Austrian Jewish

Peter Bogdanovich

by stlucas on May 28, 2017

Birth Name: Petar Bogdanović

Place of Birth: Kingston, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 30, 1939

*Serbian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Peter Bogdanovich is an American director, writer, actor, producer, critic, and film historian.

Peter is the son of Herma (Robinsohn/Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich.

Peter’s father was an Orthodox Christian artist from Yuma, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). Peter’s mother was born in Vienna, Austria, to a Jewish family, and later moved to Croatia.

Peter’s paternal grandparents were Antonije Bogdanović and Mara.

Peter’s maternal grandfather was Heinrich “Henry” Robinsohn/Robinson (the son of Schmuel Robinson and Taube Weisenfreund). Heinrich was born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

Peter’s maternal grandmother was Rudolfine “Finny” Zwilling (the daughter of Hersch Leib/Hermann Zwilling and Anna Chane Reiza Schmidt). Rudolfine was born in Vienna, Austria, to a father from Lviv, Ukraine, and a mother from Warka, Poland. Hermann was the son of Moses Israel Zwilling and Malie Rize Pordes. Anna Chane was the daughter of Mendel Schmidt and Rechel Moskowicz.

Source: Genealogy of Peter Bogdanovich –

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Andrew Scheer

by follers on May 27, 2017

Birth Name: Andrew James Scheer

Place of Birth: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: May 20, 1979

*56.25% Irish
*25% Ashkenazi Jewish
*12.5% English
*6.25% German

Andrew Scheer is a Canadian politician. He is Leader of the Conservative Party, and thus Leader of the Official Opposition, having served in both positions since May 27, 2017. He is set to lead his party into the next federal election, expected to be in 2019. He has been a Member of the Canadian Parliament from Saskatchewan, since June 28, 2004.

He was previously Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons, from June 2, 2011 to December 3, 2015, and Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons, from November 18, 2015 to September 13, 2016. He was the youngest Speaker of the House in Canadian history.

Andrew is the son of Mary Gerarda Therese (Enright) and James Scheer. His father is Deacon of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa. He is married to Jill Ryan. Jill’s brother is professional football player Joe Ryan.

Andrew’s father’s family is from New York, U.S. Andrew’s paternal grandfather was Jewish (of Austrian Jewish and Romanian Jewish descent), while the rest of Andrew’s ancestry is Irish, and smaller amounts of English and German. Andrew and his parents are/were Catholic.

Andrew is the second person of Jewish heritage to lead a major political party in Canada. David Lewis, who was a Russian Jewish immigrant, led the NDP in the 1970s.

Andrew’s paternal grandfather was Harry Scheer (the son of Oscar Scheer and Clara Rosenberg). Harry was born in New York, to an Austrian Jewish father and a Romanian Jewish mother. Oscar was the son of Alexander Scheer and Anna Siegel.

Andrew’s paternal grandmother was Mary Catherine Conlan (the daughter of James Francis Conlan and Catherine Mary C. Fitzpatrick). James was born in New York, the son of Irish parents, Andrew Conlan and Catherine/Catharine Byrne. Andrew’s great-grandmother Catherine was born in New York, the daughter of Daniel A. Fitzpatrick, whose parents were Irish, and of Amelia/Mary L. Woehner/Wohner, who was of German origin.

Andrew’s maternal grandfather was William Clifford Enright (the son of William Enright and Mary Jane Teeling). Andrew’s grandfather William was born in Toronto. Andrew’s great-grandfather William was the son of Irish parents, Patrick Enright and Mary Clifford. Andrew’s great-grandmother Mary Jane was Irish, and was the daughter of John Teeling and Anne/Ann Maher.

Andrew’s maternal grandmother was Eileen Roche (the daughter of Michael Joseph Roche and Amy Matilda Waterman). Michael was born in Waterford, Ireland, the son of Richard Roche and Kathleen Callaghan. Amy was born in Middlesex, England, the daughter of Henry Waterman and Felicia Lewis.

Sources: Andrew’s paternal grandparents, Harry Scheer and Mary Catherine Conlan, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Harry Scheer and Mary Catherine Conlan on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Andrew’s paternal grandfather, Harry Scheer, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Death record of Andrew’s paternal great-grandfather, Oscar Scheer –

Genealogy of Andrew’s paternal grandmother, Mary Catherine Conlan –

Andrew’s paternal grandmother, Mary Catherine Conlan, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Andrew’s maternal grandfather, William Clifford Enright –

Marriage record of Andrew’s maternal great-grandparents, William Enright and Mary Jane Teeling –

Obituary of Andrew’s maternal grandmother, Eileen (Roche) Enright –


Paul Adelstein

by stlucas on May 25, 2017

Birth Name: Paul C. Adelstein

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 29, 1969

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Paul Adelstein is an American television and film actor.

Paul is the son of Doris May (Forgash) and Harvey M. Adelstein. Paul’s parents are Jewish. Paul was married to actress Liza Weil, with whom he has a daughter. Liza is also Jewish.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Louis Forgash. Louis was born in Austria.

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Sally Berger (the daughter of Isaac Berger and Doris). Sally was born in either Austria or Poland.

Sources: Paul’s mother, Doris May Forgash, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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Judith Light

by stlucas on May 21, 2017

Birth Name: Judith Ellen Light

Place of Birth: Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 9, 1949

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Judith Light is an American actress and producer. She is married to actor Robert Desiderio.

Judith is the daughter of Pearl Sue (Hollander) and Sidney/Sydney Light/Licht. Judith’s parents were Jewish.

Judith’s paternal grandparents were Samuel Pinkas Licht (the son of Abraham Wolf Licht and Chaje Taube “Toby” Freund) and Anne. Samuel was born in Radymno, Austria/Galicia (now Poland). Abraham was the son of Sauel Licht and Bruche Fleisig. Chaje was the daughter of Berl Freund and Chana. Anne was also born in Austria/Galicia.

Judith’s maternal grandparents were Louis J. Hollander and Bessie. Louis and Bessie were born in New York, to parents from Austria.

Sources: Genealogy of Judith Light (focusing on her father’s side) –

Judith’s father, Sidney/Sydney Licht, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Judith’s mother, Pearl Sue Hollander, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Irwin Winkler

by stlucas on May 18, 2017

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 25, 1931

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Irwin Winkler is an American film producer and director. Irwin is married to actress Margo Winkler.

Irwin is the son of Anna (Willner) and Sol/Saul Winkler. Irwin’s parents were Austrian Jews.

Irwin’s paternal grandparents were Wolf Winkler and Yetta Reiter.

Irwin’s maternal grandparents were Mendel/Wendel Willner and Marjorey Teitellerman.

Sources: Genealogy of Irwin Winkler –

Irwin Winkler on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Irwin’s parents, Sol/Saul Winkler and Anna Willner –

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