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This character is Jewish. How do we know?

Well, remember when the show did the Christmas Special? And there was that Aesop about diversity and the other holidays in December? And she was shown with a menorah lighting candles? But then again, you never see her observing Passover, or the High Holy Days.

Fine, but then there was that episode about pork and how she keeps Kosher? Despite the shrimp cocktail and cheeseburger she had for dinner.

OK what about her Bat Mitzvah? You know, the characters were confused by the whole thing, and how they learned about her traditions. Which never got mentioned before or since.[1]

And that's the problem. A character who practices Informed Judaism will perform acts that most people can recognize as being Jewish, in contrast to the non-Jewish characters, but they don't show any more subtle signs of Judaism, even for an assimilated Jew, even the cultural aspect. Their Judaism becomes an Informed Attribute. The characters listed on this page are Jewish because the writers tell us, they don't show us, possibly because You Have to Have Jews.

This is often a trope that pops up in a number of Western Animation Christmas Episodes; due to the nature of the shows' audience, the powers that be will want to place An Aesop in to show that the characters keep a diverse set of friends or peers. As a result, a character's Judaism is mentioned at some point in the episode, or perhaps a menorah will just be shown in the background, in order to keep up that diverse appearance. After all, who really knows what other religiously affiliated holidays are celebrated by a large enough group of people in the mid to late period of December? This will in fact be the only mention of religion throughout the episode (if not the series) , as Christmas itself (assuming the name is used at all) will not be depicted as having any religious significance, but rather just be a "Warm, Feel Good Time", thus making this revelation of a major character feel shoehorned in. This is also despite the fact that since the Jewish calendar is a lunar one, there is no guarantee that Hannukah and Christmas will in any way overlap: Hannukah could be completely over way before Christmas starts.

Of course, there is a place between Informed Judaism and Anvilicious. A character doesn't need to shout "Oy, how meshuggenah, a golem! I'm ferklempt!" to be non-informed Jewish, and likewise, not every character who has a Chanukkah Special is informed. It's more of a gestalt of the sense of the character. Yiddish as a Second Language, for example, can be a clue...though, of course, pushing any element too far lands you back here.

This has an element of Truth in Television: Some Jews in countries where they've been able to assimilate increasingly practice their religion only on the most important holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), and only celebrate Chanukah to have a winter holiday. They don't keep Kosher or observe the Sabbath. A practitioner of Reform or Reconstructionist Judaism -- quite common in America -- is especially likely to disregard most forms of Jewish ritual, including the Kosher laws. "High Holy Days Jews" are the Jewish equivalents of "Christmas-and-Easter Christians." That said, even many of these still show the cultural aspects of Judaism, often missing from these characters.

It is also true that Jews are not only people who practice Judaism. Generally, in modern secular usage, Jews include three groups: people who were born to a Jewish family regardless of whether or not they follow the religion, those who have some Jewish ancestral background or lineage (sometimes including those who do not have strictly matrilineal descent), and people without any Jewish ancestral background or lineage who have formally converted to Judaism and therefore are followers of the religion. Therefore, someone can be a Jew and no one else would know unless they asked. Many Jews do not do any religious rituals, and some even have Christmas trees ("Chanukkah bush").

Fan Fiction often subjects these characters to extreme Flanderization.

Contrast Ambiguously Jewish, where a character displays stereotypically Jewish traits, but is never referred to as such; halfway between these two is reality. Compare Raised Catholic, which shares some characteristics with this trope.

Examples of Informed Judaism include:

Anime and Manga

  • Benny of Black Lagoon is Jewish. It's first mentioned in the second volume, where the crew of the Black Lagoon encounter a Neo-Nazi boat. Other than that? We're talking about a sea pirate who drinks, smokes and, more prominently, who works with and for criminals, local mafias, smugglers and drug dealers on a daily basis.
    • There was a Jewish mob back in the day...
  • A significant portion of the Pokemon fanbase has decided that Meowth of Team Rocket is Jewish, mainly because the most popular VA in the English dub gave him a fairly heavy New Yawk accent.


