Austrian Jewish

Rachel Ramras

by stlucas on October 7, 2018

Rachel Ramras – Paramount Network Launch Party – Arrivals – Sunset Tower, 8358 Sunset Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: /

Birth Name: Rachel Leah Ramras

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 20, 1974

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Rachel Ramras is an American actress, voice actress, comedian, and television writer.

Rachel is the daughter of Kathy and David Ramras. Her family is Jewish.

Rachel’s paternal grandfather was George Ramras (the son of Max Ramras and Jennie/Jenny Rock). George was born in New York, to parents from Galicia, Austria. Max was the son of Nathan Ramras and Anna Mayer. Jennie was the daughter of Mendel Rock and Adel Vishniwitz.

Rachel’s paternal grandmother was Lily Seidel (the daughter of Jacob Seidel and Ida Gril). Lily was born in New York. Jacob was from Austria. Ida was from Hungary.

Rachel’s maternal grandfather was Sheldon “Shel” Krasker (the son of Hyman William Krasker and Mollie B. Goodman). William was born in Russia, the son of Jacob Krasker and Rose/Rosie. Mollie was also born in Russia.

Rachel’s maternal grandmother was Elaine S. Sados (the daughter of Albert H. Sados and Sophie Shapiro). Elaine was born in New Hampshire. Albert was born in Massachusetts, to parents from Russia. Sophie was born in New Hampshire, the daughter of Shepsel “Sam” Shapiro and Razel, who were from Odessa, Russia (now Ukraine).

Sources: Obituary of Rachel’s paternal grandfather, George Ramras –

Obituary of Rachel’s mother –


Beanie Feldstein

by follers on September 28, 2018

Birth Name: Elizabeth Greer Feldstein

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 24, 1993

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Beanie Feldstein is an American actress.

Her parents are both Jewish, of Russian Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent. She is the sister of actor Jonah Hill (born Jonah Hill Feldstein) and music manager Jordan Feldstein.

Beanie’s paternal grandfather was named Daniel “Danny” Feldstein.

Beanie’s paternal grandmother was Claire M. Rafkin (the daughter of Victor Rafkin and Tillie Bernstein). Claire was born in New York. Claire’s brother, Beanie’s great-uncle, was actor, director, and producer Alan Rafkin (born Alfred Irwin Rafkin). Victor and Tillie were Russian Jewish immigrants. Victor was the son of Louis Rafkin and Freda Cureyon. Tillie was the daughter of Abraham Bernstein and Anna Sinaf/Senata.

Beanie’s maternal grandfather was Richard L. “Dick” Chalkin (the son of Irving Chalkin and Hannah Spitz). Hannah was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents from Galicia, Hyman Spitz and Jannie Wind.

Beanie’s maternal grandmother was Audrey M. Galin (the daughter of Herman Galin and Gertrude “Gertie” Ross). Audrey was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Herman was the son of Jacob Galinsky and Eva Moskowitz.

Sources: Interview with Beanie’s brother, Jonah Hill –

Genealogy of Beanie Feldstein –

Beanie’s paternal grandmother, Claire M. Rafkin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Beanie Feldstein (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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Seven Lions

by Manila on September 3, 2018

Birth Name: Jeffrey Allen Montalvo

Place of Birth: Santa Barbara, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 31, 1987

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican [Spanish, possibly other] (paternal grandfather), Cornish, English, German, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Swiss-German, Welsh, 1/8th Ashkenazi Jewish, remote Manx

Seven Lions is an American DJ, record producer, instrumentalist, and remixer.

Seven Lions is the son of Joan and Robert Montalvo.

Seven Lions’ patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandfather, Juan R. Montalvo.

Seven Lions’ paternal grandfather was Luis Antonio Montalvo y Espinoza (later Louis Anthony “Tony” Montalvo, the son of Juan Nepomuceno Montalvo y Cintrón and Rita Carmen Espinosa y Ortiz). Tony, who was a native of San Germán, Puerto Rico, was a U.S. Air Force officer, who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Juan was the son of José Ramón Montalvo y Quiñones and Rosalía Cintrón y Toro. Rita was the daughter of Juan Apolinario Espinosa y Ortiz and María de los Ángeles “Ángela” Ortiz y Toro.

Seven Lions’ paternal grandmother was Adele Lutter (the daughter of Max Georg, also known as Maxwell George, Lutter and Addie Jane McCaskill). Adele was born in San Antonio, Texas. Max was an Austrian Jewish emigrant, from Vienna. Addie was the daughter of Daniel Alexander McCaskill and Elizabeth Matilda Baldwin.

Seven Lions’ maternal grandfather was James Carl “Boomer” Braithwaite (the son of Harry Green Braithwaite and Grace Mayer). James was born in Reading, Pennsylvania. Harry was the son of Charles Edward Braithwaite and Elizabeth M. “Bettie” Weakley. Grace was the daughter of a German emigrant, August C. Meyer, and of Maria M. “Mary” Resch, whose own parents were German.

Seven Lions’ maternal grandmother is named Bonnie Jean.

