1. ADAM LEVINE
The Voice coach may have chosen not to show off his “Moves Like Jagger” at his own bar mitzvah (which is good, since being shirtless at one is probably frowned upon), but both his father and maternal grandfather are Jewish. He claims to follow a more general spirituality than strict Judaism, but finds the heritage important.
2. ADAM LAMBERT
Before he was the runner-up American Idol, the Tresspass-er sang in Hebrew to honor fallen Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and played the Hebrew slave Joshua in the Ten Commandments musical.
Pink isn’t a practicing Jew, but she is half-Jewish by blood on her mother’s side, and there are rumors that one of her many, many tattoos is inspired by her mother’s heritage. (Anybody know how say “Fuckin’ Perfect” in Hebrew?)
4. LEA MICHELE AND DIANNA AGRON
You may have guessed that Lea Michele comes from Jewish lineage (on her father’s side), seeing as her character Rachel Berry is Jewish, too. But did you know she wasn’t the only Glee girl for whom this is true? Both Dianna Agron’s parents are practicing Jews (her mother converted). She went to a Hebrew school and had a bat mitzvah.
5. PAULA ABDUL
Yep, the former X Factor judge is a “Straight Up” Jew. Both her parents are Jewish and she is still very observant of her faith, revealing that she often seeks solace from her rabbi when things (like being fired as a judge on a major TV show) threaten to cause her to despair.
6. BILLY JOEL
Billy Joel considers himself a “cultural Jew,” considering that his Jewish parents are both non-observing. “My circumcision was as Jewish as they got,” he said in an interview, which gives us way more information than we ever needed to know about the “Piano Man.”
7. GENE SIMMONS
It’s hard to imagine that the tongue-happy KISS star had any sort of childhood at all, but it’s true — he was born under the name “Chaim Weitz” in Israel and attended Jewish schools in New York. Last year, he visited his birth nation for the first time since leaving, saying: “There ain’t no place like Israel on Earth.”
8. BEASTIE BOYS
All three of the Brooklyn-born Boys (Michael Diamond, Adam Yauch, and Adam Horovitz) are Jews. Which begs the question — did they have to fight for their right to have a bar mitzvah?
10. DAVID GUETTA
Like many on this list, the French DJ is half-Jewish — his father is a Moroccan Jew.
11. ANDY SAMBERG
Okay, you probably already knew that the Lonely Island frontman was Jewish. Or else how could he skew his heritage on SNL so adeptly?
12. REGINA SPEKTOR
The Russian-born songstress has maintained close ties to the community through a variety of performances for Jewish causes, including the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society this year.
13. THE RAMONES
Sheena is a punk rocker; the Ramones are Jewish. Any questions?
14. MARK RONSON
The Version artist (whose family name was shortened from the original “Aaronson”) was brought up in conservative Judaism.
Surprise! Matisyahu is Jewish! Who knew?