Is Alan Rickman Jewish?

Alan Rickman was not Jewish. He was born Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman on February 21, 1946.

The actor was born in Acton, London to a working class family, the son of Margaret Doreen Rose (née Bartlett), a housewife, and Bernard Rickman, a factory worker. His ancestry was English, Irish and Welsh; his father was Catholic and his mother a Methodist.

Alan Rickman died on January 14, 2016

Is David Bowie Jewish?

David Bowie was not Jewish. The singer and songwriter was born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947 in Brixton, south London. His mother, Margaret Mary "Peggy" (née Burns), from Kent, worked as a waitress, while his father, Haywood Stenton "John" Jones, from Yorkshire, was a promotions officer for the children's charity Barnardo's. The family lived near the border of the south London areas of Brixton and Stockwell.

Regarding David Bowie's religion, he said, in 2005, "Questioning my spiritual life has always been germane to what I was writing. Always." He added that he was bothered by being "not quite an atheist".

Bowie showed an interest in Buddhism that began in 1967. He frequently studied in London under the Tibetan Lama Chime Rinpoche before becoming a solo artist. During a 2001 interview, Bowie claimed that "after a few months of study, he told me, 'You don't want to be Buddhist ... You should follow music.'"Bowie later wrote the song "Silly Boy Blue" in tribute to Rinpoche on his 1967 album David Bowie. In the 1960s he also studied with the crazy wisdom tulku Chögyam Trungpa.

While David Bowie was not Jewish, he did take classes in the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah. David Bowie died on January 10, 2016 from a months long battle with cancer. He was married to the supermodel Iman and the couple has one daughter, Lexi.

Is Sheldon Silver Jewish?

Sheldon Silver is an Orthodox Jew. He was born February 13, 1944. The lawyer and Democratic Party politician lives in New York and became Speaker of the New York State Assembly in 1994. On January 30, 2015, eight days after his arrest on federal corruption charges, Silver submitted his resignation as Speaker, effective February 2, in order to defend himself against the charges. On November 30 Sheldon Silver was found guilty on all charges.

Sheldon Silver's parents were Russian immigrants. He graduated from the Rabbi Jacob Joseph High School on Manhattan's Henry Street, where he was captain of the basketball team.[2] Silver graduated from Yeshiva University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965, and received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1968.

Is Mitch Albom Jewish?

Yes, Mitch Albom is Jewish. The author known for his 1997 book about his dying college professor, Morrie Schwartz, is a practicing Jew. Albom was born May 23, 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey. Albom lived in Buffalo, New York for a little while, until his family settled in Oaklyn, New Jersey which is close to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in a small, middle-class neighborhood from which most people never left. He attended Akiba Hebrew Academy in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania around the same time as his friend and fellow author, Rabbi David Wolpe of Los Angeles.

Mitch Albom was once quoted as saying that his parents were very supportive, and always used to say, “Don’t expect your life to finish here. There’s a big world out there. Go out and see it.” His older sister, younger brother, and he himself, all took that message to heart and traveled extensively. His siblings are currently settled in Europe. Albom once mentioned that now his parents say, “Great. All our kids went and saw the world and now no one comes home to have dinner on Sundays.”

In addition to being a long time sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, Mitch Albom also has a general opinion column in the Sunday edition of the Detroit Free Press, a popular weekday radio show in Detroit, and is a musician in a band. He has written several best selling novels following the success of "Tuesdays with Morrie," including a book called "Have a Little Faith" about his experience writing the eulogy for his childhood rabbi, Albert Lewis, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

In 1995, Albom married Janine Sabino, who is not Jewish. Albom and Sabino have attended Temple Israel, a reform synagogue in West Bloomfield, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. He is the owner of the non-profit Detroit Water Ice in downtown Detroit.

Is Bernie Sanders Jewish?

Oh, c'mon! Of course!

But if you came here looking for the facts, here they are: Bernard Sanders was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 8, 1941. He is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

Bernie Sanders is the son of Dora/Dorothy (Glassberg) and Eli Sanders. His father was a Polish Jewish immigrant. His mother was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Bernie Sanders' paternal grandparents were Leon Sander and Ettel “Ethel” Horn.

Bernie’s maternal grandparents were Benjamin Glassberg/Glassburg (the son of Abraham Glassburg) and Brayna “Bessie” Greenberg. The American politician served as a United States Senator from Vermont since 2007; an independent, he caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate. He has previously been Mayor of Burlington, Vermont (from 1981 to 1989), and a U.S. Representative from Vermont (from 1991 to 2007).

Bernie Sanders is currently a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2016.

Is Jackie Collins Jewish?

Was Jackie Collins Jewish? The famed author's father was Jewish and her mother was not.

Born Jacqueline Jill Collins on October 4, 1937, Jackie Collins was an English-American novelist. She wrote 32 novels, all of which have appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list. In total, her books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into 40 languages.

