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Dan Abrams
Host and legal commentator on ABC News Good Morning America


S. Y. Agnon
Nobel Prize winning author


Dianna Agron
Best known for role as Quinn Fabray on Glee

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Gabrielle Anwar
Best known for role as Fiona Glenanne on Burn Notice

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Roseanne Barr
Actor and Comedian

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Elizabeth Berkley
Best known for role as Jessie Spano on Saved By The Bell


Milton Berle
Actor and Comedian
.[7] [8] [9]


Mayim Bialik
Best known for roles as Blossom on Blossom and Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory

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Selma Blair
Best known for roles in Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde, and Hellboy

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Peter Bogdanovich
Best known for The Last Picture Show


Michael Bolton
.[13] [14]

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Caprice Bourret

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Jennifer Connelly
Best known for role as Alicia Nash in A Beautiful Mind


Jacques Derrida

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Fran Drescher
Actor and comedian
Best known for role as Fran Fine on The Nanny

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Lisa Edelstein
Best known for role as Dr. Lisa Cuddy on House

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Albert Einstein
Nobel Prize winning physicist

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Jesse Eisenberg
Academy Award Wining Actor
Best known as star of Zombieland and The Social Network

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Corey Feldman
Best known for 80's roles in The Goonies, Stand By Me, and The Lost Boys


Marty Feldman
BAFTA and Academy Award winning comedian and actor

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Heidi Fleiss
Former madam


Jonathan Safran Foer
Author of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Everything is Illuminated

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Sara Gilbert
Best known for role as Darlene Conner on Roseanne and as co-host of The Talk


Allen Ginsberg


Ira Glass
Radio personality, Host of This American Life
.[27] [28]


Philip Glass


Brian Greene
(vegan)[30] [31]

Andrew Gunsberg
Host of Australian Idol

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Daryl Hannah
Best known for roles in Splash, Roxanne, Wall Street, and Kill Bill

Alter Kacyzne
Yiddish writer

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Franz Kafka


Myq Kaplan
Best known as finalist on Last Comic Standing

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Lisa Kudrow
Best known as Phoebe Buffay on Friends


Ricki Lake
Actor, Talk show host

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Carol Leifer

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Jenny Lewis
Singer (Rilo Kiley, The Postal Service)

Lorin Maazel


Francisco Madero
President of Mexico 1911-1913
(Jewish descent, Catholic for generations)[44]

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Gustav Mahler

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Howie Mandel
Actor, comedian, TV host


Miriam Margolyes
Best known as Mrs Mingott in The Age of Innocence and Professor Sprout in Harry Potter


Top-40 reggae singer


Peter Max

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Stella McCartney
Fashion designer
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Yehuda Mehunin

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Lea Michele
Best for role as Rachel Berry on Glee
(half Jewish)[53]

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Leonard Nimoy
Best known for role as Spock on Star Trek


Robert Nozick
.[56] [57]

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Sarah Paxton
Best known for role as Darcy on Darcy's Wild Life

I. L. Peretz
Yiddish author

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Joaquin Phoenix
(half Jewish)[61]


River Phoenix
Best known for roles in Stand By Me and My Own Private Idaho
(half Jewish)[62]


Natalie Portman

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Joey Ramone
Lead vocalist of The Ramones

Melech Ravitch
Yiddish poet (pen name of Zekharye-Khone Bergner)

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Jason Schwartzman

Susan Sideropoulos
German actor and singer
Best known for role as Verena Koch on Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten


Sarah Silverman
Best known for Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program


Alicia Silverstone
Best known as star of Clueless and Batgirl in Batman & Robin
Author of The Kind Diet, a guide to vegan nutrition

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Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nobel-prize winning author


Peter Singer
(largely vegan)[73]

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Brent Spiner
Best known for role as Data on Star Trek TNG


Tara Strong
Best known as voice of Bubbles from Powerpuff Girls and Timmy from Fairly Odd Parents

Bernard Werber
French science-fiction author


Noah Wyle
Best known for role as Dr. John Carter on ER and Tom Mason in Falling Skies


Steve Wynn
Casino magnate


Adam Yauch
Hip-hop artist
Better known as MCA of the Beastie Boys


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Aki Avni
Israeli actor, entertainer, and television host


Avraham Burg
Former Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Interim President of Israel

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Meir Dagan
Former Director of the Mossad


David D'Or
Israeli singer
Three-time winner, Israeli "Singer of the Year" and "Best Vocal Performer"


A. D. Gordon
Zionist thinker


Yisrael Guri
Israeli politician, Mapai party


Miki Haimovich
Israeli news anchor


Eli Israeli
Israeli television and radio broadcaster


Tzipi Livni
Israeli Minister of Justice

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Noa (Achinoam Nini)
Israeli singer


