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Famous Christians Who Converted to Judaism

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List of notable Christians who converted to Judaism, with photos. These former Christians who became Jewish converts switched their religion for many different reasons. Some of these converted Jews did so out of deep religious research, others converted for marriage reasons or other personal reasons. This list of famous Judaism converts includes both historical figures and current famous figures and is organized alphabetically. Among the well-known "new Jews" of recent times, probably the most famous are Elizabeth Taylor and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Who are famous converts to Judaism? This list take the big name celebrities who decided to become Jews. The conversion process is difficult, so these famous Jews went through a lot to call themselves Hebrews and deserve the conversion.
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Christians Who Converted to Judaism
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Marilyn Monroe converted from Pentecostal to Judaism when she married Arthur Miller in 1956. The couple divorced in 1961 and she quickly lost interest in the faith.

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve drew attention. By 1952 she had her first leading role in Don't Bother to Knock and 1953 brought a lead in Niagara, a melodramatic film noir that dwelt on her seductiveness. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Christians Who Converted to Judaism
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Elizabeth Taylor was raised as a Christian Scientist. She converted to Judaism when she was 27 years old. She supported Jewish causes throughout her life.

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE was a British-born American actress. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. As one of the world's most famous film stars, Taylor was recognized for her acting ability and for her glamorous lifestyle, beauty, and distinctive dark blue eyes, which famously appeared to be violet. National Velvet was Taylor's first success, and she starred in Father of the Bride, A Place in the Sun, Giant, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Suddenly, Last Summer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for BUtterfield 8, played the title role in Cleopatra, and married her co-star Richard Burton. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 79 (1932-2011)

Birthplace: Hampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom

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Isla Fisher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Christians Who Converted to Judaism
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Isla Fisher attended a Methodist college, but she converted to Judaism before marrying Sacha Baron Cohen in 2010. The couple have two daughters together. She took the Hebrew name Ayala when she converted.

Isla Lang Fisher is an actress who began her acting career on Australian television. She was born to Scottish parents in Oman and raised in Australia. She appeared on the children's adventure series Bay Cove, and the short-lived soap opera Paradise Beach, before playing Shannon Reed on the soap opera Home and Away. She has since been known for her comedic roles in Scooby-Doo, I Heart Huckabees, Wedding Crashers, Hot Rod, Definitely, Maybe, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Rango, Bachelorette, and Arrested Development. In 2013, Fisher starred as Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby and as Henley Reeves in Now You See Me. She has been married to English comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen since 2010 ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 43

Birthplace: Muscat, Oman

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Elizabeth Banks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Christians Who Converted to Judaism
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Elizabeth Banks studied the Jewish faith upon marrying Max Handelman in 2003. Though she isn't officially converted, she says, "I feel like I'm as Jewish as I'm ever going to be." Banks and Handelman have two children together.

Elizabeth Irene Banks (born February 10, 1974) is an American actress, director, and producer. Banks made her film debut in the low-budget independent film Surrender Dorothy (1998), and is known for her roles in the films Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007), Seabiscuit (2003), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), and many others. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 41

Birthplace: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA

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