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Elvis Presley’s Jewish Roots Highlighted on his 35th Yahrtzheit

August 16, 2012 8:43 pm 63 comments

Elvis Presley. Photo: wiki commons.

On the 35th anniversary of his death Thursday, Tablet magazine highlighted something about Elvis Presley that even his die-hard fans probably don’t know: he’s Jewish!

According to Talmudic law, whereby one is considered a Jew by matrilineal descent, then Elvis Aron Presley is indeed a member of the tribe by virtue of his mother.

Tablet points out that when Elvis’ eligibility to be nominated to the Jewish American Hall of Fame was highlighted along with other Jewish celebrities, the organization cited historian and biographer Elaine Dundy’s book “Elvis and Gladys” as evidence of the rock legend’s Jewish heritage:

“…Nancy Burdine was married to Abner Tackett (Elvis’ great great maternal grandmother). Nancy was of particular interest to Gladys for her Jewish heritage, often remembering Nancy’s sons for their Jewish names Sidney and Jerome. Nancy and Abner had a daughter Martha who married White Mansell. The daughter which they named Octavia, nick-named Doll, who was Elvis’ maternal grandmother.

“…Doll and Robert had nine children. Gladys Love was the fifth daughter born followed by 3 more brothers and one sister. After his mother died, Elvis personally sought to design his beloved mother’s gravesite which included a Star of David on Gladys Love Presley’s tombstone. The decision was made by him in honor of his Jewish heritage. Something his mother was proud of and acknowledged to Elvis at a very early age.”

Elvis reportedly paid tribute to his heritage on several occasions; donning a “Chai” necklace during a 1972 concert in Salt Lake City, Utah, and  having a Star of David engraved on his mother’s headstone following her passing in 1959. Elvis also has his fair share of Jewish impersonators, including one Orthodox Jew named Dan Hartal, who goes by the moniker “Schmelvis.”

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Elvis had actually been nominated to the Jewish American Hall of Fame.

63 Comments

  • Find the grave site where Maj. J. Newton of the 1800’s is buried at. These people are related to Elvis Presley. U-R in Anderson, S.C. get on Liberty Hwy. you will see a small grave site with a stone wall, you are passing a fire department, its in the curve. This is a clue to all those who are trying to find out about Elvis. Find out also why he became interested in many things in Anderson, S. C., such as COTTON TYCOON meetings. There are many people related to Elvis as far as Anderson all the way to Seneca, Walhalla, and Westminster, S.C. the only person I have met that comes close to looking like Elvis is Billy Lingefelt who is married to Ethel Hicks, one wife was Donna.Billy and Ethel are now living in Latta, S. C.He dresses like a mountain hillbilly. He is lanky looking with a long beard. Yes he has blue eyes. He built a house just for showing off all the animals he has stuffed. Many talk about his alligator or crocodile. Go see this man.

  • The King (Elvis) is a Great Jew. Now Obama will really hate him.

  • I actually shared an article about this with one of my children today.
    Looking around online I also see opinions that differ about Evis’ ancestry. Supposedly the author of the book who claimed his maternal 2x’s greatgrandmother was Jewish has since retracted that.
    I don’t know. Any family who lived in the American British colonies from the 1600’s forward might have all kinds of ancestry they’re unaware of. It’s very possible Elvis has an unbroken maternal Jewish line, but it has to be backed up with documentation.

  • poor idiot zionist you must be so desperate to feel so much hate then you think a fake jews super stars will solved your problem.elvis was a pure christian his grave and song prove it.now if you want to see him like a jesus that will help you,its not hour problem.even if his mother was jew it dont make him a jew at all.your idiot jew laws have nothing to do whit what the mass believe……….

    • Wow Dominic, learn to write you filthy little troll. Or should I say dominic, since apparently you don’t capitalize your name like more English speakers, that know all proper nouns are Capitalized. “poor idiot zionist you must be so desperate to feel so much hate” again capital letters are gone, no where to be found. Who would be desperate to feel hate? Wow, your mom should limit your computer time retard, wait I’m sorry I wouldn’t want to insult people with special needs.