Jackie Collins was born in Hampstead, London in 1937, the younger daughter of Elsa Bessant and Joseph William Collins (died 1988), a theatrical agent whose clients included Shirley Bassey, the Beatles and Tom Jones. Collins' South African-born father was Jewish and her British mother was Anglican. A middle child, Collins had an elder sister, actress Joan Collins (born 1933) and a younger brother, Bill (born 1946).

Jackie Collins died on September 19, 2015 of breast cancer.

Is Jon Hamm Jewish?

Jon Hamm, the TV and movie actor, is not Jewish. His long time girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt is Jewish through her mother.

Jonathan Daniel Hamm was born in St. Louis on March 10, 1971. He is known as actor, director and television producer. He's best known for playing advertising executive Don Draper in the AMC drama series Mad Men. Hamm has received 11 Emmy nominations for his performances in Mad Men and 30 Rock.

Is Anne Meara Jewish?

Anne Meara was Jewish through conversion. She was known as an American actress and comedian. Along with her husband, Jerry Stiller, she was one-half of a prominent 1960s comedy team, Stiller and Meara. She was also featured on stage, television, in numerous films, and later became a playwright. Her son, Ben Stiller, is a famous comedian and actor. While Meara was raised a Roman Catholic, she converted to Reform Judaism six years after marrying Stiller. She claimed she did not convert at Stiller's request, but because "Catholicism was dead to me."

Anne Meara was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of parents of Irish descent, Mary (née Dempsey) and Edward Joseph Meara, a lawyer. She was raised in Rockville Centre in Long Island, New York and was an only child. Her mother committed suicide when she was 11. When she was 18, Meara spent a year studying acting at the Dramatic Workshop at The New School in Manhattan. The following year, 1948, she began her career as an actress in summer stock.

During her career, Meara was nominated for four Emmy Awards and won a Writers Guild Award as a co-writer for the TV movie, The Other Woman. In addition to being the mother of actor and filmmaker Ben Stiller, she was also the mother of actress Amy Stiller.

Meara took her conversion seriously and studied the Jewish faith in such depth that her Jewish-born husband quipped, "Being married to Anne has made me more Jewish." They discussed how they met and their early career during a guest appearance on the TV game show, What's My Line? in 1968.

Anne Meara died on May 23, 2015, at the age of 85. She is survived by her husband, children, and two grandchildren.

Is Trevor Noah Jewish?

Trevor Noah, the comedian who will replace Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, is partially Jewish. Trevor Noah's mother is half Jewish.

In an interview he disclosed that his mom is half Jewish:

Your influences have been broad — your dad is a white European, your mum a black South African. Does that help a broad view?
Oh, definitely. My mum doesn’t fit into any category, she’s a black South African woman who’s half Jewish. I’ve never known myself or my world to be contained within one specific set of parameters, so I’ve gone with the flow. And if I like something I just like it. So I watch Star Wars, I listen to hip hop, and I really like classical music and yet at the same time, I also enjoy really cheesy kung-fu movies. I just like what I like.

According to Wikipedia, Noah's mother, Patricia, is a black South African (Xhosa), and his father, Robert Noah, is white (of Swiss-German descent). He has also said, "My mum doesn't fit into any category, she's a black South African woman who's half Jewish". His parents' relationship was illegal at the time of his birth, and his mother was jailed and fined by the South African government. His mixed-race heritage, his experiences growing up in a Soweto township, and his observations about race and ethnicity are leading themes in his comedy.

Is Harris Wittels Jewish?

Harris Wittels, of the television show "Parks & Recreation," was Jewish. Wittels was born in Houston, Texas. He was the son of Dr. Ellison Wittels and Maureen (née Davidson) Wittels. Wittels had one older sister, voiceover actress Stephanie Wittels.

In March 2007 Harris Wittels celebrated his bar mitzvah at Temple Emanu-El in Houston, Texas across the street from Rice University. Wittels attended High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and graduated from Emerson College in 2006 with a degree in television/video production.

Wittels got his comedic start on the Sarah Silverman Program at 22-years-old. Silverman discovered him while he was doing stand up comedy. He wrote the book, "Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty."

In a November 19, 2014 interview on the podcast, You Made It Weird, Wittels candidly discussed his personal life and history of drug addiction with host Pete Holmes. He said he had done drugs recreationally since he was 12. He said his drug usage got "out of hand" because of a breakup with a woman he felt was "perfect" for him in every way, except that she and her family were Scientologists, which he described as a "deal-breaker." He said he began to rely on Oxycodone to deal with his stress over the relationship, his work on various pilots and writing the Humblebrag book. "It was easier just to take drugs and do it all. I wrote that entire book on so much drugs," Wittels said. "That's a humblebrag."

During the podcast, Wittels told Holmes he had gone to rehab for a second time after becoming addicted to heroin, and had just gotten out of rehab a month earlier. "Sobriety is still fresh. I haven't figured it all out," he said.

