This character is Jewish. How do we know?

Well, remember when the show did the ChristmasSpecial? And there was that {{Aesop}} about [[TokenMinority diversity]] and the other holidays in December? And she was shown with a menorah lighting candles? But then again, you never see her observing Passover, or the High Holy Days.

Fine, but then there was that episode about pork and how she keeps Kosher? [[ArtisticLicenseReligion Despite the shrimp cocktail and cheeseburger she had for dinner.]]

OK what about her Bat Mitzvah? You know, the characters were confused by the whole thing, and how they learned about her traditions. Which never got mentioned before or since.[[note]] This happens in real life a lot, too.[[/note]]

And that's the problem. A character who practices Informed Judaism will perform acts that most people can recognize as being Jewish, in contrast to the non-Jewish characters, but they don't show any more subtle signs of Judaism, even for an assimilated Jew, even the cultural aspect. Their Judaism becomes an InformedAttribute. The characters listed on this page are Jewish because the writers ''tell'' us, they don't show us, possibly because YouHaveToHaveJews.

This is a trope that pops up in a number of WesternAnimation {{Christmas Episode}}s; due to the [[AnimationAgeGhetto nature of the shows' audience]], the [[ExecutiveMeddling powers that be]] will want to place AnAesop in to show that the characters keep a [[TokenMinority diverse]] set of friends or peers. As a result, a character's Judaism is mentioned at some point in the episode, or perhaps a menorah will just be shown in the background, in order to keep up that diverse appearance. After all, who really knows what other religiously affiliated holidays [[SmallReferencePools are celebrated by a large enough group of people]] in the mid to late period of December? This will in fact be the only mention of religion throughout the episode (if not the series) , as Christmas itself (assuming the name is used at all) will not be depicted as having any religious significance, but rather just be a "[[DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime Warm, Feel Good Time]]", thus making this revelation of a major character feel shoehorned in. This is also despite the fact that since the Jewish calendar is a lunar one, there is no guarantee that Hannukah and Christmas will in any way overlap: Hannukah could be completely over way before Christmas starts.

Of course, there is a place between Informed Judaism and {{Anvilicious}}. A character doesn't need to shout "Oy, how meshuggenah, a golem! I'm ferklempt!" to be non-informed Jewish, and likewise, not every character who has a Chanukkah Special is informed. It's more of a ''gestalt'' of the sense of the character. YiddishAsASecondLanguage, for example, can be a clue...though, of course, pushing any element too far lands you back here.

This has an element of TruthInTelevision: Some Jews in countries where they've been able to assimilate increasingly practice their religion only on the most important holidays (Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur), and only celebrate Chanukah to have a winter holiday. They don't keep Kosher or observe the Sabbath. A practitioner of Reform or Reconstructionist Judaism -- quite common in America -- is especially likely to disregard most forms of Jewish ritual, including the Kosher laws. "Passover and High Holy Days Jews" are the Jewish equivalents of "Christmas-and-Easter Christians." That said, even many of these still show the [[UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}} cultural aspects]] of Judaism, often missing from these characters.

Generally, in modern secular usage, Jews include three groups: people who were born to a Jewish family regardless of whether or not they follow the religion, those who have some Jewish ancestral background or lineage (sometimes including those who do not have strictly matrilineal descent), and people without any Jewish ancestral background or lineage who have formally converted to Judaism and therefore are followers of the religion. Therefore, someone can be a Jew and no one else would know unless they asked. Many Jews do not do any religious rituals, and some even have Christmas trees ("Chanukkah bush").

This has occasionally sparked controversy, in cases of religious figures in ''other religions'' who have explicitly claimed Jewishness via ancestry. A particularly well-known recent example is the late [[ French Cardinal Lustiger]], the former archbishop of Paris and a son of Polish Jews (his mother was killed during the Holocaust). He described himself as a "fulfilled Jew" all his life and maintained Jewish customs even as a Roman Catholic clergyman (he was known to recite Kaddish for his mother at a synagogue even after he became a cardinal, for example). Still, he was subject to much criticism by both Jewish and Christian groups.

FanFiction often subjects these characters to extreme {{Flanderization}}.

It should be noted that speculating on whether or not someone is ''really'' a Jew (if they're patrilineal, a convert, or secular, for example) in real life is a big no-no, especially if the person doing the speculating is themselves not Jewish. There's a reason why this list has no real life examples.

