Sarah Silverman

Birth Name: Sarah Kate Silverman

Place of Birth: Bedford, New Hampshre, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 1, 1970

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Sarah Silverman is an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and singer.

She is the daughter of Beth Ann (Halpin) and Donald Silverman. Among her siblings are Rabbi Susan Silverman and actress Laura Silverman. Her parents’ families were both Jewish (from Russia, Poland, Lithuania, and Belarus).

Sarah’s paternal grandfather was Max Silverman (likely the son of Jacob Silverman and Fanny/Fannie Tessler/Teshier). Max was born in Massachusetts, to parents from Russia.

Sarah’s paternal grandmother was named Rose Sims. Rose was born in Massachusetts.

Sarah’s maternal grandfather was named Herman Saul Halpin. Herman was born in Washington, D.C.

Sarah’s grandmother was Goldie Trapsky (the daughter of Samuel Trapsky and Ida/Ada Supraner). Goldie was born in Vilna, Lithuania. Ida was born in Belarus.

Sources: Sarah mentions her ancestry –

Genealogy of Sarah Silverman –

Sarah’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Likely Sarah’s paternal grandfather, Max Silverman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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  1. savanna says:

    Her parents are Beth Ann Halpin and Donald Silverman. Her father was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
    Her paternal grandparents are Max Silverman and Rose.
    Source: “The Bedwetter” by Sarah Silverman, pgs. 4-8 & 45

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