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list of converts to Judaism from Christianity is limited solely to notable, referenced individuals who converted to Judaism from Christianity.
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 Reform Judaism and became a world-renowned Biblical scholar, though he says he no longer believes in God. [7 ]
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.
Skipp Porteous, former Pentecostal minister
Other Christians who converted to Judaism [ edit ]
Abraham ben Abraham - a "legendary" (Tazbir 2003) convert from the Potocki family, the famed "Ger Tzedek"
Moses ben Avraham Avinu
Aquila of Sinope, Bible translator [8 ]
Tom Arnold, actor [9 ]
Rafael Cansinos Assens, Spanish poet, essayist, literary critic and translator
Abraham of Augsburg
Carroll Baker, American actress
Elizabeth Banks, American actress
Steve Bedwell, Australian comedian
Polly Bergen, American actress and singer
Dany Boon, French comedian [10 ]
Elizabeth Brewster, Canadian poet [11 ]
May Britt, actress [12 ]
Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning Australian-American journalist and author.
Campbell Brown, American television news reporter (lapsed Roman Catholic)
Drew Bundini Brown, assistant trainer of former heavyweight boxing champion, Muhammad Ali
Sarah Brown, actress [13 ]
Eddie Butler, Israeli singer
Yisrael Campbell, comedian (lapsed Roman Catholic)
Kate Capshaw, actress (ex-Methodist) [14 ]
Nell Carter, singer and actress [15 ]
Cristian Castro, a Grammy Award-nominated Mexican pop singer. [16 ]
Elizabeth Jane Caulfield, linguist and musician
Connie Chung, American television journalist [17 ] [18 ]
Warder Cresson, politician
Jim Croce, singer/songwriter [19 ]
William Holmes Crosby, Jr., physician, considered one of the founders of modern hematology.
Sammy Davis, Jr., entertainer
Sammy Davis, Jr., entertainer who converted during recovery from an automobile accident
Natalie Dessay, French soprano
William G. Dever, archaeologist. [21 ]
Jacqueline du Pré, cellist [22 ]
Patricia Duff, political activist and United States Democratic Party fundraiser
Hank Eng, Chinese-American politician [23 ]
Miss Elizabeth, also known as Elizabeth Ann Hulette, was a U.S. professional wrestling manager.
Isla Fisher, model and actress (ex-Methodist) [24 ] [25 ]
Luke Ford, journalist. [26 ]
Aaron Freeman, journalist and comedian (lapsed Roman Catholic) [27 ]
Capers Funnye (ex-Methodist)
Carolivia Herron, author (ex-Baptist) [28 ]
Natan Gamedze, former Protestant, linguist and a Swazi royal, now a black Haredi rabbi. [29 ] [30 ]
Lord George Gordon, nobleman and politician [31 ]
Reuben Greenberg, police chief of Charleston, South Carolina. [32 ]
Lars Gustafsson, served as a professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas [33 ]
Daryl Hall, musician [34 ]
Mary Hart (* 1950) American television personality, long-time host of the entertainment program Entertainment Tonight [35 ]
Carolivia Herron, writer of children's and adult literature. [36 ]
Monica Horan, actress [17 ]
Joel Horlen [37 ] [38 ]
Carolyn Jones, actress [17 ] [39 ]
Thomas Jones (lapsed Roman Catholic)
Jon Juaristi, Spanish writer [40 ]
Semei Kakungulu, founder of the Abayudaya community in Uganda in 1917
Felicity Kendal, British actress [41 ]
Cameron Kerry, politician, brother of John Kerry (lapsed Roman Catholic) [42 ]
Jamaica Kincaid, author [43 ]
John King, American television journalist (lapsed Roman Catholic)
Mathilde Krim, Ph.D., founding Chairman of amfAR, a well-known association for AIDS research.
Lenny Kuhr, a Dutch singer-songwriter
Anthony Lake, American diplomat, political figure, and academic.
Laura Schlessinger, American Radio Personality [17 ]
Nahida Lazarus, German author, essayist, scholar, and literary critic
John Lehr, American film and television actor and comedian
Julius Lester, son of a Methodist minister and a children's author (ex-Methodist) [44 ]
Elliott Maddox, former Major League Baseball player [45 ]
Richard Marceau, Canadian politician
Anne Meara (* 1929) American comedienne and actress, partner and wife of Jerry Stiller (lapsed Roman Catholic) [46 ]
Adah Isaacs Menken, stage actress [47 ]
Marilyn Monroe, actress (ex-Christian Scientist) [48 ]
Santa Montefiore, novelist [49 ]
Françoise Mouly, French artist, designer, and art editor of The New Yorker
Michael Netzer, American comic book artist
Jeff Newman (baseball)
Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher and academic [50 ]
Bob Nystrom, former NHL player [51 ]
Lorna Patterson, American film, stage and television actress
Rebecca Pidgeon, a Scottish-American actress, singer and songwriter
Moses Prado, professor of the classic languages at the University of Marburg
Roger Rees, actor
Abraham Reuel, a German, who was a pilot in Hitler army, and who then became a Jew and citizen of Israel [52 ]
Mary Doria Russell, American author. (lapsed Roman Catholic) [53 ]
Jackie Sandler, American actress
Norma Shearer, American actress
Shyne, a Belizean–American rapper [54 ]
Karol Sidon, a Czech Orthodox Rabbi, writer and playwright
Daniel Silva, American author of thriller and espionage novels [55 ]
Dubrovin Stanislav, a former Sabbatarian Christian who emigrated to Israel
Kim Stanley, American actress [56 ]
Venetia Stanley, socialite [57 ]
Joseph Abraham Steblicki (lapsed Roman Catholic)
Margo Stilley, American film actress [58 ]
Annette Taddeo, businesswoman and politician
Elizabeth Taylor, actress (ex-Christian Scientist) [59 ]
Karen Tintori, American author of fiction and nonfiction (lapsed Roman Catholic)
Andre Bernard Tippett, a former American football linebacker for the New England Patriots (ex-Baptist) [60 ]
Ike Turner, American musician, bandleader, talent scout, and record producer. Son of a Baptist minister.
