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5th Mar '17 5:13:26 PM marbehraglaim
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* In the ''Film/American Pie'' series, in the first two films the only real sign that Jim is Jewish is his surname Levenstein, but in the third film his Jewishness becomes a significant plot point.
* In ''Film/Pineapple Express'', James Franco plays a pot dealer named Saul Silver who's dealing in order to pay for care for his "bubbie" (Yiddish for grandma)--though, weirdly, there's one moment where a character is asked to describe Seth Rogen's character (who has the rather goyish-sounding name Dale Denton), and he says "I think he was a Jew." This can be explained by the fact that Rogen was originally cast as the pot dealer and Franco as the friend. In most of the Rogen-Franco movies, Rogen plays a character who is identified as Jewish while Franco's character is usually apparently a Gentile. (In real life both actors are Jewish.)

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* In the ''Film/American ''American Pie'' series, in the first two films the only real sign that Jim is Jewish is his surname Levenstein, but in the third film his Jewishness becomes a significant plot point.
* In ''Film/Pineapple ''Pineapple Express'', James Franco plays a pot dealer named Saul Silver who's dealing in order to pay for care for his "bubbie" (Yiddish for grandma)--though, weirdly, there's one moment where a character is asked to describe Seth Rogen's character (who has the rather goyish-sounding name Dale Denton), and he says "I think he was a Jew." This can be explained by the fact that Rogen was originally cast as the pot dealer and Franco as the friend. In most of the Rogen-Franco movies, Rogen plays a character who is identified as Jewish while Franco's character is usually apparently a Gentile. (In real life both actors are Jewish.)
5th Mar '17 5:12:00 PM marbehraglaim
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* In the ''Film/American Pie'' series, in the first two films the only real sign that Jim is Jewish is his surname Levenstein, but in the third film his Jewishness becomes a significant plot point.
* In ''Film/Pineapple Express'', James Franco plays a pot dealer named Saul Silver who's dealing in order to pay for care for his "bubbie" (Yiddish for grandma)--though, weirdly, there's one moment where a character is asked to describe Seth Rogen's character (who has the rather goyish-sounding name Dale Denton), and he says "I think he was a Jew." This can be explained by the fact that Rogen was originally cast as the pot dealer and Franco as the friend. In most of the Rogen-Franco movies, Rogen plays a character who is identified as Jewish while Franco's character is usually apparently a Gentile. (In real life both actors are Jewish.)
25th Feb '17 4:16:48 PM nombretomado
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* Max Blum on ''Series/HappyEndings'' never displays any knowledge of Judaism or follows Jewish customs. However given that Max is established as extremely lazy, simple-minded and slothful (ruling out him going kosher), this is very much justified. The only thing that hints at is his more clearly jewish parents, a minor nod to him celebrating Hannukah (or probably more accurately just wanting gifts), and his Hebrew tattoo (which is actually actor Adam Pally's, who is also Jewish), and once giving a ShoutOut to FiddlerontheRoof.

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* Max Blum on ''Series/HappyEndings'' never displays any knowledge of Judaism or follows Jewish customs. However given that Max is established as extremely lazy, simple-minded and slothful (ruling out him going kosher), this is very much justified. The only thing that hints at is his more clearly jewish parents, a minor nod to him celebrating Hannukah (or probably more accurately just wanting gifts), and his Hebrew tattoo (which is actually actor Adam Pally's, who is also Jewish), and once giving a ShoutOut to FiddlerontheRoof.''Theatre/FiddlerontheRoof''.
25th Feb '17 1:36:08 PM jamespolk
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* An odd example in 1939 short film ''Film/SonsOfLiberty'', about Patriot financier Haym Salomon. Reference is made to Salomon fleeing from religious persecution. He is shown at a Sabbath service, made obvious by the clothes everyone is wearing. It's even referred to as the [[UsefulNotes/JewishHolidays Day of Atonement]]. His name is "Haym Salomon". But the words "Jew" and "Jewish" are never said in the movie.
12th Feb '17 8:03:13 PM WaggishPony
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* On ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'': Andrea Zuckerman is identified as Jewish, though this attribute takes a backseat to her HollywoodNerd personality. It is occasionally brought up in [[VerySpecialEpisode very special episodes]], including the episode where her daughter Hannah receives a cross from her father Jesse's mother (Andrea's husband Jesse is a Catholic). Additionally, David Silver is mentioned to be Jewish, though this is almost never mentioned on-screen, except in a VerySpecialEpisode about anti-semitism ("Hate Is Just a Four Letter Word" in season 4), where he tries to learn more about his heritage, [[StatusQuoIsGod though this is never mentioned again after the episode]]. In theory, this would also make his half-sister Erin Silver Jewish as well, though this is never mentioned in her case.

