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Famous Jewish People

Can you guess these well-known Jewish people based on a short clue?
Includes Biblical characters
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Last updated: December 5, 2019
First submittedMarch 6, 2012
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Clue
Answer
Slew Goliath
David
Discovered relativity
Albert Einstein
Founder of psychoanalysis
Sigmund Freud
Amsterdam attic diarist
Anne Frank
U.S. Vice-Presidential nominee
Joe Lieberman
Facebook founder
Mark Zuckerberg
"Schindler's List" director
Steven Spielberg
Founder of Christianity
Jesus
Led the Jews from Egypt
Moses
Yentl actress
Barbra Streisand
Dominant Dodgers pitcher
Sandy Koufax
Current NBA commissioner
Adam Silver
Born in the Frankfurt ghetto,
he founded a banking dynasty
Mayer Rothschild
American chess hero
who denied being Jewish
Bobby Fischer
Clue
Answer
"Communist Manifesto" author
Karl Marx
Peace Prize winner, assassinated in 1995
Yitzhak Rabin
African-American "Rat Pack" member
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Soviet leader, assassinated in Mexico
Leon Trotsky
She converted to marry Arthur Miller
Marilyn Monroe
His sons became the 12 tribes
Jacob
Folk singer who converted to Christianity,
but it didn't stick
Bob Dylan
First Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion
Mafia kingpin who fixed the World Series
Arnold Rothstein
First Jewish Supreme Court justice
Louis Brandeis
Annie Hall director
Woody Allen
Rabbi who asked "if not now, when?"
Hillel
"Chanukah Song" singer
Adam Sandler
19th century British PM
Benjamin Disraeli
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level 44
May 8, 2012
Some you could add from the Chanukah Song: David Lee Roth, James Caan, Kirk Douglas, Dinah Shore, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Rod Carew, Ann Landers, Dear Abby, and Larry, Curly and Mo!
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level 69
Mar 19, 2015
Rod Carew = NOT Jewish; wife was Jewish, but he did not convert.
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level 69
Mar 19, 2015
With this list, how could you omit the Marx Brothers?
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level 73
Jan 24, 2017
He got one of the brothers - Karl. He was a real hoot!
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level 67
Jan 16, 2018
Yeah, how could you forget? Groucho, Harpo, and Pinko.
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level 73
Jun 6, 2017
Hank Greenberg, Hall of Fame player for the Detroit Tigers, nicknamed "The Hebrew Hammer". One of the all-time Tiger greats.
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level 43
May 8, 2012
First of all, there was another Jewish member of the Rat Pack: Joey Bishop. Secondly, I'm surprised there is no Jerry Seinfeld, Ben Stiller, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johannson, Mel Brooks, Arthur Miller himself and not just as a hint to get Monroe, David Mamet, Neil Simon, Paul Simon, the Beastie Boys including the late Adam Yauch, Kiss including Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, historians like Josephus, Alan Greenspan, Ayn Rand, the already mentioned Anne Frank, Red Auerbach and Larry Brown of NBA, Ian Kinsler and Kevin Youkilis currently in MLB. Golda Meir, and the main comic book guys: the creators of Superman, Joe Schuster and Jerry Siegel, the creator of Batman, Bob Kane, comic writer Jack Kirby, and the creator of the X-Men, Fantastic 4, Hulk, and Spider-Man to name a few, Stan Lee.
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level 74
Aug 8, 2012
Ayn Rand was an atheist....
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level 71
Mar 16, 2013
So were Marx and Trotsky.
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level 76
Mar 19, 2015
Judaism can also be a culture or ethnicity rather than a religion.
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level 77
Mar 19, 2015
Not a good point since Jewish is an ethnicity. Many of the above people were not religiously observant.
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level 76
Nov 14, 2018
Yep. Lots of Jews are atheists.
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level 69
Jul 10, 2014
Also Jonas Salk
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level ∞
Jan 18, 2015
Added "African-American" to the clue for Sammy Davis Jr.
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level 17
May 9, 2012
Woohoo for the Jew Crew! I'm part of the tribe myself. And actually, I believe jews make up around 2% of the worlds population.
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level 30
May 9, 2012
Actually, it's much much lower - about .2% of the world's population. The decimal point is very important here!
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level 77
Mar 19, 2015
Maybe you're confused. They make up almost 2% of the population of the United States. Much much less for the total world population. 0.2% is about right.
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level 72
Mar 19, 2015
Try Top 20 Most Jewish Countries to find out which countries they live in.
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level 51
Oct 24, 2017
Nice segway mate.
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level 77
Oct 22, 2019
How do you know Jerry has a Segway?
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level 5
May 28, 2012
Wow. I only got four. :) good quiz
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level 32
May 30, 2012
Please add a hint to Marx: He was only Jew by blood, his father had converted to Catholicism. Describing Marx as a jew was actually part of the Nazi-propaganda.
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level 76
Nov 14, 2018
It's more complicated than that. Being Jewish is an ethnicity and culture as well. But you are correct that it was used for propaganda purposes.
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level 12
Nov 28, 2012
Has anyone else heard that Hitler was a Jew himself? Or his parents were... Something along those lines.
