondering when we’d see more articles spring from that than just the Huffington Post one. Here’s one just up from OK! magazine.

Stand-up comic, writer, and actress Sarah Silverman sat down with OK! at an event for Orbit gum in NYC to share what’s on her mind—and she didn’t use the “F”word once! Don’t believe us? Check it out below!

OK! Magazine: Finish this sentence. The biggest misconception about me is: Sarah Silverman:…that I’m Jewish. I mean, I’m Jewish in that it’s just in my pores and stuff, but I have no religion. My religion is science and love.

OK!: If Kim Kardashian were my best friend, the best advice I can give her is: SS: …I can’t even relate to her.

030614OKlogoOK!: I think Miley Cyrus is: SS: …awesome and an artist. I understand the quandary that parents have when their kids go from loving Hannah Montana to seeing this woman expressing herself artistically, but I think she has the right to express herself the way she sees fit. That’s going to change as she grows and matures. I think it’s exciting to watch. I think her album Bangerz is fantastic!

OK!: I think botox is: SS: I’m a comedienne. I need to move my face. If you like it, that’s great for you.

OK!: If I could see into the future with a Magic 8 ball, I would want to know: SS: …what happens when you die, and like, how do planes work? They’re so heavy, but they’re floating. I know it has to do with vacuum and air pressure and contrast, but it doesn’t make sense to me.

OK!: Orbit gum is important to me because: SS: …I’m honored to be the vessel through which Orbit decided to bring their freshness to America. I think it’s an obvious choice—I’m America’s sweetheart!

OK!: The No. 1 thing on my bucket list is: SS: …to do an interview with OK! Magazine!

Rolling Stone interview 2/13/14

Posted by Gator on February 13th, 2014


By Andy Greene, Rolling Stone
February 13, 2014 2:00 PM ET

Sarah Silverman is not afraid to piss people off. Late last month, the comedian posted a video where she casually chats about abortion rights with Jesus over popcorn. It’s part of her ongoing effort to inform people across the country about Republican-led efforts to limit women’s access to abortion. She’s teamed up with Lady Parts Justice and had been playing fundraisers for the group all over the country.

RollingStoneLogoWe spoke with Silverman about the controversial video, how this type of work has impacted her comedy career, her recent efforts to get a sitcom on the air and her future plans, including an Off-Broadway musical based on her 2010 book The Bedwetter she’s working on with Adam Schlesinger.

Why did you decide to make the Jesus video? Gee, I just started seeing this a lot, like voter suppression. It’s hard not to notice the far right is trying to make abortion illegal. They’re making it a bear of a job and they’re chipping away at it state by state. They’re just doing it quietly, the same way they did with voter suppression. I wanted to make something that was informational, though obviously with comedy.

There’s a lot of women that don’t know what’s going on, and they should, no matter how they feel. And to me, I love the symbol of Jesus. It’s so odd to me that so many people on the far right use his name to justify terrible things that I can’t imagine he’d approve of.

It is true he never mentioned homosexuality or so many other issues people fight over. He was all about love and tolerance. There used to be a time when if someone was living their life a different way than you, you’d just say, “Well, (more…)