Place of Birth: Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel
Date of Birth: April 30, 1985
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and model. She was Miss Israel 2004. Gal is known for co-starring in the Fast and Furious films, and playing Wonder Woman in the DC Cinematic Universe, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
Gal was born to a Jewish family in Israel. Her family were Jewish immigrants from Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Germany. Gal is married to Israeli businessperson Yaron Varsano (Yaron has Turkish Jewish ancestry).
In Hebrew, “Gal” means “wave” and “Gadot” means “riverbank” or “shore”. Her family’s surname used to be “Greenstein”.
Gal’s paternal grandfather was Arye Zeev Greenstein (the son of Michael Greenstein and Shulamit Notkin). Gal’s great-grandfather Michael was born in Petah Tikva, Israel, the son of Wolf Leib Grinstein, who was born in Russia, and of Sara Goldberg. Gal’s great-grandmother Shulamit was born in Jerusalem, Israel, where many generations of her family had been born, and was the daughter of Natan Neta Natkin and Hana Lea/Leah Michlin. Gal’s great-great-grandfather Natan, whose family was from Jerusalem, had ancestors from Belarus and Lithuania, including evident descent from Talmudist Yisroel ben Shmuel of Shklov (1770-1839), who was born in Shklov, Lithuania. Gal’s great-great-grandmother Hana was born in Jerusalem, to a father from Khislavichi, Russia, and a mother who was born in Jerusalem, to a father from Yassvein, Lithuania, and a mother from Jerusalem, who had ancestors in Lithuania and Belarus.
Gal’s paternal grandmother is Miriam Glicksman (the daughter of Samuel Glicksman).
Gal’s maternal grandfather, Abraham Weiss, survived the Auschwitz concentration camp, and lost his family in the Holocaust. Gal discusses her grandfather, along with a picture, in this link. Gal’s grandmother is said to live in Warsaw, Poland.
Sources: Article where Gal mentions where her family immigrated from – http://www.ynet.co.il
Genealogy of Gal Gadot – https://www.geni.com
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