Hanukkah or Chanukah is a Holiday that is celebrated by the Jewish community, we are surrounded by the most famous and popular Jewish celebrities all over the world, Want to know who they are? What celebrities celebrate Hanukkah? What do they do to celebrate Hanukkah? Keep reading to know the complete list of your Jewish celebrities that will be celebrating Hanukkah this year in our story below and check out the photos and video after the jump.
For those who are not familiar with Hanukkah, we will explain it to you in a sort of Hanukkah for Dummies kind of way, Hanukkah (means dedication) aka the Festival of Lights is a Jewish Celebration that is celebrated on the last days of November early days of December in our calendar but it is on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev (Hebrew Calendar), it is celebrated for 8 days and 8 nights, back a hundred years Syrians wanted Jews to worship Greek God, they refused so the Maccabees, a group of Jews fought the Syrians until they were victorious after three years, their temple was destroyed so they rebuilt it, after they were done they rededicated their temple to God, these days Hanukkah is celebrated by lighting candles at the (a 8 lights candlestick) Hanukiah. They played games like the dreidel and ate delicious meals like latkes (Potato pancakes, sufganiyot (donut filled with jelly) which are the most popular.
Some of these fabulous Jewish Celebrities have taken their Hanukkah celebration into their movies like Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller, Jay Mohr and even we had a chance to see more of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah in Friends when Ross tried to teach his son Ben about Hanukkah and ended up dressing up in an armadillo costume to get his attention, well David Schwimmer is in fact Jewish but his sister Monica portrayed By Courtney Cox isn’t while her soon to be ex David Arquette and the rest of the Arquette clan do celebrate Hanukkah.
Some of the most famous actors and actresses in those black and white movies we love so much are also Jewish to name a few, we can tell you that Joe Besser, Larry Fine and Curly Howard from the Three Stooges, Leslie Howard (Gone with the Wind), other big names like Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, Eddy Fisher, Mel Brooks, Tony Curtis, Estelle Getty, Eli Wallach, Kirk Douglas, Zsa Zsa Gabor also celebrated and some still celebrate Hanukkah.
Moving ahead in time we have Joan and Melissa Rivers, Harvey Keitel, Woody Allen, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Billy Crystal, Neil Diamond, Gabe Kaplan (actor and poker player), Howard Stern, and James Caan.
Other Celebrities that celebrate Hanukkah are Matthew Broderick, Noah Wyle, Debra Messing, Greg Grumberg, Melissa Gilbert, Paula Abdul, Joaquin Phoenix and his siblings, Fred Savage, Isla Fisher and her her hubby, Alyson Hannigan, Pink, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Soleil Moon Frye, Adrien Brody, Dustin Diamond, Zach Braff, Seth Green, Seth Rogen, Bar Rafaeli, Natalie Portman, Amanda Peet, Jenifer Connelly,Ginnifer Goodwin, Helena Bonham Carter, Jack Black, Daniel Radcliffe, Sarah Silverman, Tori Spelling, Kate and Oliver Hudson, Adam Levine, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elizabeth Banks, Andrew Garfield (New Spiderman), Harrison Ford, Jeff Goldblum, Ashley Tisdale, Leelee Sobieski, Mila Kunis, Zac Efron, Robert Downey jr., Michael Douglas, Richard Dreyfuss, Jon Favreau, Corey Feldman, Scarlet Johansson, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chelsea Handler, but I don’t think her little Chuey is.
Other celebrities that have brought their Hanukkah celebrations in television and films are Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand along with Ben Stiller in Meet the Fockers, Paul Reiser, Mel Brooks in Mad About You, Fran Drescher in the Nanny, Jerry Stiller in Seinfeld, who along with Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Dreyfus and Jason Alexander celebrate Hanukkah.
Do you know of more celebrities that are celebrating Hanukkah this year? What is your favorite Jewish actor portraying him or herself as a Jew in a movie? Check out the photos and videos below.