Wittels' life ended on February 19, 2015 from a possible drug overdose in his Los Angeles home.

In an interview on, Harris Wittels spoke openly about his Jewish heritage:

Congrats on being named to the Big Jewcy. How does it feel?

I feel like a million…. shekels?

What is your background?

Right now, it’s a picture of a dog on a skateboard.

Frillz – I am from Houston TX. Went to Emerson College in Boston and then moved to LA.

When did you know you liked to make people laugh? When did you realize this is what you wanted to do professionally?

When I made that background dog picture joke.

A couple months back New York Magazine ran a piece called, “Parks & Recreation and the Comedy of Super Niceness”. If you haven’t read it, it argues that what makes the show so special is that it avoid the cynicism of most contemporary comedies. Would you say this is correct? Do you have an idea of how this tone started?

I do think this is correct, and I attribute it to Mike Schur, who is sickeningly positive all the time. He just grins and eats ice cream cones and watermelon all day. I have never seen him be bothered by anything, no matter what I try.

I think a big change from season one to season two was more of people working WITH Leslie, instead of against her. It gave it a nice warm feeling.

Do you have a favorite character to write for?

There was an angry black gentleman in “94 Meetings” who had one scene in which he just yelled about how he needs a permit to post a sign for his missing bird. That is my favorite person I have ever/will ever get to write for.

You got your start writing on the Sarah Silverman Program. Did you work under Dan Harmon (creator of Community) at all? It seems like Community and Parks & Recreation are in a constant neck in neck race for best comedy on TV. Is there a rivalry?

I never got to work under him. Dan and I have a very complicated relationship, in that it is solely based on opaque Twitter exchanges. Most of them have to do with Humblebrag.

No rivalry. Community’s great. We are all on the same night of comedy, so… good for the goose, good for the gander. In fact, I think they’re our lead-in next year. So, everyone watch Community!

In preparing for this interview, it seemed impossible to avoid the fact that you are known as a guy who often takes his dick out. How did this reputation start? How did you feel when it was cemented in history in Sarah’s book?

What’s funny is Sarah asked if she could use a picture of my dick and I literally didn’t know which one she was talking about. Could have been one of dozens. That was a fun writer’s room. Good times. I felt great about it. My mom didn’t, but she’s fine now. My dad thought it was funny though.

You know that nightmare where you’re naked at school? Well, now that the whole world could potentially see my penis at any Barnes and Noble, that fear is gone from my life. It’s very liberating. I recommend everyone do it.

Have you had one a “wow, I can’t believe I get to do this” moment?

Sleeping with Scarlett Johansson was a big one for me. JK, but could you imagine though? She’s so hot. After reading this, she’ll probably NEVER sleep with me. Oh great.

I’ve had a few of those moments. It’s important to feel that way I think, so you don’t get jaded or something. It’s fun to do comedy and to get to do it everyday with the people I do it with. I feel very lucky, yes. God, I’m sorry if you’re reading this. I sound like such a jerkoff.

Beyond having almost 60,000 followers, the term has seemed to move beyond Twitter. It is a term that described a previously unnamed yet very common awful behavior. Did you ever think it would get this popular?

I did not. I love that people are responding to it. Sometimes people like it too hard and they’re mean to people I retweet on there, and I’m like “chill, yo!”

This answer was a humblebrag.

What makes a great Humblebrag?

The more veiled it is coupled with how extreme the brag is.

With Parks & Recreation done for the season, are you currently working on anything else? What’s next?

I got to write a couple of episodes for the third season of Eastbound and Down which was really fun and something of a dream come true since its my favorite show on TV.

I’m also working on a few feature scripts. Aziz, Jason Woliner, and I just pitched something together, so hopefully that ends up happening.

Is Julian Edelman Jewish?

Yes. Julian Edelman is Jewish. Edelman, the NFL football player for the New England Patriots, was born in Redwood City, California, the son of Angie and Frank Edelman, who owns a small business. He has Jewish ancestry on his father's side, but was raised a Christian. More recently on a NFL Network interview, Edelman stated that he is Jewish. Edelman played in the 2015 Super Bowl.

From JTA: During the Super Bowl Sunday night, many Jews across the country had the same question: Is that wide receiver Julian Edelman Jewish?

Edelman had an excellent game Sunday night, catching nine passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ dramatic comeback victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He also happens to have a very Jewish-sounding name.

While his father has Ashkenazi roots, this is what Edelman had to say on the topic on a media day before his previous Super Bowl appearance with the Patriots in 2012:

“Well, I’m not completely Jewish, if you know what I mean. I know people want me to be. My father is Jewish. My mother isn’t. I’ve been asked this before. I guess you could say I’m kind of Jewish but not really.”

