May 20, 2019

Esther D. Kustanowitz

Esther D. Kustanowitz is a Contributing Writer at the Jewish Journal. She previously was the Founding Editor 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.
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...
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.
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