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Top ten non-Jews often misidentified as Jews

Top ten non-Jews often misidentified as Jews

October 27, 2011 in 2009 September-October, Moment Favorites
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Springstein? No, Springsteen.

Bruce Springsteen
Can you hear us, the many rock fans who assume that he’s Jewish? That’s Springsteen—“stepping stone” in old Dutch—not Springstein. Adding to confusion is Springsteen’s famous nickname, “The Boss,” which he earned in 1960s New Jersey because he was often in charge of distributing payment from gigs to his bandmates.

Charlie Chaplin
The Nazis included this international superstar of the silent film era in their 1930s propaganda compendium, Juden Sehen Dich An (The Jews Are Watching You). Plus Chaplin’s 1940 film, The Great Dictator, indicted fascism and underscored Jewish suffering at a time when the United States was still neutral in World War II. Despite his famous role as a Jewish barber, Chaplin wasn’t Jewish. But he was proud of his heritage in another persecuted group: the Roma, or Gypsies.

Alan Alda
His name sounds Jewy, he played a brilliant surgeon, he’s an ardent feminist and liberal, and he’s married to a Jew. No wonder people mistake him for one of the tribe. But the actor who starred as Captain Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce on the long-running television series M*A*S*H was raised Catholic. His father, the actor Robert Alda, known for his role as George Gershwin in Rhapsody in Blue, was born Alfonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D’Abruzzo.

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Milton Hershey
Why wouldn’t a self-made man with a name like Milton be Jewish? The founder of the chocolate empire who transformed Hershey, Pennsylvania, into the definitive company town and created America’s love affair with milk chocolate was originally included in the 2002 documentary Great Jewish Achievers. But as a Mennonite, Hershey didn’t make the final cut.

Ringo Starr
Is it the Liverpool accent? Birth name Richard Starkey? Jewish manager Brian Epstein? When the four mop tops arrived in Montreal on the morning of September 8, 1964, they learned from the local press that anti-Semites had made death threats against Ringo. “Some people decided to make an example of me as an English Jew,” recounted the drummer in The Beatles Anthology. The show went on with extra security, including a plainclothes cop hiding behind a drum riser. It was “one of the few times I was really worried,” said Starr. “The one major fault is,” he added, “I’m not Jewish.”

Rupert Murdoch
It’s true, not all media moguls are Jewish! Credited and blamed for swaying elections from Canberra to London to Washington, DC, Murdoch gave Americans the “fair and balanced” Fox News Channel and gobbled up the social-networking site MySpace. “Over the years, some of my wildest critics seem to have assumed I am Jewish. At the same time, some of my closest friends wish I were. So let me set the record straight: I live in New York. I have a wife who craves Chinese food. And people I trust tell me I practically invented the word ‘chutzpah,’” the non-Jewish Murdoch recently told the American Jewish Committee. We rest our case.

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24 Comments
  • Harold Hecuba 13:36h, 24 April Reply

    I am fairly certain, as a Beatles fan since the age of 12, that Ringo is half-Jewish. It was not uncommon for celebrities to deny or downplay Jewish heritage just a few decades ago. You see it with Howard Stern and Andrew Dice Clay having falsely claimed to be half-Italian, rather than fully Jewish, in the past. With someone like Seth Rogen, the situation is quite the opposite. He plays UP his heritage in the belief that it will benefit his career.

    • Agnieszka 09:17h, 29 April Reply

      Ringo almost looks like Topol, welll…

    • Matthew/Boston 16:36h, 06 June Reply

      I sure as hell hope not!

      That would taint my image of the Beatles no matter how much I might try not to think about it. I grew-up with the Beatles. I consider them to be the best thing that ever happened to music. In fact, I’m listening to Revolver right now!

      • sharon 21:21h, 04 October Reply

        What a disgusting anti semitic comment! Are you Christian? You folliw Jewish laws, your messiah was most definately a Jew and you pray to the God of Israel. You would love to be Jewish!! You are just jealous…and of very low intellect

        • Kevin 10:26h, 06 February Reply

          Jews are not of Shem. Jesus was a Judean, not a Jew. Jews are edomites.

          • paul 18:54h, 19 August

            Sorry Kevin. Edomites became part of the Israelites, formerly Hebrews, who are the modern day Jews. The Judean of Jesus was because he was Jewish (Israelites) living in Jude’s, the area the tribe of Judah inherited upon entering Canaan after 40 years in the wilderness.

      • Ray 18:13h, 16 October Reply

        We are all Jewish, I hate to telly you. Our hero Jesus, is Jewish. He is our father that spawned a Jewish faith but they somehow didn’t believe him. In the beginning, it was Jews that believed in Christ.

    • Pamela 13:56h, 19 April Reply

      There is no such thing as half Jewish. You either are or you are not Jewish. According to halachah (Jewish law), if the maternal line is Jewish, then you are Jewish.

      • Evette 07:49h, 24 February Reply

        Jew-ish people state it is the mother’s bloodline that determines if you are a Jew or not. Israelites go by what the Bible says, that if your father is an Israelite, then you are an Israelite as well. Remember the 12 tribes of Israel? All of them were men as the head of their tribe. Not sure why the other people are stating that the mother is the focal point of the Israelite race.

  • Bee 06:48h, 07 September Reply

    Ringo Starr is not Jewish at all.

    For future reference:
    Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel.

    Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman.

    Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron.

    Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

  • Marianne 09:36h, 02 August Reply

    Matthew from Boston was offensive but that does not give Sharon the right to assume he is Christian . I am a Catholic and I have
    Great respect for the hard working Jewish Community here in the UK and their tough background.

    Ringo Starr has confirmed he does not have Jewish heritage and that should be the end of it..

    I imagine there are millions of Jewish celebrities all over the world so I woold’nt worry too much a out it and Michael Winner is not
    Jewish either, He went to a small Jewish school where they took in non Jewish children. It was on his doorstep and they were kind
    Enough to take him in.

    I have made a few mistakes so please forgive me. My husband’s first cousin Fergus met a lovely Jewish woman called Sheila in New York
    And they are now retired in Rostrevor, Co Down . They are very happily married and we all love her dearly.

  • Kenny 05:32h, 23 April Reply

    Bruce Springsteen is a bona fide jew, whom denies not being one.

  • Terry Traditional Trim Carpentry 16:58h, 18 June Reply

    I’m an independent carpenter and I work in a predominantly Jewish community in which I enjoy the people and my customers very much. There happens to be a poster on one of my customers living room walls which has photos of, Bruce Springsteen,
    Albert Einstein, Henry Winkler, Bob Dylan, and supprisingly Jesus Christ. The top of the poster says
    “Jews Rock” I was raised Catholic myself and by no means find this offensive

    • Sam Curtis Bristol 23:38h, 08 March Reply

      I’ve seen posters of Springsteen in Jewish homes too. I’m sure he is Jewish or maybe converted because they all seem to think he’s a Jew fer sure.

  • Terry 17:23h, 18 June Reply

    This is Terry again but to add to the poster was also
    William Shatner, Ringo Starr, but there were I believe (9) nine total photos and for the life of me I cannot remember the last two huh? Maybe someone else knows ? Thank you I’ve enjoyed this site, Jews do Rock too tho people and to all my fellow Christians temember that the Ten Commandments that we are all to follow and abide to were given to Moses a Jew, by the God of Jews, and our own Savior” was a Jew, let us all co-exsisti,
    and one more thing folks “Rock On”

    • lori grace 23:43h, 02 September Reply

      Terry, I admire and agree with everything you said. Beautifully written and extremely thoughtful. Thanks for being the voice of love and reason. “ROCK ON”

  • John Foulks 22:10h, 02 November Reply

    That’s only six…where are the other four?

  • Robin Janz-Buhr 13:14h, 17 November Reply

    I hope you’re wrong on Milton. I’m a descendant of Hershey on my maternal grandfather’s side. Correct on the Mennonite part. The family was originally from Switzerland and their name originally Hirsch, which I’ve read is a Jewish surname. I live in Canada and I know of a few Mennonite families that have a Jewish connection. They were both a persecuted people often surviving off the land very close to one another. They both know how to work the land and be successful. I was hoping I had some Jewish in me. I’ll take one of those DNA test kits and get back to you.

  • Susan 17:39h, 26 November Reply

    Christianity did not begin as a religion until 300 years after Jesus died

    Jesus was born in the Spring, not on December 25th

    He could not have been buried on a Saturday (to rise on Sunday) as he was a Jew , and Jews do not bury their dead on the Sabbath. Which is Saturday in Judaism

    The last supper was supposedly a Passover dinner….if that were true, why is their bread on the table and not matzah

    The Catholic Church turned Mary Magdaline into a proestitue for their own purposes. She was actual his wife , and the V shaped chalice is the symbol for a woman’s womb

    Note also that Jesus is leaning to the right in Divinci’s Last Supper, and the figure to his right is leaning toward the left and is definitely female. Together they form the V shape

    • Evette 07:39h, 24 February Reply

      Mary Magdalene was NOT Christ’s wife. In John 19:26, when He told the disciple that he loved that Mary, His mother, is now the disciple’s mother,he wanted the disciple to take care of Mary. If Mary Magdalene was Christ’s wife, wouldn’t he had asked the same disciple to take care of her also? And any possible children that she was possibly pregnant with? So no, Christ was not sent here to marry a woman. He was sent here to save His people from sin. Period.

  • Titan 23:02h, 14 January Reply

    Yes, Charlie Chaplin had Jewish roots. Please note that gypsies originated when Jews went through India, and in a vast migration due to inland wars, left India. The intermarriage of these two wondering groups trying to escape formed the gypsy tribes. Soon, it became a very tight membership group; they only married other gypsies, or sometimes illigally approprieted European babies.Therefore, all gypsies are in part Jewish and very proud of it. I worked with Polish, Russian and Romanian gypsies for several years and knew their kings and tribes.

  • Johnston 11:23h, 26 May Reply

    Another person often thought to be Jewish is folksinger/pop singer Melanie Safka, know by Melanie- (Candles in the Rain, Brand New Key, Beauriful People) Raised as a Catholic but now practices Eastern practices- meditation etc

  • Steve 08:45h, 04 January Reply

    The Jewish identity question is a VERY complicated one. I knew a young man whose father was Roman Catholic and his mother was Jewish. The father died before he was born but he was baptized a Catholic and did the whole communion confirmation thing but was also Bar Mitzva’d. He swore that he wasn’t a Jew all his miserably confused life. I believe that honesty is the best policy but hey, you never know.

  • HA 16:33h, 05 August Reply

    It is a shame that there is such a stigma around Jewish identity that some deny their heritage. You are who you are and should be okay with that no matter what as long as you respect all people and religions.

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