For the record, while traditional Jews believe one must have a Jewish mother or convert in order to be considered Jewish, both Reform and Reconstructionist Jews recognize patrilineal descent.
In an interview with the NFL Network last season, Edelman asserted more clearly that he is in fact Jewish. When asked for some “good Christmas answers” to questions from one broadcaster, Edelman said: “Well, I’m Jewish, but I’ll try to keep it to Hanukkah presents even though Hanukkah’s over.”

Here are a few facts about the Patriots’ Jewish (or not) star receiver:

He played quarterback in college.

Before playing wide receiver in the pros, Edelman played quarterback for a year at the College of San Mateo and three years at Kent State. During his senior year at Kent State, he also led his team in rushing yards. No word on whether he also showed up at the campus Hillel. He was not expected to do well in the pros. Scouting reports from 2009, the year Edelman entered the NFL draft, called him too small and said that he would not be a high-impact player. Edelman was not even invited to participate in the NFL Combine, a show of physical tests for professional scouts. His father (not exactly your stereotypical American Jewish dad) became an auto mechanic at age 14 but pushed him to succeed.

After his Super Bowl win Sunday night, Edelman told reporters:

“My dad was just a little trailer trash white dude that worked his tail off, didn’t have a dad. He started at working at 14, didn’t get to play sports. He dedicated his life to his kids to let us live our dreams. I love my dad.”

ESPN ‘s Jackie MacMullan expanded on the influence of Edelman’s father, who pushed the future star to tears while training him. His teammates nicknamed him “squirrel.” Not much to explain here, except that Edelman is noted for his constant hustle and energy. It is worth pointing out that Edelman is not even the most Jewish player on the Patriots — backup safety Nate Ebner’s father was a Sunday School principal at Temple Shalom in Springfield, Ohio.
Who knows? Maybe Tom Brady’s menorah will inspire Edelman to become more involved with his Jewish side.

Is Jay Glazer Jewish?

Jay Glazer is Jewish. Glazer was born December 26, 1969 in New York. He was born and raised in New York. He did his college years there as well. He graduated from Pace University in 1993. His parents are Irene and Ed Glazer, who are members of Israel Congregation of Manchester in Manchester Center, Vermont. He married Michelle Graci, a model, in June 2006. They have one son together, Samuel.

Glazer made his first acting appearance in the film The Longest Yard alongside Adam Sandler. Glazer is a senior writer at Fox Sports’ website and the NFL insider for NFL on Fox network since the year 2004. He is also an entrepreneur; he has co-founded a NFL athlete martial arts training center in Las Vegas and Los Angeles named MMA ‘(MMAthletics’)

Glazer started his career in the mid 90s. He covered New York Giants and Jets for the local station of New York then. As his writings got more strong and effective and he started making connections with players and agents, he rose up.

His network got him a great break at CBS’ The NFL Today, where he worked off-camera.
Apart from his professional life as a writer and reporter, he is in martial arts. He is 4-3 in submission fighting and mixed martial arts and won a gold medal for his win at the World Championships of Submission Fighting.

The senior writer for has been the NFL Insider for NFL on Fox since 2004. Glazer is also a business partner with Randy Couture in MMAthletics based in Las Vegas, Nevada at Xtreme Couture Training Center. Glazer trains NFL players in Mixed Martial Arts at their Los Angeles location during the off-season and hosts UFC shows for FOX Sports and Fuel TV, including weigh-ins and pre/post coverage.

Glazer has appeared in such movies as The Game Plan, The Longest Yard and The League.

In an interview with the congregation's rabbi emeritus, Rabbi Michael Cohen, Jay Glazer discussed his first Jewish memory. Glazer says, "I was very A.D.D. growing up. Actually, I was more-than-A.D.D. I was more like L, M, N, O, P. As a result, my brain never slowed down so I didn't sleep much. Many of us with A.D.D. also suffer from insomnia. And of course I worry a lot... because I’m Jewish. I also stress a lot, again... because I’m Jewish. I'd lay in my bed at night hours upon hours often bored out of my mind wishing I had someone I could talk to. One night when I was about 10 I realized there was someone I could talk to: God. I'd talk to GOD about everything. For hours I'd talk about my day, ask GOD how his day is and really just talk like anyone would talk to one's best friend. It became the foundation of my relationship with God."

Regarding Shabbat, Glazer has explained, "The Fourth Commandment. Observe my Sabbath. GOD actually demands that we chill out, take a break, hang with the family. Well gee, that's not a hard commandment to follow. GOD is insisting, "Dude, chilllllllll." God isn't commanding us to give away our money or not have a good time or sacrifice Isaac. God is simply saying, "Dude, chill out. Hang out with your family. Relax!"

"I started doing this in 1989 and I didn't get a full-time paying job that didn't go Chapter 11 until 1999. That is 10 years of rejection and heart-break, 10 years of using the Sabbath to renew my spirit to fight on each week. I'd go sit in shule, let the songs I grew up with breeze through me and let the week go. Clean slate!"

