About Kveller

Kveller.com is a website for those who want to add a Jewish twist to their parenting. For many of us, this is no simple matter.

In the first few sleep-deprived weeks of parenthood, we’re faced with some pretty weighty questions of how (and if) we want to introduce our kids to Jewish traditions. There are baby namings for girls and bris ceremonies for boys. And that’s just the very beginning. Later there will be decisions about preschools and Hebrew schools, bar and bat mitzvahs.

There is no one way to parent Jewishly, and we are not about to change that. Whether you grew up observing Shabbat every Friday night, or had your first taste of matzah ball soup when you married into a Jewish family, the ways you can incorporate Judaism and Jewish culture into your parenting style are diverse. Kveller is here to give you ideas you can run with–ideas for first-time parents, interfaith parents, queer parents, adoptive parents, and everything in between–with the hopes that you can find information and inspiration that is right for your family.

Meet the Staff:

Deborah Kolben (Editorial Director/Founding Editor) is a journalist and editor. She covered education, crime, and real estate at the New York Daily News and The New York Sun before becoming  the city editor of The New York Sun and the managing editor of  the Village Voice.  She has also written for The New York Times, Financial Times, The Forward, and Jerusalem Report. She received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and received an Arthur F. Burns fellowship to report in Germany. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. You can follow her at @dkolben and reach her at deborah@kveller.com.

sarah seltzer

Sarah Seltzer (Editor) is a journalist covering culture, activism and gender, most recently as Deputy Editor at culture website Flavorwire.com. Her print and online work has appeared in publications including Poets & Writers, The Forward, Lilith, The Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, The New York Times, Salon, The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, Jezebel, The Hairpin, Refinery29, The Toast, Rolling Stone, and many more. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she edited The Crimson’s weekend magazine, as well as the MFA in writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first baby, Mikey, is growing up way too fast and she can objectively report that he is very cute. You can follow her at @sarahmseltzer and reach her at sarah@kveller.com.

joanna valenteJoanna C. Valente (Staff Writer) is the author of Sirs & Madams, The Gods Are Dead, Marys of the Sea, and Xenos. Joanna received an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, and is an editor at Yes Poetry, Civil Coping Mechanisms, and Luna Luna Magazine. Publications include BUST Magazine, Apogee, The Feminist Wire, and more. You can follow Joanna @joannasaid and email at joanna@kveller.com.

Jennifer Modlinger, Regional Coordinator of KvellerJennifer Modlinger (Director of Partnerships) received an M.S.W. from Columbia University, an M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from George Washington University. When she isn’t working or parenting, Jennifer is an avid knitter and gluten free baker. She lives with her husband and sons in Teaneck, New Jersey. You can follow her at @JModlinger and reach her at jennifer@kveller.com.

Molly Tolsky (Editor Emeritus) is a writer and editor originally from Chicago, currently living in New York. She received an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Collagist, Modern Loss, xoJane, MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine, The Forward, and elsewhere. She is senior editor of No Tokens. You can follow her @mollytolsky and reach her at molly@kveller.com.


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