About Meredith Fineman
Meredith Fineman was born in Washington, DC and is one of ten real-live native Washingtonians. She grew up in a hippie commune bubble of media brats and politicos where she attended the Sidwell Friends School for 14 years – exposing her to many cultures, religions and different shades of liberals.
She attended the University of Pennsylvania where she began to learn, love, embrace, and Blackberry message in a language known as “The Tao of the JAP.” Meredith, who finds this whole practice of writing about herself in the third person a little odd but also just another step in her narcissism, majored in Communications (shopping on Gilt Groupe during lectures with her sorority sisters) and Spanish.
After college, Meredith decided to find herself finding herself and has yet to find that, but she tells herself that’s okay. Instead of being another pretty-good looking Jewish girl in New York City working in marketing and dating a banker, she decided to move to Buenos Aires, Argentina where she worked for Young & Rubicam. In South America she learned that Argentine men are insane, working in a second language is frustrating but also very gratifying, and had a year that rivaled most romantic montages in movies.
The History of TheFFJD
Upon her return into the land of the Ill-Fitting Pantsuit known as the Nation’s Capitol from South America, Meredith joined JDate because while she had always focused on her friends and career, she wanted to find a Nice Jewish Boy or One For the Time Being. Seeing the hilarity in the site and the subculture it created among young Jews, she began writing about her experiences dubbed “Fifty First (J)Dates” for her friends.
The site went viral, and pretty soon every other young Jewish female from LA to New York to DC to Chicago began reading and loving jeggings. Fifty First (J)Dates became TheFFJD in an effort to have a wider range of appeal to all women, and also because why should she continue to give JDate so much free press?
TheFFJD has been featured in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Washington Examiner, The Jewish Daily Forward, and blogs like Jewcy, Gawker, Jezebel, Jewlicious, and on listservs like those silly chain emails your mother sends you. In her spare time Meredith shops a lot. And occasionally reads or thinks about what she’s going to eat next. Meredith has also been on WJLA to discuss dating related conundrums, trials and tribulations. She’s cute on air. She has also interviewed Kelly Cutrone, fashion pr maven and general scary lady: http://bit.ly/ovj95k
More than anything, TheFFJD is an attempt to satirize but also capture the changes that occur to young women, particularly when it comes to love and dating. Also, that sometimes girls are funny.