Jay Glazer said his favorite Jewish holiday is Yom Kippur: "I wait until I am at my hungriest point of the fast and I go out and find homeless, walk up to them and ask,” If you could eat anything you could right now what would you like? I’m talking a feast, what do you REALLLY want?” Often they ask for something simple like a simple slice of pizza. But instead of just a slice of pizza I add some baked ziti, calzone, soda, etc. I try to give these homeless people a feast. In those three minutes we change roles. For those few minutes I am absolutely starving, actually wishing I could have what this homeless person is feasting on. I’m starving, waiting for the second I too could have that piece of pizza! That homeless person is eating like a king feeling like I normally do while I feel like this poor soul normally does. Talk about perspective. No matter how crappy at times I may feel like my life might be, how pissed off I might be about something in life that isn't going my way, it really puts things in perspective."

"This year it was really hard because we walked, my girlfriend and I walked, into a Cheesecake Factory right before neilah and we got eight meals of filet minion, chicken fingers, mashed potatoes, french fries, bread, bottle of water. When I tell you I was dying, oh my God, and we went and gave these feasts out to different homeless people. That puts it in such wonderful perspective. I’ve gotten other people now to start doing this as well and they love it. I just heard someone who told me, “It’s now our family tradition were doing it now on the Pacific Coast Highway every Yom Kippur when we’re hungry.” It’s great and they do it with their kids."

The rest of Rabbi Cohen's interview with Jay Glazer is below:

So if a kid were to ask you, “How do you define God?’ what would you say to them?

How do you define God? What do you always want in a friend? Someone who’s always going to be there for you, someone who’s going to be loyal to you, and someone you can really open up to and listens to you. That’s what you want in a friend and they’re right there. That’s how I would define God.

Does it really hurt to have faith? I feel people often try to outsmart themselves. If I could say anything it is this: give a shot, it can’t hurt. If you have someone who’s so loving like a grandparent looking over you, or a best friend it may just make your life and journey a little bit easier, a little bit better. I believe that’s all that God wants.

So you see lots of football games and often at the end of a football game in the interviews a player will thank God that they won. I’m curious in their theology do they think that God is actually watching and cares whether the Green Bay Packers or the Patriots win?

I think when you have this belief that God is with you, you really believe that God is with you and you only. The thing is as an athlete you’re going to look for any edge in confidence that you can find. This relationship with God provides internal strength. I have this extra internal strength that gets me to feel like I can overcome anything that’s thrown my way.

Faith is the greatest weapon you can wield.

Is there a right way and a wrong way in having faith?
The right way is to use faith to love, overcome and make life better. It's wrong when people use faith in such a way as to say, "OK I’m going to be friends with God so good things will happen for me and if they don’t well I’m done with you." It doesn’t work that way folks.

If only good things happen then how does God really know who loves GOD? You know what I mean? Sometimes I think perhaps bad things happen because God’s gotta know if I’m still loyal. Doesn't it give us such joy and pride when we stick by a loved one through difficult times? The soul rises up and your heart leaps when you know you've stuck by someone getting through a really, really difficult time.

Do you have a favorite Jewish memory?

The beauty of Judaism and religion gave me my final and perhaps greatest memory of my grandmother, who I referred to as Nanny. We were at my cousin Sydney's Bat Mitzvah and my beloved Nanny was on her last few months of life. She was pretty much incoherent, didn't really remember who any of us was anymore. She was wheelchair bound and like I said, in her own incoherent world. But when the rabbi and cantor began chanting some of the prayers, she was suddenly Nanny again, singing along right next to me. I held her hand the whole time and we sang together and for the last time in our lives I was able to have a connection with my grandmother. We sang the Sh’ma, we sang the Ve’ahvta, the B’rechoo, the Avot and we sang it all together. It gave me my last coherent moment with my grandmother. That’s pretty darn good.

I have a friend of mine who’s a cantor and she’s beginning to get involved with the situation like your grandmother where they connect to these tunes and they open up and they suddenly have these relationships with their family members that they would not have had because it sometimes can go beyond the song and it opens up that real part of them.
That’s God. That’s why I have this picture of this beautiful God. That’s so far above what we can do as people. That’s why there’s gotta be a God ‘cause something like that is well above our pay grade. We can’t produce connections in the soul like that, we can’t. As much as those in the field of science often set out to try to disprove faith, science could never produce connections in the soul like that. There's nothing better.

Is Bess Myerson Jewish?

Bess Myerson was Jewish. She was the only Jewish woman to be crowned Miss America.

Myerson was born in the Bronx in 1924 to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents. She lived in the Shalom Aleichem Co-operative with a few hundred other Jewish families and attended the High School of Music and Art. As a talented piano player and performer, she went on to play at Carnegie Hall and appear on television shows such as “I’ve Got A Secret.”