      “then you think a fake jews super stars will solved your problem.” it’s fake “Jewish superstar will solve” Nice try idiot. “.elvis was a pure christian his grave and song prove it.now if you want to see him like a jesus that will help you” it’s His head stone/ Grave site, and songs” but again you’re trying and I think that matters.

      “its not hour problem.even if his mother was jew it dont make him a jew at all.your idiot jew laws have nothing to do whit what the mass believe……….” Our not Hour, wow that one my 6 year old would have gotten right, but let’s continue. If his mother was Jewish, not “jews” does make him him indeed Jewish. Whether he was or wasn’t the truth is the public school system failed you.

      In closing please consider not having children to prevent corrupting the Gene or as you would like to call it “Jean” pool. Thanks in advance… your friend Kevin

      • Thank You Kevin!!!! I could not have expressed it more eloquently and you saved me the wasted time addressing this idiot, domiNUT. This guy is not only ignorant but is high on the list illiterate Morons!! I’m so impressed by his so very Christian attitude. I think that both Elvis AND Jesus would be embarrassed by his existence! Hey dumbinic! Hitler had Jewish roots on his father’s side. Put that in your pipe and choke on it. Kevin, I think the b in dumbinic will confuse him! Maybe I should capitalize the D to make sure! Actually the best thing is to take him with a grain of salt Chabdeihu Vechoshdeihu Bravo to you!!!!

    • Joseph London

      Dear Dominic, I will let you in on a secret of the Elders of Zion. Elvis is alive and well and has joined a Hasidic group in Corona Heights, Brooklyn. They only buried his ‘past’ so he could begin a new life as a born again Chasid. He has grown a beard and his present wife wears a hat over her wig.

    • You r a fool and anti-Semite and so jealous you know Nothing about the Jews!

    • Dominic it is obvious you are stupid beyond epic proportions and do not have a clue about anything. Jesus was Jewish and died Being Jewish. His mother and father were Jewish. The famous last supper was his Passover Seder. That is why the Greeks have Greek Easter and don’t share in on the American Easter. Greeks do not follow the American calendar where sometimes Easter comes before Easter. They follow the old calendar where Passover being it was his LAST SUPPER must come before Easter.Your ignorance and hatred of Jews is sad.

    • Charles Martel at Tours

      Are you a professional idiot? Get some Viagra and go into a closet for a couple of days.See if that clears your brain. Do not forget the Bong.

    • Dominic, Please understand that the only determining factor for someone to be Jewish is to be born to a Jewish mother.
      It does not matter one iota what anyone else thinks. It behooves you to learn more.

  • Ps jeeezuz was a jew….crazy comments on this page…oy vey…he was a great and kind human being….Shalom

    • Yes, Jesus was Jewish. He was not made a diety until after his death. He did mislead other Jews [a grievous sin] and, in my opinion, had oppositional defiant disorder [ODD].
      Maimonides points out that the purpose of the Jesus followers is to bring to the forefront the coming of Moshiach [Messiah].
      May Moshiach come speedily in our days.

  • I am biggest fan in would he is my favourite because I love him so much and then he was Ann Marie husband in the would I like that and Denise Evans, Matthew Bolding those say be come biggest fan please can I and then those is Ann Marie friend ok I like them in Elvis Presley fan ok with you

    thank you so much

  • I KNOW ELVIS JEWISH FOR A VERY LONG TIME YOU SEE

    IAM ALSO JEWISH AND I DO KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE

    JEWISH IT WASNT EASY BEING JEWISH

  • Why do so many people have their “panties in a twist” over Elvis’ Jewish identification. I did not know this and find it interesting to learn about the influence’s in his early childhood with his mother. In fact, Gladys, by all accounts was a typical “Jewish mom” who gave Elvis a lot of love and attention, which explains why many of his friends said he was never the same after she passed.

  • The film Schmelvis came out in 2002. think this is a bit late

  • If the world is descended from Adam and Eve, what does it matter? Would that not make us all at least a little Jewish?

    • No. Adam and Eve weren’t Jewish.

