Jennifer Meer is a mother and writer, living and working in Connecticut. She has a BA from Brandeis University and an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management & Policy from NYU Wagner. Her writing has been featured in a number of online publications including The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, and The Stir. You can learn more at http://my-jenneration.blogspot.com and follow her at www.twitter.com/@JennMeer.
Every year, we start out the same. We are chill and peaceful from a lazy summer. Life seems manageable and approachable. The days are long and filled with things like ice cream and slow walks that…lead to nowhere. We foolishly feel as though, “we’ve got this.” Then, the fall comes. Real life and schedules begin again. We are frenzied and scrambled. The days get irritatingly short just when, more than ever, we have so much to fit into them. Activities, sports, meetings. Amidst the sharp colors and gusty winds of… >> Read More
My youngest baby, Hope, is fast approaching 7 months old. Though we are not currently members of any synagogue, our lack of shul membership doesn’t necessarily translate into a lack of faith. My…husband and I are Jewish and we want to raise our children Jewish. And while one of their first introductions to this faith will be the ceremony where we give our child a Hebrew name, we haven’t done it yet. But it’s time to start planning. In Judaism, the naming ceremony for boys is part… >> Read More
As you may have heard, Thanksgivukkah is coming. It is the perfect combination of Thanksgiving gratitude and Hanukkah miracles. Visions of latke-stuffed turkeys dance in my head. Yet as American…Jews prepare for this once in a lifetime season of starchy gluttony, I am struggling with the sharp contrast of how much we have in the face of how many have so little. Indeed, the ability to put food on a table nowadays seems, in and of itself, something of a miracle. Who has a… >> Read More
I am sitting here in front of a computer. It is late. There is a half eaten bag of chocolate chips in front of me. It is the period of time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur that is supposed to…be about reflection and introspection. And instead it has already become a race against time, from one holiday to the next, half cleaned platters on the counter from last week’s holiday dinner, unfilled suitcases to prepare for next week’s trip out of town for Kol Nidre schedules, classes, activities, appointments, life keeps churning. I am not… >> Read More