…who’s Jewish?

Eritrean-American actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish celebrater her re-connection with her Jewish heritage by having a Bat Mitzvah.

Sophie Okonedo, English film, theater and TV actress:  “My grandparents kept a fairly Jewish household. They celebrated all the holidays, and they spoke Yiddish when they didn’t want me to understand the conversation.” 

Actress Roxy Sternberg was born in West London. She formed a strong connection with her synagogue, the West London Synagogue during a childhood in which she “struggled” as a minority within a minority. “There weren’t a lot of black Jews,” Ms Sternberg says. “A lot of people said ‘Are you Jewish?’ A lot of people questioned it, asking what colour my parents were. Even nowadays, I get asked if I’m Jewish.
“But it’s never been a problem at West London Synagogue – we were always welcomed.” Nowadays, she adds, “I see a lot of mixed-race Jews there, which is wonderful, because I didn’t see that when I was younger. It’s not a nice feeling when you’re standing out, day in, day out. But at West London it’s not an issue, and with me around it must be really good for them, to see me and to have someone to look up to.”

Actress Margo Bingham (Boardwalk)  (Fast forward to 16.39)

Darrin Bell, American Cartoonist

David Blaine, Illusionist & Endurance Artist


Lisa Bonet & Lenny & Zoe Kravitz, a family of Jewels

Rabbi Funnye Capers


Juju Chang
, TV Anchorwoman


Liz Cho, TV Anchorwoman


Craig David, English Singer

“Drake”, Singer, Rapper & Actor


Goepele, Singer & Songwriter


Megan Good, Actress


Anais Granofsky, Canadian Actress


Rashida & Kidada Jones (daughters of Peggy Lipton & Q)

 Boris Kodjoe, Actor


Adam Lazarre-White, Actor


Lauren London, Actress

Esti Mamo, Ethiopian Fashion Model

Yavilah McCoy, Jewish Educator, Diversity Practitioner
Tracee Ellis Ross, Actress (daughter of Diana Ross)

Maya Rudolph, Actress, Comedian (daughter of Minnie Ripperton)

Rain Pryor, Actress, Comedian (daughter of Richard Pryor)


Carly Simon, Singer, Songwriter, Musician


Bahar Soomekh, Actress

Mona Sutphen, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy

Y-Love, Yitz Jordan, Hip-Hop artist, educator, activist

A
Paula Abdul
Rabbi Yefet Alemo

B
Sarah Barrable-Tishauer , Canadian Actress
Darrin Bell
Linda Bellos
Troy Beyer, film director, screenwriter and actress
Margot Bingham aka Margot B, Actress and singer/songwriter
David Blaine, Illustionist
David Bluthenthal, American-Israeli professional basketball player
Bizzy Bone, Rapper of Bones, Thugs-n-Harmony
Lisa Bonet
Boys II Men
Drew Bundini Brown

C
Nell Carter

D
Craig David
Kyra Davis
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Drake

 

Aaron P. Dworkin, Musician, founder of Sphinx Org.

E
Ray Ellington
Tracee Ellis Ross
Anthony Ervin

F
Jordan Farmer , Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers)
Aaron Freeman

G
Natan Gamedze
Goapele
Anais Granofsky, Canadian actress, screenwriter, producer and director
Reuben Greenberg
Lani Guinier

H
Melissa Hannah , Grand prize winner on ABC’s “Scholar”
Ben Harper
Carolivia Herron

J
Kidada Jones
Rashida Jones
Yitzchak Jordon
Zab Judah

K
Jamaica Kincaide Novelist
Oona King, member of United Kingdom Parliament
Boris Kodjo, actor, former model
Yaphet Kotto
Lenny Kravitz
Zoe Kravitz

L
Adam Lazaare White, Actor
Julius Lester

M
Eliott Maddox
Saoul Mamby
Esti Mamo – Ethiopian Fashion Model
Adisu Massala – Ethiopian-Israeli Politician, Former member of the Knesset
Wentworth Arthur Matthew
James McBride (writer)
Yavilah McCoy
Magnificent Montague
Walter Mosley

N
Joshua Nelson , Kosher Gospel Singer
Mark Okoth Ndesandjo , sibling of President Obama
Tamu Ngina, Judaica Artist, Reflexology, Reiki Master

O
Sophie Okonedo
Akira Ohiso

P
Rain Pryor

R
Joshua Redman , Jazz Saxophonist
Rowetta , English singer
Maya Rudolph , actress, comedian

S
Sirak M. Sabahat
“Rowetta ” Satchell, English singer
Carly Simon , singer, songwriter, musician
Rabbi Gershowm Sizomu, Ugandan Abayudaya, first ordained Rabbi of sub-Sahara
Meskie Shibru-Sivan
Shyne
Slash (musician)
Bahar Soomekh, Actress
Mona Sutphen ,
Rabbi Alysa Stanton
Amar’e Stoudemire, Professional Basketball Player
Izzy Stradlin
Willie “The Lion” Smith

T
Kleo Thomas, Actor, Singer, Hip-Hop
Laurence Thomas, Scholar
Andre Tippett

W
Rebecca Walker, best selling author, award winning speaker, teacher
Justin Warfield
Robin Washington
Steve White, Actor
Jamila Wideman
Andre Williams
Jackie Wilson

Y
Y Love

more to come!

(List continuously updated)


Abraham’s descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the grains of sand on the seashore.

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