    • Joseph London

      Judaism began at Sinai. The Patriarchs kept some customs that later became Laws at Sinai. Contrary to popular opinion Abraham did not wear a streimel, Isaac did not speak Yiddish and Jacob did not eat cholent. Like Adam and Eve, Noah and other Tzadikim pre-Sinai, they knew G-d.

  • CrooningForLeftovers

    GEFILT~ELVISH !!!!

  • CrooningForLeftovers

    Elvis wore a Star of David for the reason he stated:

    “I don’t want to miss out on Heaven on a technicality!”

  • Whether or not Elvis was Jewish is a function of the current cultural climate not his genes. More important than his affiliation (and he did have some significant affiliation with the Memphis Jewish community) was his effect on the generation of American Jews coming of age after the second world war. To understand this influence please read Elvis Presley and The American Spirit by Howard T. Senzel, available on Amazon. This is a serious work of cultural history and richly rewarding.

  • Elvis wasn’t Jewish. Not religiously, not culturally, and not ethnically. There was an auction for some blood and semen stained sheets of his a while back, and they decided to analyze some of his DNA taken from those sheets. It turned out that he belonged to a specific Native-American mitochondrial haplogroup. In order for this to be the case, he had to be a direct, maternal descendant of a Native-American woman, which contradicts the story of his maternal Jewish lineage.

    There is the possibility that a maternal ancestor of his could have married a Jewish man and converted, but, given the location and time period, I sincerely doubt it. It is said that the rumor was started by a third cousin of his. nuttin’ but some good ol’ American country folklore.

    • Gladys Love Presley was not only a jew but had the star of David as a tombstone. Elvis had a rather large star of David necklace too. Lets face it, all the flashy jewels & rhinestone clothes should’ ve tipped you off in the first place.

