Al Jolson

by ethnic on October 20, 2009

Birth Name: Asa Yoelson

Date of Birth: May 26, 1886

Place of Birth: Seredžius, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (present-day Lithuania)

Date of Death: October 23, 1950

Place of Death: San Francisco, California

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Al Jolson was an American singer, actor, and comedian. He was the son of Lithuanian Jewish parents, Naiomi Etta (Cantor) and Moses Rubin Hesselson/Yoelson, a rabbi. Born in Seredžius, Lithuania, he moved to New York c. 1894.

Al’s paternal grandparents were Myer/Meyer Hesselson and Rachael/Rachel Ghuta Cantor.

Al’s maternal grandparents were Asa Cantor and Etel.

Source: Genealogy of Al Jolson –

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follers June 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

ethnic June 11, 2017 at 7:30 am

no sorry

Anonymous September 1, 2010 at 7:01 pm

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