Tag: converts to judaism

  • Interesting Gers: Sammy Davis Jr.

    God, what a life. Born in Harlem to a vaudeville performer, Davis faced physical and verbal abuse in an integrated army unit, returned to the states to become first a popular cabaret singer, and eventually, one of the most famous entertainers in the world and for many, many years a lightning rod in America’s discussions […]

  • Interesting Gers: Jamaica Kincaid

    This week’s interesting ger is Jamaica Kincaid, African American novelist, big time gardener, and convert to Judaism. Kincaid, who is probably most famous for her novels Lucy and Annie John, hasn’t spoken much in public about her conversion. I read a number of pieces by Kincaid in college, but never once heard she was Jewish […]