    • I claim to be a child of Elvis mother in 2010 Life Magazine on Elvis at 75 she is in two photos go to hysterical fan grabbing Elvis Presley’s pants leg, then click on Miami Connection-Miami Beach 411 scroll till you see the woman who has out reaching arms hands on his pants while he is on stage, I’ve done research since 1980 got no where then one day Joe Mancino was helping to sell Elvis’s memorabilia box and music for 150 dollars on my daughters 16th birthday I went and got it for her as we looked we saw that my son and Elvis were identical as a child this photo I did not know about till 2011 it would not have been printed if they did not want me to know about my father, Elvis does claim the McCoy and Hatfield blood line to be Jewish, my mother was from W. Virginia he got involved with the Coal Mining company called Consolidated Coal now called Minerals and Mines, he also got involved in cotton, the cotton was shipped to China I believe on Joseph Patrick Kennedy’s ship, Gladys Love Smith Presley was related to Edward Stephen Smith who married Jean Ann Kennedy, JFK’s sister, Edward got in business with the Cleary Brothers (this is where Elvis is accused for hanging around the mob)no telling who was anchored with cement blocks at their docks and barges, U-C it was that era a bad time people coming off the great depression, and if you read about the alcohol probation and the Kennedys then you will understand you didn’t mess with the Smith (also read about the Smyth’s who use to build ships) and Elvis’s DNA is European and the hillbilly bloodline that does have Jewish you can’t be a Rabbi without that proof, so what am I saying nothing read for yourself Is Elvis Presley a Jewish Rabbi. He was a Federal agent DEA of narcotics and being a federal agent you can be put on the witness protection plan. I have never been to their home in Tenn. for since 1980 someone has hurt me so many times that I went to the Federal building in Greenville, SC at 101 North Main zip is 29621, I was assigned Tony Deautre he was over all of sled in SC, the attacks on my life has been everyone related to the Newton’s in my town of Anderson, SC a John Franklin Newton was in special forces in the Army and became FBI all in the same era when Elvis was in the army and as a Fed. this info is in the book called BLACK MASS by Dick Lehr Claudette Woody(Wells) and Letha Sexton (Cothran) beat me up in the woods kidnapping my son in 1980 all because I had sex with Kevin Woody they all three signed the death register of Claude Wesley Newton, Jerry Owen raped me married to Judy Newton, and Chief David Crenshaw from Pendleton, SC was using me as a suspect in a black girls murder, so in 2006 when I was scared I was going to be sent to prison for something I didn’t do was when I went to the Federal Building and they assigned Tony to my case he put a stop to David Crenshaw, in the Anderson county Library in the reference department is the Newton genealogy book it tells David Crenshaw was also related to the Newton’s the Newton’s that own Newton shoes she won’t let me talk to her husband this is her words Janet he is on oxygen and is retired will you please not bother him, so I have obeyed her wishes, John Franklin Newton died in 2000 born 1930, are the two Newton’s the Presley twins Jesse and Elvis, Wes is Mrs. Newton’s son he was buying up old houses behind me renting when he saw the pictures of my mother and Elvis he stopped all work, and he is now in Texas working with Jackie Harrell who was once my land lord and also claimed to be related to Elvis and I found that to be true it’s on the Elvis Presley FORUM at the very end a Harrell is asking questions about people related to Elvis, Jackie Harrell sold to Paul Burgin, Paul violated the Landlord tenant act he let the house in front of me burn up Bo sent text messages asking to have the wiring checked Paul did not it put Ed Baggott out who is also related to Elvis through his mother Ida Mae Presley she married a Manley then a Baggott. Ed is in SC a sex offender of children he said he moved over there for he had a job to do come to find out that it was to keep an eye on me, Ed use to work for Jack Gardo out of Greenville,SC who owned the Taraza Flooring company and Jack Gardo died in his obituary 12/2013 he wrote that he saved JFK book PT109 Jack did not for all he was to JFK he was one of the last two remaining in JFK’s unit Jack Married Smith which makes him related to Elvis and Edward Smith, Jack use to follow me so much when I was raised in Greenville SC I thought of him as a pervert, he tried to get me to have a Lincoln I was scared of him, then my family doctor was identical to JFK Dr. Robert G. Mann, who also used an alias as Dr. Robert J. Mann now why did a JFK look a like need an alias, Jean Ann Kennedy came to visit me when I was a teenager at Winn-Dixie her eyes are sky blue that you can’t see on the internet, Tammy Wynett her fathers name is in my cotton council paper work he was a Pugh, she came to the Winn-Dixie in Anderson, SC she had her band at La Chaetae she talked of her divorce and that she and her ex-husband owned the Silver Fox lounges, I have always wondered why famous people was coming to see me, I sent a picture of me to Lisa reckon her mother got it for it was put on the internet with other claiming to be Elvis’s children 9 of us all together it said the Memphis Mafia had killed off 7 and they were also called the Dixie Mafia so I got in touch with the FBI, Mr. Stanley is Elvis’s step brother (Dee’s son Vernon’s second wife) he is in one county from me in the Westminster, SC Masonic Lodge this I know for Kenneth McGee also related to the Smith’s is in that Lodge and I use to be their Maid. What this is about is I maybe Elvis’s child and that Priscilla married Jesse making me the true heir while they have treated me like Cinderella and that is no lie Paul Burgin has been trying to put me out of my home is my latest trial and tribulation 30 days to vacate and I have been there 15 years, I’ve made the place pretty flowers shrubs made a cement walk with my Presley name built a large dog kennel, Cinderella should be my name I wish some one would read my story and help me to put these people in their place just like the Drew Barrymoore version.

    • Your explanation is total bull excrement. DNA analysis- along with haptoglobin identification – for purposes of lineage only follow same sex parents. ie- Elvis’s lineage would only be determined through his fathers through the male Y chromosome. Females are followed through successive mothers through determination of mitochondrial DNA. These techniques would not determine in Elvis’ DNA Jewish-related haptoglobin groups found in his mother’s DNA, dig?

  • Shirley Hiller

    Hey Dacon9
    You wish Elvis was not Jewish but to your dismay and my delight he damn well was. Rest in peace dear Elvis. Shalom.

    • GEFILTELVISH !!!!

    • CrooningForLeftovers

      GEFILTELFISH !!!!!