Contrast AmbiguouslyJewish, where a character displays stereotypically Jewish traits, but is never referred to as such; halfway between these two is reality. Compare RaisedCatholic, which shares some characteristics with this trope.


* The young woman in [[ this commercial]] for the Koolanoo Jewish social networking site is wearing a Star of David.(mildly {{NSFW}})

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Benny of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is Jewish. It's first mentioned in the second volume, where the crew of the ''Black Lagoon'' encounter a Neo-Nazi boat. Other than that? We're talking about a sea pirate who drinks, smokes and, more prominently, who works with and for criminals, local mafias, smugglers and drug dealers on a daily basis.
* For a non-Jewish example, Sōsuke Sagara of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' is an informed Muslim. He was raised by Mujahedin in Afghanistan (or its CaptainErsatz in the anime), who instructed them in their faith, but he isn't seen praying towards Mecca and sees no problem with eating pork if that's what's available. He doesn't drink, but only because he doesn't want to impair himself with alcohol, [[spoiler:and later on because he ''can't'' have it after sustaining serious damage to his liver]], not for religious reasons.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' has Colossal Boy.
* A few years ago, Ben Grimm of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' happened to mention that he's Jewish, and he is seen praying in Hebrew (which he admittedly stumbles through) when he thought a beloved store owner in his old neighborhood was dying. Since Ben was always a gentle self-caricature of Creator/JackKirby, who was Jewish, this makes sense, and the fans seem to be fine with it. But it still seemed to come out of nowhere after all these decades of never mentioning it.
** The in-universe reason that Ben never brings it up is that he didn't want his appearance to be used as an excuse for anti-semitic propaganda.
** Interestingly, a short story from a Marvel ChristmasSpecial comic book a few years prior to this reveal had Ben Grimm dicussing the difference between Christmas and Hanukkah with a little Jewish girl. [[RetCon This story seemed to imply that Ben is not Jewish himself]].
* Similarly, during his long run as writer on ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'', Creator/PeterDavid decided that long-time supporting character Doc Samson is Jewish, although it had never been mentioned before. As the Biblical Samson was an Israelite, this makes a lot of sense.
* [[WordOfGod According to]] Creator/ElliotSMaggin, the pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} ComicBook/LexLuthor is ''ethnically'' Jewish, although certainly non-practicing. Maggin himself is Jewish, and always had a slightly more tragic/sympathetic take on Luthor than other writers of the period.
* Other informed Jews from DC Comics: ComicBook/TheAtom (Ray), and the [[ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre Sandman]] (Wesley).
* Other informed Jews from Creator/MarvelComics: Iceman, Justice (Vance), Legion, Comicbook/MoonKnight, Sasquatch, the Two-Gun Kid, Volcana, and Wiccan.
* Averted with Kitty Pryde. While the generally atheist Wolverine was unable to drive Dracula off with a makeshift cross, Kitty's Star-of-David pendant burned Dracula's hand, due to the fact that she possessed true faith. ([[FridgeBrilliance Unlike most stories where it's merely the cross that repels vampires, in the Marvel universe, it really is the religious faith, regardless of the symbol displayed, that actually does the trick.]]) A number of other stories also make use of her Jewish faith.
* Generally averted for Marvel characters who are also mutants. The theme of being persecuted for ''two'' things tends to make it more-than-informed. Magneto, for example, is not only explicitly Jewish, but survived Auschwitz.
* ComicBook/HarleyQuinn being Jewish is mentioned once or twice. She loves Christmas though, and it's even brought up once by ComicBook/PoisonIvy.
-->Harley: Here it is the holidays and we're hanging out in this dingy rat-trap! No presents, no fun, no nuthin'! Can't we at least get a Christmas tree?
-->Poison Ivy: What?! And support the mad campaign of botanical genocide that grips this country every December? Absolutely not! And besides, aren't you're Jewish?
-->Harley: Yeah but they're [[AdultChild so bright and colorful an' stuff.]]
* Pizzazz mentions she's Jewish in the Christmas 2015 issue of ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms''.

