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22nd May '16 12:27:47 PM erforce
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* Egon Spengler and Janine Melnitz of ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' have very Jewish-sounding names, but their ethnicities have never been mentioned. Harold Ramis, a Jew, jokes about his hair in the film being a "Jewfro." In case you wonder, Oswald Spengler, the philosopher who inspired Egon's surname, was non-Jewish. Both the first name and the last name are German, the former a form of Eckhard ("sword-strong"), the latter a southern German term for tin-smith or plumber.

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* Egon Spengler and Janine Melnitz of ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' have very Jewish-sounding names, but their ethnicities have never been mentioned. Harold Ramis, Creator/HaroldRamis, a Jew, jokes about his hair in the film being a "Jewfro." In case you wonder, Oswald Spengler, the philosopher who inspired Egon's surname, was non-Jewish. Both the first name and the last name are German, the former a form of Eckhard ("sword-strong"), the latter a southern German term for tin-smith or plumber.
21st May '16 11:37:36 PM Anddrix
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* Harley Quinn, the [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker's]] moll on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', always seemed vaguely Jewish with her quirky personality and [[MostAnnoyingSound "fingernails-on-a-chalkboard" screechy voice]]. Then the beans were spilled when Harley was asked why she liked Christmas trees so much if she was Jewish. Later in that same story, Harley shouted "Happy Hanukkah, chump!" when attacking Batman. The Joker himself spouts the odd Yiddish phrase, but this is probably either by association with Harley or due to his background in show business - or maybe, once again, it's just Big Applesauce. It was recently revealed that Harley is half-Jewish and half-Catholic.

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* Harley Quinn, the [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker [[ComicBook/TheJoker Joker's]] moll on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', always seemed vaguely Jewish with her quirky personality and [[MostAnnoyingSound "fingernails-on-a-chalkboard" screechy voice]]. Then the beans were spilled when Harley was asked why she liked Christmas trees so much if she was Jewish. Later in that same story, Harley shouted "Happy Hanukkah, chump!" when attacking Batman. The Joker himself spouts the odd Yiddish phrase, but this is probably either by association with Harley or due to his background in show business - or maybe, once again, it's just Big Applesauce. It was recently revealed that Harley is half-Jewish and half-Catholic.
20th May '16 8:42:17 AM ChesterPolarbear
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* Kim Dawson (a blue eyed blonde who speaks with a [[SweetHomeAlabama Southern accent]]) plays Lou Birnbaum, Donna Silverstein and Donna Slverman in the Creator/{{Cinemax}} [[PornWithPlot softcore films]] ''Legally Exposed'', ''Hollywood Sins'' and ''Scandal: Sex@students.edu''.

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* Kim Dawson (a blue eyed blonde who speaks with a [[SweetHomeAlabama Southern accent]]) plays Lou Birnbaum, Donna Silverstein and Donna Slverman Silverman in the Creator/{{Cinemax}} [[PornWithPlot softcore films]] ''Legally Exposed'', ''Hollywood Sins'' and ''Scandal: Sex@students.edu''.
16th May '16 10:06:21 AM ChesterPolarbear
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* In ''Hollywood Sins'', [[YouHaveTohaveJews top Hollywood agent]] Donna Silverstein is played by Kim Dawson (a blue eyed blonde who speaks with a [[SweetHomeAlabama Southern accent]]).

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* In ''Hollywood Sins'', [[YouHaveTohaveJews top Hollywood agent]] Donna Silverstein is played by Kim Dawson (a blue eyed blonde who speaks with a [[SweetHomeAlabama Southern accent]]).accent]]) plays Lou Birnbaum, Donna Silverstein and Donna Slverman in the Creator/{{Cinemax}} [[PornWithPlot softcore films]] ''Legally Exposed'', ''Hollywood Sins'' and ''Scandal: Sex@students.edu''.
15th May '16 9:28:11 AM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/XMen'' BigBad {{Magneto}} (real name Max Eisenhardt but known by an assumed name of Erik Lehnsherr) has occasionally had his ancestry cast in doubt like this. It's a well-established part of his backstory that he was in a Nazi concentration camp, but other groups were placed in those as well. Briefly, Marvel claimed he was a Gypsy or just avoided mention of his ethnicity for a while out of fear of being called anti-Semitic (having him be a Roma was apparently [[UnfortunateImplications completely okay]]), but it was eventually confirmed that he's Jewish.

