IN­SIDE STORY OF DAVID BOWIE

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

THE late, great rock star may not have been a can­di­date for aliyah but there could have been a David Bowie who was Jewish.

In the late 1980s Rabbi Amanda Golby was do­ing the rounds as a prison chap­lain in Eng­land when she ran into a pris­oner pro­fess­ing to be Jewish who said that his name was David Bowie.

“I was not ac­tu­ally sure that he was Jewish,” Rabbi Golby said, “and there were in­deed many who claimed to be Jewish for var­i­ous rea­sons. Any­way, I asked ‘David Bowie’ if it was re­ally his name, and he said it was not, and he had changed it by deed poll so that when his var­i­ous mis­de­meanours were writ­ten about in the lo­cal pa­per, his mum wouldn’t be em­bar­rassed among her friends.”

So was he of the tribe? “Prob­a­bly yes,” she con­cluded.

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