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level 75
Aug 23, 2013
It has been claimed that his father, who was illegitimate, was half Jewish. His grandmother had been a housekeeper for a Jewish family and the theory is that the son of the family got her pregnant. There's no good evidence for this, though, and it seems likely that the rumour is the result of an over zealous historian looking for a juicy story. Anyway, Jewishness is matrilineal, so while it would not have been great from Hitler's point of view to be a quarter Jewish, the fact that it was the male side that was Jewish means that he would not have been considered Jewish even if the story were true.
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level 76
Nov 24, 2013
Depends who's doing the considering. Hitler himself would have considered a person whose paternal grandfather was Jewish to be Jewish, no question. So in the Germany of his time, if that were his lineage, he would have been Jewish.
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level 28
May 10, 2014
Biblically it's not the mother who makes you Jewish, it's the father. Because many women were raped during the middle ages and many times the father was not known, the rabbis of the time make it a rabbinical rule that to be Jewish, the mother of the offspring had to be Jewish. - it's a rabbinical rule, not a Biblical one.
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level 63
Mar 7, 2016
Waiting4, you are oversimplifying the question. The Mishnah establishes the Halakah (rabbincal rule) and is part of the oral Torah, preceding the Middle Ages. There is a complicated debate about this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_is_a_Jew%3F#Tannaitic_Judaism
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level 50
Aug 22, 2014
Somebody denied being Jewish?... Whoa.
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level 76
Nov 14, 2018
What are you implying?
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level 74
Nov 24, 2014
Bunch of atheists and agnostics here. Albert Einstein, Mark Zuckerburg, Freud, Marx, and Trotsky were/are all nonbelievers in one sense or another.
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level 56
Mar 19, 2015
according to judaism you can't stop being jewish, even if you decide to be an atheist or christian or muslim.
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level 72
Mar 19, 2015
So you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave?
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level 73
Jun 6, 2017
(guitar riff)
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level 38
Jan 29, 2018
Exactly! - You can be an ethnic Jew, regardless of what religion (or non-religion) you decide on later in life. And by his own definition, that made Hitler a Jew.
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level 77
Mar 19, 2015
I had no clue on "Baking Dynasty" question, so I threw out every name I could think of, from Betty Crocker to Chef Boyardee. Now that I see the answer, I still have no clue who that is. Time to go hit up google...
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level 67
Nov 14, 2018
That may be because it's about a banking dynasty.
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level 73
Mar 19, 2015
maurice podoloff was jewish and a nba commissioner...adam silver is jewish and is the current nba commissioner
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level 68
Mar 19, 2015
It should say former NBA commissioner for David Stern.
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level 59
Mar 19, 2015
Interesting fact: before the late 1930s, most leading Soviet communists were Jews. At the same time, there were few Jews in leading positions of capitalist regimes. Note: my research relies on individual (English) Wikipedia articles.
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level 56
Mar 19, 2015
D'Israeli's parents converted to Christianity, so while halachically (according to Jewish law) he was Jewish, it wasn't his practicing religion. It always seemed weird to me that someone would convert not to be Jewish, but keep the name D'Israeli...
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level 76
Mar 19, 2015
It was his family name so why change it? Norman Jewison who directed Fiddler on the Roof was Protestant. Just proves we shouldn't judge a book by its cover (or title.)
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level 67
Mar 19, 2015
The current NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, is Jewish. It caused a bunch of anti-Semites to whine and moan about Jews' control of the world blah blah blah when he disciplined that schmendrick Donald Sterling.
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level ∞
Mar 19, 2015
Interesting. I didn't know that the NBA was controlled by international Zionism :) I changed the answer to Adam Silver and added "current" to the question.
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level 78
Mar 19, 2015
Never thought I would see the words 'chess' and 'hero' in the same sentence.
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level 36
Mar 19, 2015
then you must be too young to remember Bobby Fischer? He was a big deal...a celebrity.
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level 16
Mar 20, 2015
Woody Allen is actually not Jewish. He is in most of his movies, but is actually an atheist.
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level 76
Apr 20, 2015
And you can sleep in your garage every night, but it still doesn't make you a car.
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level 44
Jul 17, 2015
Ugh, if I'd thought of the *Brooklyn* Dodgers rather than LA, I might've gotten Koufax.
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level 43
Jan 30, 2018
Geddy Lee! Am I showing my age?
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level 76
Nov 14, 2018
Maybe, but you're also showing your excellent taste!
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level 61
Nov 14, 2018
With all the dodgy spelling that's accepted throughout this site, you won't accept Davies for Davis?
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level 53
Jan 25, 2019
I find it difficult to believe there was only 1 Jewish VP nominee in all American history...
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level 69
Apr 2, 2019
Moses was not of the tribe of Judah therefore was not a Jew. He was a descendant of Levi. Also, Jacob was Judah's father so although he is the father of all Jews, he was not a Jew himself. House of Israel, yes. Jews, no.
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level 49
May 22, 2019
please name it 'Famous Jewish People Quiz', saying 'Jews' is offensive