Esther D. Kustanowitz


The Jewish Lonely Hearts Who Meet Online

By Esther D. Kustanowitz

The Jewish Lonely Hearts Who Meet Online
For Jewish singles, JDate holds the power to connect. But it can also make you feel there’s something wrong if you can’t click your way to love, writes Esther Kustanowitz.Read More


Will Israel Yank Satire Over 'Murderers' Promo?

By Esther D. Kustanowitz

Will Israel Yank Satire Over 'Murderers' Promo?
How long does it take for Israelis to form opinions about a TV show that hasn’t aired yet? The answer, in the case of “Hayehudim Ba’im” (“The Jews Are Coming”) – a new satire slated for fall air on Israel’s Channel 1 – is 19 seconds.Read More


'Hairspray' in the Holy City

By Esther D. Kustanowitz

'Hairspray' in the Holy City
The original “Hairspray” (1988) was a weird little movie made by cult director John Waters about rock and roll and race relations in 1960s Baltimore. Then it became a smash musical on Broadway, then a 2007 film adaptation of that Broadway hit. Now, the show is coming to Jerusalem, with a community theater production featuring 32 Anglo-Israeli and Ethiopian-Israeli singers, dancers and actors who share the stage and the spotlight.Read More


Bye Bye, Liz Lemon

By Esther D. Kustanowitz

Bye Bye, Liz Lemon
After seven seasons, “30 Rock” ends tonight on NBC. During its tenure, the show dropped Jewish references like mad, ranging from a crack about Monica Lewinsky joining JDate to contract negotiations that include “a 15% raise, a two-pic guarantee from Universal and time off for every Jewish holiday, no matter how ridiculous.” And of course, a Werewolf Bar Mitzvah.Read More


Holy Comedy

By Esther D. Kustanowitz

Teens in trouble are nothing to laugh at. But comedians, by definition, should be. That, in a nutshell, was the theory behind a series of recent comedy shows in the Holy Land, which featured professional American comedians raising funds for an organization that provides support services for English-speaking teenagers.Read More



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