List of converts to Judaism

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This article lists people who have converted to Judaism and have a Wikipedia article about them. This article does not differentiate between the different branches of Judaism. See also Who is a Jew? on issues related to the acceptance of conversions throughout the Jewish community.

(A number of prominent figures, such as Madonna, have recently become followers of "new age" version of Kabbalah, derived from the body of Jewish mystical teaching also called Kabbalah, but do not consider themselves – and are not considered – Jewish.[1])

List of converts to Judaism from Christianity[edit]

Christian Proselyte Communities[edit]

Former Christian clergy/theologians[edit]

  • Nicolas Antoine, was a French-Christian Protestant theologian
  • William G. Dever, a former evangelical minister who converted to Judaism and became a world-renowned Biblical scholar
  • Ahuva Gray, a former Protestant Minister
  • Asher Wade, former Methodist Minister
  • Ole Brunell, former Lutheran Minister. Shlomo Ben Avraham "Ole" Brunell, former Lutheran minister from Finland and Australia. Along with him, his wife Ruth (formerly Runa), two adult daughters, two teenage daughters, and a former son-in-law also converted.[68]
  • Skipp Porteous, former Pentecostal minister

Other Christians who converted to Judaism[edit]

List of converts to Judaism not from Christianity[edit]

From Atheism or Agnosticism[edit]

From Black Hebrew Israelitism[edit]

From Islam[edit]

From various ancient religions[edit]

From Samaritanism[edit]

From Shinto[edit]

  • Setzuso Kotsuji, son of a Shinto priest, and a professor in Japan (converted from Shinto to Christianity and then from Christianity to Judaism)

From Hinduism[edit]

  • Sarah Avraham, Indian-born Israeli kickboxer, 2014 Women's World Thai-Boxing Champion

Undetermined former religion[edit]

