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Famous football Players who are Jews.

There are not so many Jewish footballers around who are currently and actively playing football. However, there are still a few who still do, especially in some famous leagues. But before I list some of the Jewish players, I would like to explain what makes a person a Jew.

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Wikipedia explains a Jew as someone who follows the Jewish faith, Judaism. This covers both converts and individuals who have practiced the Jewish faith since birth. A Jew is a descendant of the Israelites – a member of the Jewish people.

Therefore, a person can be born elsewhere aside from the Jewish community and still be a Jew, either through true conversion, or true birth by origin, or by following the faith.

There are only a very few footballers who are Jews, despite how popular the religion is and how many Jews are. Below are some of the famous Jewish players you can find around. 

Joseph Mark Jacobson

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Joseph Mark Jacobson is a Welsh football player who currently plays for Wycombe Wanderers as a left back. He previously captained the Wales U21 squad as well as the Cardiff City reserve team. He was named to the League Two PFA Team of the Year in 2016 and the League One PFA Team of the Year in 2020.

Nicholas Alexander Blackman

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Nicholas Alexander is another Jewish footballer who plies his trade in Isreal at Maccabi Tel Aviv. Nicholas Alexander was born in Salford, Greater Manchester, to an English Jewish woman and a British Christian father. Benjamin Rosenfeld, his Polish-born adoptive maternal grandfather, was an Auschwitz/Holocaust survivor, as was Marta, his Dutch-Jewish adoptive maternal grandmother.

Dean Furman

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Dean Furman is a South African football player who plays for Altrincham. Furman is Jewish and of English origin. He stated in 2020: "I'd want to see more Jewish footballers. I hope parents and young Jewish football players look up to me." 

Though born in South Africa, Furman grew up in Edgware, North London, and went to JFS Jewish mixed comprehensive school before moving to Manchester. Furman's wife, Natasha Howarth, is from England.

It will interest you to know that Dean Furman also played for Chelsea when he was much younger as seen below.

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Scott Connor Kashket

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Scott Connor Kashket is an English football striker who currently plays for League One team Crewe Alexandra.

Kashket was born in the English town of Chigwell, Essex, and is Jewish. 

His father, Russell Kashket, and grandfather, Bernard Kashket, were notable royal tailors who managed Kashket & Partners in the UK, a company that traces its roots back to being hatters at the Russian Tsars' court in the early 1900s.

They are, for now, the only Jews I can think of currently playing football. When I finally know more, I will make sure to write an article about them. But why do we have fewer Jewish footballers? Please tell us what you think below.

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