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Paul Ryan Is Part-Jewish — But Some Jews Wish He Wasn’t

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House Speaker Paul Ryan, a practicing Catholic, recently learned he’s 3% Jewish — to the chagrin of much of the tribe.

His family history — which includes the revelation that he’s 3% Ashkenazi Jewish, with eastern European roots — was revealed during the filming of an upcoming season of PBS’s “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr,” the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Gates, the show’s host and a professor at Harvard University, said his research took him all the way back to Ryan’s 10th great-grandfather, who was born in Germany in 1531. He told reporters that Ryan was surprised, but proud of his previously unknown heritage.

Twitter was buzzing with hot takes.

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at, or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher


Paul Ryan’s Part-Jewish — But Some Jews Wish He Wasn’t

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