Avraham Poraz
Israeli Minister of the Interior 2003-2004


Reuven "Rubi" Rivlin
President of Israel


Yossi Sarid
Israeli news commentator, former Israeli Minister of Education and Minister of Environment and head of the Meretz party

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  7. ^ "Berle: Vegetarian Nonagenarian", CBS News, 2/11/09.
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  32. ^ "Origins Symposium - Brian Greene", The Science Network, 4/6/09.
  33. ^ "Live to Dance: Andrew Gunsberg", TV Grapevine, 1/7/11.
  34. ^ C. Mann, "One on One with Daryl Hannah", Vegetarian Times, April 2010, p. 84.
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  37. ^ B. Still, "Vegan Comedian Myq Kaplan", VegNews.
  38. ^ "Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow battle with bitterness in 'The Other Woman'",, 2/5/11.
  39. ^ "A Twentysomething Talent Gives Oprah a Run for the Talk Show Money", People, 12/26/94, Vol. 42, No. 26.
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  41. ^ "Cooking with Rock Stars", 10/25/02.
  42. ^ L. Maazel, "The Law of Supply and Demand", Lorin Maazel: The Official Website, 1/1/14.
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  44. ^ J. Tuck, "Glorious innocent: the tragedy and triumph of Francisco Madero (1873–1913)", MexConnect, 10/9/08.
  45. ^ T. Huizenga, "Composers In The Kitchen: Gustav Mahler's Just Dessert", Deceptive Cadence, NPR Music, 11/18/10.
  46. ^ "Howie Mandel: “No Beef with Howard Stern!”", Star Feine, 12/8/12.
  47. ^ "Lunch with Miriam Margolyes", Sydney Morning Herald, 2/7/12.
  48. ^ M. Krule, "Q & A: Matisyahu Talks Veganism and Cholent", The Jew and the Carrot, 11/8/10.
  49. ^ F. Feaster, "Peter Max: Artist exhibition at Wentworth Gallery in Perimeter Mall", Creative Loafing, 6/20/07.
  50. ^ "Stella McCartney, militant vegan, joins forces with Adidas, company that profits from bloody slaughter of kangaroos", Mail Online, Daily Mail, 9/1/07.
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  52. ^ D. Green, "This day in Jewish history / Yehudi Menuhin, 9, solos at Metropolitan", Haaretz, 1/17/13.
  53. ^ L. Carrico, "Lea Michele Loves Being Healthy", My Gloss, 9/3/10. A. Koerner, "Lea Michele's Vegan Diet Fluctuates", Ecorazzi, 8/2/12.
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  57. ^ A. Crutcher, "Vegetarianism Is Varied In Form, Degree, Motive", The Washington Star, 8/26/75.
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  60. ^ "Fake Leather, Please!", Daily News and Analysis, 11/14/06.
  61. ^ T. Tugend, "Oy! It’s Oscar Time", Jewish Journal, 2/2/06.
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  70. ^ M. Croland, "Sarah Silverman: Heeb and Vegetarian", Heeb 'n Vegan, 10/15/09.
  71. ^ "Alicia Silverstone's Kind Diet", The Oprah Winfrey Show, 1/21/10.
  72. ^ International Vegetarian Union.
  73. ^ D. Gilson, "Chew the Right Thing", Mother Jones, 5/3/06.
  74. ^ B. Spiner, @BrentSpiner,, 2/15/10.
  75. ^ T. Strong, @tarastrong,, 8/18/11.
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  77. ^ "Who's That Famous Television Star with Ellen?", The Ellen Degeneres Show, 10/9/09.
  78. ^ J. Katsilometes, "No bones about it: Steve Wynn’s a vegan", Las Vegas Sun, 11/8/10.
  79. ^ "Beastie Boy 'hopeful' over cancer", BBC News, 10/8/09.
  80. ^ P. Glazer, "Almond joy in a vegan cheese", The Times of Israel, 12/28/13.
  81. ^ D. Remnick, "The Apostate", The New Yorker, 7/30/07.
  82. ^ "Vegetarian, Painter... Spy Chief", The Sunday Times, 2/21/10.
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  86. ^ D. Kessler, "Israel Goes Vegan", Tablet, 11/28/12.
  87. ^ D. Kessler, "Israel Goes Vegan", Tablet, 11/28/12.
  88. ^ M. Evans, "The woman who would be prime minister", CBC News, 9/18/08.
  89. ^ "Famous Israeli singer, Achinoam Nini (Noa), goes veg after watching the speech",
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  91. ^ J. Lis, "Knesset: Animals don't have legal rights", Haaretz, 10/29/09.
  92. ^ "Yossi Sarid: Gary Yourofsky's speech strengthened my resolve",

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