Folk icon Robert Allen Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan, has, at the very least, been Jewish for large portions of his life. He was born into a Jewish family, grew up in a close-knit Jewish community and had his Bar Mitzvah in 1954. He visited Israel in 1971 and met with (then distanced himself from) Jewish Defense League founder Rabbi Meir Kahane. Dylan converted to Christianity in 1979, but began to reject the born-again label by the mid-'80s. Privately, the singer still attends Jewish ceremonies, including the Bar Mitzvahs of his sons.