    • Elvis wore the Jewish sign of life, La Chaim, during the entire 1977 Final Curtain Concert series which ended in June 26th, 1977. He died on August 16th 1977. Slightly below La Chaim He wore the Star of David with some Hebrew words inscribed on it as such a “Chai”

      Yes love for Elvis’ beloved mother tore his heart out when she passed. All through his life up to early 1977 his Jewish Heritage which his mother Gladys was so proud of was kept quiet all her life and even Elvis’ life. It all had to do with Prejudice. Elvis middle name was changed from Aaron to Aron at birth to protect the Mother and Child from danger that existed in the south plus in many parts of the USA with “Un American activity.” Many of Jewish decent changed their names to escape the antisemitism prevalent especially since WW2 was raging in Europe and Elvis being born in 1935, smack dab during the middle of an attempt to takeover Europe by A. Hitler causing grief for Jews in Europe and also here in the US by those who entertained antisemitic activity. Elvis in his Last year of life chose to tell them all to go to “H*LL,” Parker and all who surrounded Him who sadly were also Jewish but were and still remain fearful of antisemitic activity. But in Honor of his mother Gladys, Elvis chose to lay it all bare as He Proudly during the entire last year of his life, knowing how serious his health issues had become decided to bring it to the fore, and so His “Misspelled Name” on his gravemarker Aaron, at Graceland is not a misspelling but is his “Seal of Eternal Love for His Mother gladys by choosing to Reclaim what had been taken from him in life…the Beloved middle name Aaron, the first High Priest of Israel, yes the name Gladys gave her beloved son. Elvis never forgot his mother nor did he ever forget how she had to keep her cherished Jewish heritage silent till death. Elvis embraced Christianity as his faith yes, but he Never forgot His Jewish roots through his dear mother. Yes he wore “La Chaim” and his Chai all during the 1977 Final Concert Series. When Elvis was buried at Graceland his name Aron was, according to Elvis’ orders legally, Changed by Elvis to Aaron to Honor and seal his undying Love for his Mother Gladys.Sadly the Star of David He Personally had placed on her original gravemarker was not honored by vernon when She was buried at Graceland after Elvis had passed. What a Crime!Yes Elvis proudly wore his “La Chaim” and “Star of David” to the end of his life.Was So was Elvis a Jew? You bet your life! ….indeed “La Chaim” …To Life! (read my book “The Final Curtain a Love Story Untold”in Kindle format with beautiful color pictures that validate everything I have just stated.)…I remain a Fan, a Voice, I am “The” “friendfromyesteryear”

  • I dont think it matters what you are whether its jewish or catholic, what matters is that you do good in this lifetime, and help people. And always try to be uplifting to other people. If elvis was jewish i think thats pretty cool, there is nothing wrong with that. People should be kind to one another and stop the ignorance of prejudice and hate, intead be kind to others. That is just my point of view and im puertorican. now does that matter no. I believe there are good people in every culture and race. What matters is who you are as an individual. Not where you come from.

    • You r a fool and anti-Semite and so jealous you know Nothing about the Jews!

    • Totally agree with you – it’s not what race or religion you are that matters – religion is a personal choice – but how you conduct yourself towards others is paramount. Be kind, caring and respectful to all people regardless of race or religion. There will always be a few bad genes that surface. Do not hate and try to forgive those who do harm. Just saying. Peace in our beautiful World is the Dream.

  • ELVIS and ELVIS’S MOTHER Were NOT Jewish! Get over it!!!

  • Present primer Stoltenberg, who passionately dislike Israel and the Jews, will be shocked over this news, and throw away all Elvis records from his collection……

  • This is a great article! I love your input.

  • Alex Kaganovsky

    Take it or leave it, prase him or despice him, but Elvis is Jewish. By the way, there is Magen David on his mother’s tombstone

  • Hi Elvis fans, I also believe Elvis gave a lot to Jewish charities – that should indicate something? __if not his good nature that he had.-R.I.P. Elvis.

