Luke Skywalker is certainly the most famous Jedi to work for the Rebellion, but he’s not the only one. Kanan Jarrus and his Padawan Ezra Bridger were involved in a variety of Rebel Alliance missions, as detailed in Star Wars: Rebels. They even were known to Princess Leia (Rebels: "A Princess on Lothal").

What’s more, former Jedi Ahsoka Tano served as the leader of the Rebellion’s spy network from shortly after the fall of the Empire to several years before the Battle of Yavin, and was certainly in regular comunication with Bail Organa.

Even C-3PO seemed to know something about Ezra, at least:

WHOOOOSH! Then brave rebels far away began spreading the word from planet to planet to fight back. And one boy sent a message across the worlds that ignited a spark of rebellion.

Beware the Power of the Dark Side!

If Leia and C-3PO both knew about Force-users (and indeed Jedi) who had worked for the Rebellion in the past, it seems possible that they might have told Luke.

Is there any evidence that Luke knew about these earlier Rebellion Jedi?

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    As the events of Star Wars: Rebels took place about five years before the battle of Yavin, and before Luke joining the Rebellion, it is possible that Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka were not around anymore. The issue not being too urgent might have resulted that Luke was told about them only much, much later. In addition, Luke probably didn't go running around the Rebel base telling everyone he was a Jedi either (which he wasn't).
    – Essen
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 15:43
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    no! unless the mickey mouse ppl make another "remastered-remastered" version of the original trilogy where some unknown person (cgi rebel technician or some such) drops a line about kanan and ezra within earshot of Luke to make it all legit and all...
    – Cherubel
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 7:29
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    As far as I know, there is no evidence, but this may be included in future comics or novels. Or perhaps everybody will die in the last episode of the last season of Rebels, and any problem will be solved.
    – Neow
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 8:25

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We now know that Luke would not have met Kanan or Ezra until at least after the Battle of Endor. Asoka is a little unknown, she was around of sorts but didn't seem to be taking an active role in the Rebellion anymore.

Leia knows of Kanan, she also knows of Luke's force affinity (at least at some stage before The Empire Strikes Back). I'm sure that she would have mentioned other Jedi she knew, but there is no canon reference to this happening.

However, it would not affect things in a meaningful way. We already know that the Empire "hunted down and wiped out" the Jedi, the Rebels' Jedi would just be part of this event.

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    By the time Luke knew about The Force (ANH), Kanan was already dead.
    – TimSparrow
    Commented May 9, 2018 at 10:05
  • This was answered quite a while before the conclusion of Star Wars Rebels, I'll try and update. Commented May 9, 2018 at 10:25

spoilers for Rebels season 4

I think time period is an important factor in this.

Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka all worked with the Rebellion, but none of them did so at the same time as Luke.

Rebels takes place fifteen years after Revenge of the Sith, four years before A New Hope, where Luke joins the Rebellion. Despite the pervasiveness of the Rebellion across the galaxy, we can see Luke doesn't have an intimate knowledge of it from Tatooine. And, this is a bit more of speculation on my part, but I don't think the Empire would be making a concentrated effort to let every planet know that there are two Jedi in the Rebellion - that would make it seem as if they had a chance.

So I think it's fairly safe to assume that, before A New Hope, Luke wouldn't have known about the Rebellion Jedi.

First, let's talk about Ahsoka.

You are correct in mentioning that Bail was in direct contact with Ahsoka and worked with her. However, in season 2 of Rebels, Ahsoka is seemingly killed by Vader. Even when Ezra saves her in season 4, it seems clear that Ahsoka is joining Sabine to find Ezra, not rejoining the Rebellion.

And then there's the person she worked the most closely with - Bail Organa. Who, in A New Hope, died on Alderaan. Luke never met him, so he couldn't hear about Ahsoka from Bail.

(I'll mention Leia in a bit.)

Now, onto Kanan and Ezra.

At the end of Rebels, set two years before A New Hope, Kanan dies and Ezra disappears. They were prominently working in the Rebellion, and it is confirmed in the Marvel Star Wars comic series that Hera is a general in the Rebellion at this point. But, in this series, set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, she never interacts with Luke or the crew.

Again, this is a bit of speculation, but I don't think that any of the Rebellion fighters who knew about Kanan and Ezra would have mentioned it (Again, I'll mention Leia in a bit). First off, here's the thing about Kanan and Ezra - as much as they helped the Rebellion, they're both just gone now. It wouldn't really help Luke to tell him "Yeah, there were these two Jedi with us a while back! Oh yeah, and then one died. And the other just sort of disappeared, we don't know about him. But no, good luck with your training!"

This is sort of working with negative space, but the Marvel Star Wars comic series never mentions Kanan or Ezra. And I think that, if they were ever going to be mentioned to Luke in canon so far, that would've been it.

But then there's the sticky wicket - Leia.

For Ahsoka, I think I want to say that she didn't know about her. Maybe Leia would've met Ahsoka at some point through Bail, but then Ahsoka "died." But with Kanan and Ezra - Leia did directly meet them, and knew that they were Jedi. But then they were both gone, too.

Leia never mentions Kanan or Ezra in the Marvel Star Wars comics, but - and again, this is speculation - I think it's a safe bet that she would've at some point mentioned them to Luke. But - and here's another guess - I don't think she would've done so within the original trilogy.

Luke is training to be a Jedi while Leia, in the comics, is annoyed with him for seeking that over helping the Rebellion. Even when she does encourage it, why would she tell him about the previous Jedi? She probably thinks they're all dead by this point - not only would that not help Luke, but it would probably make him think that he'd just end up dead or that he doesn't have anyone to turn to to help him train.

I looked on Wookieepedia, and I can't a place where Ezra was mentioned in any of the Skywalker-era Star Wars stuff. Honestly, I think it's a pretty safe bet that Leia would've told Luke about Ahsoka and Kanan and Ezra at some point, but I can't find any evidence of her actually doing so, and I don't think she would've done so while they were still fighting.

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