Comic Books

  • Legion of Super-Heroes has Colossal Boy.
  • A few years ago, Ben Grimm of the Fantastic Four happened to mention that he's Jewish, and he is seen praying in Hebrew (which he admittedly stumbles through) when he thought a beloved store owner in his old neighborhood was dying. Since Ben was always a gentle self-caricature of Jack Kirby, who was Jewish, this makes sense, and the fans seem to be fine with it. But it still seemed to come out of nowhere after all these decades of never mentioning it.
    • The in-universe reason that Ben never brings it up is that he didn't want his appearance to be used as an excuse for anti-semitic propaganda.
    • Interestingly, a short story from a Marvel Christmas Special comic book a few years prior to this reveal had Ben Grimm dicussing the difference between Christmas and Hanukkah with a little Jewish girl. This story seemed to imply that Ben is not Jewish himself.
  • Similarly, during his long run as writer on Incredible Hulk, Peter David decided that long-time supporting character Doc Samson is Jewish, although it had never been mentioned before. As the Biblical Samson was an Israelite, this makes a lot of sense.
  • According to Elliot S! Maggin, the Pre Crisis Lex Luthor is ethnically Jewish, although certainly non-practicing. Maggin himself is Jewish, and always had a slightly more tragic/sympathetic take on Luthor than other writers of the period.
  • Other informed Jews from DC Comics: the Atom (Ray), Batwoman (Kate), and the Sandman (Wesley).
  • Other informed Jews from Marvel Comics: Iceman, Justice (Vance), Legion, Moon Knight, the Two-Gun Kid, Volcana, and Wiccan.
  • Generally averted for Marvel characters who are also mutants (e.g., Magneto). The theme of being persecuted for two things tends to make it more-than-informed.


Film

  • Paulie Bleeker in Juno has a poster displaying the Hebrew alphabet in his room, a framed Bar Mitzvah certificate on his wall, and a dreidel on his shelf. The director confirmed he was Jewish in the commentary.
  • Chunk in The Goonies.

 Chunk: In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max's toupee and I glued it on my face when I was Moses in my Hebrew School play.

    • He's also mentioned "old Hannukah decorations" when checking out Mikey's attic, and he's heard reciting Hebrew when his Oh Crap face shows upon seeing Jake Fratelli in the vehicle he just got down waving down.
  • Mickey from the Rocky movies. There is no hint of this until his funeral in Rocky III.
  • While the Basterds themselves of Inglourious Basterds are identified as being of Jewish descent, they don't appear to be practicing Jews and aren't that much different from the Americans, which has been criticized by some reviewers.
  • In the film adaptation of Puckoon, the towns doctor (named Goldstein) is introduced by the narrator as being so Jewish that even at a party attended solely by Jews, people would still ask "who's that Jewish looking fellow over there?". Despite this, his only "Jewish" characteristics are complaints about somebody owing him money, and having to hide his identity as an Irish Nationalist, not because the British might see him as a terrorist, but because other Jews would frown on him collaborating with Catholics.
  • Dr. Berger, Conrad's psychiatrist in both the book and film of Ordinary People. His name and mannerisms are Jewish, as is the actor who plays him (Judd|Hirsch). His being Jewish is explicitly mentioned only once, in a scene where he's not present, when at a Jarrett family Christmas Conrad's maternal grandmother mentions it in a tone that implies some disapproval.


Literature

  • Abby, in The Baby Sitters Club, is Jewish and does get a Bat Mitzvah, but apart from it being mentioned about her as a stated fact ("Abby is Jewish"), it gets little attention. Dawn also mentions in one book that one of their sitting charges, Nancy Dawes, is Jewish; it actually had relevance to the plot because it was the Very Special Episode book about racism.
  • Animorphs has both Jake and Rachel as this; their Judaism was rarely ever mentioned and wasn't really connected to anything else.
    • There are several smaller hints, particularly from Jake, if you notice the descriptions of his family dinners. In this case it's more a function of the stories themselves because we never get any reference to holidays for any of the other characters either. In fact all we know about any of the other characters' faiths is that Cassie's family has a pastor and that Marco's mother sang in the church choir.
    • Rachel may not be Jewish herself. In Elfangor's Secret, she only says that her father (through whom she is related to Jake) is.
  • Captain Underpants, as shown in book five where his Secret Identity has a Jewish wedding.


Live Action TV

  • Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Jewish name, check. Talks about her very observant father (who won't even let her watch A Charlie Brown Christmas) as she nails crosses to her wall [2], check. Responds to "what are you doing for Christmas" with "Being Jewish. Duh." And...that's it. In seven seasons, she only ever does one thing that's a Jewish custom or practice without a neon sign blaring "Jewish! Different!" And let's not get started on the whole "Wicca/witch/magic" thing.
    • That one thing, by the way, is placing a small rock on a headstone she visits. That's a Jewish custom.
    • Willow's mother appears in Season Three, and she seems more of a Straw Feminist than an observant Jew as her parents were previously suggested to be. Willow's mother analyzes her daughter's magic use in terms of psychology (until everyone turns into a crazy witchhunter) and gives no hint that it might conflict with their religion. In fact, the mother never mentions Judaism at all.
    • Tiny Jewish Santa! Season five. They only seem to remember when Christian-norming comes up--but then, since Willow is distinctly non-practicing, when else would it come up? Some demon that doesn't want to use Jewish blood for a sacrifice? Talk about awkward thing to air.
  • Brenda Song in both the Made for TV movie "Lost in the Suburbs" and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody; in both she mentions celebrating Chanuka (though in The Suite Life she just says, "And give up on 8 days of presents, are you nuts?"). In Stuck In The Suburbs, she mentions having a Bat Mitzvah.
    • She sometimes on The Suite Life (more frequently in On Deck) acts and talks like an old Jewish lady.
  • In Lucky Louie, the priest asks Kim if she would like to make a confession, and she replies, "No, I'm Jewish."
  • Square Pegs Muffy Tepperman, and Marshall Blechtman both mentioned being Jewish and having a Bat and Bar Mitzvah respectively.
  • Even Stevens have an obligatory Chanuka special. It is mentioned that the mother is Jewish.
  • Both Sarah and Laura Silverman on The Sarah Silverman Program are mentioned as being Jewish several times. "You know who else is a kike? Me, and Laura, and Albert Einstein."
  • Ross from Friends cares enough about Judaism that he tries to teach his son about how great Chanukah is, but rarely ever shows any interest in the faith otherwise.
    • His sister, Monica, is only referred to as Jewish twice: once, she mentions having had a Bat Mitzvah, and later, Chandler explicitly says to her, "You're Jewish!" when she laments that she did not choose to be a reverend for her career (she refers to it as a "technicality"). We never see her celebrate Chanukah (and we do see her celebrate Christmas) or make any other reference to her Judaism.
      • However, when Ross and Monica visit their parents, and we see the outside of the Gellers' front door, they have a mezzuzah, which is something Jews affix to the doorposts of their homes, and also something few non-Jews would recognize. There is a Christmas episode where Ross and Monica discuss the "Friends" doing a group gift things, where they draw names from a hat, and each person buys just one gift, and each person receives just one, rather than each person buying 5 gifts, and this will be the "Christmas" gift. Ross then adds that he and Monica already got each other Hanukkah gifts. Throughout the show, it is strongly implied, although it is never stated, that Ross and Monica's father is Jewish, but their mother is not (this is the case with the actors playing them), and they grew up in a home where holidays from two different traditions were observed.
      • Also, Monica often wears a necklace with a star of David.
    • Also this conversation when Ross takes a Bible from a hotel:

 Chandler: "You're Jewish! Why do you need a Bible?"

Ross: "So I can learn about... Jesus."

