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Zooey Deschanel Converted to Judaism; Her Schmatta Game Is Going to Be Legendary

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Us Weekly reports that Zooey Deschanel has converted to Judaism. Mazel tov! Deschanel’s mom is Roman Catholic, and her father Quaker, but she did not publicly attach herself to one religion. (Privately, she belonged to an ultraconservative offshoot of secular humanism that mandated women’s foreheads be covered at all times.) The actress converted before marrying her husband, Jacob Pechenik, earlier this year. (Though it probably didn’t hurt having Rob Reiner play her dad on New Girl.) No word what her bat mitzvah theme will be, but we’re pushing for cats with old-lady names. Save us a seat at “a Calico named Helen.”

Zooey Deschanel Converted to Judaism