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20 More Jewish Celebrities

Well-known people you may not know are Jews.

My article, “Did You Know They Are Jewish?”, Which described some celebrities who are Jewish, received many comments. Lots of people, including some I hadn’t heard from in a long time, got in touch with me to find out about people I’d removed from the list. The truth is that there are many well-known people whose Judaism is little known.

Here are 20 more celebrities you might not have known were members of the tribe.

Billy Joel

Both of Billy Joel’s parents, Howard Joel and Rosyland Nyman, were Jewish and they raised their son with virtually no knowledge of his Jewish origins. Although he experimented with Christianity in the past, the famous singer recently adopted his Jewish identity. In order to protest against the increasing anti-Semitism and to draw attention to his Judaism, he wore a yellow star at an  -pearance in Madison Square Garden in New York City in 2017.

Taika Waititi

The director of Thor and Jojo Rabbit is Jewish: Taika’s mother is Russian Jew, while his father comes from the Maori tribe. After his parents separated when he was five, Taika was raised by his mother. “The story of my mother and her family … fascinates me because they esc -ed the pogroms in Russia and then ended up in England and finally … in New Zealand,” he is described. https://www.thejc.com/culture/interviews/taika-waititi-mum-inspired-my-nazi-comedy-1.494736

Geddy Lee

The real name of the rush singer, bassist and songwriter is Gary Lee Weinrib. His parents are Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivors who reunited after World War II and moved to Toronty. (The nickname Geddy comes from his mother’s pronoun “Gary” with her thick Polish accent.) Rush’s hit Red Sector A was inspired by the horrific experiences of Lee’s parents in Auschwitz.

Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal

When Maggie Gyllenhaal  -peared on the PBS show Finding Your Roots, her host Henry Louis Gates said she was “as Jewish as Jewish can be.” Descendants of a long line of Ashkenazi women, Maggie – and her brother Jake – grew up with their Jewish mother, screenwriter Naomi Fox, and their non-Jewish father, director Stephen Gyllenhaal.

Hank Azaria

Hank was born in Queens, New York to Sephardic Jewish immigrants from the Greek city of Saloniki and grew up in his home speaking Ladino, the Jewish Sephardic language. “I got it and I still do, and there was a time in my teenage years when I was pretty fluent,” he explains.

Lil Dickie

The r -per (real name: David Burd) grew up in a middle-class home in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania and attended the same high school that former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended when his family lived in the United States. Lil Dickie was first spotted by a hip hop group when he was performing at his Jewish summer camp. He spent his bar mitzvah money producing his first music video.

Neil Gaiman

The darkly original fantasy writer Neil Gaiman was born into a middle-class Jewish family in the British city of Portsmouth. Although his Jewish parents became passionate Scientologists, Gaiman left the sect and talked about visiting his Jewish relatives in Jewish neighborhoods in north London and taking “ultra-Orthodox” bar mitzvah classes as a child.

Jason Isaacs

Yes, Lucius Malfoy – or at least the actor who played him in the Harry Potter films, Jason Isaacs – is Jewish. Isaacs attended Jewish school as a child and attended King David Primary School in Liverpool before his family moved to London. In addition to his Jewish elementary school, Isaacs attended the Hebrew school after school twice a week. Isaacs’ wife, Emma Hewitt, is not Jewish, and Isaacs has said he was concerned that they would not understand their Jewish heritage without the strong Jewish family life and education he grew up with: is a foundation (for my children) .

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis described how she and her Jewish family experienced anti-Semitism in her hometown of Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Years later, while working on a film in Hungary, she was overcome by the desire to visit her parents’ house. Her parents flew to Bud -est to meet her and together they visited the house where they had once lived. The new owner refused to let them in.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren’s parents, born Ralph Lifshitz in 1939, were destitute Jewish immigrants from Belarus who moved to New York. Lauren has always been fascinated by clothes. As a child, he copied the preppy looks of wealthier children in his neighborhood. This aesthetic can still be seen today in the clothing of the Ralph Lauren company.

Elena Ferrente

The Italian writer Elena Ferrente has been a national treasure for years. With the release of My Brilliant Friend in 2011 and its three sequels, Ferrente was cat -ulted to world fame. Her four “Ne -olitan novels” have sold over 15 million copies and have been translated into 45 languages. The HBO series, based on My Brilliant Friend, has received acclaim and critical acclaim. In 2016, Ferrente was exposed as the pseudonym of Anita Raja, a Jewish translator working in Rome. Raja’s mother, Golda Frieda Petzenbaum, fled the Nazis in her native Germany to Italy in 1937.

Jonah Hill and C – Feldstein

Jonah Hill, the popular actor, comedian and producer, was born Johan Hill Feldstein and grew up near Los Angeles. He called himself a “nice Jewish boy” and called his bar mitzvah “magical”. When he was hanging out in a popular Los Angeles skate shop as a teenager, he called himself Jonah the Jude. Jonah Hill’s sister, Jewish actress Beanie Feldstein, will star in the upcoming Broadway revival of Funny Girl. “I think we are a very culturally Jewish family, and … there is a nice sense of community in Judaism,” Feldstein said. “I love that.”

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman and grew up in a Jewish family in a small, tight Jewish community in the city of Hibbing, Minnesota. Despite experimenting with Christianity in the 1970s, the famous singer and Nobel Prize winner returned to Jewish life, occasionally visiting a Chabad synagogue. “I’m a Jew,” he explains: “It touches my poetry, my life in a way that I cannot describe.” His daughter is an attentive Jew who is married to the singer Pete Himmelman.

Khaleed “Khleo” Leon Thomas

One of the stars of the film Holes (based on the bestselling children’s novel Holes by Louis Sacher, another Jew), actor Khleo Thomas is a Jew. His Jewish mother immigrated to the United States from Morocco; she met Khleo’s father in Alaska, where he was stationed in the army.

Kate Hudson and mom Goldie Hawn

Comic book actress Goldie Hawn was born in Silver Spring, Maryland in 1945. Her mother Laura (Stienhoff) Hawn was Jewish. Hawn’s daughter, actress Kate Hudson, is also Jewish. Although the actress embraces few elements of a traditional Jewish lifestyle, her identity as a Jew is clear: “First and foremost, I am Jewish,” said Hudson.

Idina Menzel

Idina Kim Mentzel was born in New York and both parents of Idina Menzel, Stuart and Helene Mentzel, were Jewish. When she was fifteen, Menzel began singing in synagogues, at bar and bat mitzvah parties, and at weddings. “I feel very attached to the Jewish people,” she explains.

Lisa Kudrow

Born into a middle-class family near Los Angeles, the Jewish family of actress Lisa Kudrow was not particularly attentive. But Kudrow, best known for her role on the sitcom Friends, insisted that she celebrate her bat mitzvah as a child “because I just felt like I was being counted. I am Jewish and that is important to me. ”It is explained.

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