Marjorie Ingall

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Marjorie Ingall until we are able to commission a full entry.

Author Marjorie Ingall.

Marjorie Ingall’s 2016 parenting guide Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children (grounded in her experiences raising her two daughters) offers a blend of empathy, ethics, and practical advice that readers came to expect from her “East Village Mamaleh” column in the Forward, which she wrote from 2002 to 2009. Ingall graduated from Harvard in 1989 and served as editor and senior writer for Sassy from 1990 until the magazine closed in 1994. She then became a freelance writer for periodicals as wide-ranging as The New York Times Book Review, Wired, Real Simple, and Ms. Magazine and was a contributing editor at Glamour. She published her first book, the playful Field Guide to North American Males, in 1997 and collaborated on several other books. In 2002 she began writing for the Forward, where she eventually created her “East Village Mamaleh” advice column, and she was a columnist for Tablet from 2009 to 2021. She co-wrote SORRY SORRY SORRY: The Case for Good Apologies, published in 2023, with Susan McCarthy.  


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