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Zoe Brown Has A Job. Or 7.

Zoe Brown loved Staples High School.

Before graduating in 2015 she served as editor-in-chief of the school paper Inklings, and president of the Teen Awareness Group. She was on Student Assembly, in Student Ambassadors, and played field hockey.

She learned a lot about herself. She made friends who, she says, “have made me a better person.”

The University of Southern California was her dream school. She loved the journalism program, the “Trojan Family” spirit, the beautiful campus, the weather, football games, party scene, and the fact that it was different than any place she’d ever lived.

When she got there though, Zoe realized there were 2 things she did not love: its size, and how far it was from her home and family.

She felt she could not get as involved as she’d been at Staples. She lost her confidence and her passion. And, she says, “I lost myself.”

Zoe Brown

For those reasons — and issues involving mental health — she needed to take a step “to the left.” (That’s the name of her blog post by the same name. Click here for her very honest insights.)

In early August, Zoe chose to take care of herself and her body, by spending the upcoming semester at home.

But she knew she had to stay active. Which is how she now has 7 jobs.

You read that right. Zoe is working at 7 jobs.

First, she was hired as a hostess at Pearl at Longshore.

She then joined Two Oh Three — the zip code-named lifestyle brand — as a communications intern.

Zoe picked up some babysitting and tutoring work too.

Then she became a seasonal worker for Challah Connection, the kosher gift company.

Zoe Brown, at Challah Connection.

She also started helping jewelry designers Allison Daniel and Devon Woodhill.

That’s not all. Zoe is starting a greeting card/poster business with her best friend from Staples, Olivia Crosby — a graphic design student at the University of Connecticut.

Once Zoe finishes her USC classes from last semester, she’ll start tutoring with Freudingman & Billings.

No wonder her business cards say simply: “Zoe Brown — A li’l bit of everything.”

Each job is different. Pearl and babysitting are the most tiring. Pearl and Two Oh Three are the most fun.

But every job involves people. Zoe loves everyone she works with — everywhere –and has learned a lot from all.

She thinks she’s learned the most overall from being a hostess: about people and communication, especially.

Zoe plans to return to USC, and graduate in December 2019. Then — why not? — she’ll head to massage therapy school.

She’d like to work on a yacht or cruise ship, traveling for free before going back to Los Angeles to become a personal assistant to a producer, or work for a production company.

At the same time, she hopes to complete her own screenplays. She’s started one already.

Which means Zoe Brown is actually working 8 jobs right now.

I guess she’s too busy to count them all right.


Local Challah Makes A “Fiddler” Connection. Mazel Tov!

With dozens of delis in New York, finding challah for “Fiddler on the Roof” should be a no-brainer.

But every week, Connecticut’s own Challah Connection shleps 16 kosher loaves to Broadway. That’s 2 per show.

The company was founded in 2002 by Westporter Jane Moritz, as a delivery service for challah only. She soon expanded into kosher gift baskets, including babka, rugelach, black and white cookies, dried fruits, nuts and candies.

Tevye (Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein) enjoys challah from Connecticut.

Tevye (Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein) enjoys challah from Connecticut.

When a “Fiddler” representative was searching for props, Challah Connection stood out. You don’t expect someone to stand on line every night before the show, do you?

But the company’s “connection” with the show runs deeper than deliveries. It’s also the “official nosh partner” of “Fiddler,” providing additional food for special occasions.

Hooking up with the Broadway show has proved to be a great match. Moritz added a page to her website, offering products like Old Country Rolls, Tevye’s Tradition, Golde’s Bakery Gems and the Rich Man Gift Basket.


"Tevye's Tradition," from Challah Connection.

“Tevye’s Tradition,” from Challah Connection.

One Challah-va Mother

How far will a Jewish mother go for her son?

400 miles, apparently.

That’s how far Jane Moritz traveled to make a nice Jewish meal for Sam, a sophomore at Allegheny College.

This was hardly chicken soup.  Jane made brisket, cabbage and noodles, gefilte fish, potato kugel and more.

Jane and her boy did not dine alone.  They were joined by  Sam’s Phi Delta Theta fraternity brothers — and members of the Allegheny Hillel.

College president James H. Mullen also stopped by to nosh.

Jane and Sam Moritz

Last weekend’s event was one of the 1st joint Greek-Hillel events at Allegheny.  The Hillel members enjoyed the comforts of familiar food — while the frat guys loved the unfamiliar meal.  (Don’t believe me?  Check out this YouTube video of the event.)

Sam — who is both a Hillel member and his house’s social chairman — was the catalyst for the lunch.  His brothers loved the kosher care packages Jane sent, so he figured he’d go one step further:  a Jewish meal, made by mom.

“When Sam asked me to come to his college and cook for 50 kids, I looked at him like he was crazy,” Jane — the owner of Challah Connection, an online Jewish gift and gourmet kosher gift basket company — says.

“But then I began to realize that this was a lovely opportunity to share our traditions — and that it was my ‘mitzvah’ (good deed) for the day.

“No matter where you come from, no matter what your religion or ethnic background, we all come together over great food.”

Especially when Mom comes 400 miles to make it.