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Celebrities who are Jewish: Adam Sandler, Zach Braff, Emmy Rossum and more

Anyone who's heard "The Hannukah Song" could guess Adam Sandler is Jewish, but what about other celebrities you might not guess have ties to the faith?

Take a look at 30 stars who have Jewish heritage, were raised in the faith, or converted to Judaism.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was born into a Jewish family
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt was born into a Jewish family that was not strictly religious, according to Paste Magazine. His parents, Dennis Levitt and Jane Gordon, are also listed as the founders of the Progressive Jewish Alliance, now known as Bend the Arc.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal was born to a Jewish mother
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Jake Gyllenhaal was born to a Jewish mother and Catholic father but has been raised in the Jewish faith. He told The Guardian in 2010 that his "rite of passage" involved volunteering at a homeless shelter, where they then had a party to celebrate his bar mitzvah.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhall, whose birth name is Margalit, a
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Maggie Gyllenhall, whose birth name is Margalit, a Hebrew word meaning "pearl," was born to a Jewish mother and says she considers herself Jewish. In an interview with Forward.com in 2012 she said "I never went to Hebrew school, and I was never bat mitzvahed" but she is very active in her religion.

Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd, who grew up in a Catholic
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Paul Rudd, who grew up in a Catholic environment in Kansas told The Guardian in 2015 that he was "not particularly religious, but I was born Jewish and I always felt like the outsider because I wasn't Christian or Catholic."

Zach Braff

Zach Braff's father is of Jewish decent and
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Zach Braff's father is of Jewish decent and his mother, Anne, converted to Judaism before marrying his father. According to an interview with Forward.com Braff says he loves the culture and identifies as Jewish but is finding his own way to embrace his spirituality.

Sacha Baron Cohen

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen told NPR in 2009
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Actor Sacha Baron Cohen told NPR in 2009 that he is "very, very proud of [his] Jewish identity." He was raised Jewish and is also fluent in Hebrew.

Winona Ryder

In a 2010 GQ interview, Ryder, who was
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In a 2010 GQ interview, Ryder, who was born Winona Horowitz and is half Jewish, claimed Mel Gibson made anti-Semitic remarks to her at a Hollywood party in the 1990s.

Bette Midler

In George Mair's book,
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In George Mair's book, "Bette: An Intimate Biography of Bette Midler," it was revealed that Bette Midler had grown up as one of the only white, Jewish children in her hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Jesse Eisenberg

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"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" actor Jesse Eisenberg was brought up in a secular Jewish family. In 2016, told Haaretz that he channeled his Jewish heritage to play Lex Luthor in the film.

Goldie Hawn

In a 2012 interview with Prevention magazine, she
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In a 2012 interview with Prevention magazine, she said "I was born Jewish, and I consider that my religion." She also stated, "It's not the idea of a particular religion that's important; it's the development of a spiritual life."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus' mother was Christian and her father
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus' mother was Christian and her father was Jewish. During her acceptance speech at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards, she said, "I want you all to know, I am the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France."

Seth Rogen

Comedian Seth Rogen often jokes about being Jewish
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Comedian Seth Rogen often jokes about being Jewish and has played multiple Jewish characters in movies and on TV. In an interview with the Guardian, he even described his parents as "radical Jewish socialists."

Gwyneth Paltrow

US Magazine reported that Gwyneth Paltrow's mother was
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US Magazine reported that Gwyneth Paltrow's mother was Catholic and her father was Jewish. On NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" she said that she would be raising her two children, Apple and Moses, in the Jewish faith.

Mayim Bialik

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"Big Bang Theory" actress Mayim Bialik was raised as a Reformed Jew but now identifies "most strongly with the Modern Orthodox community," reports the Jerusalem Post.

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford is of Russian, Irish and Jewish
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Harrison Ford is of Russian, Irish and Jewish descent. During a 2000 appearance on "Inside the Actors Studio," Ford said "As a man I've always felt Irish, as an actor I've always felt Jewish."

Emmy Rossum

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"Shameless" star Emmy Rossum was raised in a Jewish household. After President Donald Trump's election in November 2016, she tweeted her disdain for the results, saying that she was a Jewish woman and that the results were "personal," as Trump had been accused of sexism and anti-Semitism in the past.

Kate Hudson

Like her mother, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson was
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Like her mother, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson was raised Jewish. In an interview with Tribute Magazine, Hudson joked about her favorite movies having Jewish connections saying, "First of all I'm Jewish, and 'The Producers' and 'Young Frankenstein' by Mel Brooks are my favorites."

Andy Samberg

Andy Samberg is Jewish on his mother's side,
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Andy Samberg is Jewish on his mother's side, and his grandfather, Alfred J. Marrow, had served as the executive chair of the American Jewish Congress. During an interview with Marc Maron on his "WTF podcast," Samberg said he was raised Jewish but never got a bar mitzvah.

Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph tracked her Jewish heritage on PBS'
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Maya Rudolph tracked her Jewish heritage on PBS' "Finding Your Roots" back to 1773 Europe.

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand was born and raised in a
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Barbra Streisand was born and raised in a Jewish household. She's spoken openly about her religion many times and admitted she was bullied for her Semitic looks.

Drake

Drake was raised by his Jewish mother in
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Drake was raised by his Jewish mother in Canada, where he attended a Jewish day school and had a bar mitzvah, reports Heeb Magazine.

Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher converted to Judaism before her marriage
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Isla Fisher converted to Judaism before her marriage to Sacha Baron Cohen. She said in an interview with Express that studying theology was "fascinating" for her and that she "loves Judaism."

Scarlett Johansson

Actress Scarlett Johansson was born in New York
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Actress Scarlett Johansson was born in New York to a mother of Polish-Jewish descent, reported the U.K.'s Independent.

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller is the son of Jerry Stiller,
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Ben Stiller is the son of Jerry Stiller, who was born Jewish, and Anne Meara, who converted to Judaism before her marriage, according to the U.K.'s Independent.

Rachel Bloom

About her Jewish upbringing,
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About her Jewish upbringing, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" star Rachel Bloom told Forward, "I would call it a pretty secular Jewish upbringing. I went to Hebrew School on weekends from age 5 to 10, and then I dropped out just because I wanted to do theater on the weekends."

Jennifer Connelly

Actress Jennifer Connelly is half-Jewish on her mother's
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Actress Jennifer Connelly is half-Jewish on her mother's side. She joked to the Hatford Courant that she was "raised with a double dose of guilt" being that she has an Irish-Catholic father and Jewish mother.

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld was raised by Jewish parents on
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Jerry Seinfeld was raised by Jewish parents on Long Island. In 2010, he also co-hosted the opening gala for the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis was born in the Ukraine to
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Mila Kunis was born in the Ukraine to a Jewish family that fled to America to escape anti-Semitism, she told The Sun.

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem, and when
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Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem, and when she was 3 years old she moved to Long Island with her family. She was raised in the Jewish faith and went on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in 2016 to discuss getting her first Christmas tree with her husband.

Adam Sandler

Comedian Adam Sandler told Howard Stern that he
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Comedian Adam Sandler told Howard Stern that he is "proud of being a Jew," and has been very vocal about his Jewish faith. As a cast member of "Saturday Night Live," he performed a novelty song, "The Chanukah Song," after noticing a lack of Hanukkah tunes during the holiday season.

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