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10 famous Jews you didn’t know had a bar mitzvah

Ten celebrities you didn’t know were Jewish

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Paula Abdul: The actress and singer has a Syrian Jewish father who was raised in Brazil and a Ashkenazi Jewish mother.
Rashida Jones: The “Parks and Recreations” star and Harvard graduate is daughter of Quincy Jones and “Mod Squad” actress Peggy Lipton — who is descended from Russian Jews. “I feel pretty strongly about my connection, definitely through the Jewish traditions,” Jones has said.
Joaquin Phoenix: Phoenix’s mother, Arlyn was born in The Bronx, New York, to Jewish parents whose families emigrated from Russia and Hungary. In 1968, Arlyn left her family and moved to California, later meeting Phoenix’s father while hitchhiking.
Lisa Bonet: Bonet has an African-American father, and a Jewish mother. She felt an instant connection with ex-husband Lenny Kravitz because he had a Jewish father and African-American mother.
Katie Couric: TV anchor, Katie Couric, was raised Presbyterian although her mother is Jewish.
Maya Rudolph: Rudolph’s mother was the black soul singer Minnie Riperton and her father is the composer, songwriter, and producer Richard Rudolph, a white Ashkenazi Jew. Because her mother died when she was 7, she was raised with her father’s faith.
Connie Chung: The news anchor and daughter of a high-ranking Taiwan diplomat, converted to Judaism when she married husband Maury Povich in 1984.
Kat Graham: The “Vampire Diaries” star is of Russian and Polish descent on her mother’s side. She was raised in her mother’s Jewish religion and attended Hebrew school.
Drake: Drake’s parents divorced when he was 5 years old and he lived with his mother, a Jewish Canadian. He attended a Jewish day school and had a bar mitzvah.
Marilyn Monroe:The iconic bombshell converted to Judaism when she married playwright Arthur Miller.

There are many celebrities that Jews might have not known were Jews. So, in our never-ending quest to spread, or schmear, jew-bilation all over the Inter-webs, we’ve complied a nifty list of stars that wear Stars of David. To discover new daughters and sons of the commandment, click through the above slide show. And once you’re done, check out our Jewish Celebrity Pinterest page — it will make your head spin like a dreidel, light your inner menorah, and do we have another chutzpah to fill this post with anymore mashugana references? Ye!

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