[[folder: Film]]
* Chunk in ''Film/TheGoonies''.
-->'''Chunk''': In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max's toupee and I glued it on my face when I was Moses in my Hebrew School play.
** He's also mentioned "old Hannukah decorations" when checking out Mikey's attic, and he's heard reciting Hebrew when his OhCrap face shows upon seeing Jake Fratelli in the vehicle he just got down waving down.
* Gretchen from ''Film/MeanGirls'' mentions receiving Hanukkah gifts.
* While the Basterds themselves of ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' are identified as being of Jewish descent, they don't appear to be practicing Jews, [[ which has been criticized by some reviewers]].
* In the film adaptation of ''Puckoon'', the towns doctor (named Goldstein) is introduced by the narrator as being so Jewish that even at a party attended solely by Jews, people would still ask "who's that Jewish looking fellow over there?". Despite this, his only "Jewish" characteristics are complaints about somebody owing him money, and having to hide his identity as an Irish Nationalist, not because the British might see him as a terrorist, but because other Jews would frown on him collaborating with Catholics.
* Dr. Berger, Conrad's psychiatrist in both the book and film of ''Literature/OrdinaryPeople''. His name and mannerisms are Jewish, as is the actor who plays him (Judd Hirsch). His being Jewish is explicitly mentioned only once, in a scene where he's not present, when at a Jarrett [[CrappyHolidays family Christmas]] Conrad's maternal grandmother mentions it in a tone that implies some disapproval.
** To be more specific, the grandmother ''asked'' if he was Jewish. The mother replied that she wasn't sure, and that he could just as easily be a Gentile of German descent.
* 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.
* In-universe for Bobby Mason in ''Film/{{The Deal|2008}}'' who is implied to have converted for the sake of headlines, and doesn't really know much about the religion past the obvious bits.
* Mac and Jimmy in ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]''.

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* Abby, in ''TheBabySittersClub'', is Jewish and does get a Bat Mitzvah, but apart from it being mentioned about her as a stated fact ("Abby is Jewish"), it gets little attention. Dawn also mentions in one book that one of their sitting charges, Nancy Dawes, is Jewish; it actually had relevance to the plot because it was the VerySpecialEpisode book about racism.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has both Jake and Rachel as this; their Judaism was rarely ever mentioned and wasn't really connected to anything else.
** There are several smaller hints, particularly from Jake, if you notice the descriptions of his family dinners. In this case it's more a function of the stories themselves because we never get any reference to holidays for any of the other characters either. In fact all we know about any of the other characters' faiths is that Cassie's family has a pastor and that Marco's mother sang in the church choir.
** Rachel may not be Jewish herself. In ''Elfangor's Secret'', she only says that her father (through whom she is related to Jake) is.
* CaptainUnderpants, as shown in book five where his SecretIdentity has a Jewish wedding.
* ''Literature/PrettyLittleLiars'' has Hanna, who is revealed to be Jewish in Pretty Little Secrets
* An in-universe example in ''Literature/AWolfInTheSoul''. Greg's parents are Jewish, but as he slowly becomes religious over the course of the book he starts to see their lackadaisical attitude towards religion in this light.
* In ''Literature/PaperTowns'', Margo makes a casual reference to her bat mitzvah money, but that's about it.
* 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]].

