Are Black Jews in New York Really All That Surprising?


In some parts, actually: yeah. Take Crown Heights, for example, where the African-American and Orthodox Jewish communities rioted against each other only less than two decades ago. The New York Times pointed out the seemingly surprising crossover in Crown Heights specifically as a Black Orthodox Jew, Yoseph Robinson, was killed in a robbery recently. It was followed by this, the anthropological crossover interest that it piqued. Although a few days old, the article is, by all means, excellent reading.

And now, apropos of only that, after the jump, a list of famous Black Jews I forgot or didn’t know were Jewish from this awesome list on Wikipedia:

  • Lisa Bonet
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Drake (“Drizzy”)
  • Sean Paul
  • Robin Washington
  • Willie Smith
  • Rebecca Walker
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Shyne
  • Jesus*.
  • Rashida Jones
  • Lewis Gordon
  • Linda Bellos
  • Jackie Wilson
  • Craig David
  • Sammy Davis Jr.

*Not actually on the list, but whatever, you know it’s true.