Friday, December 7, 2012

Is Scarlett Johansson Jewish ?

Just in case you wonder: "Is Scarlett Johansson Jewish?", the truth is that Scarlett is Jewish.  

In fact, it is surprising that Scarlett Johansson is included on the list of Jewish people, considering the fact that she is Danish. She even calls herself a "New York Jew"!

To take things from the very beginning, Johansson's father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect originally from Copenhagen who married Melanie Sloan, a producer. Scarlett's  mother comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from the Bronx and her ancestors emigrated to New York from Minsk, Belarus.

It has to be noted that Scarlett's father is not Jew. Actually, Denmark has a small Jewish community.

On the other hand, Scarlett Johansson was raised as a proper Jewish girl. In an Israeli TV interview, Scarlett claimed that she identified as Jewish and had been brought up with basic observance of Shabbat and holidays like Chanucah. She even revealed she had a smattering of Yiddish.

It has to be mentioned that Tom Cruise attempted to convert her to Scientology, but Scarlett turn down his offer. Afterwards Scarlett was quoted as saying: "I wasn't offered so much as a cookie."

Conclusion: Scarlett Johansson is Jewish.

What do you think? Is Scarlett Johansson Jewish?

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