25 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Jewish

Well!! Hanukkah is knocking the doors of Jews. So, the time of rejoicing and merrymaking with the festival of dedication and lights is again around. The Jews or the “Children of Israel” commemorate this festival for eight nights and days, and observe it by kindling lights in beautiful nine-branched candelabras. But, do you know that there are some renowned celebs, who are also going to rejoice this illuminating fiesta? Let’s have a look at those celebrities, whom you didn’t know were Jewish.

1. Kat Dennings

Kat Dennings

Born as Katherine Litwack in a Jewish family, Kat is an American actress by profession. This gorgeous Jewish beauty emerged with a television series on HBO, called Sex and the City, which was followed by a number of movies, like  Big Momma’s House 2, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Charlie Bartlett, Defendor, Raise Your Voice, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, The House Bunny,  and Thor. However, her eminence became publicized with her role in CBS television series, 2 Broke Girls.

Kat was born and raised as a Jew in Pennsylvania to a speech therapist mother and molecular pharmacologist father. She is the youngest among the five children. Her career began at the age of 10 with a few commercials. However, in her later years, her idea of becoming an actress was regarded as the “worst idea ever” by her parents.

About being her a Jewish, Kat Dennings states that “Judaism is an important part of my history, but, as a whole, religion is not a part of my life,” to The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.

2. James Franco

James Franco

This American actor of cool and debonair looks first gained popularity with a short-lived cult show, Freaks and Geeks. James later became all the more famous with his character in the biographical movie, James Dean, which garnered him with a Golden Globe and his character ‘Harry Osborn’ in Spider-Man trilogy.

Born in California to a businessman father and actress mother, where his mother was of Jewish descent and father was of Swedish descent. Franco has largely been under the influence of his maternal side and hence, is a Jewish by religion. To fulfill his passion for acting, James formally took two-year training under Robert Carnegie and got his first role in a commercial for Pizza Hut.

James made his debut with the movie, Never Been Kissed, which is followed by a number of successful movies in which he appeared, like Pineapple Express, 127 Hours, Milk, Tristan & Isolde, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Annapolis, Spring Breakers, This Is the End, Oz the Great and Powerful, and Lovelace.

James Franco was also the face of Gucci’s men’s fragrance line.

3. Zac Efron

Zac Efron

 This handsome Jewish actor with hot blue eyes became a sensation among girls after he worked in the High School Musical series. We are talking about none other than Zac Efron, an American actor and amazingly talented singer. Having tasted success in teen dramas, like High School Musical, and Summerland, he has also worked excellently in movies, such as Hairspray, 17 Again, New Year’s Eve, The Lucky One, Me and Orson Welles, and Charlie St. Cloud.

Efron was born in California. His surname “Efron”, which he received from his grandfather, links him to the Jewish ethnicity. However, Zac is a complete agnostic and does not believe in religion. His debut began with guest roles in various television series, and he got his big break as Troy Bolton from the Disney Channel’s original movie, called High School Musical.

Efron was on the 92nd place in the Forbes’ “Powerful Celebrity” list, in 2008. His upcoming project is “Neighbors”, which will release in 2014.

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