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* On ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'': Andrea Zuckerman is identified as Jewish, though this attribute takes a backseat to her HollywoodNerd personality. It is occasionally brought up in [[VerySpecialEpisode very special episodes]], including the episode where her daughter Hannah receives a cross from her father Jesse's mother (Andrea's husband Jesse is a Catholic). Additionally, David Silver is mentioned to be Jewish, though this is almost never mentioned on-screen, except in a VerySpecialEpisode about anti-semitism ("Hate Is Just a Four Letter Word" in season 4), where he tries to learn more about his heritage, [[StatusQuoIsGod though this this]] [[SnapBack is never mentioned again after the episode]]. In theory, this would also make his half-sister Erin Silver Jewish as well, though this is never mentioned in her case.
12th Feb '17 8:00:08 PM WaggishPony
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* On ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'': Andrea Zuckerman is identified as Jewish, though this attribute takes a backseat to her HollywoodNerd personality. It is occasionally brought up in [[VerySpecialEpisode very special episodes]], including the episode where her daughter Hannah receives a cross from her father Jesse's mother (Andrea's husband Jesse is a Catholic). Additionally, David Silver is mentioned to be Jewish, though this is almost never mentioned on-screen, except in a VerySpecialEpisode about anti-semitism ("Hate Is Just a Four Letter Word" in season 4), where he tries to learn more about his heritage, [[StatusQuoIsGod though this is never mentioned again after the episode]]. In theory, this would also make his half-sister Erin Silver Jewish as well, though this is never mentioned in her case.
17th Jan '17 6:59:11 PM rjd1922
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* In ''WesternAnimation/FoodFight!'', the protagonist Dex Dogtective is revealed to be Jewish at literally the very end of the movie, after the credits have started to roll. The only reason for this seems to be to set up a godawful "S'oy vey!" pun.
** Apparently, all mascots of kosher foods (like Dex's raisins) are Jewish, meaning a lot of the characters also fit under this trope.



* Both Sarah and Laura Silverman on ''TheSarahSilvermanProgram'' are mentioned as being Jewish several times. [[NWordPrivileges "You know who else is a kike? Me, and Laura, and Albert Einstein."]]

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* Both Sarah and Laura Silverman on ''TheSarahSilvermanProgram'' ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram'' are mentioned as being Jewish several times. [[NWordPrivileges "You know who else is a kike? Me, and Laura, and Albert Einstein."]]



* PaulHeyman is well-known to be Jewish to wrestling buffs, but one of the only times that came up in {{Kayfabe}} was when he tried to claim that video footage showing him conspiring with Wrestling/TheShield (an offense that almost got him fired) was actually of an impostor. "I have a thick New York Jewish accent!" Heyman shouted (as did the "impostor" in the video, but that's neither here nor there). Heyman's Jewishness isn't brought up at other times - which is a little strange, given how universally despised Heyman is and that he could easily use this as a WoundedGazelleGambit. ("You just don't like me because you're an anti-Semite!")

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* PaulHeyman Wrestling/PaulHeyman is well-known to be Jewish to wrestling buffs, but one of the only times that came up in {{Kayfabe}} was when he tried to claim that video footage showing him conspiring with Wrestling/TheShield (an offense that almost got him fired) was actually of an impostor. "I have a thick New York Jewish accent!" Heyman shouted (as did the "impostor" in the video, but that's neither here nor there). Heyman's Jewishness isn't brought up at other times - which is a little strange, given how universally despised Heyman is and that he could easily use this as a WoundedGazelleGambit. ("You just don't like me because you're an anti-Semite!")


