The true Jewish experience is having an encyclopedic knowledge of all the Jewish actors, actresses, and celebrities out there. Even if you don’t practice the faith, you can always build your semitic knowledge and learn to appreciate the Jews that you didn’t even know were in your media! Here’s just a small percentage of the Jews you might see online and on-screen.
1. Daveed Diggs
That’s right, this key star of Hamilton is also Jewish! With a name like Daveed, it probably doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. If you liked his performance as Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette, I would also recommend checking out his band Clipping.
2. Zac Efron
Ever since he gained his fame through High School Musical, Zac Efron has been an absolute heartthrob. He’s also a sweet, Jewish boy! He doesn’t talk about it much, but he’s made his faith clear on a few different occasions.
3. Gal Gadot
This amazing lady played Wonder Woman in the recent Marvel hit movie, and she’s been a model of beauty and strength ever since! Many people mispronounce her name and it makes it hard to realize her origins, but she’s actually Israeli. Make sure you pronounce that “t”!
4. Marilyn Monroe
Jewish converts represent! Marilyn converted to Judaism when she married Arthur Miller in 1956, and she decided to keep the faith even after they split. She gets a lot of credit for her beauty and activism, but we shouldn’t forget she was also a Jew!
5. Carrie Fisher
We all know that Carrie Fisher’s appearances in the last few Star Wars movies made us emotional, but we should also know that she was a Jew! Suddenly, her tendencies towards social justice and equality make a lot more sense. What a Jewish thing to do!
6. Daniel Radcliffe
No matter what role Daniel Radcliffe takes on, we all know him as the one-and-only Harry Potter. Now, you also know him as one of the biggest Jewish actors out there! Daniel doesn’t consider himself extremely religious, but he’s ethically Jewish and has expressed that he’s interested in learning more about the spiritual side of the identity.