  • Seinfeld does this on occasions but always subverts it. A conversation about circumcision indicates it never happened to Jerry. They are friends with a rabbi because he lives in their building. They are never seen doing anything religious. Elaine is explicitly mentioned not to be Jewish. The implication is that they're descended from Jews and live in a Jewish neighborhood but don't follow the religion themselves.
    • Kramer is seen eating bacon which he's cooked in and is eating out of Jerry's frying pan, and given Kramer's propensity to steal food from Jerry, it's implied that neither of them care about whether something is kosher or not.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm, on many occasions. The only thing is that Larry doesn't seem to take his religion particularly seriously, whereas the other characters do. He was (for a time) married to a Christian woman and the differing religions had no effect on their relationship.
  • Power Rangers SPD: On receiving his new Cool Bike, Jack declares it's like Christmas come early. Bridge (who also got a new bike) answers that, since he's Jewish, it's more like Chanukah came early. This is the only time Bridge mentions he's Jewish during the series -- and he impressively manages to tell us this information in the most ham-handed way possible.
    • Mind you, this is how we learn everything about Bridge, such as his love of buttery toast. It would have been distinctly out of character for him to mention his religion in a context compatible with a kosher diet.
  • All the members of the Fine family, from The Nanny.
    • On the otherhand, she acted so stereotypicaly like a "j.a.p.," the show was almost a Jewish minstral show.
  • Gordo from Lizzie McGuire. In the episode where this is most present, he up and decides to become a Bar Mitzvah -- forget the years of studying that this actually requires.
    • Probably more important is the fact that you become a Bar Mitzvah (meaning you, and not your parents, are now responsible for your conduct according to Jewish law) automatically when you turn 13 (or a Bat Mitzvah when you're 12). The ceremony that people generally call a "Bar/Bat Mitzvah" is just the kid's first aliyah, or public Torah reading.
  • You wouldn't have known Jody from The Puzzle Place was Jewish until its holiday episode (also featuring Kwanzaa!). Given the show about a Five-Token Band of puppets this isn't too surprising.
    • Actually, they did an episode about Passover before the holiday episode.
  • Paul, Kevin's best friend in The Wonder Years, has a Bar Mitzvah in one episode, in which we also meet his grandfather who reminisces sentimentally about life in the "Old Country" and gives him a family heirloom prayerbook. In a Christmas episode, we briefly hear him and Kevin argue over whether Christmas or Hannukah brings in the most presents. Otherwise, Paul's religion is never mentioned.
  • Wilson and Cuddy from House. Wilson mentions he is Jewish but nonobservant in the pilot, and even has to be reminded that he is Jewish in a Christmas Episode. Cuddy's religion mostly comes up when House makes fun of her. In the case of Cuddy, this follows the actor; whether Robert Sean Leonard is Jewish I don't know.
  • Chuck from Pushing Daisies is mentioned a few times as being Jewish, yet she manages to make her way through two Christmas specials without even mentioning Chanukah. It is possible that the only reason she was defined as Jewish at all is to explain why she wasn't embalmed.
  • John Munch in ~Homicide: Life on The Street~ and Law and Order Special Victims Unit has mentioned Judaism on occasion but insists that "the only thing Judaism and I have in common is We don't like to work Saturdays". He has, however, displayed knowledge of the Torah and the Kaddish and appears to hail from a conservative Jewish community. Both the actor and the real-life inspiration are Jewish as well
  • Community has Annie, whose Judaism was mentioned in the Christmas episode, right out of thin air. Aside from her bringing a menorah to Shirley's Christmas party, she doesn't say much else specific about the religion, and it is likely it will never be mention again. (Or, potentially, become her main character trait.)
    • Well, while it isn't a huge part of her character, it certainly has been mentioned several times since then.
    • In a recent episode, Shirley (a devout Christian) says that all religions have funeral customs, and lists Eskimos, Gypsies, and Jews. Annie sarcastically remarks "Oh, we made the list."
  • Rachel and Puck on Glee are both Jewish. For Rachel, it's completely informed (a few times, actually), but for Puck, he makes mention of his family's Simchat Torah tradition of Chinese food and Schindler's List. (They're shown eating pork, but then, not all Jews are kosher). Puck then proceeds to hook up with Rachel mostly because she's "a hot Jew". Later, Puck mentions going to Temple with his grandmother as if it were an uncommon thing for him to do, which fits with his mostly bad-boy persona.
    • That's a weird tradition for Simchat Torah. That's more appropriate to Tisha B'Av, or Yom Ha Shoah. Sounds like the writers threw darts at a list of Jewish holidays.
    • Interesting, while Rachel's Judaism continues to be almost completely informed (wanting her hypothetical future children to be raised Jewish is presented as an instance of her 'controllist' tendencies rather than a genuine religious choice, and she both gives and accepts Christmas presents despite not celebrating Christmas with her fathers), Puck is implied to have a developing - if still somewhat shallow - involvement in his religious community as the series goes on, in tune with his redemption arc. By episode 2X18 he's going to temple often enough that he's spotted a pattern of girls turning up with new noses shortly after their sixteenth birthdays.
  • Matt Albie on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Made funnier (and lampshaded) in The Christmas Show, where he is the one pushing doing a Christmas show while others are lukewarm at best to the idea.
  • Ziva on NCIS is a former Israeli Mossad agent and wears a Star of David.
  • Charlotte on Sex and the City converted to Judaism.
  • George in Being Human is really only shown as Jewish through the Star of David he wears and the few times he mentions it. Justified though in that he became unobservant after being bitten, since he felt that Judaism frowned on being a werewolf.
    • George's father is not Jewish, as we see a vicar giving his burial rites.
    • Josh, his counterpart on the American series, has approximately the same level of observance.
  • Parodied in 3rd Rock from the Sun. The Solomons, after attempting to decide their ethnicity, eventually just figure they should be Jewish because their landlady assumed they were, based on their last name. Being aliens living undercover on Earth of course, they know nothing about the culture in the slightest and it never comes up again.
  • Blair Sandburg in The Sentinel. Mentions that his Swiss Army Knife was a Bar Mitzvah present, and when a guest in the apartment he and Jim share asks if there are any pork chops he says, "Yeah, right next to the whale meat!" But he doesn't seem to observe any other Jewish customs; of course he was raised by a flower child mother and is a cultural anthropologist by training. . .
  • Power Rangers Zeo had a Christmas Episode where a special guest character celebrated Hanukkah. Being An Aesop, they were all hit with the bias blaster and became ethnocentric. Tanya of course celebrated Kwanzaa, despite actually being from Africa.
  • Mr. Hooper of Sesame Street was Jewish. The only reason the audience ever knew this is because in the early 80s, a Christmas Special was filmed called "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street," and Bob wished Mr. Hooper a happy Hanukkah. He was also shown as able to read Yiddish in an episode.
    • Also, Moishe the Oofnik, the grouch on the Israeli version of the show, Shalom Sesame, is explicitly said to be Oscar's cousin.
    • In recent years, the Bear family has taken up the Hanukkah ball, with Baby Bear showing Elmo how to spin a dreidel.
  • This trope appears in -- of all things -- the 2008 Muppets Christmas Special, A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. Zoot, saxophonist for the Electric Mayhem, shows up for the Christmas Eve celebration toting a menorah and greets the hostess with a calm "Shalom." Floyd the guitarist observes the menorah and remarks that he'd never been aware that Zoot was Jewish.
    • Which is odd given the fact that the Electric Mayhem left to play a Bar Mitzvah at the beginning of Muppets In Space. You would have thought that if it was ever going to come up, that would have been the time.
      • It's not all that odd considering Zoot is usually only awake enough to play his notes and he doesn't even remember his name or what instrument he plays in "The Muppet Movie."
  • Susan Ivanova from Babylon 5, though it is stated that she is solidly non-observant.
  • Powerful TV producer (and major prima donna) Alan Brady on The Dick Van Dyke Show was implied to be Jewish here and there (and, interestingly, was portrayed by real-life Jew Carl Reiner, who also produced The Dick Van Dyke Show itself). In one episode, Rob, Buddy, and Sally have him stay after work to discuss something with him, and he offhandedly complains that he's late for a bar mitzvah ceremony.
  • Max Blum on Happy Endings never displays any knowledge of Judaism or follows Jewish customs. However given that Max is established as extremely lazy, simple-minded and slothful (Ruling out him going kosher), this is very much justified.
  • Sandy Cohen from The OC is Jewish but other than having a sterotypical Jewish Mother his Judaism is only infrequently mentioned. Curiously his son Seth, who is half-Jewish (his mother is Christian and he was reared with elements of both faiths) is far more vocal about identifying as Jewish and was delighted when his girlfriend mentioned she would be Converting for Love.

