Zooey Deschanel Converts to Judaism
Sources say she made the move for husband Jacob Pechenik
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2015 10:03 AM CST
Zooey Deschanel, left, and Jacob Pechenik arrive at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre LA Live on Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – Zooey Deschanel is now Jewish. Sources tell Us she converted to Judaism for her Jewish husband, Jacob Pechenik. Prior to that, she didn't feel strongly about religion: Her mother is Roman Catholic and her father is Quaker, and she once explained, "I don't attach myself to any one religion. My family is liberal. I was raised in the 'you can be whatever you want' kind of way. And in the end, I was like, 'Eh.'" She and Pechenik recently had a little girl together, and "they're loving the baby and marriage," a source says. (Click to see what animal the baby is named after.)