Yes, we all know Amy Winehouse is Jewish, but the way she has been acting lately is anything but as a Nice Jewish Girl. Yes, we all know that Bette Midler and Barbara Streisand are Jewish, but JYAs of today have nothing to do with the Borscht Belt. And yes, Pink is half Jewish, but she really doesn’t associate, does she?
(Regina: Az a yor ahf mir)
Today’s JYAs get their wholesome inspiration from a different source entirely, in the shape of the blue-eyed songstress Regina Spektor. Female JYAs love her because they can relate to her catchy yet eclectic lyrics that speak to womankind. Regina is like their best friend from Jewish summer camp who made it big but still sends them free tickets to her concerts whenever she is in town. Male JYAs love her because she presents an image of being potentially “gettable”. Regina is like their girlfriend from Jewish summer camp who made it big, doesn’t send them tickets to her concerts whenever she is in town, but would still remember their name if she ran in to them in the street.
Ms. Spektor is also an unabashed Jew, a graduate of Jewish day school in Riverdale, and the Frisch School in Paramus. She has played numerous times at various Jewish arts and music festivals around the country, and has also performed in Israel recently. In addition, she credits her songwriting spark to a hike in the Negev on a childhood trip to Israel.
So who better to earn the support of Jewish Young Adults than Regina Spektor? Talented, gorgeous, modest, and doesn’t act like Amy Winehouse. Plus she’s allegedly single. What more could you want?
(Amy: Es iz a shandeh far di kinder!)