Esther Kustanowitz

ROI Community/Jewish Federation of Greater L.A.

Esther Kustanowitz is a Los Angeles-based writer, consultant, and Jewish communal professional, who has written and consulted on innovation, culture and social media for many Jewish publications and organizations. A longtime consultant for the ROI Community of Jewish Innovators, Esther also works part-time as Program Coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. She blogs at

Jews' Line is It Anyway? Improv for Jews

What's so Jewish about basic improv comedy? When you've been exiled from as many countries as Jews have, adapting to your environment is a key skill: we take whatever resources we have and we improvise! This informal, participatory workshop introduces the basics of improvisational comedy within a Jewish community context -- suitable for Jews and Judeophiles of all ages, and no comedy experience required.

Appetite for Disruption: Cocktails for Innovators

Joshua Avedon, Will Deutsch, Tera "Nova Jade* Greene, Esther Kustanowitz, Avram Mandell, Elai Shine, Laura Silver

Delightful. Diverse. Disruptive. This tribute to Jewish creativity, tradition and innovation features free-form schmoozing and fast-paced, entertaining multimedia presentations where connectors, innovators, educators, tech experts, creative thinkers, funders, media moguls, and enthusiastic consumers of Jewish content can all mingle. First 50 attendees get a free drink -- cash bar thereafter, snacks available throughout, courtesy of Jumpstart and the ROI community. Let the drinks, conversations and ideas flow! DJ beats provided by Bad/Wolf.

Nothing Helps (But This Might Help)

The loss of a loved one throws the world into chaos, for mourners and for the people who surround them trying to help. Whether you've been through a loss in your family, or tried to comfort someone who has, come for some open, honest talk about what may help, how humor comes from unexpected places, and how the modern Jewish community can help to support those who grieve. Esther will be conducting this session in memory of her mother, Shulamit E. Kustanowitz, z"l.