25 Chanukah Chautties (or, um, Hanukkah Hotties!)

What’s almost as festive as lighting Hanukkah candles, but produces even more heat? Checking out this list of 25 hotties who celebrate Hannukah! From Jake Gyllenhaal to Drake (yes, he was bar mitzvahed!) to Lea Michele—take your time ogling the 25 hottest celebs that will be spinning the dreidel this year.

1. Jake Gyllenhaal appeared on Shalom Sesame, the Jewish Sesame Street!
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2. James Franco went to Hebrew school as a kid.

3. Andy Samberg was raised Jewish, but says he’s not particularly religious

4. Scarlett Johansson celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas!

5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s parents helped found the Progressive Jewish Alliance.

6. Drake is half Jewish, but still had a bar mitzvah.

7. Zac Efron’s last name means “lark” in Hebrew

8. Kat Dennings’ original (Jewish!) last name is Litwack.

9. Andrew Garfield and his family—all Jewish—moved to England when he was little.

10. Jason Schwartzman’s dad is Jewish, but he wasn’t raised to be religious.

11. Adam Levine grew up Jewish, but he didn’t want a bar mitzvah.

12. Lea Michele is Jewish and looks up to fellow Tribe member Barbara Streisand.

13. Daniel Radcliffe comes from a mixed family. His dad is Jewish, mom is Protestant.

14. Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem.

15. Jason Segel was raised Jewish like his dad, but went to Episcopal school as a kid.

16. Dianna Agron went to Hebrew school and had a bat mitzvah.

17. Seth Rogen started doing comedy as a camper at his Jewish summer camp!

18. Shia LaBeouf was both baptized in a church and had a bar mitzvah!

19. Rachel Bilson is Jewish on her dad’s side.

20. Jonah Hill proves that Jewish boys have a great sense of humor.

21. Jonathan Lipnicki has a tattoo of the Star of David.

22. Mila Kunis grew up in the Soviet Union where her parents raised her in the Jewish faith.

23. Adam Brody is Jewish, just like Seth Cohen, who he played on The O.C.

24. Ashley Tisdale was working too much to plan or have a bat mitzvah!

25. Jesse Eisenberg’s Jewish roots are in Poland and the Ukraine.

Do you celebrate Hanukkah? What are your favorite parts of the holiday? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Morgana5953

    I’d like to point out that a Jewish tattoo or parent doesn’t necessarily make you Jewish. Daniel Radcliffe, for example, is an atheist.

  • MILF

    Logan Lerman is the hottest Jewish boy ever.

  • Elise


    • dee

      Hugh Jackman is probably in the Anglican church in which he was raised.

  • dee

    Lea Michele stated on national television that she was raised Catholic, and that her Jewish father “gladly” attends church with her and her mother.
    Starts at the 9:40 mark – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyfCHFy8r-k

  • Anonymous

    Mmm . . . Jake Gyllenhaal 😉

  • ClaireDevine

    Nice list, but there were some things that annoyed be a bit (maybe it’s the fact that I grew up in a Jewish household, but still.)

    First, and I know some people might disagree, but just because one of your parents is Jewish, doesn’t mean that YOU are Jewish. I mean, my mom is Jewish, and my dad was Protestant, but that doesn’t mean I’m Protestant. I was raised in the Jewish faith, it doesn’t mean I’m half Protestant. Religions are beliefs, not a heritage that is passed on.

    Speaking of being “half”, how CAN someone be half of a religion? For example, let’s look at Judaism and Christianity. One believes that Jesus is the son of God, one doesn’t. Now how can you have half of each when they are complete opposites?

    And finally, I just HAVE to point this out because it always gets on my nerves, people aren’t “bar mitzvahed” or “bat mitzvahed”. Bat Mitzvah means “Daughter of the Commandments”. A girl BECOMES a Bat Mitzvah.

    Besides that, I like this list. It gives me one for reason to love Dianna Agron =)

    • jessicca frank

      i totally agree with you on that!!!

  • Anonymous

    Although Kat Graham is only half jewish it would be nice to have seen her on the list as well

  • dee

    Very nice list! Although it was Daniel Radcliffe’s mother who was Jewish and his father who was Protestant, not the other way around.

    BTW, the hottest would be Logan Lerman, who is 100% Jewish. Maybe next year!