November 16, 2018

Esther D. Kustanowitz

Esther D. Kustanowitz is a Contributing Writer at the Jewish Journal. She is also the Editorial Director at She is an experienced freelance writer and consultant specializing in social media, pop culture, grief and Jewish community conversation. She is frequently sought-after as a source on social media engagement and culture, and is known as a Jewish community social influencer.
Todd Shotz was sitting at home on Oct. 27 when he heard about the synagogue shooting that had just happened in Pittsburgh.
In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings, the Journal asked leaders of our community to provide words of comfort, advice
In early October, as we began the cycle of reading the Torah again, I was in a vineyard in Israel, celebrating a friend’s wedding.
Refugees usually arrive in a new country with little to their names, isolated because their language and customs are different.
We asked rabbis, community leaders, comics and actors who they'd like to symbolically invite into their sukkah this year.
In 2016, when artist Wanda Peretz was at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw
Every Angeleno has seen the “tent cities”: homeless encampments under bridges, near parks and freeway entrances,
In November, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills (TEBH) announced its participation in The Big Fill, a drive to collect medical and...
When you think about those quintessentially Jewish professions, you probably go right to doctor, lawyer or — because we’re here...
For people who struggle with infertility, questions such as “when are you starting a family?” aren’t just irritating, they’re painful.
For the Past five years, chaplain Rabbi Avivah W. Erlick has been counseling Jewish inmates at three Los Angeles County jails.
IKAR, a progressive spiritual community in Los Angeles, has concluded its national search for an Associate Rabbi. Rabbi David Kasher,
Harvard University offers a “Game of Thrones”-inspired history class. UC Berkeley has a philosophy class on “The Simpsons.”
To fight the growing problem of food insecurity on university campuses, nonprofit organization Challah for Hunger has mobilized a...
After two nights in Krakow, we were returning to Warsaw to finish our study trip to Jewish Poland. I packed, pulling out clothes for...
At de Toledo High School in West Hills, the garden includes four raised growing beds, fruit trees, a toolshed and a new greenhouse...
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