Jerry Seinfeld

by ethnic on January 4, 2008

Birth Name: Jerome Allen Seinfeld

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 29, 1954

*Hungarian Jewish (father)
*Syrian Jewish (mother)

Jerry Seinfeld is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer.

His father, Kalmen Seinfeld, was of Hungarian Jewish descent. His mother, Betty (Hesney), was the daughter of Syrian Jewish parents. Jerry spent some time in Israel, doing volunteer work, when he was a teenager. Jerry is married to Jessica Seinfeld (born Nina Danielle Sklar), a cookbook author and philanthropist, with whom he has three children. Jessica is Jewish.

Jerry’s paternal grandfather was Shimshon/Schimscher “Simon” Seinfeld (the son of Jonas Seinfeld). Shimshon was from Stanislau, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Jerry’s paternal grandmother was named Celia.

Jerry’s maternal grandfather was Selim Hosni/Husney (the son of Ezra Husney and Esther Sardell). Selim was an emigrant from Aleppo, Syria. Ezra was the son of Eliyahu Husney.

Jerry’s maternal grandmother was Salha/Selha Kassin (the daughter of Sam Kassin and Garez Dayan). Salha was an emigrant from Aleppo, Syria. Garez was the daughter of Yishayah Dayan and Sarah.

Sources: Genealogy of Jerry Seinfeld –

Article about Jerry’s family history –

Entertainment Press /

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andrew November 11, 2016 at 10:21 am
bearboy November 11, 2016 at 11:15 am

Well he sorta is. Even though his mother’s side is Jewish their family was from Syria an Arabic speaking country.

andrew November 11, 2016 at 1:11 pm

it does not mean he’s Arab. Dumb website.

bearboy November 11, 2016 at 1:28 pm

I get what you’re saying Andrew and I agree with you. My point was there is a difference of something being your nationality and ethnicity. Such as Jerry Seinfeld’s maternal grandparents nationality was Syrian even though Sephardic or Mizrahi Jews aren’t ethnically Syrian. An example is if I was a Jewish person living in Poland I would say my nationality is Polish even though my ethnicity would be Ashkenazi Jewish. So my point is if the website was saying he is ethnically Syrian or Arab they would be wrong and I agree with you.

neiltennant February 26, 2017 at 7:37 am

Of course a syrian jew can be considered as ARAB !

but be careful with SYRIAN PEOPLE

because of the syrian war we have a lot of refugees now in europe and i have never seen syrian people before

and believe me i have never seen so many green and blue eyed people among the foreigners before

And of course Syrian jews do look the same like muslim or christian syrians

PAULA ABDUL has also syrian jewish roots and her father looks like the average SYRIAN GUY

visokozen June 30, 2016 at 11:50 am

He looks like he’s pointing at my junk.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:39 pm

He looks like a Siamese cat.

neiltennant February 26, 2017 at 7:38 am


more respect !

he is a god among the sitcom makers

i do know that because i have spent more than 300 euros (370 $) for the dvd Sets of seinfeld

isaacder3i December 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Syrian Jews are racially the same as ashkenazi jews. They just have different customs. Genetic studies have proven this.

typepope May 29, 2018 at 4:23 am

Syrian and Ashkenazi Jews have major differences ethnically, and are not even in the ballpark of being the same “racially.”
On autosomal DNA tests they’re very distant.
All you need is a 1st grade education in population genetics to find this information for yourself.

andrew September 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm

wikipedia says he is of Austrian Jewish descent

follers September 7, 2013 at 8:39 pm

An interesting article about his family tree.

Seinfeld is the most famous Syrian American, if you count him as one. It is pretty depressing that his TV show depicted his parents as stereotypical Ashkenazi Jews, when of course his mother’s Syrian Jewish heritage is quite different.

andrew September 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Paul Abdul?

is the Syrian Jewish community older than Ashkenazi? do they have different customs?

isaacder3i December 24, 2014 at 9:28 pm

His father is ashkenazi, so he is ashkenazi. They are religious labels. He was raised in ashkenazi jewish culture, thats why his character is portrayed as such. He wasn’t born in syria.

Ashkenazi and Sefaradi are passed down through the father.

follers December 24, 2014 at 11:03 pm

There was no reason why his character on the show couldn’t have had a Syrian Jewish mother, like he does in real life.

neiltennant August 4, 2015 at 8:19 am

@ follers

im confused some say that syrian jews are nearly the same like ashk jews

right ?

Therefore helen and morty seinfeld could have been syrian jews

follers September 7, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Oh, p.s., the actors who played his parents on his show (Barney Martin and Liz Sheridan) were/are not Jewish. :-)

andrew September 8, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Martin can be anything and Sheridan is Irish as fuck

follers September 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm

I would say Jerry Seinfeld is more famous than Paula Abdul.

Jews are said to have lived in Syria for well over two thousand years. Many Syrian Jews also descend from Sephardic Jews who moved there after 1492.

I am sure Syrian Jews have many unique sub-ethno-specific customs, but their religion is still the same as other Jews.

Barney Martin is usually described as being of Irish Catholic background. Liz Sheridan seems like a WASP to me.

neiltennant August 8, 2015 at 8:57 am


i never understood why they chose george martin and liz sheridan as his parents !

liz sheridan maybe of some reasons because she looks like ashkanazi jews. With her blue eyes and nose she got the role

neiltennant February 26, 2017 at 7:42 am

”Jerry Seinfeld is more famous than Paula Abdul”

This depends on where some lives because im from germany and here it is a shame that only nerds like me know this awesome series and jerry seinfeld

but i think in europe paula abdul was more famous than seinfeld

But that does not mean that abdul is not famous in the US

because she had a singer career and several high profile Shows and dance projects

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

a very good looking guy

Christian March 23, 2012 at 11:43 am

i love this guy
last summer i bought 7 seasons dvd box of his show for nearly 128 $

in germany the show is not popular

he looks very hungarian jewish

he has similarities to MARK KNOPFLER of DIRE STRAITS who also has hungarian jewish blood

nnnnn May 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I don’t watch TV. “Positive discrimination” and other
stupid things are boring.

nnnnn May 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

So, I don’t know Seinfeld and most “celebrities”
But comments are funny

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