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* 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. 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.
* In a rare hard sci fi set in the future example, Susan Ivanova in ''Series/BabylonFive'' is explicitly Jewish. While she doesn't keep kosher (she is seen happily eating bacon and not even thinking about whether alien food items are acceptable), her religious beliefs are central to the show: for example, she is explicitly seen lighting menorah in a meaningful scene wrapping up Season 2 (appropriately titled "Fall of Night," echoing the original Chanukka story in a way).
** When her family Rabbi visited and encouraged her to sit shiva for her father, she explicitly told him that the reason she hadn't done it was because of her complicated history with her father, not because she had stopped being a Jew.
* Brenda Song in both the Made for TV movie ''Stuck in the Suburbs'' and ''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
* In ''Series/LuckyLouie'', the priest asks Kim if she would like to make a confession, and she replies, "No, I'm Jewish."
* ''Series/SquarePegs'' Muffy Tepperman, and Marshall Blechtman both mentioned being Jewish and having a Bat and Bar Mitzvah respectively.
* ''Series/EvenStevens'' had an obligatory Chanukah special, "Heck of a Hanukkah". It is mentioned that the mother is Jewish and they celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.
* 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."]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': References to Monica and Ross being Jewish are rarely acknowledged, with occasional signs including the mezzuzah outside their parents' front door and Monica's wedding procession including both bride and groom being walked down the aisle by their parents. Monica wears a Star of David necklace and had a Bat Mitzvah. Ross once tried to teach his son about Chanukah and once mentions buying Monica Chanukah gifts. Hints suggest Jack is Jewish but Judy is not, so their children grew up celebrating two traditions.
--> '''Ross''': (''Checking out of a hotel'') "You're not taking your bible?"
--> '''Chandler''': "I don't think you're supposed to take that. Besides, it's New Testament. Why do you want it?
--> '''Ross''': "To learn about... Jesus."
** Rachel is always described by WordOfGod as a JewishPrincess, but literally the ''only'' indication in the entire series that she's Jewish is a single moment late in the series when she refers to her grandmother as her bubbe.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' does this on occasion but always subverts it. A conversation about circumcision indicates it never happened to Jerry. They are friends with a rabbi because he lives in their building. They are never seen doing anything religious. Elaine is explicitly mentioned not to be Jewish. The implication is that they're descended from Jews and live in a Jewish neighborhood but don't follow the religion themselves.
** Kramer is seen eating bacon which he's cooked in and is eating out of Jerry's frying pan, and given Kramer's propensity to steal food from Jerry, it's implied that neither of them care about whether something is kosher or not.
*** Kramer says he isn't Jewish in the same episode Elaine did. But his friend Lomez is. ("Orthodox, Jerry. Old school!")
** It is known that Jerry is Jewish, he's just non-practicing, but he comments in one episode after a faux-pas asking a Chinese-American postman where the nearest Chinese Restaurant was, he commented "If someone asks me which way's Israel, I don't fly off the handle!" And while Frank Costanza is a first-generation Italian-American, Estelle is heavily implied to be Jewish as well. Kramer argued vigorously against circumcision, so it can be expected that he is not.
* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', on many occasions. The only thing is that Larry doesn't seem to take his religion particularly seriously, whereas the other characters do. He was (for a time) married to a Christian woman and the differing religions had no effect on their relationship.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'': On receiving his new CoolBike, Jack declares it's like Christmas come early. Bridge (who also got a new bike) answers that, since he's Jewish, it's more like Chanukah came early. This is the only time Bridge mentions he's Jewish during the series -- and he impressively manages to tell us this information in the most ham-handed way possible.
** Mind you, this is how we learn ''everything'' about Bridge, such as his love of buttery toast. It would have been distinctly ''out of character'' for him to mention his religion in a context compatible with a kosher diet.
* All the members of the Fine family, from ''Series/TheNanny.''
** On the other hand, she acted so stereotypically like a Jewish-American Princess the show was almost a Jewish minstrel show.
* 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.
* Paul, Kevin's best friend in ''TheWonderYears'', has a Bar Mitzvah in one episode, in which we also meet his grandfather who [[NostalgiaFilter reminisces sentimentally about life in the "Old Country"]] and gives him a [[MementoMacGuffin family heirloom]] prayerbook. In a Christmas episode, we briefly hear him and Kevin argue over whether Christmas or Hannukah brings in the most presents. Otherwise, Paul's religion is never mentioned.
* Wilson and Cuddy from ''Series/{{House}}''. Wilson mentions he is Jewish but nonobservant in the pilot, and even has to be reminded that he is Jewish in a ChristmasEpisode. Cuddy's religion mostly comes up when House makes fun of her. In the case of Cuddy, this follows the actor; Robert Sean Leonard does not appear to have any Jewish background.
** It's actually {{lampshaded}} when House picks Cuddy apart for having a traditional Jewish naming ceremony for her daughter while not observing other Jewish customs.
* Chuck from ''Series/PushingDaisies'' is mentioned a few times as being Jewish, yet she manages to make her way through two Christmas specials without even mentioning Chanukah. It is possible that the only reason she was defined as Jewish at all is to explain why she wasn't embalmed.
* John Munch in ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' and ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' has mentioned Judaism on occasion but insists that "the only thing Judaism and I have in common is we don't like to work Saturdays". He has, however, displayed knowledge of the Torah and the Kaddish and appears to hail from a conservative Jewish community. Both the actor who played him (Richard Belzer) and the real-life inspiration are Jewish as well.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' has Annie, whose Judaism, while it isn't a huge part of her character, has been mentioned several times since the Christmas episode is was first referenced in.
** Annie's Judaism is very much an informed trait that isn't portrayed well. There's even an episode where Annie objects to being referred to as "a Jew" and says that you need to use the full word "Jewish". That's incorrect. Although using the word "Jew" as a verb or an adjective is offensive, using it as a noun is standard usage.
*** This is less a matter of Annie thinking you absolutely have to use the term "Jewish" and more a matter of Annie pointing out that saying "she's a Jew!" in an argument sounds kinda bad. Which it sorta does...
* Rachel and Puck on ''Series/{{Glee}}'' are both Jewish. For Rachel, it's completely informed (a few times, actually), but for Puck, he makes mention of his family's Simchat Torah tradition of Chinese food and ''Film/SchindlersList'' (they're shown eating pork, but then, not all Jews are kosher). Puck then proceeds to hook up with Rachel [[MatzoFever mostly because she's "a hot Jew"]]. Later, Puck mentions going to Temple with his grandmother as if it were an uncommon thing for him to do, which fits with his mostly bad-boy persona.
** That's a weird tradition for Simchat Torah. That's more appropriate to Tisha B'Av, or Yom [=HaShoah=]. Sounds like the writers threw darts at a list of Jewish holidays.
** Interesting, while Rachel's Judaism continues to be almost completely informed (wanting her hypothetical future children to be raised Jewish is presented as an instance of her 'controllist' tendencies rather than a genuine religious choice, and she both gives and accepts Christmas presents despite not celebrating Christmas with her fathers), Puck is implied to have a developing - if still somewhat shallow - involvement in his religious community as the series goes on, in tune with his redemption arc. By episode 2x18 he's going to temple often enough that he's spotted a pattern of girls turning up with new noses shortly after their sixteenth birthdays.
* Matt Albie on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Made funnier (and {{lampshaded}}) in The Christmas Show, where he is the one pushing doing a Christmas show while others are lukewarm at best to the idea.
* Ziva on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' is a former Israeli Mossad agent and wears a Star of David.
* Charlotte on ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' converted to Judaism.
* George in ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' is really only shown as Jewish through the Star of David he wears and the few times he mentions it. He became unobservant after being bitten, since he felt that Judaism frowned on being a werewolf. George's father is not Jewish, as we see a vicar giving his burial rites.
** Makes sense that his Dad (George Sr.) isn't Jewish, since it's against Jewish tradition to name someone after a living person
* The American remake of ''Series/{{Being Human|US}}'' has Josh the werewolf, who has about as little faith as his British counterpart.
* Parodied in ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun.'' The Solomons, after attempting to decide their ethnicity, eventually just figure they should be Jewish because their landlady assumed they were, based on their last name (which they picked off [[LineOfSightName the side of a truck]]). Being aliens living undercover on Earth of course, they know nothing about the culture in the slightest and it only comes up again in minor instances (like Harry and Dick trying to HandWave Dick's attempted kidnapping with a large sack as a Jewish wedding tradition: The Sacking Of The Groom.)
* Blair Sandburg in ''Series/TheSentinel''. Mentions that his Swiss Army Knife was a Bar Mitzvah present, and when a guest in the apartment he and Jim share asks if there are any pork chops he says, "Yeah, right next to the whale meat!" But he doesn't seem to observe any other Jewish customs; of course he was raised by a [[HippieParents flower child mother]] and is a cultural anthropologist by training. . .
* ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' had a ChristmasEpisode where a special guest character celebrated Hanukkah. Being AnAesop, they were all hit with the [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal bias blaster]] and became ethnocentric. Tanya of course celebrated Kwanzaa, despite actually being from Africa.
* 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.
* Sandy Cohen from ''Series/TheOC'' is Jewish but other than having a sterotypical JewishMother his Judaism is only infrequently mentioned. Curiously his son Seth, who is half-Jewish (his mother is Christian and he was reared with elements of both faiths) is ''far'' more vocal about identifying as Jewish and was delighted when his girlfriend mentioned she would be ConvertingForLove.
* Invoked and toyed with in Warehouse13. Arthur Nielson, played by Saul Rubinek, is heavily suggested to be culturally (though not religiously) Jewish throughout the shows run. It's revealed quite early on that he was born Artie Weisfelt, and one episode hinges around him selling secrets to the Soviets during the Cold War in order to save his family. It's unclear whether they're family or ''family'' (there ''are'' a lot of names involved), but he does make reference to the persecution of Soviet Jews, as well as several of his cousins being refuseniks.
** Then we get the season 2 Christmas special, which which wastes no time whatsoever prominently placing a dreidel beside his photo in the Christmas themed opening credits. Later on in the episode he's reunited with his father, a stereotypical AlterKocker, and they proceed to have a very Jewish reunion, replete with constant bickering, tales of cousins ''finally'' getting married and much YiddishAsASecondLanguage.
** However, they still never openly state they're Jewish. The closest they come is at the very end of the episode, when Arties father refers to Claudia (a fellow worker at the warehouse) as "that annoying gentile", before she recites Sheva Brachot (a completely unrelated wedding blessing).
** Episode 3 of Season 4 it's made explicit when Artie and Leena have to a golf course to retrieve an artifact.
* Subverted in the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "The Promised Land" where Lieutenant Singer only pretends to be Jewish in order to badger a Marine deserter and convert who had joined the IDF. Her first chair Commander Turner calls the bluff by testing her knowledge of Judaism.
* In ''Series/LawAndOrder'', this trope is part of a plot where a suspected murderer claims to be Jewish so he can seek asylum in Israel. To solve the matter, Assistant District Attorney Abbie Carmichael contests his Jewish status before a Rabbinical council for a ruling. Thanks in part to her charmingly earnest courtesy to the Rabbis, and the fact that the accused never took a ceremonial bath as part of an official conversion and has not been living what they considered to be a Jewish lifestyle, the council rules that the man is not Jewish.
* In-Universe example: In ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', Archie had no idea his best friend and co-worker Stretch Cunningham was Jewish until he was handed a black ''yarmulke'' at Stretch's funeral.
* Nora Walker on ''Series/BrothersAndSisters''. Often shown cooking non-Kosher (e.g. scallops wrapped in bacon) and loves hosting all the festivities of Christmas. Partly justified in that she is not very religious and her husband was a Christian, so observing Jewish traditions was not a big part of her life. Her brother Saul is a milder version. He occasionally mentions his rabbi, but never seems to question Nora's meal choices.
* David on ''Series/TheNewNormal'' admits to being of a secular mindset and celebrates Christmas with his Catholic husband, up to and including how to baby-proof their Christmas tree.
* On {{Series/Alphas}}, the only indication we get that Red Flag leader Anna Levy is Jewish is her last name[[spoiler: along with her headstone bearing a Star of David]].
* Max Bergman of ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' has never been referenced as Jewish on the show, and shows absolutely zero stereotypical Jewish traits; he does avoid shrimp, but that's due to an allergy, not keeping ''kashrut''. The only way you'd know it at all is if [[ you happened to see an interview with his actor]].
* Josh on ''Series/TheWestWing'' is Jewish, but aside from saying "Mazel Tov" and [[ItsPersonal getting prickly]] about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it doesn't come up much. Practicing Jew Toby even pokes fun at Josh for being inadequately Jewish:
-->'''Toby:''' There's an ancient Hebrew word for Jews from Westport; it's pronounced "Presbyterian."
* Rhoda Morgenstern from ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' and its spinoff, ''Series/{{Rhoda}}''. She's mentioned on a few occasions that she's Jewish, but doesn't appear to be practicing. She does confess to still enjoying Hanukkah though. In one episode, she's looking through personals ads and seeing how her name sounds with the last name of the men in the ads. She comes across one guy who's last name is Christian. She quickly rejects that one, stating that her mother would kill her.
* Felicity on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' only mentions that she's a Jew in a throwaway line during each of the first two seasons' Christmas episodes. It wasn't until season 3 when she started showing her faith at a non-Christmas time when she wishes Diggle and Lilah "Mazel tov!" after their daughter's birth, and in the next episode she throws dirt on the grave at [[spoiler:Sara Lance's]] funeral, explaining it to be a Jewish custom.
* On ''Series/TheLeague'', Ruxin mentions being Jewish in the first episode, describing himself as looking like a Nazi cartoon of a Jew. However he is not practicing, and in fact is married to a Catholic and Baby Geoffrey was baptized (he told his mother it was a ''really'' progressive synagogue). In one episode he celebrates Sukkot in order to get his son into a prestigious Jewish preschool. In another episode, Ruxin and his wife get in an argument over what religion to raise Baby Geoffrey in. Averted with Ruxin's sister, who is mentioned to be Orthodox. This trope is even more true with Ted, who is only known to be Jewish because a rabbi was at his funeral.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* ComicStrip/DickTracy's sidekick Sam Catchem is Jewish, and always has been, but since it rarely has much bearing on the cases they investigate, it doesn't get mentioned much. The creative team of Mike Curtis and Joe Staton has changed things up a little by having Sam invite the Tracys over for Chanukah.

[[folder: Professional 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!")
** It came up in Paul's [[ "rapping" promo]] before Summerslam 2014:
-->"No, we're not from West Newbury,\\
no we can't 'hip-hop' like you,\\
My client is the conqueror,\\
I'm just Brock's advocating Jew!"

[[folder: Puppet Shows ]]
* One episode of ''Series/UnderTheUmbrellaTree'' (which was set in an apartment in some unnamed city that was [[BigApplesauce most likely New York]]), had a neighbor (who had never been seen before) show up at Holly's and invite everyone to a Chanukah celebration. He even explained how Chanukah got started, which included a rare non-blasphemous use of the word "God" in Western secular media.
* Mr. Hooper of ''Series/SesameStreet'' was Jewish. The only reason the audience ever knew this is because in the early 80s, a ChristmasSpecial was filmed called "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street," and Bob wished Mr. Hooper a happy Hanukkah. He was also shown as able to read Yiddish in an episode.
** Also, Moishe the Oofnik, the grouch on the Israeli version of the show, ''Shalom Sesame'', is explicitly said to be Oscar's cousin.
** In recent years, the Bear family has taken up the Hanukkah ball, with Baby Bear showing Elmo how to spin a dreidel.
* This trope appears in -- of all things -- Franchise/TheMuppets 2008 ChristmasSpecial, ''Film/AMuppetsChristmasLettersToSanta''. Zoot, saxophonist for the Electric Mayhem, shows up for the Christmas Eve celebration toting a menorah and greets the hostess with a calm "Shalom." Floyd the guitarist observes the menorah and remarks that he'd never been aware that Zoot was Jewish.
* Powerful TV producer (and ''major'' prima donna) Alan Brady on ''TheDickVanDykeShow'' was implied to be Jewish here and there (and, interestingly, was portrayed by real-life Jew Carl Reiner, who also produced ''The Dick Van Dyke Show'' itself). In one episode, Rob, Buddy, and Sally have him stay after work to discuss something with him, and he offhandedly complains that he's late for a bar mitzvah ceremony.

