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Jews You Should Know

Dec 11, 2017


David Weiss's road to Jewish observance and Hollywood success was not a straight one. Born in a sparsely Jewish California town, young David became attracted to the Church, and lived for years as a passionate - even evangelizing - Christian. In parallel, he employed his creative talents within this religious world, until eventually venturing more widely into Hollywood.

Meanwhile, several "chance" encounters - including one with a Jeish animator in Ireland - stirred David's Jewish soul, and he began a long trek home. Along the way, he enjoyed box office successes with movies like All Dogs Go to Heaven, Shrek 2, Rugrats Chanukah and more.

David takes us on a captivating and humorous journey, demonstrating at once why he is both a spiritual role model and exceptional Hollywood talent.



Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to interesting and inspiring Jewish men and women making a difference in our world. Some are already famous, some not yet so. But each is a Jew You Should Know.

The host, Rabbi Ari Koretzky, is Executive Director of MEOR Maryland (, a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at

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A special thank you to Jacob Rupp of the Lift Your Legacy podcast for his invaluable production assistance.