The Schmooze: June 2024

Catching up with Rayna Greenberg

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Growing up, Rayna Greenberg learned to love food from her mom. A single parent, her mother worked all day and somehow still managed to "create magic from the refrigerator" for Greenberg and her family every night.

Greenberg went on to transform this lifelong appreciation of food into a career. Prior to starting her blog One Hungry Jew , she attended culinary school and spent a decade working in some of New York City's finest restaurants. Today, she juggles many titles: blogger, photographer, podcaster, entrepreneur, and influencer. 

She is perhaps best known for her podcast Girls Gotta Eat , where she dishes on a wide range of topics, including dating and relationships, with her best friend and business partner Ashley Hesseltine. Their podcast averages nearly 2.5 million downloads a month and has consistently ranked in the top 20 on iTunes and Spotify.

The duo has also taken their top-rated podcast on tour performing at some of the biggest stages in the world. For tour dates and tickets, check out

What was the last book you read?


Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin 

What's your all-time favorite movie?


Good Fellas . I've probably seen it over 15 times.

What's your favorite Jewish food?


It's a toss-up between my mom's matzah ball soup and her latkes.

What are you listening to these days?


Latin Party Anthems playlist on Spotify, and the podcasts The Daily, How I Built This , Crime Junkies , and Comments by Celebs

Who was the last person you texted?


My business partner in Vibes Only and Girls Gotta Eat co-host Ashley Hesseltine

If you could invite 3 people to a Shabbat dinner, who would they be?


Anthony Bourdain, Cardi B, and Dave Bautista. Tell me that's not a great party.

If you could have any other occupation, what would it be?


I can't imagine anything that would grant me more happiness or fulfillment than Girls Gotta Eat . I am starting a sex therapy certification program now to grow my knowledge even further.

Who are your biggest role models?


The women in my space who have paved the way for people like me to do what I do: Esther Perel, Emily Morse, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

What are you currently binge-watching on TV?


Everything on Bravo, season 3 of The Office , and Killing Eve .

If you could offer the teen version of yourself one piece of wisdom, what would it be?


Don't be so supremely hard on yourself. Everyone has the same internal monologue of, "Do I look ok, am I good enough, do people like me?" You are enough!


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