The Shmooze

Robin Williams' Most Jewish Moments

By Rachel X. Landes

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Robin Williams wasn’t Jewish. But he was close.

Though raised Episcopalian in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (his mother was a Christian Scientist), the comedian had an affinity for Jews which shaped and even defined many of the roles he took on. He used Yiddish, danced a mean hora and did a killer Barbra Streisand impression.

With his death — in the words of Steve Martin (also not Jewish — but, come on) — we have lost a “mensch, a great talent and genuine soul.”

Let’s take a look at Robin WIlliams most Jewish moments.

1) Mrs. Doubtfire: Robin does “Fiddler”


2) The Crazy Ones: “Rabbi Robin” hosts a bar mitzvah



3) Standup: Why Jesus was a Jew


4) Schaudenfreude! (And a Holocaust joke for good measure)


5) Jakob the Liar: Robin played Polish-Jewish shopkeeper Jakob


6) The Bible (according to Robin)


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