Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky: Jew or Not Jew?

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Chelsea Clinton, her husband Marc Mezvinsky, and their daughter Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.Credit: AP

With the bun out of the oven, the media is abuzz with speculation whether Chelsea Clinton's newborn will be raised Jewish.

Clinton's husband, Marc Mezvinsky is Jewish, and a liberal Jewish rabbi co-officiated his marriage to the daughter of the Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2010.

Chelsea announced the birth of their daughter Charlotte on Twitter on Saturday. "Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky," she tweeted.

ABC News posed the question, "What's Charlotte's religion?" Its website noted that Clinton has an interest in interfaith studies and serves on an interfaith leadership board, and posited that Charlotte "could likely grow up, as they say, 'both.'"

Non-Orthodox Jewish websites noted the child's identity will depend on how it is raised: While being the child of a non-Jewish mother, Charlotte does not meet the Halachic definition of being Jewish, Reform and Reconstructionist Jews will recognize her as Jewish if she is raised as such.

The Orthodox Jewish Press made a point of noting in its birth announcement that Chelsea had given birth to a "(non-Jewish)" baby girl. Another website,, posted above its item about the birth: "THE CHILD IS NOT JEWISH: Chelsea Clinton gives birth to a girl, Chelsea Clinton is not Jewish, therefore neither is this child."

Halachic status notwithstanding, one thing is for sure: Charlotte is eligible to immigrate to Israel under the Law of Return because her father is Jewish.

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