Happy Hanukkah! The 8 Best Jewish Characters on TV (PHOTOS)

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Happy Hanukkah! The 8 Best Jewish Characters on TV (PHOTOS)

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Happy Hanukkah! The 8 Best Jewish Characters on TV (PHOTOS)

We’re just days away from Hanukkah 2016, which can only mean one thing — it’s time to talk about the top Jewish characters on TV! What, not where you thought we were going with that?

Since it’d really be a shame to let another Festival of Lights go by without giving credit to TV’s most noteworthy Jews, we’re unofficially naming these TV characters, past and present, as the best of the best of the fictional chosen people. Scroll through for our 8 (one for each night, obvs) picks, including Schmidt, Rachel Berry & more.

Happy Hanukkah! The 8 Best Jewish Characters on TV (PHOTOS)
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Schmidt — New Girl

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Schmidt — New Girl

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Whether referencing the “schmatta” he’s wearing or talking at length about his bar mitzvah, Schmidt’s Jewish one-liners are some of TV’s best ever, frankly.

We just hope he one day lives up to his promise of naming his firstborn son Menachem Menandel Schmerson after the “little-known” rabbi. Wife Cece won’t mind, right?

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Charlotte York Rosenblatt — Sex and the City

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Charlotte York Rosenblatt — Sex and the City

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Though Charlotte wasn’t a born and bred Jew, she took the religion very seriously once she converted to Judaism for her boyfriend-turned-husband Harry Rosenblatt.

She learned all the rituals and prayers during the conversion process and even made Shabbat a thing in their home — much to Harry’s dismay, who much preferred watching baseball on Friday nights to eating challah.

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Rachel Berry — Glee

Rachel Berry — Glee

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Rachel’s religious background was as much a part of her character as was the fact that she had two gay dads.

One of our favorite storylines about the Barbra Streisand-lover’s Jewishness was when she and Noah Puckerman briefly dated.

“Rachel was a hot Jew and the good Lord wanted me to get into her pants,” fellow Jew Puck apparently heard in a message from God. Lolz.

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Grace Adler — Will & Grace

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Grace Adler — Will & Grace

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Debra Messing — who gets a shoutout in Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song Part 3” — played a stereotypically Jewish character on the NBC sitcom.

Grace Adler was the quintessential neurotic overachiever, who lands her Jewish doctor, Leo Markus (played by Harry Connick, Jr.), by the end of the series. Fun fact: Grace and Leo’s wedding was the first Jewish wedding to air on primetime TV!

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Seth Cohen — The OC

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Seth Cohen — The OC

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The adorkable Seth is only half-Jewish — on the half that doesn’t matter, if we’re being honest — but he identified with Jewish culture and tradition nonetheless, so he counts. Besides, who even knows if Chrismukkah would’ve ever become a thing had it not been for him and his fab Jew fro.

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Fran Fine — The Nanny

Fran Fine — The Nanny

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“Mista Sheffielddd!” The 90’s show starring Fran Drescher was considered semi-controversial for its portrayal of Jews, but we Jews here at Wetpaint think everything from her character’s slight obsession with material objects to her heavy New York accent was pretty spot-on.

Fran Fine is the definition of yenta and we love it.

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Shoshanna Shapiro — Girls

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Shoshanna Shapiro — Girls

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Every JAP knows a gal like Shosh, whom the show’s co-creator and star Lena Dunham once described as “a coddled New York girl with a certain kind of neurosis found in Jewish households.” Yup. All the reasons why the HBO show is a million times more relatable (and awesome).

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Ari Gold — Entourage

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Ari Gold — Entourage

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Considering how many Jews work in the entertainment business, it’d be weird if this show didn’t feature a Jew as one of its top Hollywood agents, right?

And Ari’s the best kind — no-nonsense, ambitious, and offensive but in a funny kind of way. PS: This role landed Jeremy Piven three consecutive Emmys!

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Honorable Mention: Jerry Seinfeld — Seinfeld

Honorable Mention: Jerry Seinfeld — Seinfeld

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The show about nothing actually had a lot to do with Jerry being Jewish. We especially want to thank this series for coining the term “shiks-appeal,” in which Jewish men crush on non-Jewish women. It’s a real thing!

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We’re just days away from Hanukkah 2016, which can only mean one thing — it’s time to talk about the top Jewish characters on TV! What, not where you thought we were going with that?

Since it’d really be a shame to let another Festival of Lights go by without giving credit to TV’s most noteworthy Jews, we’re unofficially naming these TV characters, past and present, as the best of the best of the fictional chosen people. Scroll through for our 8 (one for each night, obvs) picks, including Schmidt, Rachel Berry & more.