Austrian Jewish

Gillian Zinser

by stlucas on January 8, 2018

Birth Name: Gillian Amalia Zinser

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: November 4, 1985

*German (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Gillian Zinser is an American actress.

Gillian is the daughter of Dale B. Appleman and Volker A. Zinser. Her father was born in Berlin, Germany, and was likely an ethnic German. Her mother is Jewish.

Gillian’s maternal grandfather was Irving L. Appleman (the son of Harron Appleman and Anna Weisman). Harron was born in Romania, the son of Ela Appleman. Anna was from Poland.

Gillian’s maternal grandmother was Harriet B. Birkenholtz (the daughter of Samuel “Sam” Birkenholtz/Birkenhotz and Ray Hornig). Samuel was born in Galicia, Austria, the son of Simon Birkenholtz and Fanny Levon. Ray was born in Galicia, the daughter of Hav Hornig and Rose Herbst.

Sources: Gillian’s maternal grandfather, Irving L. Appleman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Gillian’s maternal grandfather, Irving L. Appleman –

Photo by Joe Seer/


Andrew Secunda

by stlucas on January 5, 2018

Andrew Secunda – 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Writers Nominee Reception – Arrivals – Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre – North Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Emiley Schweich / PR Photos

Birth Name: Andrew Morgan Secunda

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

Date of Birth: May 20, 1970

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Andrew Secunda is an American actor.

Andrew is the son of Shirley Carol (Frummer) and Eugene Secunda. He is married to actress Kate Hess.

Andrew’s paternal grandfather was composer Sholom Secunda (born Shloyme Sekunda, the son of Abraham Secunda/Sekunda and Anna Nedobeika). Sholom was born in Aleksandria, Russia (now Oleksandriia, Ukraine).

Andrew’s paternal grandmother was Betty “Bessie” Almer (the daughter of Sauil/Samuel Almer and Kate/Katty). Sauil was from Austria. Kate was from Russia.

Andrew’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Frummer (the son of Mayer Frummer and Golde Steinfeld). Samuel was born in Galicia, Austria.

Andrew’s maternal grandmother was Ruth Leidman (the daughter of Samuel Leidman and Anna Hatchkiss). Ruth was born in New York.

Sources: Marriage announcement of Andrew Secunda and Kate Hess –

Marriage record of Andrew’s parents –

Marriage record of Andrew’s maternal grandparents, Samuel Frummer and Ruth Leidman –


Safdie brothers

by follers on December 29, 2017

Joshua Safdie, Ben Safdie – 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival – “Good Time” Photocall – Palais des Festivals – Cannes, France – False – Photo Credit: Laurent Koffel / 

Birth Name:
*Joshua E. Safdie
*Benjamin A. Safdie

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

Date of Birth:
*April 3, 1984 (Josh)
*February 24, 1986 (Ben)

Ethnicity: Syrian Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish

The Safdie brothers, Josh Safdie and Ben Safdie, are American independent filmmakers, writer, directors, and actors. Ben is also known as Benny Safdie. They are related to Israeli architect Moshe Safdie. Their father is of Syrian Jewish descent. Their mother is Ashkenazi.

The Safdie brothers’ maternal grandfather was Richard Neimeth (the son of Edward Neimeth and Catherine). Edward was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, Louis Neimeth and Fannie/Fanny/Sophia Kaiser.

The Safdie brothers’ maternal grandmother is Margaret “Peggy” Sprung (the daughter of Murray Sprung and Mary Norkin). Murray was a war crimes prosecutor, and was the son of Austrian Jewish parents, Hyman Spring and Rose Baisen.

Sources: The Safdie brothers’ maternal grandfather, Richard Neimeth, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of the Safdie brothers’ maternal grandfather, Richard Neimeth –

The Safdie brothers’ maternal great-grandfather, Edward Neimeth, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Death record of The Safdie brothers’ maternal great-great-grandfather, Louis Neimeth –

Obituary of the Safdie brothers’ maternal great-grandfather, Murray Sprung –


Ilsey Juber

by stlucas on December 11, 2017

Ilsey Juber – Niche Media Michigan Avenue Launch Party hosted by Cindy Crawford at The James Hotel in Chicago – September 20, 2008 – The James Hotel – Chicago, IL, USA – Photo Credit: Adam Bielawski / PR Photos

Birth Name: Ilsey Anna Juber

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 17, 1986

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Ilsey Juber is an American singer and songwriter.

Ilsey is the daughter of Hope (Schwartz) and English musician Laurence Juber (born Laurence Ivor Juber). Ilsey’s parents are Jewish. Ilsey has a brother, Nico.

On her mother’s side, Ilsey is the granddaughter of television producer Sherwood Schwartz, and the niece of television producer Lloyd J. Schwartz. She is also the great-niece of writers Al Schwartz and Elroy Schwartz.

Ilsey’s paternal grandfather is Nathan/Norman S. Juber (the son of Isaac Juber and Fay Posner). Fay was the daughter of Harris Posner.

Ilsey’s paternal grandmother was Doreen Marcus (the daughter of Aubrey Marcus and Marie Schwartz). Marie was the daughter of Jacob Schwartz.

Ilsey’s maternal grandfather was Sherwood Schwartz (born Sherwood Charles Schwartz, the son of Herman Schwartz and Rose Kaplan). Herman and Rose were from the Russian Empire, with Rose having been born in Upyna, Lithuania. Rose was the daughter of Aaron Kaplan, who was born in Tarvik/Taurage, and of Dora Schneider.

Ilsey’s maternal grandmother is Mildred Seidman (the daughter of Irving Seidman and Rose Cook). Irving was born in Austria, the son of Jacob Seidman and Sarah Wainfeld. Rose was born in Tysmenytsia, Austria (now Ukraine), the daughter of Lippi/Lipa Cook and Rachel Sohwack.

Sources: Genealogy of Ilsey Juber –

Birth record of Ilsey Juber –

Birth record of Ilsey’s father –

Marriage record of Ilsey’s paternal grandparents, Nathan/Norman S. Juber and Doreen Marcus –

Ilsey’s maternal grandfather, Sherwood Schwartz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Trevor Engelson

by Manila on December 3, 2017

Birth Name: Trevor Jed Engelson

Place of Birth: Great Neck, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 23, 1976

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Trevor Engelson is an American film producer.

He is the son of Leslie and David J. Engelson.

Trevor was previously married to actress, model, and humanitarian Meghan Markle.

Trevor’s paternal grandfather was Louis Engelson (later Lawrence Robert “Larry” Engelson, the son of Morris Nathan Engelson and Pauline Siskind). Morris and Pauline were Russian Jewish immigrants.

Trevor’s paternal grandmother was Lillian Levin (the daughter of David Levin and Bessie Hertz). David was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Harris Levin and Beckei Levinsky. Bessie was an Austrian Jewish immigrant, and was the daughter of Samuel Hertz and Esther “Essie” Fenical.

Sources: Trevor’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Trevor’s paternal grandfather, Louis Engelson –

Birth record of Trevor’s paternal grandmother, Lillian Levin –

Obituary of Trevor’s paternal grandmother, Lillian (Levin) Engelson –

Marriage record of Trevor’s paternal great-grandparents, David Levin and Bessie Hertz –