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.
At a recent stand-up comedy show at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, headliner Ahamed Weinberg welcomed the crowd with “Salaam aleikum.
Ilan Kenig, 57, lives in Hancock Park, where he is a board member of Congregation Shaarei Tefila. Two of his six children go to Yavneh Hebrew Academy.
Actress Michaela Watkins — whose resume includes Hulu’s “Casual,” ABC’s “Trophy Wife,” Amazon’s “Transparent” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” —
This Hanukkah, Joel and Fran Grossman shared the story of a food-related miracle, but in their case, it wasn’t a cruse of pure oil —
On Day Two, Valley Beth Shalom’s Rabbi Ed Feinstein gave an impassioned speech, invoking Abraham Joshua Heschel’s plea for Jewish authenticity and...
The Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly (GA) is made up of so many things: sessions and plenaries, lines at the restrooms
Every November, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) convenes thousands of Jewish lay and professional leaders to discuss pressing issues,
The impact of Israeli programs on American television has taken an almost biblical route: In the beginning, there was “BeTipul,”
In the opening scene of “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” oldest child Danny (Adam Sandler) is jockeying for a parking spot on the streets of...
Over the course of its four seasons, “Transparent” has been creating groundbreaking conversation about gender identity, telling the story of a family.
When “Will & Grace” first aired in 1998, the sitcom broke new ground in broadcast television by becoming a hit series with openly gay principal characters.
Wanda Peretz’s Beverlywood home is also her art studio where she stitches together the fabrics while strengthening the seam of her Jewish connection.
The Southern California program brings Conservative, Reconstructionist, Reform and transdenominational rabbis to cooperate in the conversion process.
After spending my formative years in Jewish day school, it was only natural that I’d rebel in college: I signed up for a class in the New Testament.
When Jill Sperling met her husband in 1985, he was the first Jew she’d ever met. On a recent business trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the tables turned.
Because I lost my mother six years ago, Mother’s Day hits me differently every year.
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