HOW JEWISH IS…

The Jewish Chronicle - - Features - SCAR­LETT JO­HANS­SON?

The se­ries in which we in­ves­ti­gate the Semitic qual­i­ties (or oth­er­wise) of some­one in the news IN an un­likely move, film star Scar­lett Jo­hann­son has just re­leased an album of Tom Waits songs. Equally un­likely is the pos­si­bil­ity that Scar­lett is Jewish. So is she? AGAINST: Jo­hann­son sounds like a very Scan­di­na­vian name, and in­deed it is — Scar­lett’s dad Karsten is Dan­ish. in fact, Scar­lett her­self has Dan­ish cit­i­zen­ship. Now, Den­mark does have a small Jewish com­mu­nity of its own, but Karsten is not one of them. Be­sides, Scar­lett has typ­i­cally Scan­di­na­vian good looks, and no sign of dark ringlets. She even has a half­brother brother called Chris­tian. It’s not look­ing good. FOR: De­spite the fact that Scar­lett’s par­ents met in Den­mark, her mother, Me­lanie Sloan, is an Amer­i­can Jewish wo­man from the Bronx, no less. In fact, for­get the looks. Scar­lett was brought up as a proper Jewish girl. In an Is­raeli TV in­ter­view, she said that she iden­ti­fied as Jewish and had been brought up with ba­sic ob­ser­vance of Shab­bat and hol­i­days like Chanu­cah. She even said she had a smat­ter­ing of Yid­dish, noch! She has starred next to Woody Allen, which means she has learned to shrug in the au­then­tic man­ner. When put to the test, she came up trumps. Tom Cruise at­tempted to con­vert her to Scien­tol­ogy, but Scar­lett held firm. Af­ter­wards she said: “I wasn’t of­fered so much as a cookie.” No way to treat a Jewish girl. VER­DICT: This one did not get lost in trans­la­tion. She is def­i­nitely one of ours.

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