Emmanuelle Chriqui

by ethnic on August 17, 2010

Birth Name: Emmanuelle Sophie Anne Chriqui

Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Date of Birth: 10 December, 1975

Ethnicity: Moroccan Jewish

Emmanuelle Chriqui is a Canadian actress. She has appeared in both television and cinema. She is perhaps best known for her role on HBO’s series Entourage as Sloan McQuewick, as well as the love interest of Adam Sandler’s character in the movie You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.

Emmanuelle was born in Montréal, Québec, Canada, the daughter of Jewish immigrants from Morocco. Her mother was born in Casablanca and her father in Rabat, and Chriqui has relatives in Israel. Her family practiced Orthodox Judaism in the Sephardic tradition.

Emmanuelle’s maternal grandparents were Jacob Benisty and Esther Elkaim (the daughter of Aaron Elkaim and Hnina Ruimy). Aaron was the son of Mimoun Elkaim and Estreilla Ruimy. Hnina was the daughter of Abrahm Ruimy and Aicha.

Source: Genealogy of Emmanuelle Chriqui (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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esme01123 August 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Judaism is an ETHNO-religion. I am tired of people saying Judaism is a religion not an ethnicity, it’s BOTH, there are Jews that aren’t even religious, that’s just their ethnicity. Ethnic Jews have ties to the Middle East meaning a lot of us are not white, including Emmanuelle. The only reason Jews could be white is conditional whiteness.

Gurrl August 2, 2015 at 5:58 pm

“conditional whiteness” what?

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:18 pm

nina dobrev’s sister? she looks like her only darker

California July 20, 2015 at 9:28 pm

LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just because she has darker skin doesn’t mean she’s mixed with Black.

J420 April 28, 2016 at 9:14 pm
isaacder3i December 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Sefaradi isn’t an ethnicity or race, its a religious denomination. People of the sefaradi rite are hebraic in ancestry and cluster exactly with most ashkenazi jews on genetic plots. Many gene studies have been carried out and both of these religious groups are predominately of middle eastern ancestry. They are hebraic, not arabic or germanic.

Chriqui is Moroccan Jewish like me. Her ancestry is hebraic. Jews from europe and north africa cluster nearly identical and according to autosomal dna tests they are virtually the same. Our ancestors are israelites.

In this picture she is obviously sun tanned. When ashkenazi jews tan they can get just as dark as her.

Middle easterners are white/caucasian by race. They are just darker than the average white american. Plenty of sefaradi jews have light hair and eyes. Plenty of ashkenazi jews have black hair and olive skin, like Jeff Goldblum (when he tans, he is just as dark as chriqui).

There is nothing black about her or non-white. And she is not an arab either. Moroccan Jews are not ‘arab jews’. The term is a misnomer and is only used by radical anti-zionists in an attempt to demonize Israel and erase our hebrew origins which are historical.

Its a fact that jews cluster with other jews more so than with their host populations. Its also a fact that jews look more like other jews than they do their host populations. Its because of hebrew ancestry.

Morocco is a berber country. Arabs colonized it later. Sefaradi Jews are racially the same as Ashkenazi Jews (in most cases). Sefarad is hebrew for Spain, and sefaradim come from spain (europe).

memphis January 4, 2015 at 12:17 am

All Jews autosomal dna have at least 5% African ancestry. The y dna is E1a1 or E1b1b both originated in Africa (North,East) and spread to Western Asia. Terms like Caucasian is a recent category of the notion of “race”, however is a phenotype of a certain face. “Black”,”White” is a social/political term.

andrew January 4, 2015 at 5:14 am

you had to specifify “North Africa”

longhaired thick lightskinned gyal December 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

She looks like she has some black in her

Freerk December 3, 2014 at 10:56 pm

She definitely doesn’t. Maybe her skin tone is a bit darker than the common European’s, but that’s within the range of Caucasians. (And usual when you are in the warm south.) But skin tone is the most shallow feature and even depends on where you just have been. Her face is completely Caucasian (Oriental).

Btw: Don’t judge a person by just one picture. I have seen her by far lighter-skinned than on this.

Shlomo Goldberg December 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm

There’s nothing Negroid about Emanuelle, she is an Iberic-West Asian intermediate.

