Jennifer Reich 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 The George Washington University. She previously held positions at Project Interchange at the American Jewish Committee, UJA-Federation of New York, and the American Pardes Foundation. When she isn't working or parenting she is an avid knitter and gluten free baker. She lives in Teaneck, New Jersey with her husband, two sons, and entirely too many guinea pigs.
When a Kveller reader recently sought advice on finding a Jewish ritual for mourning the passing of her cat, I wrote off the request as being outside of the boundaries of normative Jewish practice.…Judaism’s elaborate and meaningful mourning rituals and practices are for people, not pets. I felt that saying kaddish or observing the yahrzeit of a pet, no matter how beloved, would somehow take away from the meaning and power of these customs and laws. And then our beloved guinea pig Caramel died. Caramel was no ordinary… >> Read More
We all want to be Good Mamas, we really do. But there are also those days when we are JUST getting by. The days when we need to celebrate the small victories that help get us from one moment to…the next. The moment I stood firm while my adorable, angel-turned-demon was screaming and writhing on the floor over a mini Oreo. When I resisted the urge to use my shopping cart as an assault vehicle to clear an aisle in Costco. When cutting an apple “the right way” was rewarded with a smile, a… >> Read More