Who is the most famous person who is an Orthodox Jew? Mayim Bialik - a positive female role model and example for famous Jewish women - tops our list. The Big Bang Theory star has said that it is difficult to find dresses for the red carpet that fit with the standards of modesty of being an Orthodox Jew. She frequently speaks publicly about her faith and even participates in YouTube “Q and A” sessions with her fans. Other famous Orthodox Jewish women include novelist Faye Kellerman and celebrity chef Jamie Geller.
Musician Matisyahu incorporated his Orthodox Jewish beliefs into his reggae music. Recently, he has taken a more relaxed approach to religion. In a statement on his website, he wrote, “no more Chassidic reggae superstar. Sorry folks, all you get is me. . . no alias. When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process. It was my choice. My journey: to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality—not through books but through real life. At a certain point I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity...to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth. I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules—lots of them—or else I would somehow fall apart. I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission.”
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"Orange Is the New Black" actress Natasha Lyonne grew up on an Orthodox Jewish household in Great Neck, NY. After that, her family lived in Israel for a year and a half, and then she attended the private Jewish Ramaz School in Manhattan, where she read Aramaic and took honors courses to study the Talmud.
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
Credits: American Pie, American Pie 2, But I'm a Cheerleader, Kate & Leopold
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Senator Joe Lieberman became the first Orthodox Jew who was a Vice Presidential candidate when he joined the bill for Al Gore's Presidential run in 2000.
Birthplace: Eastern United States, Stamford, Fairfield County, New England, Connecticut, + more
Profession: Politician, Counselor, Author, Lawyer
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"Big Bang Theory" star Mayim Bialik has said that is is difficult to find dresses for the red carpet that fit with the standards of modesty of being an Orthodox Jew.
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America
Profession: Researcher, Author, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: The Big Bang Theory, Blossom, Beaches, Pumpkinhead
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Ed Asner, best known as Lou Grant from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," was raised in an Orthodox Jewish Family in Kansas City.
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America
Profession: Actor, Voice acting
Credits: Up, Elf, JFK, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Gargoyles, + more
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