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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 Read the rest of this entry »

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.





Pics: Laundry and loungewear

Posted by Gator on April 5th, 2014

Sarah was snapped by paparazzi on NYC streets Tuesday, and the pics went wide on the Internet. Is it really that unexpected that Sarah sometimes takes laundry in to be done or takes a walk in flannel loungewear?



Sarah at Gravy showing 4/1/14

Posted by Gator on April 2nd, 2014





Yesterday, Sarah attended the premiere of James Roday’s film, Gravy (in which she appears), the opening night feature at the Friar’s Club Comedy Film Festival in New York.









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 Read the rest of this entry »