Jewish Journal


September 16, 2007

‘Jew, not a Jew’—the saga continues


It was 1988 when Tom Hanks hosted the game show parody ‘Jew, Not A Jew’ on Saturday Night Live and for whatever reason the game lives on! 

Every day people ask Google if this person or that person is Jewish, and many times they come to JewishJournal.com for the answer.

Are these searchers Jewish folks on a pride quest?  Anti-Semites looking to confirm their twisted conspiracy theories?  Or ordinary folks wondering about other peoples’ ethnic/religious background for their own individual reasons?  We don’t know.  Do you?

Here are some of the most recent searches:
Amy Brenneman
Warren Buffet
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Ron Jeremy
Norman Jewison
Billy Joel
Wolfgang Mozart
Ray Romano

This late addition just started showing up on the logs: Michael B. Mukasey, the purported nominee to replace Alberto Gonzalez as Attorney General. 

Our story sure doesn’t answer the ‘is he Jewish’ question vis-a-vis Mukasey.  Wikipedia does, however.

I think we just have one of the rare web pages that has both his name and the word ‘Jewish!’

Still, hits is hits!  :-)  And mazel tov, Judge Mukasey!

—Dennis Wilen

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