Freerk December 5, 2014 at 12:16 am

To be honest, when I first saw her, her face reminded me of Northern Europeans/Northern Germans, just that she was too dark for that.

Check7t October 20, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Looks Spanish to me, the real Spanish, not the Latino ‘Spanish’.

marjanel January 4, 2015 at 2:03 pm

Spanish not latin American.Spanish are latino too.

Capricious April 1, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Well, that’s how Middle Eastern women generally look like, as do those from North Africa.

They do tend to resemble Spaniards and some Italians. But that’s because they’re just closer to that region.

Princess June 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Beautiful Indian woman.

shobohunter December 4, 2014 at 4:26 pm

she is not Indian..

shobohunter May 20, 2014 at 4:56 am

most of the middle easte is north African and western Asian.
so both Morocco and North African is part of middle eastern. or eastern Mediterranean.
having said that
Moroccom dont considered African American in USA. because
African American only refers to black. people.

she isn’t black.

shobohunter May 20, 2014 at 4:51 am

Hispanic don’t have certain look.I guess.
so she can be Hispanic. since. morocco and spin shear border and cultural with each others.

shobohunter May 20, 2014 at 4:47 am

get a map
you people are stupid. you are getting confused between
race ethnicity.
nationality and religion.

isaacder3i December 24, 2014 at 9:08 pm

She is not arab, she is hebraic/israelite. And her nationality is canadian, not moroccan.

North African Jews are not arab. We are descended from israelites and cluster with ashkenazi jews genetically. Much closer to ashkenazi jews than to arabs.

One could argue her ethnic background is moroccan, but certainly not arab. Morocco is a berber country. Sefaradi jews came to Morocco from europe (spain). Sefarad is hebrew for spain.

WTF April 17, 2014 at 10:38 am

She looks Hispanic.

isaacder3i December 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Jews often can pass for spanish people (hispanic) if thats what you mean. Sefaradim are from europe, we are not native to north africa. Originally we came from israel to spain.

nina January 10, 2015 at 4:33 pm

she looks hispanic to you because morocco was first taken over by spain

Check7t March 21, 2014 at 6:10 am

Looks Levantine (Lebanese, Syrian, etc) could pass in Southern Italy/Greece though as as darker Italian/Greek.

bella November 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm

shes some indian tooo

andrew December 1, 2013 at 2:40 am

indian what??

aaa November 7, 2013 at 3:14 am

She looks hispanic, I would never guess that she was Middle Eastern

LadyNikkitten November 29, 2013 at 6:47 pm

She’s Arab, not Middle Eastern.

andrew November 29, 2013 at 6:49 pm

she’s Jewish, not Arab

guurl November 30, 2013 at 12:25 am

Jews can be Arab. She is Sephardic so she isn’t necessarily Arab though.

MonaLisa December 2, 2013 at 7:29 am

She’s not arab, in fact there are a few “real” arabs in North Africa. She is a Sephardic Jew from Moroccan. Look her grandfather’s name what BENisty.

follers December 2, 2013 at 9:58 am

“Benisty” is a Sephardi Jewish surname. “Ben” means “son” in Hebrew, as well.

memphis January 6, 2014 at 8:53 am

Moroccan Jews, Magrebis, Arabs Tec are considered Middle Easterners.

shobohunter May 20, 2014 at 3:23 am

Arab are middle eastern. dumbo

memphis May 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Ok so why repeat what I just said then. JACKASS. Btw like everyone else in the Middle East, genetically the people are a mix of the surrounding countries with contributions from North East Africa, Turkey and residual dna from Europeans from the Christian Crusades.

isaacder3i December 24, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Moroccans aren’t arabs. And jews aren’t originally from Morocco, but from europe (spain). We aren’t arab. Although we spoke judeo-arabic (which is written in hebrew) and we also spoke haketiya which is judeo spanish. We also speak french.

She isn’t arab. She is israelite/hebrew/jewish, all terms in the tribal sense or ethnic sense are the same. Jews are genetically the same whether from Morocco, Greece, or Poland.

nina January 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm

She is moroccan which is in north africa not in the middle east go buy a globe

Lotus January 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm

looks like Victoria Justice

Multiethnicchick August 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

not at all, they both look pretty darn different. Emmanuelle has a long face where as victioria’s face is smaller and more heart shaped. plus the noses are completely different

ihatemostpeople May 20, 2014 at 4:21 am

This girl is prettier than Victoria.