    • Elvis Presley gave most of what he earned away; this was certainly not limited to
      Jewish charities. He gave mostly to individuals in need, people whom he did not
      even know. This included, but was not limited to, more than 200 automobiles !!!

  • TYPO: TO MY COMMENT BELOW:
    we spend more time applauding what they dont say and do then reacting to what they do and that is a negative.
    LOL
    I MEANT THE EXACT OPPOSITE:
    we spend more time applauding what they say
    then to what they don’t say but do,
    which is show the bottom of their feet to the ISRAEL PRIME MINISTER.Rememeber when pres obama said his uncle is a rabbi in israel? he didnt say he is a black hebrew which is not jewish but an adopted cult label

    • Where are you getting your facts from? Or, did you get that from someone else who doesn’t have their facts straight? You should check out the facts for yourself or at least ask a reliable source.

  • It wasnt until after many years of searching my family that I discoverd that my Mothers entire family were Jews in Holland.My great Grandmother was widowed with my Grandmother as a child and married a Catholic man and they gave my Grandmother his name. But her Mother and Father were Jews as were both of their parents. And my Fathers first descendants to arrive in America were Jews.I was raised Baptist all of my life but had already converted my religion to Judaism as a young man in my 30s. It was actually 8-10 yrs. after that that I found the information about my Mothers side. Ofcours my Fathers family was much easier to trace because there were written records and birth certificates.Not to mention that my family was riddled with Ephriams and Moshes.But I had no idea about my Mothers Jewish family background.And they all lived in the southeastern Ky. And Tennesee area. Just thought it was such a coincidence.

    • Interesting…..sounds like you knew this deep down before you discovered the facts of your mother’s family…..

  • It wasnt until after many years of searching my family that I discoverd that my Mothers entire family were Jews in Holland.My great Grandmother was widowed with my Grandmother as a child and married a Catholic man and they gave my Grandmother his name. But her Mother and Father were Jews as were both of their parents. And my Fathers first descendants to arrive in America were Jews.I was raised Baptist all of my life but had already converted my religion to Judaism as a young man in my 30s. It was actually 8-10 yrs. after that that I found the information about my Mothers side. Ofcours my Fathers family was much easier to trace because there were written records and birth certificates.Not to mention that my family was riddled with Ephriams and Moshes.But I had no idea about my Mothers Jewish family background.And they all lived in the southeastern Ky. And Tennesee area. Just thought it was such a coincidence.

  • Well I believe the information in this article is correct. I do not know why anyone would be so adamant about the heritage of someone he presumably never met,and certainly not related to, unless Dacon was in some way offended that Elvis is Jewish?

    Great Story! Thanks for sharing it. I have a new respect for Elvis.

    • ANI,YES I AM OFFENDED.
      To praise natalie portman or sammy david jr or elvis serves no purpose, no example of character improvement or their personal lifestyle.
      This is how we vote for our american presidents,purely on charisma, stage appeal not on substance.
      We have many REAL JEWS TODAY THAT DESERVE THE SPOTLIGHT but are thrown aside.
      sammy davis jr had a reformed conversion=not jewish.
      portman had a child not married and now married to a goy and so what he wore a yamalka
      elvis 4 generations back they say had a jewish grandmother since then all went to church and no tracking of the marriges of that 4th generation daughters.
      and the 5,000 african from 5000 years ago that had jewish traders forget their siddur with one of the tribesman and that makes them jewish while they have crosses and stars on their gravestone like elvis.

      I failed to mention president obamas ‘jewish’ uncle in Israel that is a black hebrew’ = NOT JEWISH, just a radical.

      THATS WHAT YOU WANT TO PRAISE AND CELEBRATE?

      we spend more time applauding what they dont say and do then reacting to what they do and that is a negative.

      ani. I LOVE ELVIS, I STUDIED GUITAR AND STUDIED KARATE because of him
      BUT I ALSO STUDIED TORAH WITH A RABBI AND ALWAYS REMEMBERED AND KNOW THAT
      I AM A JEW AND I EVEN HAVE PICTURES OF MY GRANDPARENTS GRAVESTONES IN ‘HEBREW’ IN A JEWISH CEMETARY
      and heard stories of my great grandparents in israel and middle east receiving and serving visiting rabbis to their town.

