Austrian Jewish

Josh Meyers

by stlucas on November 18, 2017

Birth Name: Joshua Dylan Meyers

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

Date of Birth: January 8, 1976

*31.25% Swedish
*25% Ashkenazi Jewish
*12.5% Bohemian/Czech
*12.5% Croatian
*12.5% English
*6.25% German

Josh Meyers is an American actor and comedian. Josh’s brother is actor Seth Meyers.

Josh is the son of Hilary Claire (Olson) and Laurence Meyers, Jr.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Jewish (although Josh does not consider himself Jewish). The remainder of Josh’s ancestry is Bohemian (Czech) and Croatian, from Josh’s paternal grandmother, who was Catholic, and Swedish, English, and German, from Josh’s mother.

Josh’s brother Seth has stated:

Growing up, my father—whose father was Jewish—embraced borscht and gefilte fish. My brother and I thought it was disgusting. That is not gateway food if you want your kids to embrace Judaism…

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Lawrence Lashe Meyers (the son of Mendel/Morris Meyers and Rose/Rosa Cohen). Mendel and Rose were both Jewish immigrants from Austria. Mendel was the son of Guttle Meyers. Rose was the daughter of Simon Cohen and Fruma.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Barbara Marcheck (the daughter of Stanislaus “Stanley” Marcheck and Anna Maganaw). Stanislaus was of Bohemian (Czech) ancestry, and was the son of Joannis Maracek and Anna Detka. Josh’s great-grandmother Anna Maganaw was Croatian.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was Lawrence Edward Olson (the son of Elmer C. Olson and Anna). Elmer and Anna were both of Swedish descent.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was Adelaide Jeanette Whetham (the daughter of Frederick Good Whetham and Anna Marie Gung Leslie). Frederick was English, and was the son of Stephen Whetham and Adelaide Jane Good. Anna had a German father and a Swedish mother.

Sources: Genealogy of Josh Meyers (focusing on his father’s side) –

Marriage record of Josh’s paternal grandparents, Lawrence Lashe Meyers and Barbara Marcheck –

Obituary of Josh’s paternal grandfather, Lawrence Lashe Meyers –

Josh’s paternal grandmother, Barbara Marcheck, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Josh’s maternal grandmother, Adelaide Jeanette (Whetham) Osborne –

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Sam Simon

by stlucas on November 13, 2017

Sam Simon – 4th Annual All In For CP Charity Poker Tournament – Arrivals – Venetian Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, NV, USA – – Photo Credit: PRN / PR Photos

Birth Name: Samuel Michael Simon

Date of Birth: June 6, 1955

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: March 8, 2015

Place of Death: Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Sam Simon was an American director, producer, and writer. He is known for co-developing television series The Simpsons, alongside James L. Brooks and Matt Groening.

Sam was the son of Joan M. (Feld) and Arthur Sheldon Simon. Sam’s parents were Jewish.

Sam was previously married to actress Jennifer Tilly.

Sam’s paternal grandfather was Samuel H. Simon (the son of Charles Simon and Leah Bloom). Samuel was born in Canada. Charles was born in Germany, the son of Harris Simon and Sarah. Leah was born in Poland, the daughter of Moses Bloom and Iowa.

Sam’s paternal grandmother was Gertrude Riman (the daughter of Mendel Riman and Bessie Fox). Gertrude was born in Canada, to parents who were born in Galicia, Austria.

Sam’s maternal grandfather was Morris J. Epelfeld/Feld (the son of Aaron Epelfeld/Feld and Chava “Eva” Grabelsky). Morris was born in Russia. Chava was the daughter of David Grabelsky and Esther Chunis.

Sam’s maternal grandmother was Ethel Goldberg (the daughter of Abraham Goldberg and Fannie). Abraham and Fannie were from Poland.

Sources: Genealogy of Sam Simon –

Birth record of Sam Simon –

Marriage record of Sam’s parents –


Jordan Vogt-Roberts

by stlucas on October 29, 2017

Birth Name: Jordan Charles Vogt-Roberts

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 22, 1984

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, possibly other

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is an American film and television director, and screenwriter.

