The Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are Jewish

The Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are Jewish
Entertainment

In the spirit of Hannukah, which began on Saturday, we’ve put together a list of celebrities you may not have known are Jewish! Or at least Jew-ish.

We hope you enjoy the slideshow, and would like to wish a very Happy Hannukah to all of our readers that will be celebrating!

Click play to view the slideshow

Chris Quinn | Elite.

  • 15. Paula Abdul

    Paula's father is a Syrian Jew whose family immigrated to Brazil, and her mother is Canadian with Jewish roots!

  • 14. Lisa Bonet

    Bonet, a former Cosby kid, is half-Jewish (on her mother's side).

  • 13. Lenny Kravitz

    Lenny Kravitz also happens to have one Jewish parent, his father. Though Lenny has spent much of his life as a practicing Christianity, he has described himself in interviews as "half Jewish."

  • 12. Daniel Day-Lewis

    Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis has a Jewish mother, although in a 2002 interview he identified as Agnostic.

  • 11. Dianna Agron

    Dianna Agron grew up in a Jewish household, with her father having been born Jewish and her mother having converted to Judaism!

  • 10. Rachel Bilson

    Rachel Bilson has a Jewish father!

  • 9. Kat Dennings

    Born into a Jewish family as Katherine Litwack, the Two Broke Girls star currently identifies as culturally Jewish more than religiously Jewish.

  • 8. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Joseph's parents are both Jewish, though his family was "not strictly religious" according to a 2010 profile in Paste magazine.

  • 7. Jake Gyllenhaal

    Jake's mother comes from a Jewish family!

  • 6. Scarlett Johansson

    Scarlett Johansson has a Jewish mother and considers herself Jewish, although growing up, she celebrated Christmas as well as a nod to her Danish father's heritage.

  • 5. Mila Kunis

    Mila Kunis was born in Ukraine and has cited anti-semitic sentiment in her native country as one of the reasons her family moved to the US when she was seven.

  • 4. Justin Bartha

    The Hangover and The New Normal star grew up in a Reform Jewish household.

  • 3. Emmanuelle Chriqui

    Chriqui is of Moroccan-Jewish descent and has noted that she grew up in a kosher household.

  • 2. Winona Ryder

  • 1. Rashida Jones

    Rashida Jones has a Jewish mother and attended Hebrew school growing up.

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Max G.

Elite Daily is a medium for people tired of disingenuous content; we have sought to create a space where stimulating, applicable content can reach a like-minded audience.

More In Entertainment

Film Veronica Grossman

‘Forrest Gump’ As Directed By Wes Anderson Is Perfect (Video)

Wes Anderson, he’s so hot right now. It seems the new wave of parodies for the time being is everything Wes Anderson (don’t worry, “Frozen” parodies aren’t going anywhere). We saw the “Zoolander” scene a few days ago inspired by Anderson, and a few weeks before that we saw a beautiful compilation of his symmetry. Now, […]

Film Adam Pliskin

Singularity At The Cinema: ‘Transcendence,’ ‘Her’ And Fighting Against The Future

“Transcendence” isn’t a very good movie. It has the setup to be a thought-provoking, sci-fi, action flick, without any real action or thought of which to speak. It’s essentially the last 20 minutes of “Her,” spread glacially over a two-hour-and-twenty-minute run time. The biggest problem with “Transcendence,” however, is that it foregrounds and obsesses over its technology at the […]

Also On Elite

Music News

Did Miley Cyrus Turn Up Too Hard And Why Do Her Dogs Keep Dying?

Miley Cyrus was supposed to play a gig in Kansas City last night, but instead she was hospitalized, allegedly due to a “bad reaction to antibiotics.” A week before, she canceled a concert in North Carolina, citing a virus. But at the center of this are Miley’s dogs, their mysterious and violent deaths, and Miley’s […]

Humor

This Hilarious Vine Compilation Will Make Your Day (Video)

My only real exposure to Vine is through YouTube compilations that people send me. This is because I went to an open mic last year and witnessed an impressively mediocre set only to discover a few months later that the comedian in question had become one of Vine’s top personalities. I’ve been bitter ever since. […]