Newspaper Comics

  • Dick Tracy's sidekick Sam Catchem is Jewish, and always has been, but since it rarely has much bearing on the cases they investigate, it doesn't get mentioned much. The creative team of Mike Curtis and Joe Staton has changed things up a little by having Sam invite the Tracys over for Chanukah.


Theater


Web Comics

  • Riff from Sluggy Freelance only mentions his Jewishness when Chanukah rolls around (though he does bring a Star of David with him when he goes vampire hunting).
  • Parodied in Kid Radd, when Kobayashi reveals in a holiday Omake comic that he's part of a Jewish order of Ninja.
  • Choo-Choo Bear of Something Positive is Jewish. We've seen comics that featured pictures of him at his Bar Mitzvah, and one where he and his cousin Twitchy-Hug explained Passover to the audience. Only thing is... Choo-Choo is a cat. A boneless, hairless, gelatinous cat.
  • It's mostly Fanon, since it never comes up in the comic and is based on a joke by the author, but fans of Homestuck have taken Terezi to be Jewgish due to a conversation where she admits to not knowing about "Jegus" (referring to a Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff misspelling). It Makes Sense in Context.
    • Hilariously, it was revealed later on that there was an actual Jesus-analogue in the history of Terezi's world. Terezi's ancestor was one of the followers of an underground cult he inspired after his death. In other words, Terezi is the descendent of an alien Christian.


Web Original

  • In Global Guardians PBEM Universe, the fact that Diamond is Jewish only came up in a single story (in which she was trying to adopt an orphaned girl), and was never mentioned again except in a much-later story where we meet her father, and he's a complete Alter Kocker.
  • Fractious, in the Whateley Universe. Known to swear in Yiddish. When she goes with school friends from Whateley Academy for Christmas, Loophole's mother tries to make latkes for her. They don't turn out well.


