Is Pat Monahan Jewish?

Pat Monahan is not Jewish. Born Patrick Monahan on February 28, 1969 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the singer-songwriter, musician and occasional actor is not a Jew. Monahan is the lead singer and songwriter for the band Train and has also recorded a solo album.

In the Train song "50 Ways to Say Goodbye", Monahan hand sings about his lover leaving him on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of repentance. No word on why Monahan chose Yom Kippur to be used in the lyrics, but he is certainly not Jewish.


  1. As someone who is Semitic, I know all too well that just because a person does NOT have a Jewish surname does NOT provide evidence he/she is NOT Jewish......i.e. Alan King, Larry King, Jackie Mason and numerous others.

  2. He is definately not Jewish. I believe he is Irish Catholic... I'm not sure... it's something like that... but I know he's not Jewish.

  3. Patrick Monahan is definitely not Jewish, but I like Rabbi David Levi's explanation of why Train chose to mention a breakup on Yom Kippur in "50 Ways to Say Goodbye." As Rabbi Levi explains, Yom Kippur is a time to reflect on one's transgressions during the past year, and the point of the song (despite its humorous chorus of potential relationship woes) is that we have to be reflective of our part in a failed relationship rather than blaming others/other things for the deterioration of the relationship.


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