Drake released his new music video for the song “HYFR” just in time for the Jewish holiday Passover. The video features Drake having fun at his Bar Mitzvah, but it opens with footage from the rappers real-life actual Bar Mitzvah as a child. Yes — Drake is Jewish! In honor of Passover Idolator came up with a list of 15 Pop Stars You Didn’t Know Were Jewish. Check out their list below!
1. Adam Levine
While Adam Levine wasn’t raised Jewish and didn’t have his own Bar Mitzvah, Levine’s father and grandfather are both Jewish. Levine says he follows more of a spiritual religion, rather than strict Judaism, but he says that his heritage is important.
This American Idol finalist was raised Jewish, as his mother was Jewish. He has performed in Hebrew at Jewish events, including singing songs like “Shir LaShalom” at a 2005 tribute to assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and performing at the San Diego Temple of the Arts multiple times, including at the Kol Nidre service on Yom Kippur.
Two of Glee’s leading ladies come from Jewish lineage. Lea Michele’s father is Jewish. Diana Agron’s parents are both practicing Jews. Agron’s mother converted and Agron went to hebrew school and had a Bat Mitzvah.
5. Paula Abdul
6. Billy Joel
Billy Joel says that he considers himself a “cultural Jew.” Both of his parents are Jewish and not practicing. He has said that “My circumcision was as Jewish as they got.”
7. Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons was born under the name of Chaim Weitz in Israel and attended Jewish schools in New York. Last year he visited Israel for the first time.
8. Beastie Boys
All three members of the Beastie Boys not only have their birthplace of Brooklyn in common. They are all Jewish too!
9. Lenny Kravitz
Idolator named Kravitz on this list because his father was Jewish, but Kravitz identifies himself as Christian.
Now this one surprised me! Guetta is another one on this list that is half-Jewish. Guetta’s father is a Moroccan Jew.
11. Andy Samberg
Okay so this one isn’t too much of a surprise.
12. Regina Spektor
This singer/songwriter still maintains close ties with her Jewish community. The Russian-born singer does a variety of performances for Jewish causes, such as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.
13. The Ramones
14. Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson’s family name was shortened from Aaronson. Ronson was brought up as a conservative Jew.
This one is the least surprising on Idolator’s list.
One person they left off the list, which kind of surprised me, is Mac Miller!