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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:

  • Oct 25 2011
    Kveller in the Holy Land

    I’m sure you were all  waiting with bated breath, but I’m happy to announce that I’m back. What, you didn’t realize that I was gone? I, the faithful editor of Kveller, took the show on the road for a few … Continue reading


  • Oct 24 2011
    Parents on Gilad Shalit

    It would be understatement to say that Israel can be a polarizing issue for Jews, and non-Jews. And as a general policy, we tend to steer clear of it here on Kveller. There’s plenty of parenting material without delving into … Continue reading


  • Sep 7 2011

    Over the weekend I had an Upper West Side version of a Labor Day BBQ–that is, we went to Dinosaur in Harlem and ordered it to go. Back at my parents’ apartment, after scarfing down more meat and coleslaw than … Continue reading


  • Aug 23 2011
    Back To School–Lunch

    My almost 2-year-old daughter starts “school” next week. Until now, she’s had a combination of babysitters and nannies and parents to care for her. But next week she’ll venture off with a dozen kids to play, sing, learn, nap, and … Continue reading


  • Aug 19 2011
    News of the Week: Hot sauce or time out?

    All the parenting news you probably missed this week. -European or child abuser? That’s the question Jezebel asks about this mom who dared to leave her 1-year-old outside a coffee shop on the mean streets of Amherst, MA while she … Continue reading


  • Aug 19 2011
    “The Law Does Not Mandate Work-Life Balance”

    A group of women working for Bloomberg LP (the company founded by Mayor Bloomberg) sued their employer a number of years back claiming that the company routinely discriminated against mothers and mothers-to-be by reducing their pay, demoting them, or excluding … Continue reading


  • Aug 2 2011
    Pole Dancing Pregnant Ladies

    A few years back when I was working as a freelancer, I took an assignment offered to me by the New York Post‘s Page Six Magazine. I will justify writing for them this way: $2 per word. The article I … Continue reading


  • Jul 29 2011
    Roundup: Giving birth during the Bar Exam, not banning Circumcision, and Octomom

    All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week. -It’s over! It’s over! Remember all that brouhaha about banning circumcision in San Francisco? Well guess what? It’s off the November ballot. “After a judge ruled Thursday … Continue reading


  • Jul 13 2011
    For Leiby Kletzky

    When I woke up this morning, there were a number of angry emails on my local parent listserv in Brooklyn. People were complaining that they had been woken up the day before by an “Orthodox Jewish organization” calling too early, … Continue reading


  • Jul 1 2011
    See You Tuesday

    Like the rest of the country, Kveller is going on vacation. We are taking a long weekend and will be back on Tuesday, July 5. By then we’ll have lots of stories to share. Amy Deutsch can tell us why … Continue reading


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