Birth Name: Ariel Geltman Graynor
Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Date of Birth: April 27, 1983
*Polish (father, who converted to Judaism)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
Ari Graynor is an American actress.
Ari’s father, Gregory Graynor, is of Polish (Catholic) ancestry, and converted to Judaism. Ari’s mother, Joani Geltman, is from a Jewish family (from Poland and Russia). Ari was raised Jewish. She has said:
[I feel] very connected to the traditions of Judaism and I feel very Jewish in a lot of ways, yet I’m not religious. I did have a bat mitzvah and have gone to some very casual services. But I don’t actually know that much about the religion.
Ari’s paternal grandparents were Andrew Graynor (born Andrew G. Gryzna) and Celia/Cecilia Anna Zarych (the daughter of Francis/Frank Joseph Zarych and Anna Hoden/Hoder). Andrew was of Polish descent. Celia/Cecilia was born in Delaware, to Polish immigrants.
Ari’s maternal grandfather was Irving Robert Geltman (the son of Jacob Geltman and Rebecca Potschaft). Jacob was born in Levitof, Poland, the son of Tsudik “Charles” Geltman and Fayga. Rebecca was the daughter of Bentsen Potschaft and Fayga/Fannie Hena, who were born in Lublin, Poland.
Ari’s maternal grandmother was Goldie Bazoll (the daughter of Louis Bazoll and Annie Dublin/Kresnanskie). Louis was the son of Faige Golde Chatzkell.
Sources: Ari’s paternal grandmother, Celia/Cecilia Anna Zarych, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Ari’s paternal great-grandmother, Anna (Hoden/Hoder) Zarych – http://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Ari Graynor (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
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