The Jewish New Year started on September 13th, and we decided to highlight one celebrity we knew practiced Judaism or have Jewish lineage.
Ms. Tracee Ellis Ross from Interfaithfamily:
On the hit ABC comedy series Black-ish, Tracee Ellis Ross plays Dr. Rainbow Johnson, a busy anesthesiologist, wife and mother of four who is of mixed Black and Caucasian ethnicity, as Ross is herself. But the willowy actress is also Jewish, the product of superstar singer Diana Ross’ first marriage to music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein. Ross identifies with both of her heritages.
“I’ve always felt a connection to both,” she says, noting that the family celebrated Jewish and Christian holidays. “We didn’t go to temple; my dad didn’t go to temple. He wasn’t particularly religious but he’s definitely Jewish. We would have a Christmas tree in the living room and a menorah in the kitchen. I actually have the menorah that his father gave to him when he was a child.”
Ross shares another special memory. “I went to Israel with my mom and my dad, when I was in my early twenties. It was extraordinary, one of the best trips I’ve ever had. We stepped off the plane and my dad started crying,” she remembers. “It was wonderful to be there with both of my parents and my step-mom.”