Western Animation

  • Tish from The Weekenders Implied by her having Eastern European parents, getting a type of Bat Mitzva at 12 and 1/2, which is the usual age for girls in reform and many conservative temples (For some reason they don't call it a bat mitzva), and has a great uncle named Moishe (forgive my spelling). Stated in the holiday special, where it is revealed that she celebrates Chanuka.
    • It should be pointed out that one early episode has her celebrate Lent, and the fans seem to have a Broken Base on whether she is Catholic or Jewish.
  • Sam from Danny Phantom -- her religious identity is only ever mentioned in the Christmas Episode. It's even worse with her parents who fill the mold of stuck-up WASPs. Though this can be considered a case of Reality Is Unrealistic in that there are many Jewish people who act like WAS Ps (hence the Jewish-American Princess stereotype).
  • Arnold from The Magic School Bus. Once again, a Chanukah mention during the Christmas episode is our only clue.
  • Similarly, on Arthur, the Frensky family's Jewishness didn't come out until its holiday episode. They're making up for it since; there's been an episode in which Francine vacillates between a relative's Bar Mitzvah and a bowling match, and another in which she mentions playing on her temple's sports team. Plus, she's attempted a Yom Kippur fast.
    • This may be a form of Adaptation Decay. In the source books Francine shows no sign of being Jewish, and celebrated Christmas (as she apparently did in early episodes).
  • Ron Stoppable from Kim Possible: his Bar Mitzvah is the focus of an early episode, which gets a Continuity Nod during a Christmas Episode. Though you'd have never guessed if you observed his dietary habits.
  • Moishe from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends seems to have been rolled in just to fulfill this trope.
  • Harold from Hey Arnold. In one episode, he is lectured by his rabbi for stealing a ham, with more emphasis on breaking Jewish dietary restrictions than the theft itself

 Rabbi Goldberg: "But secondly, and most important, you stole a ham. Ham is not kosher - not kosher at all. We don't eat ham. We haven't for 5000 years, and we don't need to start now."

    • Could be a bit of Fridge Brilliance, maybe? It'd be bad enough if he had stolen something and intended it for his own use, but if he's not able to use it, that'd be stealing for the sake of stealing, and that'd be worse, wouldn't it?
    • In another, has a Bar Mitzvah (yes, he's in fourth grade, but he was held back). And once, he uses the Yiddish word "kibbitzer" (meaning "person who butts in").
    • Eugene may be as well, as they included a kosher joke in his song during the food groups pageant. Also, his last name is Horowitz.
  • In a The Mighty B episode where Bessie and Penny keeps sneaking into Bat Mitzvah parties, we learn that Portia Gibbons is (probably) Jewish when Bessie sneaks into the Bat Mitzvah party of Portia's cousin.
  • Billy wishes the audience a happy Chanukah at the last possible minute in Billy and Mandy Save Christmas claiming that's what they celebrate at his house and rubs in the fact that he gets more presents.
  • Jude on 6teen showed no signs of being Jewish until one of the Christmas Episodes where he said he had to get home because of Hanukkah. There is some irony that Jude was the name of one of Jesus' friends/apostles (and no, he's not the same as Judas). Not to mention Jude is German for Jew.
  • Kitty from X-Men: Evolution. The only evidence that she's Jewish is a scene of her lighting the menorah in her home in the Christmas Episode... and, of course, being very definitely Jewish in the comic the show was based on.
  • T.J. Detweiler from Recess was shown in a Hanukkah-themed costume for the school's Holiday pageant in the Christmas Episode (he does mention that he celebrates Christmas, though), though this is never confirmed anywhere else, so it's possible it was just for a part in the play rather than religious beliefs.
  • Mipsy in As Told by Ginger mentions transferring funds from a Bat Mitzvah fund in one episode.


Real Life

  • Drake. Because he's half-black and a rapper, most casual listeners have no idea he's Jewish.
  • Actor William Shatner once said, "These days, I'm Jewish only by a technicality", having given up any pretense to practicing his religion-of-birth in his late 30s.
  • Stephen Fry claims to have used his Jewish ancestry to make himself seem more exotic and interesting as an adolescent, but has never actually practiced Judaism and admits to have known boys who's "Jewishness probably means much more to them then it did for me"
  • Major League Baseball player Ryan Braun is culturally Jewish, but didn't have a Bar Mitzvah, is apparently more of a Humanist as far as religion is concerned, and is, according to some commentators, "only in it for the jokes".

Notes

  1. This happens in real life a lot, too.
  2. not for religious reasons, just to keep out vampires
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