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Deborah Kolben
Deborah is the founding editor of Kveller. She has worked as a journalist and editor at the New York Daily News, The New York Sun, and 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.

Posts by Deborah:

  • Mar 21 2012
    The Fake Books Are Taking Over

    Let’s just say that you heard it here first, but we fear there is a new trend in parenting literature that we’ll call the mockumanual


  • Mar 19 2012
    Dr. Spock’s Wife Likes Me

    Like many of us (50 million to be precise) I was raised on Dr. Spock. In my house he had a God-like status on the bookshelf in the hallway.


  • Feb 21 2012
    Why Do Girls Have to Buy Pink Stuff?

    We spend a lot of time here at Kveller talking about our kids. We think it’s also a good idea to occasionally (occasionally!)  listen to what the little ones have to say. And basically, this girl sums a lot of … Continue reading


  • Feb 17 2012
    Hello Kitty and Dora in Bed

    This is why it’s wonderful to have so many unemployed art school grads working as babysitters.


  • Feb 16 2012
    Let’s Play the Last Name Mashup Game

    If you combined names with your spouse, what would you become?


  • Feb 7 2012
    When a Child’s Illness “Goes Viral”

    Our friends over at the Forward wrote a fascinating and moving piece about little Ayelet Galena. Her parents chronicled her sickness and eventual death on a blog that brought thousands of strangers into their family’s life and struggle. One bioethicist … Continue reading


  • Jan 31 2012
    Where Have all the Good Jewish Books for Kids Gone?

    Let’s hold Jewish children’s books to the same high standards as the rest of the books on our kids’ shelves.


  • Jan 23 2012
    Kim Jong-Mama

    It occurred to me this weekend that I ask my toddler a lot of questions.


  • Oct 31 2011
    Halloween Costumes, Too Cute!

    Ok, we know, we know, Halloween isn’t a Jewish holiday. But some of our readers do celebrate this night of sugar and dress up.


  • Oct 27 2011
    Babar And Other Childhood Mistakes

    I recently picked up a whole new library for my 2-year-old at a stoop sale (that would be a Brooklyn version of a garage sale). I didn’t pay much attention to the titles, but gathered as much 25-cent loot as … Continue reading


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