Jordan is the son of Marla Anne (Vogt) and Chadwick Jay Roberts. Jordan was raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. His father is Jewish. It is not clear if his mother is Jewish as well.

Jordan has stated:

I’m just so bad at enjoying my present, just because I’m a neurotic Jew, so I overthink everything! You have to take those moments, to step back and pinch yourself and say ‘Oh my God, this is incredible right now!’

Jordan’s paternal grandmother was Elaine Sylvia Fox (the daughter of Charlie Fox and Gertrude). Charlie was born in Wisconsin, to parents from Russia. Gertrude was born in Georgia, to a father from Austria and a mother from Germany.

Jordan’s maternal grandparents are Harold W. Vogt, Jr. and Jeanne.

Sources: Jordan’s paternal grandmother, Elaine Sylvia Fox, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Jordan’s paternal grandmother, Elaine Sylvia (Fox) Roberts –

Obituary of Jordan’s aunt (mother’s sister), Cynthia (Vogt) Lachowski –

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Michael Kors

by stlucas on October 23, 2017

Michael Kors – 2014 God’s Love We Deliver, Golden Heart Awards – Arrivals – Spring Studios – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Janet Mayer /

Birth Name: Karl Anderson, Jr.

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

Date of Birth: August 9, 1959

*Swedish (paternal grandfather)
*Ukrainian (paternal grandmother)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Michael Kors is an American fashion designer.

Michael is the son of Joan (Hamburger) and Karl Anderson, Sr. Michael was raised in Merrick, New York, by his mother and stepfather, Bill Kors, and later changed his surname to Kors. Michael is married to Lance Le Pere.

Michael has described himself as Swedish and Jewish. Michael’s father was of half Swedish and half Ukrainian descent. Michael’s mother was of Austrian Jewish ancestry.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Karl/Charles “Charlie” Anderson. Karl was Swedish.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Mary Zockoff (the daughter of Michael V. Zockoff/Zackoff and Paraska Marie). Mary was born in New York, to parents who were born in Ukraine, and were likely ethnic Ukrainians.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Austin Howard Hamburger (the son of Edward A. Hamburger and Julia Friedman). Edward was born in Austria. Julia was born in New York, to parents from Austria.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Beatrice Bernice Tuchfeld (the daughter of Max Tuchfeld and Ina/Lena Kalter). Max and Ina were born in Austria.

Sources: Marriage record of Michael’s parents –

Genealogy of Michael Kors (focusing on his father’s side) –

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

Michael’s paternal great-grandparents, Michael V. Zockoff/Zackoff and Paraska Marie, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Michael Kors (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Michael’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Michael’s maternal grandparents, Austin Howard Hamburger and Beatrice Bernice Tuchfeld –


Will Gluck

by stlucas on October 21, 2017

Will Gluck – “Friends with Benefits” New York City Premiere – Arrivals – Ziegfeld Theatre – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Janet Mayer / PR Photos 

Birth Name: William Francis Gluck

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

Date of Birth: July 21, 1971

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Will Gluck is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, songwriter, and composer.

Will is the son of academic/professor Carol Gluck (born Carol Ann Newman) and architect Peter Lawrence Gluck. Will’s parents are Jewish. Will is married to Trista Gladden.

Will’s paternal grandparents were William Howard Gluck and Ruth F. Simon (the daughter of Walter Simon and Anna).

Will’s maternal grandfather was David E. Newman (the son of Edward Newman and Fanny/Fannie Meyer). Edward was born in Pennsylvania, to a father from Austria and a mother from England. Fanny was from Germany.

Will’s maternal grandmother was Doris Stern.

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

Will’s paternal grandmother, Ruth F. Simon, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Will’s paternal grandmother, Ruth F. (Simon) Gluck –

Marriage record of Will’s parents –

Will’s maternal grandfather, David E. Newman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Will’s maternal grandfather, David E. Newman –

Obituary of Will’s maternal grandmother, Doris (Stern) Newman –