Leah@jewishandadorable.com calls me back at 3:07pm, 6/6/05.
Luke: "Why do you advertise the Jewish angle?"
Leah: "Because I can. It goes over well. I am Jewish and I am adorable and I attract what I am. I attract safe and upscale people and I've been using it for a while."
Luke: "Is it important to a lot of men to be with a Jewish girl?"
Leah: "Absolutely. There are a lot of Jewish girls in this business, just a lot of them won't admit it. I put it out there and it's a fabulous marketing tool for me. I've had hobbyists email me and say I shouldn't put that out there. Take that down. And get angry.
"I don't listen to them because I know it works for me."
Luke: "How long have you been doing this?"
Leah: "About ten years. I was working as a massage therapist. I was massaging a 5'11 Jewish girl with short blonde hair, overweight. I said to her, what do you do? She said, I'm a hooker.
"I was shocked. Wow. She said, I make $10,000 a month. I said, wow. She said, you should think about doing this. I said, no, no, no. I could never do that. I'm a nice Jewish girl. I just like gifts.
"She said, that's funny. You'll never get them. You're better off doing it this way. Then you'll get more gifts.
"She said, here's my number if you change your mind.
"I worked as a cocktail waitress at the Marriott. It was hard. I could barely support myself. The bartender, a gay guy, said, 'Saturday is Leah's busy night off.' I quit. I was slaving ten hours a day and I couldn't get out for my auditions. And the guy was accusing me of working. And I've never done that in my life.
"I quit. I didn't know what to do. I called her, 'Carol, you probably don't remember me, but this is Leah, and I just quit my job and I don't know what to do, and I'm really upset.' She said, put on some lingerie and I'll send someone over in 30-minutes. I go, what do I do? She said, just smile and be nice.
"So I answered the door. It was a Jewish guy. He said, pulling on my lingerie, doesn't this come off? And I said, she didn't tell me that it does.
"He said, yeah, it comes off. I said, oh, ok.
"So, away that went. She sent me more. That's how I got started.
"Over the years that I've seen him, we've always laughed about it.
"I've become very friendly with my clients. They've become my friends. I go out to dinner with them.
"I do plan on getting married to someone who's Jewish and adorable. That's another reason I put it out there. It keeps me safe knowing that I am dealing with the same tribe. I don't want to have to lie to somebody. I want them to know that I'm trained.
"I know another girl who married her client. They've been married for 15-years. That's how they met. That's what I'm putting out there -- what I want back.
"I've met some great people who aren't Jewish, who I still see as well. This has been the most exciting vibrant time of my life.
"I'm in the music business. I play piano around town."
Luke: "Have you ever had a client who you knew previously?"
Leah: "They've come to the door and it was extremely embarrassing. I knew them socially at one of the big private clubs. I'm a native of California for almost 36-years. They came in. I said, you don't have to stay. They said no, you're adorable.
"Then I see them outside when I'm shopping or at a restaurant and I just put my head down and keep walking.
"I had a [famous] voice coach who didn't understand why I was so sexy. Why I was vibrating all this sex. He decided to go looking through the paper and he found me. Then he started stalking me for about four years."
I immediately know who she's talking about.
Luke: "He's not also a cantor?"
Leah gives the laugh of recognition. "Oh God, you're good. Yes. He gave me a hard time for four years. I was really scared. I didn't know what to do. I couldn't turn to my family.
"He was whacked out. He was always spying on me and showing up in different places dressed as different people. I really liked him but because he was married, I didn't want to get involved. If he would've just said, hey, let's do a trade, that would've been great.
"For three different places that I lived for those four years, he stalked me. I had three lines. One for an ad. One for the regulars. He had all three of them. He kept calling up. I said, ok, you must be really unhappy with your wife. He said, someone has fallen deeply in love with you and is devastated that you're a prostitute.
"I thought, what a mean, angry sonofabitch.
"I went in and faced him after that. He would keep teaching me but he was short and cold. But he kept taking my money. He'd say, come here, come close to the piano, and try to cop a feel.
"When I would attend Friday night service, he once stopped dead in his tracks and looked at me like you can't be here. And I looked back at him with my eyes and gave him a look like God allows anyone in His house and stayed for the service. I will walk into any temple I want."
Luke: "Did you guys ever have sex?"
Leah: "Never. I asked him that once. Did you come in dressed as a client? He said no. Who knows."
I say his name.
Leah: "Don't put his name in there. He'll come shoot me. He'll bother me again.
"He had access to the Phantom of the Opera and all the masks. He was plugged in with big people. He's a professional dead-ringer. I only knew him as a teacher, but I knew something was wrong. He has those big hands."
Luke: "He works with kids."
Leah: "I could see him dressing up as a dead-ringer and molesting kids. But he's been there many years and nobody has ever taken a stand to him. I just let it die. I was young and I didn't know what to do. I couldn't run to my family, but if I could've, I would've, and I would've nailed him for sexual harassment.
"I had to go to a psychologist and say this is what is going on here. I wanted to make sure. I thought I was losing my mind. Because he was following me under different looks. The psychologist says I was not talking crazy and I was probably talking accurate. I had said, commit me! He said no.