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'' BigBad {{Magneto}} ComicBook/{{Magneto}} (real name Max Eisenhardt but known by an assumed name of Erik Lehnsherr) has occasionally had his ancestry cast in doubt like this. It's a well-established part of his backstory that he was in a Nazi concentration camp, but other groups were placed in those as well. Briefly, Marvel claimed he was a Gypsy or just avoided mention of his ethnicity for a while out of fear of being called anti-Semitic (having him be a Roma was apparently [[UnfortunateImplications completely okay]]), but it was eventually confirmed that he's Jewish.
14th May '16 9:55:04 AM nombretomado
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* Kenny in ''TheWarAtHome'' seems to be Ambiguously Jewish, since his mother has a Hebrew name ("Shirra") and the music that plays during his fantasy of marrying Larry sounds Jewish-theme. Then again, he could also qualify as an "Ambiguously Muslim" since his father's name "Achmed" is a common Muslim name. If so, Kenny was kicked out of the house because homosexuality isn't allowed in the Muslim world and Shirra also had to follow her husband because of the rules (which was rather exaggerated).
* Jack Gallo on ''JustShootMe'' acts, talks, and looks just like a stereotypical New York Jew from the Bronx (this is because his actor, George Segal, ''is'' a New York Jew from the Bronx.) Yet to avoid UnfortunateImplications, he's revealed to have a JewishMother, but he wasn't raised religiously. Finch even lampshades this telling Maya about his [=WASPiness=] (paraphrased):

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* Kenny in ''TheWarAtHome'' ''Series/TheWarAtHome'' seems to be Ambiguously Jewish, since his mother has a Hebrew name ("Shirra") and the music that plays during his fantasy of marrying Larry sounds Jewish-theme. Then again, he could also qualify as an "Ambiguously Muslim" since his father's name "Achmed" is a common Muslim name. If so, Kenny was kicked out of the house because homosexuality isn't allowed in the Muslim world and Shirra also had to follow her husband because of the rules (which was rather exaggerated).
* Jack Gallo on ''JustShootMe'' ''Series/JustShootMe'' acts, talks, and looks just like a stereotypical New York Jew from the Bronx (this is because his actor, George Segal, ''is'' a New York Jew from the Bronx.) Yet to avoid UnfortunateImplications, he's revealed to have a JewishMother, but he wasn't raised religiously. Finch even lampshades this telling Maya about his [=WASPiness=] (paraphrased):
13th May '16 7:45:22 AM RobTan
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* Golems in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', being based on Jewish folktales. Some golems have stereotypically Hebrew-sounding names, and they all occasionally celebrate "holy days" where they do no work.
28th Apr '16 11:00:19 AM TVRulezAgain
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* The Baudelaire orphans of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' are Jewish, according to [[http://www.momentmag.com/Exclusive/2007/2007-02/200702-Handler.html this interview by Daniel Handler]]. Count Olaf uses expressions like "Truth, Schmuth", and has on at least one occasion disguised himself as a rabbi.

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* The Baudelaire orphans of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' are Jewish, according to [[http://www.momentmag.com/Exclusive/2007/2007-02/200702-Handler.html this interview by Daniel Handler]]. Count Olaf uses expressions like "Truth, Schmuth", and has on at least one occasion disguised himself as a rabbi.
23rd Apr '16 6:53:31 AM Anddrix
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* Q from ''Literature/PaperTowns'' calls his car the Dreidel, his parents discuss politics in Israel and Palestine at one point, and his Dad mentions knowing Hebrew.

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* Q from ''Literature/PaperTowns'' calls his car the Dreidel, mentions that he wants to say Kaddish for a dead raccoon, his parents discuss politics in Israel and Palestine at one point, and his Dad mentions knowing Hebrew.
21st Apr '16 4:19:05 PM Katsuhagi
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** "Levi"/"Levy" and "Cohan"/"Cohane"/"Caan" are also Irish (cf. George M. Cohan, whose second wife was, by the by, named "Ethel Levey"). A lot of [[IrishmanAndAJew crackpots on both sides of the Celto-Semitic ethnicity line]] desperately want this to be proof that the Irish, especially the Black Irish, are one or more of the Lost Tribes of Israel. Further "proof" is that until the latest extended trend of exogamy, Celts (including the non-Irish ones) and Jews were the only ethnic groups to have, in their gene pools, the genetic trait that causes redheadedness.
*** Gingers are common in Finland. Redheads have very fair skin, almost always lighter than non-redheads. This is an advantage in northern latitudes and very rainy countries, where sunlight is sparse, as lighter skin improves the absorption of sunlight, which is vital for the production of vitamin D by the body.

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** "Levi"/"Levy" and "Cohan"/"Cohane"/"Caan" are also Irish (cf. George M. Cohan, whose second wife was, by the by, named "Ethel Levey"). A lot of [[IrishmanAndAJew crackpots on both sides of the Celto-Semitic ethnicity line]] desperately want this to be proof that the Irish, especially the Black Irish, are one or more of the Lost Tribes of Israel. Further "proof" is that until the latest extended trend of exogamy, Celts (including the non-Irish ones) and Jews were one of the only few ethnic groups to have, in their gene pools, the genetic trait that causes redheadedness.
*** Gingers are common in Finland. Redheads have very fair skin, almost always lighter than non-redheads. This is an advantage in northern latitudes and very rainy countries, where sunlight is sparse, as lighter skin improves the absorption of sunlight, which is vital for the production of vitamin D by the body.
redheadedness.
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