[[folder: Theater]]
* Shylock from ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' might count if the play was written today; though he constantly is called "Jew" and gives his famous "Hath not a Jew eyes?" soliloquy, we rarely see any evidence of his religion--to modern eyes, at any rate. In Elizabethan England, [[ValuesDissonance greed, usurious banking, and refusal to betroth his daughter to a well-bred Christian suitor were practically the definition of "Jew."]]
** This can be continued in modern adaptations or subverted; the 2004 version featured more aspects of Jewish culture and religion, which fit a more sympathetic treatment of Al Pacino's Shylock.
* In ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', Brian and Christmas Eve have a Jewish wedding.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Joel from ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' is Jewish however it's not implied in the game itself. Creator/NaughtyDog has a postcard-esque official art showing several characters dressed in Christmas gear, with Joel wearing a sweater with a Menorah.

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* In the first episode of season 2 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', one of the graves for Church and Tex is marked with the Star of David. WordOfGod refuses to comment on whose grave it is.
* From ''WebAnimation/PimpLando'': Darboe being Jewish becomes a RunningGag in later episodes, despite not doing anything differently. Well, OK, he sings "Hava Nagila" once.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* Riff from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' only mentions his Jewishness when Chanukah rolls around (though he ''does'' bring a Star of David with him when he goes vampire hunting). In the first ''Torg Potter'' arc he openly admits that he's been shooting down and cooking all the messenger owls that have been sent to Torg for years, despite the fact that owls aren't kosher.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/KidRadd'', when Kobayashi reveals in a holiday {{Omake}} comic that he's part of a [[McNinja Jewish order of Ninja]].
* Choo-Choo Bear of ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' is Jewish. We've seen comics that featured pictures of him at his Bar Mitzvah, and one where he and his cousin Twitchy-Hug explained Passover to the audience. Only thing is... Choo-Choo is a ''cat''. A boneless, hairless, gelatinous cat.
* It's mostly {{Fanon}}, since it never comes up in the comic and is based on a joke by the author, but fans of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' have taken Terezi to be [[CallARabbitASmeerp Jewgish]] due to a conversation where she admits to not knowing about "Jegus" (referring to a ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' misspelling). ItMakesSenseInContext.
** Hilariously, it was revealed later on that there was an actual [[CrystalDragonJesus Jesus-analogue]] in the history of Terezi's world. Terezi's ancestor was one of the followers of an underground cult he inspired after his death. In other words, Terezi is the descendent of an alien Christian.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* In ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', the fact that Diamond is Jewish only came up in a single story (in which she was trying to adopt an orphaned girl), and was never mentioned again except in a much-later story where we meet her father, and he's a complete AlterKocker.
* Fractious, in the ''WhateleyUniverse''. Known to swear in Yiddish. When she goes with school friends from [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] for Christmas, Loophole's mother tries to make ''latkes'' for her. They don't turn out well.
* In ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav'', Rusty Bonjour reveals in the Holiday Special that he's Jewish. There was ''nothing'' to hint that he was like this at all and when he reveals it, he's in a tattered Santa suit scamming people out of money via a Salvation Army-like booth.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Dolph Starbeam, Duffman (or one of them at least, given that there are multiple similar-looking actors), and Artie Ziff have been identified as being Jewish.
** Don't forget Krusty, who was the first one to be identified as such, and had an entire episode revolving around it (where the whole concept of "bar mitzvah" is once again [[ArtisticLicenseReligion done wrong]]).
* 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.
* Sam from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' -- her religious identity is only ever mentioned in the ChristmasEpisode. It's even worse with her parents who fill the mold of [[AcceptableTargets stuck-up WASPs]]. Though this can be considered a case of RealityIsUnrealistic in that there are many Jewish people who act like [=WASPs=] (hence the [[ Jewish-American Princess]] stereotype).
* Arnold from ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus''. Once again, a Chanukah mention during the Christmas episode is our only clue.
* Similarly, on ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', the Frensky family's Jewishness didn't come out until ''its'' holiday episode. They're making up for it since; there's been an episode in which Francine vacillates between a relative's Bar Mitzvah and a bowling match, and another in which she mentions playing on her temple's sports team. Plus, she's attempted a Yom Kippur fast.
** Francine's family explicitly doesn't follow a Kosher diet so that adds to the fuel.
** This may be a form of RaceLift. In the source books Francine shows no sign of being Jewish and celebrated Christmas (as she apparently did in early episodes).
* Ron Stoppable from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': his Bar Mitzvah is the focus of an early episode, which gets a ContinuityNod during a ChristmasEpisode. He obviously doesn't keep kosher.
* Moishe from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' seems to have been rolled in just to fulfill this trope.
* Harold from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. In one episode, he is lectured by his rabbi for stealing a ham, with more emphasis on breaking Jewish dietary restrictions than the theft itself.
-->'''Rabbi Goldberg''': But secondly, and most important, you stole a ham. Ham is not kosher - not kosher at all. We don't ''eat'' ham. We haven't for 5000 years, and we don't need to
** In another, he has a Bar Mitzvah (yes, he's in fourth grade, but he was [[HeldBackInSchool held back]]). And once, he uses the Yiddish word "kibbitzer" (meaning "person who butts in"). The Bar Mitzvah episode was the first episode anything connecting Harold to Judaism was explicitly mentioned; in fact, in one of the original claymation shorts, he is seen attending church with Arnold and Helga.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'' episode where Bessie and Penny keeps sneaking into Bat Mitzvah parties, we learn that Portia Gibbons is (probably) Jewish when Bessie sneaks into the Bat Mitzvah party of Portia's cousin.
* Billy wishes the audience a happy Chanukah at the last possible minute in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresofBillyandMandy Billy and Mandy Save Christmas]]'' claiming that's what they celebrate at his house and rubs in the fact that he gets more presents. This is especially {{egregious}} (even to the point of {{Parody}}?) since he had been obsessed with SantaClaus and Christmas throughout the rest of the episode.
* Jude on ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}} 6teen]]'' showed no signs of being Jewish until one of the [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Episodes]] where he said he had to get home because of Hanukkah. There is some irony that Jude was the name of one of Jesus' friends/apostles (and no, he's not the same as Judas). Not to mention Jude is German for Jew.
** This actually adds to UnfortunateImplications when Jude becomes goth, and adopts the name "Judas."
* Kitty from ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''. The only evidence that she's Jewish is a scene of her lighting the menorah in her home in the ChristmasEpisode... and, of course, being very definitely Jewish in the comic the show was based on.
* Mipsy in ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' mentions transferring funds from a Bat Mitzvah fund in one episode.
* WesternAnimation/PepperAnn, as well as her mother, sister and aunt. Besides her obviously Jewish grandmother, the only other indication of her Judaism is in the Christmas episode. In the MusicalEpisode her mother sings about cooking pork products for dinner, but it could be that they just don't practice Kosher, and it was AllJustADream anyway.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Christmas Special]]". While not confirmed in any of the dialogue, Muscleman wears a sweater with a picture of a Dreidel on it.]
* Tammy from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers''. Aside from having a Bat Mitzvah episode, she otherwise has some elements of a JewishAmericanPrincess, albeit downplayed.