List of converts to Judaism

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This article lists nations, groups or tribes, as well as individual 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, Demi Moore, 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])

Converted nations, groups or tribes[edit]

Converted nations, groups or tribes from Christianity[edit]

Other converted nations, groups or tribes[edit]

Converted individuals[edit]

From Christianity[edit]

Former Christian clergy/theologians[edit]

  • Nicolas Antoine, French-Christian Protestant theologian
  • William G. Dever, former evangelical minister who converted to Judaism and became a world-renowned Biblical scholar
  • Ahuva Gray, 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; his wife Ruth (formerly Runa), two adult daughters, two teenage daughters, and a former son-in-law also converted

Other Christians who converted to Judaism[edit]

Not from Christianity[edit]

From Atheism or Agnosticism[edit]

From Black Hebrew Israelitism[edit]

From Islam[edit]

From Druzism[edit]

From other Middle Eastern religions[edit]

  • Avtalyon, Sage and Vice-President of the Sanhedrin, apparently from a Mideastern religion[84]
  • Sh'maya, Sage and President of the Sanhedrin, apparently from a Mideastern religion[85]

From Greco-Roman religion[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]

List of conversions named in the Bible[edit]

Undetermined former religion[edit]

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

See also[edit]


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  23. ^ 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."
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  41. ^ The movie Shalom y'all
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  43. ^ Hart[2] "Thought there are no Jewish Republicans in show biz? Well, Bush contributors include... host Mary Hart, who’s a convert to Judaism..."
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  48. ^ El Mundo
  49. ^ 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."
  50. ^ Seattle Times
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  61. ^ 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."
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  71. ^ 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]
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  74. ^ 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."
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  86. ^ 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."
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