Gal Gadot

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Gadot in 2013, photo by DFree/Bigstock.com

Place of Birth: Petah Tikva, 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 father is a sixth-generation Israeli. Her family were Jewish emigrants from Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, and Ukraine. Gal is married to Israeli businessperson Yaron Varsano, with whom she has two children. Yaron has Turkish Jewish ancestry.

In Hebrew, Gal means “wave” and Gadot means “riverbank” or “shore.” Her family’s was originally Greenstein.

Gal’s paternal grandfather is Arye Zeev Greenstein (the son of Michael Greenstein and Shulamit Notkin). Arye was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. 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 was named Miriam Glicksman (the daughter of Samuel Glicksman). Miriam was evidently born in Austria.

Gal’s maternal grandfather was Abraham Weiss (the son of Zeev Weiss and Yehudit Yakubovitz). Abraham was born in Mukacheve, Zakarpats’ka oblast, Ukraine, and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp. He lost most his family in the Holocaust. Gal discusses her grandfather, along with a picture, at this link, and at this one. Gal’s great-grandfather Zeev was the son of Yakov Weiss and Tzipora Klein. Gal’s great-grandmother Yehudit was killed in Auschwitz, in 1944. She was the daughter of Dov Yakubovitz and Bluma.

Gal’s maternal grandmother was Rachel Yehudit Kaufman (the daughter of Isaac Kaufman/Koffman and Tzarka Messenberg). Tzarka was the daughter of Shmuel Messenberg and Chaya.

Gal Gadot

Gadot in 2013, photo by DFree/Bigstock.com

Sources: Information about Gal’s background – http://www.ynet.co.il
http://www.rollingstone.com

Genealogy of Gal Gadot – https://www.geni.com

104 Responses

  1. Yeravam says:

    To address one of the most (if not THE most) common themes on this page, and every page about an Ashkenazi Jew who looks Middle Eastern.

    Yes. Ashkenazi Jews are ethnically Middle Eastern, indigenous to the Levant. Gal Gadot is Middle Eastern. All Ashkenazi Jews are.

    Some people on here may refuse to accept that. They may contort and twist themselves into pretzels and come up with all kinds of exotic, insane theories as to why so many Ashkenazim (like Gal Gadot) look Middle Eastern, but the truth is…. Ashkenazi Jews look Middle Eastern because they ARE Middle Eastern. That is fact. That is reality. And no amount of insane theories will make that reality go away. It just is.

    Gal Gadot is ethnically/racially Middle Eastern. Accept it. Move on.

  2. alexgxo says:

    Gal Gadot proves just how hypocritical and nonsensical Western standards of “Race” are. People always talk about “not judging people by their skin color” when many East Asians are literally as white as a ghost. And Gal Gadot is much browner in skin color then many of them yet Gal is suppose to be a “white girl”.

    I always found it funny that know-it-all people keep saying “HISPANIC IS NOT A RACE, IT’S A CULTURE”. “British is not a race, you can be black and British”. “Africa is NOT a race. There are “white” Africans!!!!!” Well “Asian” isn’t a race either. Gal Gadot is ASIAN. Israel is considered part of Asia and if you believe the hypothesis that Jews in Europe came from the Levant during Roman times then Gal Gadot, being Ashkenazi Jewish is mixed West Asian/European. And there are “Asians” who’ve been in Asia for hundreds of thousands of years who look nothing like the “Asian race”.

    I never understood why in the Western World we have “white people”, “black people” and “brown people” but we call Asians “Asian”. When Asia is defined as an extremely broad, vast and very diverse continent. Heck the true continent is actually Eurasia!

    • Yeravam says:

      Ashkenazi Jews are a Middle Eastern population, originating in the Levant. They settled north of the Rhine sometime in the High/Late Middle Ages after they were exiled from Judea (Israel) and taken as slaves to Rome. They are mostly Middle Eastern in terms of DNA, but with some Greek and Italian components.

    • Yeravam says:

      So basically, yeah.

      Gal Gadot is West Asian, both in terms of nationality AND race/ethnicity.

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