Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
The Schmooze

Birthday Boy Tony Bennett Has a Jewish Daughter

For many, Tony Bennett – the singer whose standards, from “Fly Me to the Moon” to “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” are near-universal – has always felt a little bit like family. Today, as the world celebrates Bennett’s 90th birthday, Jews have an extra reason to rejoice: for us, he almost is.

That link comes through Bennett’s daughter Antonia Bennett, also a singer, who converted to Judaism in 2013.

“I grew up in LA and New York so I was always surrounded by Jews,” she told the Times of Israel’s Lisa Klug in December, 2015. “I have Jewish cousins and being Jewish never seemed so far off to me.”

After moving to Los Angeles’s Hancock Park, a neighborhood with a strong Orthodox community, the younger Bennett met her husband, the Israeli Ronen Helmann, and decided to convert.

“Being Jewish has been very good for me,” she told Klug. “It keeps me grounded and connects me to God.”

“I connect through daily prayer, mitzvot and trying to be present in the moment with my thoughts and actions,” she continued.

Talya Zax is the Forward’s summer culture fellow. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter, @TalyaZax


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.