Rosh Hashanah! 25 Celebrity Families Who Are Ringing in the New Year (Photos)

Happy Rosh Hashnah!

Monday is a big day for some, it is Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year.

Rosh Hashanah is the first of the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”) which occurs each year in early autumn. The day is a time of celebration, blowing on a shofar and eating such things as apples didn’t in honey it is also a time for “self-examination and repentance.” Celebrations continue until the nightfall on Sept. 18.

President Obama sent out a message to commemorate that day saying,  “This is a joyful time for millions of people around the world, but Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are also opportunities for reflection,” said President Obama. “They represent a chance to take stock of our lives and look forward to the coming year with clear eyes and renewed purpose.”

So what celebrities are Jewish who may be dipping apples in honey and taking stock of their own lives? Check out theses 25 celebrities who will probably be doing some reflecting today:

  • Gwyneth Paltrow 1 of 25
    Gwyneth Paltrow
    After researching her ancestry, Gwyneth had learned a whole lot more about her Eastern European Jewish heritage and wants to make sure that her children are raised with insight into their Jewish background.
    Source: Kol Shalom Annapolis
  • Natalie Portman 2 of 25
    Natalie Portman
    Natalie Portman was raised Jewish, has a dual American and Israeli citizenship and she speaks Herbrew.
  • Alyson Hannigan 3 of 25
    Alyson Hannigan
    Alyson Hannigan may look very Irish and has an Irish name, but her mother is Jewish.
  • Kate Hudson 4 of 25
    Kate Hudson
    Kate Hudson was raised in maternal grandmother's Jewish religion (her mom Goldie Hawn is half Anglo-Saxon/ half Jewish).
  • Adam Sandler with daughters Sadie and Sunny 5 of 25
    Adam Sandler with daughters Sadie and Sunny
    Adam Sandler is one of the most famous Jewish comic actors out there and has embraced his background in song! (Who can forget his Hanukkah song on SNL!)
  • Julianna Margulies 6 of 25
    Julianna Margulies
    Julianna Margulies parents were both Jewish but her mother converted to Christianity. Julianna wasn't raised Jewish, but still has it in her background.
  • Maya Rudolph 7 of 25
    Maya Rudolph
    Maya Rudolph often is mistaken for being Hispanic, but she is actually half black/ half Jewish.
  • Liev Schreiber 8 of 25
    Liev Schreiber
    Liev's mother comes from a Jewish background. He told Time Out of being Jewish, "The funny thing is that I write and I act a lot about being Jewish, but I don't really think about it as a regular person. It's like source material, I've got it. I don't really take it that personally or feel it that personally. I think I identify with it culturally."
    Source: Time Out
  • Paul Rudd 9 of 25
    Paul Rudd
    Paul Rudd's family name is actually Rudnitzky, but the family changed it. Both his parents are Jewish and he had a bar mitzvah.
  • Mayim Bialik 10 of 25
    Mayim Bialik
    Mayim Bialik is a practicing Jew and even recently shared her recipe for her vegan Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake recipe. You can check it out here.
  • Jack Black 11 of 25
    Jack Black
    Funnyman Jack Black's mom is Jewish and his dad converted to Judaism. Black also attended Hebrew school and had a Bar Mitzvah.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker 12 of 25
    Sarah Jessica Parker
    Sarah Jessica Parker's father is Jewish, and although she didn't have a Jewish education, she identifies herself as Jewish.
  • Idina Menzel 13 of 25
    Idina Menzel
    Both Idina Menzel's parents are Jewish. And get this, she got her start as a bar mitzvah singer.
  • Amanda Peet 14 of 25
    Amanda Peet
    Actress Amanda Peet is an interesting mix, she calls herself a "Quaker Jew. " She comes from a half Jewish, half Quaker background.
  • Tori Spelling 15 of 25
    Tori Spelling
    Both Tori Spellings parents were Jewish and she celebrates being a Jew with the holidays but still always has a Christmas Tree.
  • Isla Fisher 16 of 25
    Isla Fisher
    Isla converted to Judaism before she married husband Sasha Baron Cohen and the family follows Jewish traditions.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar 17 of 25
    Sarah Michelle Gellar
    Both of Sarah Michelle Gellar's parents are Jewish but she doesn't talk about her Jewish-ness.
  • Elizabeth Banks 18 of 25
    Elizabeth Banks
    When Elizabeth Banks married Max Handelman she converted to Judaism. Fun fact, the two have been together since they met on the first day of college back in 1992.
  • Soleil Moon-Frye 19 of 25
    Soleil Moon-Frye
    Soleil Moon-Frye is half Jewish by birth and later converted before she married her husband.
  • Selma Blair 20 of 25
    Selma Blair
    New mom and actress Selma Blair was raised Jewish and went to Hebrew school. Her Hebrew name is Batshev.
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal 21 of 25
    Maggie Gyllenhaal
    Maggie Gyllenhaal's mother is Jewish and although she was raised Jewish, she did not go to Hebrew school.
  • Jennifer Connelly 22 of 25
    Jennifer Connelly
    Jennifer Connelly's father was Roman Catholic but her mother is a yeshiva-educated Jew. A interesting mix.
  • David Arquette 23 of 25
    David Arquette
    David Arquette's mother is Jewish, the daughter of a Holocaust refugee.
  • Debra Messing 24 of 25
    Debra Messing
    Debra Messing is Jewish with her ancestors coming from Russia and Poland.
  • Jon Stewart 25 of 25
    Jon Stewart
    Jon Stewart was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz and was raised Jewish. He often talks about his Jewish upbringing on The Daily Show in a hilarious way.

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