When you think of Rosh Hashanah Girl, you probably think of the brilliant video co-created by Brooklynites (and ROIers) William "the Jewish Robot" Levin and singer/songwriter Michelle Citrin. And you should. Because who could compete with that, really?
But what many people don't know is that I rocked Rosh Hashanah first. This classic clip is an interview that the very funny Teresa Strasser did several years ago (before she was exploiting her baby) when she lived in New York and worked for Good Day NY - because the network decided that talking to rabbis about Jewish holidays was a little boring, they opted for a fresher voice...
There was initially talk of my becoming GoodDay's "Go-To-Jew," who'd come in periodically and talk about Jewish life and holidays. That didn't happen for whatever reasons, probably including the fact that Teresa moved back to LA. But that was my first real TV appearance, and now that I'm a seasoned professional living in Los Angeles, you never know what the future will bring. (You hear that, future? Bring it.)
While we're on Rosh Hashanah as a topic, let me remind you of a Yom Kippur option for people who can't get to (or don't feel comfortable going to) synagogue: I'm helping JewishTVNetwork to promote their online Kol Nidre service, which will air online erev Yom Kippur (September 27) live from Los Angeles. For more information, contact me (esther.kustanowitz at gmail) and/or click over to the special High Holidays page of the JewishTVNetwork.com site, which also has links to relevant video clips, recipes and more!