"[The voice coach] would drive by my house in his Porsche. He wanted to know who Honeybear was because I would always scream 'Honeybear!' Honeybear was my cat.
"He's mean to the kids. I know he's always wanted to be a rock 'n' roll star. He's trained the best. Barbra Streisand walked out on him because he was talking on the phone too long.
"When he left his wife, I called him. I'd had three drinks. I yelled at him for an hour. He took it too."
Luke: "Have you seen any rabbis as clients?"
Leah: "One who had a synagogue on Pico Blvd. He looked like Santa Claus. He answered my ad and came over. He was a very nice man. I introduced him to my friend and then he died.
"The three of us did a double. She would see him if I wasn't available. A couple of years later, I ask her, how's the rabbi? She said, he died. She probably gave him a heart attack.
"We had threesomes all the time. He felt uncomfortable wearing a yarmulke."
Luke: "Do you notice any differences between Jewish and Gentile clients?"
Leah: "More Jewish men are cheap. Jewish men are always trying to [bargain] you down.
"There was a cantor. A Holocaust survivor. A real dingleberry. She owned a storefront shul. She made me a vice-president. She recruited me to bring in men so they would join and give tzedakkah [charity]. We'd have Shabbos with all these millionaire men I'd recruit in. I don't know what she did with the money. I don't think it went to the temple because it's no longer there.
"I saw her at Beth Jacob a couple of years ago. She's wearing this leopard-skin dress. She chased me around. Come sit in my car. I want you to hear what I made. I heard one song. I said, ok, great. I just wanted to get away from her."
Luke: "What do you love and hate about your job?"
Leah: "I love being a compassionate caregiver. I love that I'm able to give my special gift. I don't have guilt. I pay taxes. I'm doing an honor for these people who have bad marriages and people who don't have time to date. I give a good service. I'm a lot of fun.
"I have a closed practice. The only thing is seeing new people. It's nerve-racking. I screen well. I'm a doctor. I'm a therapist. A lot of it is talking. Companion more than sex.
"I highly recommend that you Jewish men marry a working girl. We are already trained. We will bring you home women. We will go to swing parties together. Men, God love you all, but most men are pigs. And the moment I learned that, I loved them even more. I said, now I get it.
"This rabbi-counselor. He's a psychologist. He said, four sessions is minimum. I said, how much? He said, don't worry about it. I said, I need to know. My money's tight. Don't worry about it. Come back next week.
"I come back next week. How much? He says don't worry about it. What do you do for a living? I say, I'm a Goddess of love. He says [shocked], don't tell anyone that.
"The third time I came, I asked, how much? He said, next week, bring your checkbook and we'll discuss it then.
"The fourth time I came, he said, did you bring your checkbook? He said, are you rich? I said, no. Not yet. I didn't want to shut that down. I'm very spiritual. He said, that'll be $400 (for four counseling sessions). I didn't think that was fair.
"I saw him in the pool swimming. I said to him, what you did to me was so unkosher that I've never forgotten. He apologized. Yeah, right.
"When I went to the High Holy Day services one day, he came all the way to where I was sitting and gave me a hug.
"I gave money to rabbis at Aish HaTorah and they won't speak to me again. About five years ago, I gave $500 to one rabbi. He said his family could eat. I work hard for my money. And he wouldn't talk to me after that.
"I feel that I have a gift from HaShem [God] that I am able to do this. I wanted to help. The wife was really nice to me. She's a beautiful person. She set me up to different Shabbos tables. She wanted me to get involved. I felt really comfortable at Aish HaTorah.
"I told this story to someone and they said that he knew it was dirty money."
Luke: "Did you go to Aish HaTorah much?"
Leah: "Yes. I almost became Orthodox [five years ago]. I was raised Conservative. My friends are involved. They're Orthodox now. I learned more than when I went to Stephen S. Wise. Reform [Judaism] is like treading water.
"I asked rabbi [shrink] and he didn't want to help, but they [Aish HaTorah] were just so patient. I learned so much. I liked going back 3,000 years. I liked washing your hands and saying the barucha [blessing]. I like the Saturday lunch. I like shutting things down. But as soon as they said, once you get married, you can't sing in public again, I had a problem with that.
"Ninety percent of the clients that see working girls are Jewish.
"I have friends at Aish HaTorah that I do Shabbos with. Do they know? They probably have an idea. Do they care? No. Because it doesn't take away who I am. I don't flaunt it."
Luke: "Has there been anyone who has refused to take your money because they regard it as dirty money?"
Leah: "What do you think? No. They become more friendly with me so they get more money."
Luke: "How many Orthodox clients do you have?"
Leah: "Before I moved to the Valley, a handful."
Luke: "Any differences between Orthodox clients and non-Orthodox?"
Leah: "They [Orthodox] don't shower enough.
"Bubbe, what do you want from me? I'm just a nice Jewish girl trying to get ahead. Will I meet somebody this way? Absolutely.
"If I get murdered after this interview, will you come to my funeral?"
Leah: "It's been nice talking to the LAPD. Shabbat shalom."