List of converts to Judaism from Christianity

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This 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.[68]
  • Skipp Porteous, former Pentecostal minister

Other Christians who converted to Judaism[edit]


  1. ^ A History of the Abuyudaya Jews of Uganda
  2. ^ "Rabbi backs India's 'lost Jews'". BBC News. April 1, 2005. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ Kulanu: Bene Ephraim of Andhra Pradesh, South India
  4. ^ Converting Inca Indians in Peru
  5. ^ Judaism – Reflections on Giur
  6. ^ Kulanu: Claim Mexico playing host to a Lost Tribe
  7. ^ "Losing Faith: Who Did and Who Didn’t How Scholarship Affects Scholars". Biblical Archaeology Society. March 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, art. Aquila of Sinope
  9. ^ IMDB
  10. ^ Le Figaro Magazine which states "as though his conversion to Judaism in 2002 had paradoxically made him closer to his Pas-de-Calais roots".
  11. ^ 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"
  12. ^ "May Britt Joins Jewish Faith", The New York Times, October 18, 1960, p. 46
  13. ^ 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."
  14. ^ New York Times
  15. ^ Chicago Sun Times via "Find Articles.": Said of her conversion "I needed to know where God was, and I went back to the basics."
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  17. ^ a b c d e Converted to Judaism
  18. ^ Happy Birthday, Connie Chung, Award-Winning Journalist
  19. ^ Interview with Croce's Cousin
  20. ^ Jewish Virtual Library
  21. ^ Shanks, Hershel. "Losing Faith: How Scholarship Affects Scholars". Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2007.
  22. ^ 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."
  23. ^ Democratic Convention Notes: Meet Chinese Jewish candidate Hank Eng – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
  24. ^ Gensler, Howard (November 27, 2006). "'Borat' to wed Aussie actress Isla Fisher". Retrieved November 29, 2006. [dead link]
  25. ^ Isla Fisher's wife wish –
  26. ^ Luke Ford, XXX-Communicated: A Rebel Without a Shul. iUniverse, Inc., 2004. ISBN 0-595-66441-5
  27. ^ Aaron Freeman's website
  28. ^ Convert Authors
  29. ^ Natan Gamedze's website
  30. ^ Compass: Compass: The Black Jew Of Royal Swaziland – Abc Tv
  31. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia
  32. ^ The movie Shalom y'all
  33. ^ Contemporary Jewish Writing in Sweden – Lars Gustafsson Bio
  34. ^
  35. ^ Hart[2] "Thought there are no Jewish Republicans in show biz? Well, Bush contributors include... host Mary Hart, who’s a convert to Judaism..."
  36. ^ Her website
  37. ^ Horlen, Joe : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum
  38. ^ The Big Book of Jewish Sports People by Peter Horvitz page 53
  39. ^ IMDB
  40. ^ El Mundo
  41. ^ 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."
  42. ^ Seattle Times
  43. ^ judaism+-wikipedia&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=25 Beth Israel
  44. ^ Julis Lester's Home Page
  45. ^ Baseball
  46. ^ O'Toole, Lesley (December 22, 2006). "Ben Stiller : 'Doing comedy is scary'". London: The Independent. Retrieved December 22, 2006. 
  47. ^ 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."
  48. ^ "BBC On this Day"
  49. ^ The Independent Feb 7, 2005; online here Findarticles accessed Dec 11, 2006
  50. ^ The Nation
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  52. ^ Lawrence Jeffrey Epstein (1989). A treasury of Jewish anecdotes. p. 5,6. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  53. ^ 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."
  54. ^ Shyne To Be Released In April? « 57thave’s Blog
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  56. ^ from biography "Female Brando: The Legend of Kim Stanley" by Jon Krampner, 2006
  57. ^ New York Times book review
  58. ^ 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.""
  59. ^ 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]
  60. ^ Profile at
  61. ^ 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."
  62. ^ 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."
  63. ^ Jewish Baseball Players
  64. ^ Entertainment Weekly