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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Foodfight}}'', the protagonist Dex Dogtective is revealed to be Jewish at literally the very end of the movie, after the credits have started to roll. The only reason for this seems to be to set up a godawful "S'oy vey!" pun.
** Apparently, all mascots of kosher foods (like Dex's raisins) are Jewish, meaning a lot of the characters also fit under this trope.
5th Jan '17 11:23:43 AM wuggles
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** On the other hand, she acted so stereotypically like a Jewish-American Princess the show was almost a Jewish minstrel show.
10th Dec '16 3:43:40 PM Bissek
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* In ''Literature/TheGoodSoldierSvejk'' Chaplain Otto Katz, a bumbling (Catholic!) military priest, was originally a son of a Jewish merchant, who was more or less completely atheist, and squandered the family business on wine and women, after which he joined the military to avoid his creditors. This required a conversion to Catholicism, which he, being an atheist, did without any second thought, and his ascention to priesthood after a couple of years as a cavalry officer, has basically been [[ItAmusedMe a drunken joke]].

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* In ''Literature/TheGoodSoldierSvejk'' Chaplain Otto Katz, a bumbling (Catholic!) military priest, was originally a son of a Jewish merchant, who was more or less completely atheist, and squandered the family business on wine and women, after which he joined the military to avoid his creditors. This required a conversion to Catholicism, which he, being an atheist, did without any second thought, and his ascention ascension to priesthood after a couple of years as a cavalry officer, has basically been [[ItAmusedMe a drunken joke]]. joke]].
* Action Dude of ''Literature/VelveteenVs'' is Jewish, but the Marketing department of Super Patriots, Inc decided that a Jewish superhero wouldn't go over well with the public, so they prohibited him from practicing openly.
5th Dec '16 8:37:31 AM fearlessnikki
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* Josh of ''Film/AlreadyTomorrowInHongKong'' is only identified as Jewish by his last name being Rosenberg and saying his grandmother disapproves of him not knowing any Yiddish.



* Willow Rosenberg from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Jewish name, check. Talks about her very observant father (who won't even let her watch ''A Charlie Brown Christmas'') as she nails crosses to her wall [[note]]not for religious reasons, just to keep out vampires[[/note]], check. Responds to "what are you doing for Christmas" with "Being Jewish. Duh." And...that's it. In seven seasons, she only ever does one thing that's a Jewish custom or practice without a neon sign blaring "Jewish! Different!" And let's not get started on the whole "Wicca/witch/magic" thing.
** That one thing, by the way, is placing a small rock on a headstone she visits. That's a Jewish custom.
** Willow's mother appears in Season Three, and she seems more of a StrawFeminist than an observant Jew as her parents were previously suggested to be - though it is possible that only her father is observant. Willow's mother analyzes her daughter's magic use in terms of psychology (until ''everyone'' turns into a crazy witchhunter) and gives no hint that it might conflict with their religion. In fact, the mother never mentions Judaism at all.
** Tiny Jewish Santa! Season five. They only seem to remember when Christian-norming comes up--but then, since Willow is distinctly non-practicing, when else would it come up? Some demon that doesn't want to use Jewish blood for a sacrifice? Talk about an awkward thing to air.

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* Willow Rosenberg from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Jewish name, check. Talks about her very observant father (who won't even let her watch ''A Charlie Brown Christmas'') as she nails crosses to her wall [[note]]not for religious reasons, just to keep out vampires[[/note]], check. Responds to "what are you doing for Christmas" with "Being Jewish. Duh." And...that's it. In seven seasons, she only ever does one thing that's a Jewish custom or practice without a neon sign blaring "Jewish! Different!" And let's not get started on the whole "Wicca/witch/magic" thing.
** That one thing, by the way, is
- placing a small rock stone on a headstone [[spoiler: Tara's]] grave. When we meet her mother, she visits. That's a Jewish custom.
** Willow's mother appears in Season Three, and she seems more of a StrawFeminist than an observant Jew as her parents were previously suggested
doesn't seem to be - though it is possible that only into her faith much either, implying her father is observant. Willow's mother analyzes her daughter's magic use in terms of psychology (until ''everyone'' turns into a crazy witchhunter) and gives no hint that it might conflict with their religion. In fact, the mother never mentions Judaism at all.
** Tiny
heavily Jewish Santa! Season five. They only seem to remember when Christian-norming comes up--but then, since Willow is distinctly non-practicing, when else would it come up? Some demon that doesn't want to use Jewish blood for a sacrifice? Talk about an awkward thing to air.parent.



