Let’s rewind for a moment. “The J Factor” was a fun one-night competition put on my the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County that sought to find the best Jewish singer in Orange County. More than 130 people attended the show, with the competition judged by vocalist Judi Silvano, arts advocate Gary Schuster, Times Herald-Record Sullivan County Editor Barry Lewis, and TH-R “Newswatch” host and personality Tracy Baxter. Jake Ehrenreich (“A Jew Grows in Brooklyn”) hosted.
So who won? First place went to Amanda Pearl. Second place went to George M. Levy. Third place went to Sandy Sussman. Pictured is Pearl with Ehrenreich.