Austrian Jewish

Anthony Bourdain

by follers on March 18, 2017

Birth Name: Anthony Michael Bourdain

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

Date of Birth: June 25, 1956

*French, some Spanish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Anthony Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality.

He is the son of Gladys (Sacksman) Bourdain, a staff editor for The New York Times, and Pierre Bourdain, a classical music industry executive for Columbia Records.

Anthony’s father was of French, and some Spanish, descent, from a family that also lived in Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay; he was Catholic. Anthony’s mother is Jewish (of Ukrainian Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent).

Anthony’s paternal grandparents were Pierre Michel Bourdain (the son of Aureliano Bourdain and Mathilde Belliard) and Gabrielle Riousse (the daughter of Alfred Riousse and Ernestine Lorel). Pierre and Gabrielle were born in France. Aureliano was raised in Sao Pedro, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Anthony’s maternal grandparents were Milton Sacksman (the son of William Sacksman and Sarah Adler) and Martha Weinrib/Weinreb (the daughter of Morris Weinrib/Weinreb and Yetta Schuss). Milton was born in Ostroh, Rivnens’ka oblast, Ukraine. Martha was born in New York, to parents from Austria.

Sources: Article about Anthony’s ancestry, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, in The Huffington Post –

Genealogy of Anthony Bourdain –

Anthony’s maternal grandparents, Milton Sacksman and Martha Weinrib/Weinreb, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Jesse Rath

by stlucas on March 13, 2017

Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Date of Birth: February 11, 1989

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Goan Indian (mother)

Jesse Rath is a Canadian film and television actor. His sister is actress Meaghan Rath.

Jesse’s sister Meaghan has said:

Well, both my parents are Canadian. My dad’s family is from England and Austria, and they’re Jewish. And my mom’s family is from Goa, which is in the south of India. Her and her family moved to Canada when she was 13.

Meaghan also added:

I looked different from everyone one else, which now is such a blessing. It was harder at the beginning of my career. There aren’t as many roles for people who look like me, and it was always complicated when it came to casting my parents. But now I couldn’t be more grateful that I have a different look.


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Seth Grahame-Smith

by stlucas on March 11, 2017

Birth Name: Seth Jared Greenberg

Place of Birth: Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 4, 1976

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, German, Lithuanian, possibly other (mother)

Seth Grahame-Smith is an American novelist, film director, film producer, and screenwriter.

He was born in Rockville Centre, New York, the son of Deborah Ann (Williams) and Barry Michael Greenberg. He was raised in Weston and Bethel, Connecticut.

Seth’s father is Jewish. Seth’s mother is Protestant. They divorced when Seth was three years old. Seth’s mother later changed her surname to “Grahame”, after British writer Kenneth Grahame, and to “Smith”, after her second husband.

Seth’s paternal grandfather was Aaron Herbert Greenberg (the son of Benjamin Greenberg and Sadie Streicher). Benjamin was born in Romania, the son of Meyer Augenblick and Matilda. Sadie was born in Russia, the daughter of Aaron Streicher and Ida Weingrad.

Seth’s paternal grandmother was Alice Rhoda Strauss (the daughter of Jacob Strauss and Clara Mandel/Mandell). Jacob was born in New York, to parents from Austria, Samuel Strauss and Bessie. Clara was born in Lemberg, Austria (now Liyv, Ukraine), the daughter of Hersch Finger and Chaje Weiblich.

Seth’s maternal grandfather was James Wesley Williams (the son of James Wesley Williams, Sr. and P. Maxham). Seth’s great-grandfather James was the son of Silas Williams.

Seth’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Ann Strauss (the daughter of Peter Strauss and Antonina Sincavage).


Genealogy of Seth Grahame-Smith –

Seth’s paternal grandfather, Aaron Herbert Greenberg, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Paul Ben-Victor

by stlucas on March 7, 2017

Birth Name: Paul Friedman

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

Date of Birth: July 24, 1965

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Paul Ben-Victor is an American actor. He is the son of Leah (Kornfeld), a painter and playwright, and Victor Friedman, a hairdresser and photographer. He was born in Brooklyn and grew up in its Flatbush neighborhood. He has a sister, Susan Schrott, who is an artist. They were raised Jewish.

Paul’s paternal grandparents were Harry Friedman and Rose.

Paul’s maternal grandparents were Nathan Kornfeld and Rose. Nathan and Rose were originally from Austria.

Paul is pictured with his mother here.


Official website of Paul’s father –

Official website of Paul’s mother –

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Tori Praver

by stlucas on March 6, 2017

Birth Name: Victoria Syde Praver

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 4, 1987

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Italian, Norwegian, German, Czech/Bohemian, some Dutch (mother)

Tori Praver is an American model and swimwear fashion designer. She was born in San Diego, California, the daughter of Lori J. (Boggio) and Stephen L. Praver. She had a brother, Ryan. Tori was raised in Maui, Hawaii, U.S. Tori is married to surfer, model, photographer, and independent filmmaker Danny Fuller. They have two children.

Tori’s paternal grandfather was Edwin Praver (the son of Albert Praver and Eve/Eva). The surname “Praver” can be traced back to Galicia (now Poland/Ukraine). Albert was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Eva was also born in New York, also to Russian Jews.

Tori’s paternal grandmother was Joan L. Rauch (the daughter of Benjamin G. Rauch and Syde). Benjamin was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents. Syde was also Jewish, and was born in New York, to a father from Russia and a mother from New York.

Tori’s maternal grandfather was Joseph” Joe” Louis Boggio. He had Italian ancestry.

Tori’s maternal grandmother was Barbara Ann Bergsrud (the daughter of Burton Andrew Bergsrud and Irma Zita Hinker). Burton was born in Iowa, to a Norwegian father, Hans Bergsrud, and a first-generation American mother, Anna G., whose parents hailed from Norway. Irma’s father, John Henry Huinker/Hinker, was born in Iowa, of mostly German, and some Dutch, descent, with German roots in North Rhine-Westphalia. Irma’s mother, Tori’s great-great-grandmother Rose, was born in Iowa, to Bohemian parents, Frederick Houdek and Kathryn Houska.

Sources: Birth certificate of Tori Praver –

Obituary of Tori’s brother, Ryan B. Praver –

Tori’s surname origin –

Engagement announcement of Tori’s paternal grandparents, Edwin Praver and Joan L. Rauch –

Tori’s paternal grandfather, Edwin Praver, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Tori’s paternal grandmother, Joan L. Rauch, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tori’s maternal grandfather, Joseph “Joe” L. Boggio –

Genealogy of Tori’s mother’s family –

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