This has been told to me in different ways.
Some people seem kind of congratulatory.
Others seem suspicious, like I am not telling the truth.
Some get angry, like I have sneakily formulated my unJewish looks just to annoy them.
And some get freaked out, like oh my god, they're everywhere.
Of course, these aren't the only responses I get from people when they find out I'm Jewish. There are much, much weirder ones.
I guess it was a nice sentiment.
This happened when I was working a quit-smoking line. Apparently I don't sound Jewish either.
My cousin had an even weirder encounter...
Twenty minutes later....
My cousin, who's now in his 70s, had trouble finding an engineering program that was accepting Jews.
He did become very wealthy and the house in Connecticut is gorgeous. He actually did sleep in Marilyn Monroe's bed once, but she wasn't there. It's a long story.
And then this kept happening to my friend's mom...
... but what can you expect from Texas?
Anyway, I've come up with a guide for Jewish women who want to look more Jewish... because really, sometimes when people tell me I don't "look Jewish", I think they're expecting something like this: