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    Ben Kingsley

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    (Krishna Bhanji)
    December 31, 1943 —

    If you are familiar with our website, you know that we're always on the lookout for weird Jews. No, not Jews that behave weirdly, although we do have our share of those. We mean Jews of various unexpected ethnicities.

    Chinese Jews. Japanese Jews. Indian Jews. Eskimo Jews.

    Of course, there are Jews of all those ethnicities, it's just we haven't found one worthy of profiling yet. Until now.

    Meet Sir Ben Kingsley, English actor. That's not his real name; that's actually Krishna Bhanji. His father was an Indian Muslim who was born in Kenya (no, nothing Jewish here...) His London-born mother, however, was quite possibly of Jewish decent.


    So, British-born, part Indian, possibly Jewish, of Kenyan roots and Muslim heritage... What a wacky hodgepodge! But it gets curiouser and curiouser.

    You see, Kingsley might descend from Jews and Muslims. But as for his current religion, he is a...



    British-born, part Indian, possibly Jewish, of Kenyan roots and Muslim heritage, Quaker.

    And we just started digging. Who knows, maybe if we went back a couple of generations on Ben's family tree, we'll finally find that all-elusive Aboriginal Jew...

    Verdict: Barely a Jew.

    January 14, 2009

    See Also

    Kingsley Ben-Adir

    Yul Brynner

    Mahatma Gandhi


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