Bess Myerson died on January 5, 2015. 

Is Andre Tippett Jewish?

Yes, Andre Tippett is Jewish. The former NFL player for the New England Patriots is a member of the National Football League Professional Football Hall of Fame as well as the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Tippett was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended Barringer High School in Newark, New Jersey. He first attended college and played football at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls in 1978. Andre Tippett married the Jewish Rhonda Tippett (née Kenney) with a rabbi officiating in 1993. Tippett, who was born and raised Baptist began taking Judaism classes that led to his conversion in 1997.

Together the couple has three daughters, Janea Tippett, Asia Barnes and Madison, and one son, Coby. Tippett and his family currently lives in Sharon, Massachusetts, and is a Pop Warner football coach.

Is Mario Balotelli Jewish?

Mario Balotelli, the soccer player is not Jewish, but his foster mother is Jewish. Mario Balotelli was born in Palermo, Sicily to immigrants from Ghana.

Mario Balotelli's family moved to Bagnolo Mella in the province of Brescia, Lombardy, when he was two. In 1993, the authorities suggested he be placed into foster care. The Barwuah family gave up the three-year-old boy to an Italian foster family, the Balotellis. His foster parents are Silvia, the Jewish daughter of Holocaust survivors and Francesco Balotelli. They lived in the town of Concesio, Brescia, in northern Italy. Mario has three biological siblings: Abigail, Enoch, and Angel Barwuah.

At first, he stayed at the Balotellis during the weekdays, and returned to his biological parents on weekends. But after a while he started to be indifferent towards his biological parents and adopted the surname of the Balotellis, and it was arranged for him to be permanently fostered by the Balotellis. In June 2012, he dedicated his goals that put Italy in the final of the Euro 2012 football championships to his foster mother Silvia, and rushed over to embrace her as she wept after the win.

In December 2014 he started quite a scandal when he posted an image of Super Mario (Nintendo character) to his Instagram account in what was dubbed a racist and anti-Semitic post. Balotelli published a photo to the social media site of the Nintendo character Super Mario that read, among other things, “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.”

Balotelli, also dubbed ‘Super Mario,’ said the post was his “unlucky moment” and later deleted the image.

The rest of the text read: “Don’t be racist. Be like Mario. He’s an Italian plumber, created by Japanese people, who speaks English and looks like a Mexican.”

A spokesman for the FA said the governing body can take action where it believes an individual has “bought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or color and/or race,” The Guardian reported.

Is Martha Stewart Jewish?

Martha Stewart is not Jewish. Born Martha Helen Kostyra on August 3, 1941, she is an American businesswoman, writer, convicted felon, television personality, and former fashion model.

Martha Stewart was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to Edward "Eddie" Kostyra and Martha Ruszkowski Kostyra, who were both of Polish heritage.

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Jewish?

Gwyneth Paltrow is Jewish if you follow patrilineal descent. That is because her father Bruce Paltrow who was Jewish. Gwyneth Paltrow's mother, the actress Blythe Danner, is from a Christian background. Gwyneth Paltrow was raised with "both Jewish and Christian holidays". Her brother had a bar mitzvah ceremony, but she did not have a bat mitzvah ceremony.

At the age of 24, Paltrow was engaged to actor Brad Pitt, whom she dated from 1994 to 1997. She had an on-off three-year relationship with actor Ben Affleck from 1997 to late 2000. In 2002 Paltrow began dating Chris Martin of the British rock group Coldplay backstage three weeks after the death of her father, Bruce Paltrow. They married on December 5, 2003, in a ceremony at a hotel in Southern California. Paltrow and Martin have two children together, a daughter Apple Blythe Alison Martin and a son Moses Bruce Anthony Martin (her son's first name came from the song, "Moses", that her husband wrote for her before their wedding).

Gwyneth Paltrow converting to Judaism (her father's Jewish)

Gwyneth Paltrow's father came from a long line of influential Eastern European rabbis, and that inspired Paltrow to raise her daughter and son in a Jewish environment. She has said "if you could see how much food I make – I am the original Jewish mother".

In 2014, Paltrow announced that she and Martin had separated after ten years of marriage, describing the process as "conscious uncoupling". In August, 2014, Paltrow started dating Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk, who is Jewish. Falchuk is a television writer, director and producer who is the son of Hadassah national president Nancy Falchuk.

In September 2014, Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that she is formally converting to Judaism. "The actress is quietly converting after years of following Kabbalah, which originated in Judaism, and being friends with Michael Berg, co-director of the Kabbalah Centre," reported.

In 2011, she appeared on NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?,” which described how her family came from a long line of influential Eastern European rabbis. After appearing on the ancestry show, Paltrow had said she wants to raise her daughter, Apple, 10, and son, Moses, 8, in a Jewish environment, even though their father is Christian. She reportedly made the comment to guests at a London event that was hosted by Community Security Trust, a charity that represents Jewish interests.

