Birth Name: Logan Wade Lerman
Place of Birth: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: January 19, 1992
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Logan Lerman is an American actor.
Logan is the son of Lisa and Larry Lerman. His parents are both Jewish. Logan was raised in Conservative Judaism, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony in a Conservative synagogue. His father is of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent, and his mother is of Polish Jewish, Russian Jewish, and Lithuanian Jewish ancestry.
Logan’s paternal grandfather, Max Lerman, was born in 1927 in Berlin, Germany, the son of Jacob/Jakob Lerman and Erna Popower. Jacob was a Polish Jewish emigrant, born in Kolbiel, Poland, the son of Abraham/Abram Lerman and Rachel (possibly Rekla Gurfinkel). He founded the family’s company, Lerman & Son, which now works in orthotics and prosthetics, in 1915. Erna was born in Berlin, Germany, of Polish Jewish descent, and was the daughter of Mordka/Max Popower/Pepower and Sura/Sara Blumberg, who was born in Warsaw. Because of anti-Jewish persecution in Germany, Max Lerman and his family moved to Shanghai, China, where Max was raised. In the late 1940s, after World War II was over, they settled in California.
Logan’s paternal grandmother, Mina Schwartz, was born Neja Schwartztuch y Gomer, in 1933, in Mexico City, Mexico. Mina’s parents, Abraham Schwartztuch and Zisla Gomer, were Russian Jews. They had moved to Mexico at some point after 1927 and before Mina’s birth. They left Mexico for the United States in 1946, settling in California. In the United States, they changed their surname from Schwartztuch to Schwartz.
Logan’s maternal grandfather, Jay/Jake Goldman, was born in 1933 in Poland, the son of Polish Jewish parents, Aaron Goldman and Blanche Brum, from Dlugosiodlo. Jay Goldman, his sister, and his parents, survived the Holocaust, and moved to the United States after World War II, in the late 1940s. Aaron’s mother’s maiden name was Gingold. Blanche was the daughter of Jay Brum and Rifra Guzman/Gussman.
Logan’s maternal grandmother, Susan Louise Freeman, was born in 1940 in Los Angeles, California. Susan’s father, who was born Louis Abraham Freedman, was a Jewish emigrant from Eastern Europe, likely from near Lemberg/Lviv, Ukraine, who had changed his first name to Lincoln and his surname to Freeman, becoming known as Lincoln A. Freeman; he lived in Winnipeg, Canada, before settling in Los Angeles. Louis was the son of Israel Samuel Freedman and Rebecca/Rebecka Lillian/Lilly/Lillie Brodsky. Susan’s mother, Logan’s great-grandmother Molly Eva Lazareck, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Molly’s father, Abraham Jacob “Jack” Lazareck, was a Jewish emigrant who was born, c. 1879, in Poland, and moved to England with his family, c. 1886; Jacob later moved to Canada, c. 1901. Molly Eva Lazareck’s mother, Chana-Etta “Emma”/Anna Zelbovitz, who was Logan Lerman’s matrilineal great-great-grandmother, was a Jewish emigrant from Lithuania. Chana-Etta’s family settled in Winnipeg in the early 1900s.
Logan is related, by marriage, to twin singers Evan and Jaron Lowenstein. Logan’s maternal great-grandfather, Louis Abraham Freedman, had a sister named Esther Freedman. Esther’s husband, Joseph Winestock, had a sister named Adella Winestock. Adella was one of Evan and Jaron Lowenstein’s maternal great-grandmothers.
It is also possible that Logan is related to actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jake Gyllenhaal (through the Gyllenhaals’ mother, who is Ashkenazi Jewish). Logan’s Zelbovitz line may lead to common ancestors with Maggie and Jake’s Silbowitz line.
Each of Logan’s grandparents was born in a different country, something that is fairly rare. Actors Remy Auberjonois, Noah Emmerich, Stephen Lang, Jessica Lange, Ben Rosenfield, Andy Samberg, and Wallace Shawn, singer and songwriter Paula Cole, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, are others whose grandparents were born in four distinct countries.
Interview with Logan Lerman – https://jewishjournal.com
2010 article about Logan Lerman in an Israeli magazine – http://www.nrg.co.il
Genealogy of Logan’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Sura/Sara Blumberg – https://www.geni.com
Death record of Logan’s maternal great-grandfather, Lincoln A. Freeman – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Logan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Israel Samuel Freedman – https://www.familysearch.org