Deciding to convert to Judaism is a serious matter. The conversion process can take years of studying and engaging in rituals like celebrating the holidays and Shabbat, eating kosher, and learning Hebrew. Depending on what religious stream you are converting to in Judaism, the process can entail different things — but it’s definitely something that requires commitment and is not to be taken lightly.
That’s why it’s so impressive that these celebrities converted to Judaism. They took time from their busy schedules to connect to their souls and embrace an entirely new faith.
Actress Isla Fisher is married to Sacha Baron Cohen, who is a proud Jew. She took three years to convert to Judaism, and she finally dipped in the mikvah in 2007. Before she and Cohen got married, she told one magazine, “I will definitely have a Jewish wedding just to be with Sacha. I would do anything – move into any religion – to be united in marriage with him. We have a future together, and religion comes second to love as far as we are concerned.”
Though her relationship with Cohen was Fisher’s primary motivation for conversion, she said in a later interview that she fell in love with the religion as well. “I love the focus on family, food and laughter … You know, I didn’t get to go to university because I’ve been acting since I was a kid. So, for me, studying theology was also fascinating. I love Judaism.”
Natasha Leggero is married to fellow comedian Moshe Kasher, who had a unique Jewish upbringing: He was raised secular by his mother and Satmar by his father. Leggero converted to Judaism before they got married in 2015, and Leggero wasn’t afraid to joke about her newfound religion on “Conan.” In one interview, Kasher said that he and Leggero enjoy the Friday night rituals. “As a typical convert, Natasha is very evangelical about us keeping Shabbat. Every Friday, she is the one who says we have to light candles, we have to do Shabbat. It definitely is a big part of our lives.”
After her divorce with Chris Martin, the Goop queen herself Gwyneth Paltrow told the world she was converting to Judaism. She has a non-Jewish mother, Blythe Danner, and her father was Bruce Paltrow, a Jew. Paltrow studies Kabbalah, and is proud of her Jewish lineage. In one interview, she said she descended from, “Like, 17 generations of rabbis — you see, I really am a Jewish princess!” Paltrow’s husband, Brad Falchuk, is a Jew, and she said she is raising her kids as Jews as well.
Shyne was a rapper on the rise, until he got involved in a nightclub shooting and went to prison for 10 years. During his time behind bars, he learned about Orthodox Judaism, and began his conversion process. He got a Hebrew name – Moses Levi – and became a father to his daughter Naomi, who was born in 2018. Now, the rapper lives in Belize and continues to be proud of his Jewish lifestyle on his Instagram account.
Supermodel Karlie Kloss converted to Judaism prior to marrying Joshua Kushner. In an interview, she stressed that she didn’t convert for him, but for herself. “It wasn’t enough to just love Josh and make this decision for him… This is my life and I am an independent, strong woman. It was only after many years of studying and talking with my family and friends and soul searching that I made the decision to fully embrace Judaism in my life and start planning for a future with the man I chose to marry.” She has also said that she enjoys the Jewish day of rest: “Shabbat has brought so much meaning into my life. It helps me reconnect to the actual world.”