Is Lauren Bacall Jewish?

Yes, Lauren Bacall is Jewish. Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 in the Bronx, New York. She was known for her distinctive husky voice. As an actress, Bacall first emerged as a leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film "To Have and Have Not". Bacall's performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.

Lauren Bacall was the only child of Jewish parents (her mother emigrated from Romania through Ellis Island and her father was born in New Jersey to Polish-born parents). Her mother, Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, was a secretary who later legally changed her surname to Bacall. Her father was William Perske, who worked in sales. Bacall was a first cousin to Shimon Peres, the ninth President of Israel, whose term expired on July 24, 2014. Bacall died on August 12, 2014.

Was James Garner Jewish?

James Garner, the actor known for The Rockford Files, was not Jewish. His family was Methodist.

Garner was born in Norman, Oklahoma, the youngest of three children of Mildred Scott (née Meek) and Weldon Warren Bumgarner, a carpet layer. Garner died on July 19, 2014 at 86 years old.

Is Tom Hanks Jewish?

Tom Hanks is not Jewish. He was raised in Catholicism and Mormonism. Growing up he was friends with several Jewish children and has made many close Jewish friends in Hollywood over his more than three decades as an actor.

In July 2004, Hanks put on a yarmulke and a fake tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) and danced to "This is How We Do It" at Scooter Braun's wedding. Braun is Justin Bieber's manager.

Is Kate Upton Jewish?

Kate Upton is not Jewish. The model and actress was not born to Jewish parents. She has been known to date the Dancing with the Stars participant Maksim "Maks" Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.

Is Maksim Chmerkovskiy Jewish

Maksim "Maks" Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy is half Jewish. Chmerkovskiy's father is Jewish and his mother is Christian. The Ukrainian Latin Ballroom dance champion, choreographer, and instructor is mostly famous for his performance on the American television series Dancing with the Stars.

Born on January 17, 1980, in Odessa, Ukraine, to Aleksandr and Larisa Chmerkovskiy, he began dancing at the age of four. His brother, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, is also a champion dancer. His father is Jewish and his mother is Christian.Chmerkovskiy's Ukrainian ancestry and cultural heritage were referred to on an episode of Dancing with the Stars.

There are rumors that Chmerkovskiy is once again dating Kate Upton, who has also been linked to Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.

Is Ann B. Davis Jewish?

No, Ann B. Davis was not Jewish. The actress who played Alice on The Brady Bunch was Episcopalian. She died June 1 after falling in her home. She was 88 years old.

Is Madonna Jewish?

Madonna is not Jewish. After her daughter Lourdes' birth, Madonna became involved in Eastern mysticism and Kabbalah, which is Jewish mysticism. She was introduced to Jewish mysticism by actress Sandra Bernhard in 1997. Although Madonna has been involved in the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles and has made significant donations, albeit controversial ones, she is not Jewish as she was not born Jewish and did not ever convert to Judaism.

Is Lenny Kravitz Jewish?

Lenny Kravitz is a Half-Jew. Born Leonard Albert "Lenny" Kravitz on May 26, 1964, Lenny Kravitz is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger, whose "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, soul, R&B, funk, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, folk and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often played all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and percussion himself when recording. He is known for his elaborate stage performances and music videos.

Kravitz was born in New York City on May 26, 1964. He is the son of Roxie Roker, an actress known for her character Helen Willis in the 1970s hit television sitcom The Jeffersons, and Sy Kravitz, an NBC television news producer. His father was from a Russian Jewish family. His mother was of Afro-Bahamian and African-American descent, and was from a Christian family. During his early years, Kravitz did not grow up in a religious environment. After a spiritual experience when he was thirteen, he started attending church, becoming a non-denominational Christian.

Kravitz identifies himself as a Christian in a religious sense, "through choice but I'm also a Jew, it's all the same to me". During another interview Kravitz stated, "I'm half Jewish, I'm half black, I look in-between."

Is Seth Meyers Jewish?

Seth Meyers is not Jewish. The former Saturday Night Live cast member and current late night television host is not a Jew. Seth Meyers' father's father (his paternal grandfather) was Jewish and that is where the Jewish surname Meyers comes from.

Meyers was born in Evanston, Illinois, and was raised in Bedford, New Hampshire. His mother, Hilary Claire (née Olson), is a middle school French teacher, and his father, Laurence Meyers, Jr., works in finance. His younger brother is actor Josh Meyers. His paternal grandfather was Jewish; Seth has performed at several Jewish Community Centers, although he does not consider himself Jewish. His other ancestry is Czech-Austrian (from his paternal grandmother), Swedish, English, and German. Meyers graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, where he became a member of the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta.

Meyers is married to a Jewish woman, Alexi, and the couple was married under a chuppah in a Jewish ceremony. The comedian has acknowledged that many people think he's Jewish because "of my last name, my looks and basically everything about me."