Chris Van Allsburg, children's writer [61 ]
Conrad Veidt, German actor [17 ]
Mare Winningham, actress-singer (lapsed Roman Catholic) [62 ]
Jackie Wilson, American soul singer.
Steve Yeager [63 ]
Katarzyna Weiglowa, Polish martyr
Nikki Ziering, model [64 ]
References [ edit ]
^ A History of the Abuyudaya Jews of Uganda
^ "Rabbi backs India's 'lost Jews. '" BBC News. April 1, 2005 . Retrieved May 8, 2010.
^ Kulanu: Bene Ephraim of Andhra Pradesh, South India
^ Converting Inca Indians in Peru
^ Judaism – Reflections on Giur
^ Kulanu: Claim Mexico playing host to a Lost Tribe
^ "Losing Faith: Who Did and Who Didn’t How Scholarship Affects Scholars". Biblical Archaeology Society. March 2007 . Retrieved 2 August 2013.
^ Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, art. Aquila of Sinope
^ Le Figaro Magazine which states "as though his conversion to Judaism in 2002 had paradoxically made him closer to his Pas-de-Calais roots".
^ 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"
^ "May Britt Joins Jewish Faith", The New York Times, October 18, 1960, p. 46
^ 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."
^ New York Times
^ Chicago Sun Times via "Find Articles.": Said of her conversion "I needed to know where God was, and I went back to the basics."
^ a b c d e Converted to Judaism
^ Happy Birthday, Connie Chung, Award-Winning Journalist
^ Interview with Croce's Cousin http://www.netporch.com/sa/
^ Jewish Virtual Library
^ Shanks, Hershel. "Losing Faith: How Scholarship Affects Scholars". Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2007.
^ A Publishers Weekly review of Jacqueline Du Pre: A Biography by Carol Easton  states she was "the daughter of anti-Semitic parents who herself converted to Judaism and at age 21 married Jewish pianist-conductor Daniel Barenboim."
^ Democratic Convention Notes: Meet Chinese Jewish candidate Hank Eng – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
^ Gensler, Howard (November 27, 2006). " 'Borat' to wed Aussie actress Isla Fisher" . Retrieved November 29, 2006.
^ Isla Fisher's wife wish – sofeminine.co.uk
^ Luke Ford, XXX-Communicated: A Rebel Without a Shul. iUniverse, Inc., 2004. ISBN 0-595-66441-5
^ Aaron Freeman's website
^ Convert Authors
^ Natan Gamedze's website
^ Compass: Compass: The Black Jew Of Royal Swaziland – Abc Tv
^ Jewish Encyclopedia
^ The movie Shalom y'all
^ Contemporary Jewish Writing in Sweden – Lars Gustafsson Bio
^ Hart –  "Thought there are no Jewish Republicans in show biz? Well, Bush contributors include... host Mary Hart, who’s a convert to Judaism..."
^ Her website
^ Horlen, Joe : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum
^ The Big Book of Jewish Sports People by Peter Horvitz page 53
^ El Mundo
^ 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."
^ Seattle Times
^ judaism+-wikipedia&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=25 Beth Israel
^ Julis Lester's Home Page
^ Baseball Almanac.com
^ O'Toole, Lesley (December 22, 2006). "Ben Stiller : 'Doing comedy is scary. London: The Independent '" . Retrieved December 22, 2006.
^ 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."
^ "BBC On this Day"
^ Feb 7, 2005; online here The Independent Findarticles accessed Dec 11, 2006
^ The Nation
^ Lawrence Jeffrey Epstein (1989). . p. 5,6 A treasury of Jewish anecdotes . Retrieved April 3, 2010.
^ 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."
^ Shyne To Be Released In April? « 57thave’s Blog
^ from biography "Female Brando: The Legend of Kim Stanley" by Jon Krampner, 2006
^ New York Times book review
^ Stilley –  "...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.""
^ 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." 
^ Profile at Jewishsports.com
^ 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."
^ 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."
^ Jewish Baseball Players
^ Entertainment Weekly