deborah kolben

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

 molly tolsky

Molly Tolsky (Editor) is a writer and editor originally from Chicago, currently living in New York. She earned an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines including Lumina, MAKE, and The Collagist, and her non-fiction has appeared in The Jewish Daily Forward. She isn't a parent, but a very proud aunt. You can follow her @mollytolsky and reach her at


 jennifer modlinger

Jennifer Modlinger (Regional Coordinator) received an M.S.W. from Columbia University and an M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary. When she isn't working, parenting, or volunteering, Jennifer  is an avid knitter and gluten free baker. She lives with her husband and sons in Teaneck, New Jersey. You can reach Jennifer at

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Contributing Editors:

mayim bialik

Mayim Hoya Bialik is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as for her portrayal of the young Bette Midler in Beaches. She is seen regularly on CBS' The Big Bang Theory. Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe, and she received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA. She is the celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network, a lactation education and consultant, and the proud mother of two young boys. She is devoted to a lifestyle of attachment parenting, homeschooling, vegan cooking, Jewish observance, growth, and the pursuit of "Torah living." She lives in Los Angeles and is the author of a book about her family's experience with holistic and attachment parenting, to be published in March 2012 by Simon and Schuster.

jordana horn

Jordana Horn is a journalist, lawyer, writer, mother, expectant mother, travel aficionado and self-declared karaoke superstar. She is the New York correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The Forward, as well as numerous magazines and websites. She is also working on her first novel.

Adina Kay-Gross earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She has taught creative writing, composition and literature at Columbia University, Hofstra University, and Yeshiva University and she currently works as a writing consultant at Stern College and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute for Religion. Adina's writing has been published in a variety of magazines and literary journals. Adina just moved from Brooklyn to the 'burbs, where she lives with her husband and twin girls.

carla naumburg

Carla Naumburg, PhD, is a clinical social worker. She writes the Mindful Parenting blog for PsychCentral, and her work has appeared on academic journals and a number of online magazines, including The Huffington Post,, The Jewish Daily Forward,, and Carla is currently writing a book on mindful parenting, to be published by Parallax Press in the fall of 2014. She lives outside of Boston with her husband and two daughters..

tamara reese

Tamara Reese, MPH, CHES is a stay-at-home mama and part-time consultant in the field of Maternal and Child Health. Her work has been published in academic journals, La Leche League USA New Beginnings, Motherlove Carnival of Breastfeeding and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Tamara lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two boys and her passions include child injury prevention, gentle parenting, and breastfeeding advocacy.

sarah tuttle-singer

Sarah Tuttle-Singer is an LA Expat (reluctantly) growing roots in Israel. She's learning to love being an outsider: After all, the view from the edge is exquisite. Fueled by a double-shot latte, she (over)shares her (mis)adventures across the Internet, including on Kveller.comTimes of IsraelJezebel, and Offbeat Families. She is dangerous when bored..

Contributing Writers:

Alina Adams

Nina Badzin

Jana Banin

Melissa Langsam Braunstein

Amy Deutsch

Tamar Fox

Elana Gartner

Monica Gebell

Lili Kalish Gersch

Jessica Glassberg

Dana Meijler

Stephanie Kanowitz

Alexis Kort

Pia Kutten

Tzipporah La Finaza

Courtney Naliboff

Avital Norman Nathman

Cara Paiuk

Alicia Jo Rabins

Tova Ross

Renee Septimus

Rebecca Einstein Schorr

Batya Sherizen

Tanya Tolchin

Emily Wolper