Sources: Birth record of Seven Lions –

Marriage record of Seven Lions’ parents –

Birth record of Seven Lions’ paternal grandfather, Luis Antonio Montalvo y Espinoza –

Seven Lions’ paternal grandmother, Adele Lutter, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Seven Lions’ paternal grandmother, Adele (Lutter) Montalvo –

Genealogy of Seven Lions’ paternal great-grandmother, Addie Jane (McCaskill) Lutter –

Genealogy of Seven Lions’ maternal grandfather, James Carl Braithwaite –

Obituary of Seven Lions’ maternal grandfather, James Carl Braithwaite –

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John H. Cox

by follers on August 16, 2018

Birth Name: John Kaplan

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

Date of Birth: July 15, 1955

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

John H. Cox, full name John Herman Cox, is an American accountant, businessperson, broadcaster, attorney, and politician. He is also known as John Cox.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2008.

John is the son of Priscilla Edna (Pick) and Albert Kaplan. Cox is his stepfather’s surname. John is married to Sarah, with whom he has four children.

John’s mother was Jewish. His biological father is likely Jewish, too. John practices Catholicism with his family (it not clear if he was raised Catholic, or later converted).

John’s maternal grandfather was Albert Lee Pick (the son of Rudolf/Rudolph Pick and Hermena/Hermina/Hermine Karpeles/Karpolis). Albert was born in Illinois, to Bohemian Jewish parents.

John’s maternal grandmother was Lillian Lyle Garfinkel/Levine (the daughter of Abraham Garfinkle and Amelia Vita Bleiweiss). Lillian was born in Illinois, to Polish Jewish parents. Amelia was born in Galicia, the daughter of Isaac Bleiweiss and Bessie Pencik.

Two people of Jewish heritage have been nominated for President of the United States by a major party. Barry Goldwater, nominated by the Republican Party in 1964, was the first (Goldwater was born to a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother, and was raised an Episcopalian). John Kerry, nominated by the Democratic Party in 2004, was the second (Kerry’s paternal grandparents were born Jewish, though Kerry’s father and Kerry himself were raised Catholic).

Joe Lieberman, who is Jewish, was nominated for Vice President of the United States by the Democratic Party in 2000.

Four people of Jewish heritage have won a major party’s Presidential caucus and/or primary:
*Barry Goldwater (1964, the year he was nominated; Republican; won 7 states; Goldwater also sought the 1960 Republican nomination)
*John Kerry (2004, the year he was nominated; Democratic; won 51 contests)
*Wesley Clark (who sought the 2004 Democratic nomination; won 1 state, Oklahoma; Clark was born to a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother, and is a practicing Catholic)
*Bernie Sanders (who sought the 2016 Democratic nomination; won 23 contests)

Of the four, only Bernie Sanders is Jewish by religion, and he is the first person of Jewish religion to win a caucus and/or primary for a major American political party’s Presidential nomination (the 2016 New Hampshire primary).

Other people of significant Jewish heritage who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States are:
*Milton Shapp (who sought the 1976 Democratic nomination)
*Arlen Specter (who sought the 1996 Republican nomination)
*Joe Lieberman (who sought the 2004 Democratic nomination)
*Fred Karger (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination)

Shapp, Specter, Lieberman, and Karger were/are all Jewish by religion. Shapp was the first person of Jewish religion to mount a prominent campaign for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States.

Sources: Genealogy of John H. Cox –

Birth record of John’s mother –

John’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

John’s maternal grandfather, Albert Lee Pick, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Obituary of John’s maternal grandfather, Albert Lee Pick –

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Zach Appelman

by follers on August 10, 2018

Zach Appelman – Netflix’s “Like Father” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – ArcLight Hollywood – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: / 

Birth Name: Zachary Soglin Appelman

Place of Birth: Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 5, 1985

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Zach Appelman is an American actor.

Zach’s paternal grandfather was Matt Max Appelman (the son of Louis Appelman and Rose Gauctzkin/Ganetskin). Matt was born in Mogilev, Belarus, to a Jewish family.

Zach’s paternal grandmother was Frances Helen Friedman (the daughter of Julius Joseph Friedman and Lilian Mohr). Frances was born in Washington. Julius was born in New York, to a Russian Jewish father and a Polish Jewish mother. Lilian was born in New York, the daughter of Maurice Mordechai Mohr, who was Austrian Jewish, and of Annie Suransky, a Polish Jew, whose family was from Saransk, Mordovia, Russia and Suwalki, Poland.

Zach’s maternal grandfather was Albert Soglin (the son of Ari/Aaron Soglin and Sarah Marshak). Albert was born in Illinois, to Russian Jewish parents. Ari was the son of Abel Tsoglin and Rose/Risya Marchashov. Sarah was the daughter of Dov Ber “Dave” Marchashov and Bluma/Blume Yaffa.

Zach’s maternal grandmother was Rose Century (the daughter of Chaim/Hyman Century and Esther Elbaum). Rose was born in Illinois, to Polish Jewish parents. Chaim was born in Warsaw, the son of Boruch Century and Frada Rosenovitch. Esther was the daughter of Moishe Elbaum.

Source: Genealogy of Zach Appelman –