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Latinos and Jews aren’t often discussed in the same category. When I first met my husband in 2008, I was more than a little surprised when I discovered that despite his extremely “non-Latino” last name, he spoke Spanish way better than I did. Like many other Latinos, my husband has Jewish roots.

In fact, the Jewish population in Latin America is estimated around 500,000 — with more than half living in Argentina. Other countries like Brazil and Venezuela — and even Cuba — all have thriving Jewish communities, as well.

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As the Latino population in the United States continues to grow, it’s not surprising to see religious backgrounds as equally diverse as the Latino culture. 

Check out these Latino celebrities who also have Jewish roots. 


WIlliam Levy

The Cuban-born actor has ties to Judaism on his mother's side: His maternal grandfather was Jewish.


Gina Rodriguez

The Jane the Virgin star, born in Chicago, Illinois, to Puerto Rican parents, has a grandfather who was a French Jew.  

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David Blaine

The world-famous illusionist, who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, has a mother is of Jewish descent


Jamie-Lynn Sigler

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The Sopranos star, who has Latino roots on her mother's side, was raised Jewish


Freddie Prinze, Jr.

This teen heartthrob of the late '90s, early 2000s gets his Jewish and Latino roots from his dad's side.


Nicole Polizzi, a.k.a. Snooki


Don Francisco

Legendary host of Univision's Sábado GiganteMario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld, better known by his stage name, Don Francisco, is the son of German Jewish immigrants who fled to Chile to escape Nazi persecution. 


Cecilia Roth

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The Argentine actress has a father or Jewish descent.


Geraldo Rivera

Talk show host Geraldo Rivera was raised Jewish in a Puerto Rican family.


Sarah Ramos

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Parenthood star Sarah Ramos was born in California and is of Hispanic and Jewish descent