Islander_Miss December 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

She is stunning. You all could’ve picked a better picture.

theropod June 26, 2013 at 4:07 am

She looks very Middle Eastern.

LadyNikkitten November 29, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Morocco is not in the MIDDLE EAST!!!!

Angel Syrene March 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

The Sephardic Jewish are 1% and 3% respectively of genes of Black Africans

sarahle November 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm

We are all a little bit of this and a little bit of that. There were two groups of two feeted creatures the Homo Sapians and the Neanderthal (sorry, don’t know to spell in English) and these groups were located in central africa and the Middle East. After a while they spread all over the world. The Homo Sapians get mixed with the Neanderthal and then moved on to today known as Europe and Asia etc. ;)) just an example.
Anyway, this figure doesn’t worth it to get mentioned.

andrew November 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

it’s Homo Sapiens not Sapians

Dogg November 25, 2014 at 8:05 pm

But not every ethnic group has Black African ancestry.

follers November 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Ashkenazi Jews have a similar amount of African ancestry.

Jews were mixed with different groups back in those days.

sarahle November 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm
follers November 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

What’s that?

sarahle November 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Jupp = yes

sarahle November 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm

All human beings who isn’t obviously of African got a small amount of african in him. That’s what I was talking about. Not just Ashkenazim, Sfardim, Asian, the tree, the air or a banana etc. pp. .We all have it!

Dogg November 25, 2014 at 8:11 pm

The African ancestry has been over-exaggerated.

isaacder3i December 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Sefarad is hebrew for spain. Her ancestors (like mine) came from Spain, not originally from north africa, which is berber. The Israelites settled in Spain. So we are middle eastern. Ashkenazi Jews are mostly middle eastern as well. Genetic studies prove this.

Mil March 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

she looks mestiza!

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm

She is a Sephardic Jew. I meant to post that here.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I think she is one of the most naturally beautiful women in Hollywood. She does not have to try too hard to be gorgeous or sexy. It’s flawless.

But she cannot act. :/

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm

She is a Sephardic Jew.

BRAZIL March 16, 2012 at 6:09 am

She is stunning.

Roger Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 6:36 am

Both of her parents are Serphadic Jews.

Roger Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 6:37 am


Angel Syrene March 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Brazil:no! lol She’s just Jewish.

me March 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm

cool,she looks a bit like Snooki

me March 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

that’s good.=D

I love you, Roger Scientist March 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I didn’t mean that. I was just mad and having a bad day. Snooki is better looking than no one.

Grace March 1, 2012 at 11:43 am

LOL she was the Palestinian girl from the Zohan!

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

She was.

lopac January 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

She’s beautiful.

dee March 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm
I love you, Roger Scientist March 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Very true.

BRAZIL March 16, 2012 at 6:12 am


I love you, Roger Scientist March 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

She’s very pretty.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm
Daniel January 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Looks spanish

anen January 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm

How so? The Spanish expelled her Jewish kind….I would think there be a distinction btw the two

I love you, Roger Scientist March 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm


I don’t think so.

ac October 9, 2011 at 7:02 am

Sephardic Jews are descended from the Jews who were expelled from Spain and Portugal in 1492 and 1496 during the Inquisition.
This woman’s ancestors probably left Spain/Portugal and went to Morocco like many Sephardic Jews who settled in North Africa, hence she is Sephardic but of Moroccan Jewish heritage.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm
Anonymous April 5, 2011 at 2:02 am


In those interviews, she repeatedly says that her parents are French Jewish Moroccan? Like, I do not get it. Someone please explain. Are her parents French Jews that were living in Morocco?

lolx January 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

Ethnicity and Nationality.
Because if you are born in Morocco then your Nationality is Moroccan.
But it’s also a ethnicity, my bestfriend is Moroccan (:

clark kent August 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Moroccans are so beautiful.

Anonymous August 21, 2010 at 5:11 am

Isn’t her ethnicity should be put as Moroccan Jewish. Since the article mentions her parents as both Moroccan Jewish.

dolphin March 10, 2011 at 3:02 am

She is just a Sephardic Jew.

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