Converts who later left the faith or were expelled[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ A History of the Abuyudaya Jews of Uganda
  3. ^ "Rabbi backs India's 'lost Jews'". BBC News. April 1, 2005. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ Kulanu: Bene Ephraim of Andhra Pradesh, South India
  5. ^ Converting Inca Indians in Peru
  6. ^ Judaism – Reflections on Giur
  7. ^ Kulanu: Claim Mexico playing host to a Lost Tribe
  8. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, art. Aquila of Sinope
  9. ^ IMDB
  10. ^ http://www.jewcy.com/religion-and-beliefs/jewish-actress-elizabeth-banks-discusses-her-conversion-with-marc-maron
  11. ^ http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_352_-_elizabeth_banks
  12. ^ Le Figaro Magazine which states "as though his conversion to Judaism in 2002 had paradoxically made him closer to his Pas-de-Calais roots".
  13. ^ Arc Poetry review of "Jacob's Dream" which states "Brewster is fascinated with her newly adopted faith of Judaism—poems about Jewish holy days and heritage are sprinkled throughout"
  14. ^ "May Britt Joins Jewish Faith", The New York Times, October 18, 1960, p. 46
  15. ^ Q&A with Sarah Brown "Judaism, for me, is more a spiritual thing than a religion, but I feel that I have a Jewish soul. I didn't convert because of my marriage; I just always felt like there was a Jewish soul inside of me just dying to get out."
  16. ^ New York Times
  17. ^ Onetime Catholic Priest Abraham Carmel Celebrates His 25th Year as An Orthodox Jew : People.com
  18. ^ Chicago Sun Times via "Find Articles.": Said of her conversion "I needed to know where God was, and I went back to the basics."
  19. ^ EsMas.com
  20. ^ a b c d e Converted to Judaism
  21. ^ Happy Birthday, Connie Chung, Award-Winning Journalist
  22. ^ Interview with Croce's Cousin http://www.netporch.com/sa/
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  24. ^ Shanks, Hershel. "Losing Faith: How Scholarship Affects Scholars". Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2007.
  25. ^ A Publishers Weekly review of Jacqueline Du Pre: A Biography by Carol Easton [1] states she was "the daughter of anti-Semitic parents who herself converted to Judaism and at age 21 married Jewish pianist-conductor Daniel Barenboim."
  26. ^ Democratic Convention Notes: Meet Chinese Jewish candidate Hank Eng – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
  27. ^ Gensler, Howard (November 27, 2006). "'Borat' to wed Aussie actress Isla Fisher". Retrieved November 29, 2006. [dead link]
  28. ^ Isla Fisher's wife wish – sofeminine.co.uk
  29. ^ Luke Ford, XXX-Communicated: A Rebel Without a Shul. iUniverse, Inc., 2004. ISBN 0-595-66441-5
  30. ^ Aaron Freeman's website
  31. ^ Convert Authors
  32. ^ Natan Gamedze's website
  33. ^ Compass: Compass: The Black Jew Of Royal Swaziland – Abc Tv
  34. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia
  35. ^ The movie Shalom y'all
  36. ^ Contemporary Jewish Writing in Sweden – Lars Gustafsson Bio
  37. ^ Hart[2] "Thought there are no Jewish Republicans in show biz? Well, Bush contributors include... host Mary Hart, who’s a convert to Judaism..."
  38. ^ Her website
  39. ^ Horlen, Joe : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum
  40. ^ The Big Book of Jewish Sports People by Peter Horvitz page 53
  41. ^ IMDB
  42. ^ El Mundo
  43. ^ Times Online interview: She says in the interview "I converted to Judaism in 1983. I am not a deeply religious person but it is a vital part of my life. It shapes my beliefs, and how I look at the world."
  44. ^ Seattle Times
  45. ^ judaism+-wikipedia&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=25 Beth Israel
  46. ^ Julis Lester's Home Page
  47. ^ Baseball Almanac.com
  48. ^ O'Toole, Lesley (December 22, 2006). "Ben Stiller : 'Doing comedy is scary'". London: The Independent. Retrieved December 22, 2006. 
  49. ^ Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco states of her marriage, "Adah was not at all interested in home or family; in fact, the only thing she shared sincerely with him was his religion–she adopted the Jewish faith and remained steadfast in it until her death."
  50. ^ "BBC On this Day"
  51. ^ The Independent Feb 7, 2005; online here Findarticles accessed Dec 11, 2006
  52. ^ The Nation
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  54. ^ Lawrence Jeffrey Epstein (1989). A treasury of Jewish anecdotes. p. 5,6. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  55. ^ Interview at Book Browse "I am a Jew by choice and Italian by heritage. Shortly after I converted to Judaism, I came across a book by Alexander Stille called Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families Under Fascism."
  56. ^ Zeitgeistnews (in German)
  57. ^ Shyne To Be Released In April? « 57thave’s Blog
  58. ^ http://www.jewishsf.com/content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/20338/edition_id/415/format/html/displaystory.html
  59. ^ from biography "Female Brando: The Legend of Kim Stanley" by Jon Krampner, 2006
  60. ^ New York Times book review
  61. ^ Stilley[4] "...the former model, raised a Christian in Conway, S.C., recently announced that she is converting to Judaism. Even her rabbi is befuddled.... "The first thing that attracted me to Judaism was the undeniable family strength that has held Jewish people and culture together for 3,000 years. . . Jews, whether religious or not, know where they have come from and what they would wish for their future, and this certainty is based on fact, not faith.... "I will not be a perfect Jew, nor will Judaism make me perfect. But I know that Judaism will give me faith, support, knowledge, and history. I am not Jewish because I choose to be. I am Jewish because there is no other choice for me.""
  62. ^ In her book Elizabeth Takes Off, Taylor writes, "[Conversion to Judaism] had absolutely nothing to do with my past marriage to Mike [Todd] or my upcoming marriage to Eddie Fisher, both of whom were Jewish. It was something I had wanted to do for a long time." [5]
  63. ^ Profile at Jewishsports.com
  64. ^ Jewish Bulletin of Northern California:On being asked about Christmas, because of the Santa Claus related The Polar Express, he stated "We have a Jewish household. I converted when I married Lisa."
  65. ^ Jewish Bulletin of Northern California: "After Winningham observed her first Yom Kippur that year, she knew she had to convert, and did so March 3, 2003, accompanied by an entourage of friends and relatives."
  66. ^ Jewish Baseball Players
  67. ^ Entertainment Weekly
  68. ^ NIH Profile
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  71. ^ Cohen, Mike. TV’s Lost Girl converts to Judaism, Jewish Tribune, August 23, 2011. Accessed October 18, 2011.
  72. ^ j. – Actress-singer Mare Winningham an unlikely Jewish soul
  73. ^ Actress Mare Winningham Sings a "Convert's Jig"
  74. ^ Iranian Muslim converts to Judaism
  75. ^ "A Martyr from Lebanon: Life in the Shadow of Danger"
  76. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia "He was by birth a Gentile from Pontus, and is said by Epiphanius to have been a connection by marriage of the emperor Hadrian and to have been appointed by him about the year 128 to an office concerned with the rebuilding of Jerusalem as "Ælia Capitolina." At some unknown age he joined the Christians, but afterward left them and became a proselyte to Judaism."
  77. ^ Fordham University
  78. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia
  79. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia "If the contradictory and sometimes legendary accounts of the personality of Dhu Nuwas given by the Arabian writers can be trusted, he was not a Jew by birth, but embraced Judaism after ascending the throne, taking the name of "Joseph."
  80. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia "Obadiah was a proselyte of Edomite origin."
  81. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia
  82. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia
  83. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia
  84. ^ BBC
  85. ^ (Josephus, Jewish Antiquities xx. 7, § 3
  86. ^ Columbia Encyclopedia