Birth Name: Michael J. Benaroya
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 23, 1981
Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish, possibly other
Michael Benaroya is an American film producer.
Michael is the son of Sherry-Lee and Larry R. Benaroya. Michael’s father is Sephardi Jewish. His ancestors hailed from Lebanon, Turkey, and Morocco.
Michael’s paternal grandfather was civil leader and philanthropist Jack Albert Benaroya (the son of Albert Benaroya and Rachel Cohen). Jack was born in Alabama, to Lebanese Jewish parents.
Michael’s paternal grandmother was Rebecca/Rebeca “Becky” Benoun (the daughter of Joe Benoun/Bennoun and Dona/Dorothy Adatto). Joe was born in Turkey. Dona was also born in Turkey, the daughter of Joseph/Yosef/Yosefachi Adatto and Veda Neamachi.
Sources: Genealogy of Michael Benaroya (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.geni.com
Obituary of Michael’s paternal grandfather, Jack Albert Benaroya – http://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Michael’s paternal grandmother, Rebecca/Rebeca “Becky” (Benoun) Benaroya (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com
Michael’s paternal grandmother, Rebecca/Rebeca “Becky” Benoun, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Michael’s paternal great-aunt (grandmother’s sister), Rita (Benoun) Piha – http://www.rhodesjewishmuseum.org
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