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What would be wrong with being called a Jew?
You’re in good company.
I realize that Jewish can be a race and it can be a religion. It is unique in that factor. Muslims can be Arab or they can be Turkish. Christians can be British or they can be Ugandan.
Jews get to be Jewish in more ways than one.
So can I be Jewish in one way but not in the other?
I think I have made it clear that I embrace Judaism in a Biblical sense. I see nothing wrong with the teaching of Yahweh, our Creator and the instructions he handed down to the people whom he saved. I am one of the saved ones. I have not felt compelled to do a DNA test, but what if I was Jewish by blood as well? I would be in good company, wouldn’t I? I could sing the Adam Sandler Hanukkah song, or simply give you this non-exhaustive list.
These are some of my cherry picked faves.
- J.J. Abrams (born 1966) American director.
- Alan Arkin (born 1934) American actor.
- Herb Alpert (born 1935) American trumpetist, vocalist and recording industry executive.
- Lauren Bacall (1924-2014) American actress and singer.
- Max Baer (1909-1959) American heavyweight boxing champion who wore a Star of David on his boxing shorts when in the ring.
- Irving Berlin (1888-1989) American composer and lyricist, one of the most famous and prodigious songwriters in history. Ironically, his compositions included “White Christmas” and “Easter Parade”.
- Mel Blanc (1908-1989) American comedian and voice actor, voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and many more cartoon characters.
- George Burns (1896-1996) American comedian, actor and writer whose career spanned seven decades
- Red Buttons (1919-2006) American comedian and actor.
- Jennifer Connelly (born 1970) Academy Award-winning American actress.
- James Caan (born 1940) American actor.
- Sid Caesar (1922-2014) American comic actor and writer.
- Bob Dylan (born 1941) American singer-songwriter, artist and writer. Winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.
- Richard Dreyfuss (born 1947) American film actor
- Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) First Earl of Beaconsfield, Prime Minister of Great Britain.
- Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925-1990) American entertainer, converted to Judaism in 1954
- Neil Diamond (born 1941) American singer-songwriter.
- Albert Einstein (1879 -1955) American physicist, Nobel Prize winner, Zionist. Born in Ulm, Germany.
- Will Eisner (1917-2005) American cartoonist, writer and entrepreneur who created the series The Spirit and popularized the term “graphic novel”.
- Harrison Ford (born 1942) American actor.
- Max Fleischer (1883-1972) American animator, creator of Koko the Klown and Betty Boop, maker of the first animated Popeye cartoons. Born in Krakow, Poland.
- Peter Falk (1927-2011) American actor, best known for playing Lieutenant Columbo on television.
- Gal Gadot (born 1985) Israeli model and actress, star of the 2017 movie Wonder Woman.
- Art Garfunkel (born 1941) American musician.
- George Gershwin (1898-1937) American composer and pianist.
- Melissa Gilbert (born 1964) American actress, writer and producer. Starred in Little House on the Prairie as a child actress.
- Moe Howard (1897-1975) American comedian, one of seven performers who at various times formed part of The Three Stooges.
- Shemp Howard (1895-1955) American comedian, one of seven performers who at various times formed part of The Three Stooges.
- Curly Howard (1903-1952) American comedian, one of seven performers who at various times formed part of The Three Stooges.
- Joseph Jacobs (1854-1916) Australian born folklorist and writer whose 1890 book English Fairy Tales helped to popularize stories including “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Tom Thumb”.
- Billy Joel (born 1949) American pianist, singer-songwriter and classical composer.
- Scarlett Johansson (born 1984) American actress and singer.
- Bob Kane (1915-1998) American comic book artist and writer, creator of Batman.
- Danny Kaye (1913-1987) American comedian, actor and singer.
- Lisa Kudrow (born 1963) American actress, best known for playing Phoebe in the sitcom Friends.
- Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993) American cartoonist, founding editor of Mad magazine
- Michael Landon (1936-1991) American actor, writer, director and producer.
- Geddy Lee (born 1953) Canadian musician, lead vocalist, bassist and keyboardist of the rock group Rush.
- Stan Lee (born 1922) American comic book writer, editor and publisher, co-creator of Spider-Man.
- Primo Levi (1919-1987) Italian author and Holocaust survivor.