      MY JUDAISM B’H IS NOT FORCED
      find some one else to PRAISE
      while admiring THE CELEBRATY NOT MAKING THEM JEWISH.

      TORAH SAYS SEPARATE NOT INTERGRATE.
      YES THE TORAH DOES SAY THAT

  • heres more:
    Why itas important tomake people into jews when we have real jewish HEROS, SO MANY:

    The family attended an Assembly of God church where he found his initial musical inspiration.[6]

    Presley’s ancestry was primarily a Western European mix: On his mother’s side, he was Scots-Irish, with some French Norman; one of Gladys’s great-great-grandmothers was Cherokee.[7]b His father’s forebears were of Scottish[8] or German
    ..iN AMNOTHER AUTOBIOGRAPHY HIS MOTHER ALSO WAS PART ITALIAN..IS that why he loved operas?
    Elvis never admitted matzah ball soup was his favorite, dsidnt anyone hear that because if you did then it is sure proof elvis was jewish. google his grave the angels all around gladys will protect them because those angels also were jewish.

  • I HAVE GOOD WORD THAT SPIDEMAN MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER ALSO WAS JEWISH,along with all the africans the russians the chinese and 30 other lost tribes of israel.
    You didnt know? thats right we have a total of 31 lost tribes recently discovered. Who knows how many more we will find. At least rate I dont see any need for Mashiach looking for any. Israeli rabbis and elvis maternal grandmother are returned and getting assistance in Tel Aviv

  • NO DACON9 You are wrong!! Both Elvis’s “maternal grandmother” AND his mother were BOTH JEWISH!! that makes Elvis himself “JEWISH”!! PERIOD!! The “up-stairs” Rabbi neighbor had nothing to do with it!!1!

  • I happen to have known the Rebbitzen who lived downstairs of Elvis. She was very fond of him and mentioned that he loved to come downstairs and listen for hours to Cantorials. She never said he was Jewish but did indicate that he was their “Shabbos Goy”

    • hilda it was downstairs and as far as listening in…It was president obamas jewish uncle the militant ‘israelite ‘rabbi’ the only ‘true’ jews that was doing the singing of jewish fold songs.
      such as ‘we shall overcome’, ‘go down moses’,blue suede shoes, and last but least…’pennies from heaven’

      I am glad to be of assistance.call me anytime

    • Was that Malka Dubrovner?

    • Elvis-a shabbos goy-true and sad–shame on the rebbitzen–she must have known. One thing though Elvis would never have denied his Jewish ancestry—unlike Richard Starkey-who denied his.

  • I am Director of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, Tablet has misquoted our web site. As of 2012, Elvis Presley has not been nominated to the Jewish-American Hall of Fame. However on our website http://www.amuseum.org/jahf we indicate that he is eligible to be nominated since he is considered a Jew by matrilineal descent.

  • GLADYS WAS PART ITALIAN CATHOLIC FAMILY.
    Not one publication ever mentioned any connections which certainly make headlines.
    The only connection to judaism was a rabbi that lived upstairs or next door from elvis when he was a child and the chai necklace was given to elvis as a gift i believe from a jewish comedian who opened his shows.
    I am a diehard fan of elvis. It would thrill me to say he is jewish but he isnt.These connections are forced with no proofs.

    Elvis also thought he was ‘JC’ healing people after the fame got to him. Does that qualify Elvis for sainthood?

    I think the ”rabbis”’ that went to visit the poop in rome bearing gifts instead of receiving ‘gifts’ from the holocaust should investigate.

    The africans have crosses with a star on their gravestone,maybe that qualifies them as proof they were resurrected or proof the traders left some chai necklaces 500 years ago on their trading expeditions.

    • Dacon9,

      I have sympathy for you, I hope you are young enough to have time to wake up and see what is really important.

    • I think you missed the point: whether someone is a terrible criminal or the greatest rabbi, if someone is born of a Jewish woman they are Jewish.

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    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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