Rachel Weisz

by ethnic on December 1, 2009

rachel weisz

Birth Name: Rachel Hannah Weisz

Place of Birth: Westminster, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 7 March, 1970

*Hungarian Jewish (father)
*Italian and Austrian-Jewish (mother)

Rachel Weisz is a British actress and model. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Constant Gardener (2005).

Rachel is the daughter of Edith Ruth (Teich), a teacher and psychotherapist, and George Weisz, a mechanical engineer and inventor. Her sister, Minnie Weisz, is a photographic artist. Rachel is married to actor Daniel Craig. She has a son with her former partner, American director and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky; and a daughter with Daniel. Rachel has also become a U.S. citizen.

Rachel’s father was born in Hungary and her mother was born in Austria; both moved to the U.K. around 1938.

Rachel’s father is Jewish, and among his ancestors were Hungarian Jews, Austrian Jews, Polish Jews, Czech Jews, Slovak Jews, German Jews, and Lithuanian Jews.

Rachel’s maternal grandfather was an Austrian Jew. Rachel’s maternal grandmother was Catholic, and of Italian, and possibly non-Jewish Austrian, background. Rachel’s mother was raised Catholic. Rachel’s mother later formally converted to Judaism when marrying Rachel’s father.

Rachel’s paternal grandfather was Joir/Yair/Yoir Weisz/Weiss (the son of Moshe Weisz/Weiss, and of a woman whose surname was Klein). Yair was born in Pressburg or Bratislava, Slovakia.

Rachel’s paternal grandmother was Kato/Katherine/Katherina Glickel Sternberg (the daughter of József Sternberg and Asenath/Osnat Nitzevet/Nina Hirschler). Katherine was born in Budapest, Hungary. Asenath was born in Vienna, Austria, the daughter of Moshe Nahum/Nachum Hirschler and Glickel Kaethi/Katie Rivka Gins-Schlesinger, whose own father was a rabbi.

Rachel’s maternal grandfather was Alexander Teich (the son of Pinkas Teich and Jochweda Wassermann). Alexander was a secretary of the World Union of Jewish Students.

Rachel’s maternal grandmother was possibly named Anna Bassi.

Sources: Information about Rachel’s Jewish background – http://www.jewishjournal.com

Genealogy of Rachel Weisz – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Rachel Weisz (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant April 14, 2016 at 12:47 pm

good looking woman

madman March 26, 2016 at 6:29 am

75% Ashkenazi Jewish
25% Italian

follers March 26, 2016 at 12:20 pm

I’m not exactly sure about her maternal grandmother’s full ancestry.

neiltennant November 27, 2017 at 8:25 am

she looks like KATE DENNINGS from two broke girls who is also Jewish

phaedra January 12, 2016 at 1:30 am

What a gorgeous specimen.

andrew October 8, 2015 at 2:44 am

I read her maternal grandmother, or even great-grandmother (bisnonna), was Italian.


andrew May 22, 2015 at 6:44 am

she could be related to Houdini (Erik Weisz)

Nikki May 6, 2014 at 8:39 pm

She is beautiful.

levangelista36 June 19, 2012 at 4:23 am

She is pretty. Tony Curtis was also a Hungarian Jew and his daughter, Jaime Lee Curtis, is as well.

“Rachel Weisz’s father is Jewish-Hungarian and her mother is of Austrian and Italian descent.”

I am confused by this, though. I thought her mother was Jewish as well?

guurl July 22, 2013 at 2:47 am

She is possibly not halachically Jewish. Of course she is socially seen as a Jew. She has a maternal grandmother who is not Jewish, even though she has three full Jewish grandparents out of four. But it’s the mother who determines If you are a Jew. That’s where it counts. Rachael’s mother has a Jewish father but she is not Jewish, and unless she went through a conversion before Rachael’s conception, Rachael Weisz is not Jewish either under Jewish law. Some people may have three grandparents who are not Jewish but are Jewish through their maternal grandmother(Kate Hudson) while some people may not be Jewish(through maternal grandmother) with three Jewish grandparents. Interesting to note that Adam Levine did not have a bar mitzvah and his maternal grandmother is non-Jewish. He also isn’t practicing Judaism and “has rejected formal religious practice…” Of course socially they are seen as Jews by Jews and non-Jews alike, but unless they converted to Judaism or their mothers did before they were conceived they are not Jewish under Jewish law. Some Jews will point out a “half-Jew” paternally is not Jewish, and since the father doesn’t determine if you are Jewish, discount it in Rachael’s case. Rachel Weisz has a maternal grandmother who is not Jewish. A non-Jewish grandmother makes a non-Jewish mother. And so fourth. Not halachically Jewish.
“In some interviews, she identifies herself as Jewish. In another, she makes a point that only her father is.”

follers July 22, 2013 at 3:02 am

Rachel’s maternal grandmother probably was not Jewish, but I never could find much genealogy.

Vogue magazine stated in August 2012 that her mother converted to Judaism, which could be true.

guurl July 22, 2013 at 3:07 am

If so she is Jewish.

Lana February 21, 2012 at 6:41 am


Jo June 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm

My favorite female British actor ever. Love her looks, a mix of Audrey Hepburn and something else. She is exotic in a soft, classic way if that makes sense. Good actor.

Christian October 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I love Hungarians and Hungarian-Jews

Anonymous October 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Her heritage is exactly the same as mine. I guess if I had two XX chromosomes instead of XY we would have even more in common.

kira:) April 10, 2010 at 4:53 am

hahahaha i know right

ethnic April 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Done thanks ;)


Anonymous April 10, 2010 at 1:41 am

1935???? Someone needs to fix that

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