We are extremely excited here at Kveller to announce the recipients of the first Kveller Fellowship. Since we had so many awesome applicants, we chose five totally amazing moms (instead of four as we originally planned)–because why limit ourselves? We are beyond thrilled to select such an interesting array of individuals who each have their own unique story and perspectives to bring into the mix, and deepen the Kveller community. Many thanks to our contributing editor Carla Naumburg to thank for the inspiration for this idea.
The five Fellows will write weekly articles about what’s going on in their lives (one of them is expecting her first baby, for instance!) and walk us through their experiences as moms–and whatever else they feel like writing about (because we all have strong feelings about Beyonce expecting twins, obviously). Basically, they’re going to be your new BFFs.
Without further adieu, meet the five Kveller Fellows below.
Rachel Sharansky Danziger is a Jerusalem-based writer who juggles parenthood, Judaism, and creative pursuits. Secretly, though, she thinks these paths should feed each other, and blogs about their intersections for The Times of Israel and on her personal blog.
Liat Katz, a clinical social worker, is a graduate of New Directions, a writing program offered by the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. Her work has been published in Lilith, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, and the narrative medicine websites Pulse and KevinMD. Of herself, she says, “I write to make sense of the world I see through the lens of a mom, a clinician, a patient, a wife, and a person just muddling through life.” Liat lives in Rockville, Maryland with her wife, two daughters, four cats, and a bunny.
Adina Giannelli is a writer, educator, mother, and nonprofit director (not necessarily in that order). She is thrilled to be a Kveller Fellow. Adina’s writing has appeared in publications including the Boston Globe, Salon and the Washington Post. She is currently at work on her first book, Ghosts That Haunt Us. You can find and follow her on Twitter (@adinagiannelli), Instagram (@adina.giannelli), or via her website (www.adinagiannelli.com).
Katie Colt is a freelance writer, musician, and mom. Her writing has been featured in The Smart Domestic and The Washington Post. In her free time, she is the Outreach Coordinator for Volunteer Immigrant Defense Advocates (VIDA). She lives in Chicago with her husband, Jack, and son, James. You can follow her on Twitter @katiebabyhorse and Instagram @katiebabyhorse.
Roni Moses was born and raised to Israeli parents on Long Island, NY, but moved to Israel at 14. Despite not being able to stomach hummus, she considers herself Israeli and is proud of her service in the IDF (Israel Defense Force). She graduated from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) where (aside from changing majors multiple times), she fell in love with the multicultural city of Haifa and met her husband, Guy. Roni spent the last seven years as a software Product Manager, but is currently recalculating her route and trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. She and Guy currently live in Haifa with their cat and are expecting their first daughter this Passover.
We can’t wait to hear from our five new Fellows. Join us in welcoming them to the Kveller mishpacha!