Birth Name: Justin Gabriel Hurwitz
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: January 22, 1985
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Sephardi Jewish (mother)
Justin Hurwitz is an American film composer and television writer.
Justin is the son of Gail (Halabe) and Kenneth “Ken” Hurwitz. Justin’s father is of Austrian Jewish and Russian Jewish descent. Justin’s mother has Sephardi Jewish roots, from Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine.
Justin’s paternal grandfather was Herman Hurwitz (the son of Louis Hurwitz and Lena/Leah Brownstein). Louis was from Russia. Lena was born in Minnesota, to parents from Russia.
Justin’s paternal grandmother was Thelma Wein (the daughter of Nathan Wein and Fannie Bruner). Nathan and Fannie were from Austria.
Justin’s maternal grandfather was Nissim Halabe, whose mother’s surname was Samara. Nissim was born in either California or Syria, of Syrian Jewish descent.
Justin’s maternal grandmother was Sarina Matalon (the daughter of Moussa Matalon and Rose Nahon). Sarina was from Beirut, Lebanon. Moussa was the son of Elyahou Matalon. Rose was the daughter of Yehouda Nahon, who was born in Palestine, and of Esther Moghrabi.
Sources: Genealogies of Justin Hurwitz – http://www.geni.com
Justin’s paternal grandfather, Herman Hurwitz, on the 1920 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org
Justin’s paternal grandmother, Thelma Wein, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org
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