Birth Name: Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum
Place of Birth: West Homestead, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 22, 1952
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Jeff Goldblum is an American actor. He starred in the films The Fly, Jurassic Park, and Independence Day, among many others. Jeff’s family is Jewish, and immigrated from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Austria. He was Bar Mitzvah in an Orthodox synagogue in Pittsburgh and attended Hebrew school. In 2012, an article stated that Jeff is a follower of “Eastern religions”.
Jeff’s paternal grandparents were Joseph Povartzik (the son of Zelik Povartzik) and Lillian “Lillie” M. Leventon (the daughter of Harry Leventon and Sarah Lewis Hytovitz). Joseph was a Jewish immigrant from Minsk. Lillian was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents.
Jeff’s maternal grandparents were Samuel Louis Temeles (the son of Abraham Temeles and Beille/Bella Shapiro) and Anna G. Katz. Samuel was a Jewish immigrant from Zolochiv (now in Ukraine). Anna was born in Pennsylvania, to Austrian Jewish parents.
Sources: Genealogy of Jeff Goldblum – http://www.geni.com
Jeff’s maternal grandparents, Samuel Louis Temeles and Anna G. Katz, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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