- Jerry Lewis (1926-2017) American comedian, actor, singer, film producer and director.
- Jon Lovitz (born 1957) American actor, comedian and singer. The first person to play Hanukkah Harry.
- Maimonides (1135-1204) Sephardi rabbi, philosopher and physician. (For more on Maimonides, see this book.)
- Howie Mandel (born 1955) Canadian-born TV presenter.
- Barry Manilow (born 1943) American singer-songwriter and entertainer.
- Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
- Arthur Miller (1915-2003) Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright and essayist.
- Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1807) Composer, Artist, Pianist
- Paul Newman (1925-2008) American actor, director
- Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) American actor, best known for playing Mr. Spock in Star Trek.
- Natalie Portman (born 1981) Israeli actress.
- Larry Page (born 1973) American computer scientist and internet entrepreneur, co-founder of Google Inc.
- Winona Ryder (born 1971) American actress.
- Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973) American actor. Born in Bucharest, Romania.
- Joan Rivers (1933-2014) American actress, comedienne, writer, producer and TV host.
- Carl Reiner (Born 1922) comedian, actor, director, and writer
- Adam Sandler (born 1966) American actor, comedian, musician, writer and film producer.
- David Schwimmer (born 1966) American actor, film and TV director, best known for playing Ross in the sitcom Friends.
- Steven Seagal (born 1952) American actor, producer, writer and martial arts expert, father was Jewish
- Neil Sedaka (born 1939) American pop singer, pianist and songwriter.
- Jerry Seinfeld (born 1954) American comedian, actor and writer.
- Peter Sellers (1925-1980) British actor and comedian, best known for playing Inspector Clouseau in the original Pink Panther films.
- Garry Shandling (1949-2016) American comedian, writer, director, producer and voice artist.
- William Shatner (born 1931) Canadian actor, best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek.
- Burt Shavitz (1935-2015) American beekeeper and businessman, co-founder of the personal care products company Burt’s Bees.
- Neil Simon (born 1947) American playwright.
- Paul Simon (born 1941) American singer-songwriter.
- Ben Stein (born 1944) American actor, writer, lawyer and political and economic commentator.
- Boris Volynov (born 1934) First Jewish astronaut, born in Irkutsk, Siberia.
- Eli Wallach (1915-2014) American actor, appeared in several spaghetti-westerns, played Tuco in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
- Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) Romanian-born Holocaust survivor, Boston University professor, writer, political activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
- Simon Wiesenthal (1908-2005) Austrian Holocaust survivor who became famous for his pursuit of Nazi war criminals.
- Henry Winkler (born 1945) American actor and producer, best known for playing The Fonz in Happy Days
- Jesus (Yeshua) – Son of God, Savior and Messiah
- Judah – The son of Jacob from whom the word “Jew” comes.
- Moses – Leader of the Jews and the mixed multitude out of bondage to the promised land
- King David – Musician, poet, King
- Mary – (Miriam) Mom of Jesus
- The Apostles – Chosen by Jesus to learn the Way and teach to the world. Often mistakenly credited with starting a new religion.
For one of many lists of famous Jewish people, visit this web site:
The following is an list of famous Jews, in alphabetical order, notable followers of Judaism (either from birth or following conversion) or people who professed a Jewish cultural identity. The list includes people who distinguished themselves in the fields of religious scholarship, science, politics, literature, business, art, entertainment and sport amongst others.
Most of the above were taken from the cited article, but there are many other resources including books about the incredible achievements of these Jews and more.
To any attempt to sour grape this list and make some off handed compliment of Jews ruling the world, I say. Shame on you. If you claim things like this, you have fallen prey to the conspiracy put forth in the “Protocols of The Elders of Zion” which was an anti-Semitic smear piece of fiction.
This rag is still widely distributed (often within radically anti-Jewish circles). Don’t join hands with the Israel curse spreaders.
So, you can call me Jewish if you want. I say that would be a tremendous honor. I don’t know if they would be so quick to hand me a membership badge, but it would certainly be welcomed if they did.
Side note: Could it be possible that the satanic book “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” is an attempt to get people to reject the true inevitable here… that a Jew will one day rule the world. I think you know the one I’m speaking of.