In an April 24, 2014 episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, the host explained that he is not Jewish after a recent guest presented him with a Montreal Expos yarmulke (kippah).

Is Bob Hoskins Jewish?

Bob Hoskins claimed he was not Jewish, but rather an atheist. His parents raised him as an atheist.

Hoskins' father was an atheist communist  In 1967, aged 25, Hoskins spent a short period of time volunteering in kibbutz Zikim in Israel.

Hoskins announced his retirement from acting on 8 August 2012, due to his ongoing battle with Parkinson's disease. Hoskins is the father of Alex Hoskins (1968) and Sarah Hoskins (1972) from his first wife Jane Livesey and father of Rosa Hoskins (1983) and Jack Hoskins (1986) with his second wife Linda Banwell.

Bob Hoskins died on April 29, 2014 at 71. 

Is Donald Sterling Jewish?

Yes, Donald Sterling is Jewish. The controversial owner of the Los Angeles Clippers was born Donald Tokowitz on April 26, 1934. In 1957, Sterling married Rochelle ("Shelly") Stein, who is also Jewish. The couple has three children: Scott Sterling (deceased), Chris Sterling, and Joanna Sterling.

He added Sterling as his last name as an adult. Sterling was born in Chicago, Illinois to Susan and Mickey, both Jewish immigrants. He and his family moved to the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles when he was two years old. He attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, where he was on the school's gymnastics team and served as class president; he graduated in 1952. He next attended California State University, Los Angeles (Class of 1956) and Southwestern University School of Law (Class of 1960) in Los Angeles.

Beginning in 1961 Sterling began to make his career as a divorce and personal injury attorney. Having no chance at working for most prestigious law firms, he built an independent practice and claimed that he tried 10,000 cases. His biggest ventures were in real estate, which he began when he purchased a 26-unit apartment building in Beverly Hills.

Sterling's wife is currently suing Sterling's mistress Vanessa Stiviano, 38. According to the lawsuit, Donald Sterling has used their community funds to lavish a multiple of gifts on Stiviano, who has five aliases. According to the Los Angeles Times, those gifts include $1.8 million for the purchase of an apartment in downtown L.A., $240,000 in living expenses, a Ferrari, two Bentleys and a Range Rover!

On April 25, 2014, TMZ Sports released what it said is an April 9, 2014 audio recording of a conversation between Sterling and Vanessa Stiviano. According to TMZ, Sterling and Stiviano argued in regards to a photo Stiviano posted on Instagram in which she posed with Magic Johnson.[18] In the audio recording, Sterling allegedly tells Stiviano: "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people."

In a newly released audiotape of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s notorious racist remarks to his girlfriend, he seems to justify his views of African-Americans by noting how in Israel “the blacks are just treated like dogs.”

Is Ginnifer Goodwin Jewish?

Yes, Ginnifer Goodwin is Jewish. The actor known mostly for her role on HBO's "Big Love," was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her mom Linda is Jewish and her dad Tim Goodwin is of Welsh descent.

Ginnifer Goodwin was raised attending synagogue on Saturdays and Unitarian church on Sundays. She was both baptized and had a bat mitzvah ceremony. As a teen Ginnifer Goodwin was involved in both NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) and BBYO (B'nai Brith Youth Organization) at the Jewish Community Center in Memphis.

She went to school at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from Lausanne Collegiate School in 1996 and then attended Hanover College (majoring in Theater) for one year before moving on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University.

In 2013, Goodwin said that, after she left Memphis, she "...up and left Judaism for a very long time," and that, "For 10 years, there was nothing. No ritual. No tradition. No community." She later reconnected with her faith, and has said, "I was a Jew by birth, and now I'm a Jew by choice."

Goodwin subsequently began dating her Once Upon a Time co-star Josh Dallas in 2011. Goodwin and Dallas became engaged on in October 2013 and the next month announced that they are expecting their first child. They married on April 12, 2014.

In April 2014 while pregnant with the couple's first child, she went on the Jimmy Kimmel Show and told the story of how her ketubah was first lost and then later found the day of her wedding.

Is Mark Fields Jewish?

Yes, Mark Fields, the current COO of Ford Motor Company and its named successor to current CEO Alan Mulally is Jewish. His ancestors at some point in the last century changed the family's surname from Finkelman to Fields. In November 2012 Fields was promoted to COO of the company started by the late Henry Ford and in April 2014 it was announced he would replace Mulally upon his retirement from the auto company.

Mark Fields is the descendant of Russian and Romanian Jews. He became a bar mitzvah at a Conservative synagogue in Paramus, New Jersey. His mother would send matzah for Passover and candles for Hanukkah no matter where in the world he was working for Ford.

According to blogger Rabbi Jason Miller, "Mark Fields and his family have homes in both Dearborn, Michigan and Delray Beach, Florida. He does not have membership at any synagogue in the Metro Detroit area."