The 10 Most Surprising People Who Aren’t Jewish

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That’s funny, they don’t look not Jewish.

As Hanukkah rolls on, we wondered who amongst the A-list crowd is celebrating. We know the obvious (Adam Sandler), the super-obvious (Steven Spielberg) and the super-duper obvious (Matisyahu). However, some of our assumptions didn’t pan out. Just because someone looks Jewish–or has a Jewish-sounding last name–doesn’t mean they had a bar or bat mitzvah. Here are 10 unexpected nonmembers of the tribe.

1. “Weird” Al Yankovic

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That Eastern European mug suggests his in-flight meals are kosher, but alas, “Weird” Al is Serbian, English and Italian. He does not practice Judaism, despite what “Pretty Fly (For a Rabbi)” would have you believe.

2. Slash

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Slash‘s real name is Saul Hudson, which makes him sound like a guy who always complains about the humidity in Florida. But nope, take it from the man himself: “I’m not Jewish! I’m 1/2 black, 1/2 British.”

3. Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga is outspoken and confident like a take-no-s**t citizen of Israel… but she wasn’t born that way. Raised Roman Catholic, Gaga is totally not Jewish.

4. The Van Gundys

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The brothers remind us of bickering Jewish uncles at a family dinner. One is big and boisterous, the other is meek and chippy. Both, though, are 100% not Jewish.

5. Zooey Deschanel

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We envisioned Deschanel as the hippie Orthodox chick in college who never went out on Friday nights ’cause of the Sabbath, but–like Gaga–she was raised Roman Catholic.

6. Michael Cera

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Michael Cera is half Sicilian and half French-Canadian, according to Jonah Hill. (As for Jonah Hill? Total Jew.)

7. Michael Richards

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Not only does Michael Richards look like a guy who owns a deli, he co-starred in the most Jewish sitcom ever. His true faith is a mystery, but it’s not Judaism.

8. Tina Fey

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Tina Fey has a keen eye for humor and a blockbuster career in showbiz, but she’s Greek Orthodox, which qualifies her as a shiksa goddess.

9. Andrew Schulz of “Guy Code”


Andrew confirmed to us in a Facebook message: he’s not Jewish. Hey, just because someone is a standup comedian born in New York, you can’t make assumptions.

10. Jason Biggs


The hair, the face, the crude sense of humor… but no, Jason Biggs is the self-admitted “Jewiest looking non-Jew.” He even fooled Woody Allen into thinking he was a nice Jewish boy. (We guess a real Jew would hump a bagel, not a pie.)

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RG Daniels (@RGDaniels) is a comedian, writer, and former Knicks fan/current Nets fan in Brooklyn, NY.