* Brenda Song in both the Made for TV movie ''Stuck in the Suburbs'' and ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''; in both she mentions celebrating Chanuka (though in ''The Suite Life'' she just says, "And give up on 8 days of presents, are you nuts?"). In ''Stuck In The Suburbs'', she mentions having a Bat Mitzvah.
** Sometimes on ''The Suite Life'' (more frequently in ''On Deck''), she acts and talks like an [[AlterKocker old Jewish woman]].
** It's implied London isn't Jewish, she's just selfish and likes the presents aspect of the holiday.
*** She specifically refers to herself as a shiksa, which is a (rude way) of referring to a non-Jewish girl

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* Brenda Song Parodied in both the Made for TV movie ''Stuck in the Suburbs'' and ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''; in both she mentions celebrating Chanuka (though in ''The Suite Life'' she just says, "And give up on 8 days of presents, are you nuts?"). In ''Stuck In The Suburbs'', she mentions having a Bat Mitzvah.
** Sometimes on ''The Suite Life'' (more frequently in ''On Deck''), she acts and talks like an [[AlterKocker old Jewish woman]].
** It's implied
''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' when London isn't Jewish, she's just selfish and likes the presents aspect of the holiday.
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reveals she celebrates Hanukkah. She specifically refers to herself as a shiksa, which is 'shiksa', a (rude way) of referring to word for a non-Jewish girl woman, but does occasionally throw Yiddish slang terms out in conversation.



* Gordo from ''Series/LizzieMcGuire.'' In the episode where this is most present, he up and decides to become a Bar Mitzvah -- forget the years of studying that this actually requires.
** Probably more important is the fact that you become a Bar Mitzvah (meaning you, and not your parents, are now responsible for your conduct according to Jewish law) automatically when you turn 13 (or a Bat Mitzvah when you're 12). The ceremony that people generally call a "Bar/Bat Mitzvah" is just the kid's first aliyah, or public Torah reading.
* You wouldn't have known Jody from ''Series/ThePuzzlePlace'' was Jewish until its holiday episode (also featuring Kwanzaa!). Given the show about a FiveTokenBand of puppets this isn't too surprising.
** Actually, they did an episode about Passover before the holiday episode.

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* Gordo from ''Series/LizzieMcGuire.'' In the episode where this is most present, he up and decides to become a Bar Mitzvah -- forget the years of studying that this actually requires.
** Probably more important is the fact that you become a Bar Mitzvah (meaning you, and not your parents, are now responsible for your conduct according to Jewish law) automatically when you turn 13 (or a Bat Mitzvah when you're 12). The ceremony that people generally call a "Bar/Bat Mitzvah" is just the kid's first aliyah, or public Torah reading.
* You wouldn't
have known Jody from ''Series/ThePuzzlePlace'' was Jewish until its holiday episode (also featuring Kwanzaa!). Given the show about a FiveTokenBand of puppets this isn't too surprising.
** Actually, they did an episode about Passover before the holiday episode.
his Bar Mitzvah.



* Tish from ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders''. Implied by her having Eastern European parents, getting a type of Bat Mitzvah at 12 and 1/2, which is the usual age for girls in reform and many conservative temples. Stated in the holiday special where it is revealed that she celebrates Chanukah. It should be pointed out that one early episode has her celebrate Lent, and the fans seem to have a BrokenBase on whether she is Catholic or Jewish though she's generally considered Jewish with the Lent reference being EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.
** Tino is a non-Jewish example. He's apparently Pagan - or at least his mother is - but this is only referenced a few times such as how they celebrate Winter Solstice.

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* Tish from ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders''. Implied by her having Eastern European parents, getting a type of Bat Mitzvah at 12 and 1/2, which is the usual age for girls in reform and many conservative temples. Stated in the holiday special where it is revealed that she celebrates Chanukah. It should be pointed out that one early episode has her celebrate Lent, and the fans seem to have a BrokenBase on whether she is Catholic or Jewish though she's generally considered Jewish with the Lent reference being EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.
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EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. Tino is also a non-Jewish example. He's apparently Pagan - or at least his mother is - but this is only referenced a few times such as how they celebrate Winter Solstice.



* Mipsy in ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' mentions transferring funds from a Bat Mitzvah fund in one episode.

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* Mipsy in ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' mentions transferring funds from a Bat Mitzvah fund in one episode. She's also drawn to look like a stereotypical JewishAmericanPrincess.


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* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' early on. Didi is Jewish but doesn't appear to be heavy into her faith. They do eventually feature episodes based around Passover and Hanukkah. And in ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' Tommy attends classes at a synagogue and tries to win a girl's attraction with 'nice Jewish boy' tactics.
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