Belarusian Jewish

Lewis Pullman

by follers on March 15, 2018

Birth Name: Lewis James Pullman

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 29, 1993

*25% British Isles [English, Scottish, Northern Irish]
*25% Dutch
*25% Ashkenazi Jewish
*25% Norwegian

Lewis Pullman is an American actor. He is the son of actor Bill Pullman and modern dancer and artist Tamara Hurwitz.

Lewis’s paternal grandfather was James Pullman (the son of James Pullman and Mabel Ross Brazier). Lewis’s grandfather James was born in New York. Lewis’s great-grandfather James was the son of The Rev. Joseph Pullman, who was a Protestant minister, from Skerries, County Dublin, Ireland, and of Mary Elizabeth Cooke, who was English. Mabel was from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and was the daughter of Henry Brazier and Elizabeth/Eliza McCallum.

Lewis’s paternal grandmother was Johanna Blaas (the daughter of Albertas Gysbertus Blaas and Helena Rookus). Johanna was born in New York, to Dutch parents. Albertas was the son of Hendrikus Blaas and Johanna Maria Bernardina van Wijk. Helena was the daughter of Johan Rookus and Carolina/Caroline/Cornelia Henrietta Beeke.

Lewis’s maternal grandfather was Albert “Al” Hurwitz (the son of Benjamin/Boris Hurwitz and Rachel/Ray Pushkin). Albert was born in Maryland, to Jewish immigrants. Benjamin was born in Usviaty, Vitebsk reg, Russia, the son of Shmuel Gurevich and Dina Zak, from Krustpils, Latvia. Rachel was born in Viciebsk, Vitebsk province, Belarus.

Lewis’s maternal grandmother was Helen Olga Trilhus (the daughter of Miller A. Trilhus and Hannah E. Windloss). Helen was born in Iowa. Her immigrant grandfather homesteaded in exchange for service in the Civil War. Miller was born in Iowa, to Norwegian parents. Hannah was born in North Dakota, also to Norwegian parents, Osmund H. Windlos/Windloss and Anne Margarette Eriksdatter Bjerke, who was from Røsaasen, Hurdal, Akershus.

Sources: Genealogy of Lewis Pullman –

Genealogy of Lewis’s father –

Marriage record of Lewis’s paternal great-grandparents, James Pullman and Mabel Ross Brazier –

Genealogy of Lewis’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Johanna Maria Bernardina van Wijk –

Genealogy of Lewis’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Johan Rookus –

Genealogy of Lewis Pullman (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Lewis’s maternal grandmother, Helen Olga Trilhus, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Greg Pritikin

by stlucas on February 9, 2018

Birth Name: Gregory B. Pritikin

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

Date of Birth: 1969

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Greg Pritikin is an independent filmmaker.

Greg is the son of Barbara C. (Demovsky) and James B. “Jim” Pritikin. Greg’s parents were Jewish.

Greg’s paternal grandfather was Stanley “Stan” Pritikin (the son of Joseph Pritikin and Kate/Rebecca Wertel). Joseph and Kate were from Russia.

Greg’s paternal grandmother was named Ann/Anne Schwartz.

Greg’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Demovsky (the son of Herman Demovsky and Bessie Serlin). Herman was born in Grodno, Russia (now Belarus), the son of Ruben Demovsky. Bessie was from Yalowska, Russia.

Greg’s maternal grandmother was Betty Kallish (the daughter of Joseph Kallish and Ella Cohen). Joseph was born in Ukraine. Ella was born in Latvia.

Sources: Genealogy of Greg Pritikin –

Obituary of Greg’s maternal grandmother, Betty (Kallish) Demovsky –

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Jack Plotnick

by stlucas on January 8, 2018

Jack Plotnick – “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure” VIP Reception Blu-Ray & DVD Release Party Hosted by Ashley Tisdale – Arrivals – Soho House, 9200 Sunset Boulevard – West Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Jack Stuart Plotnick

Place of Birth: Worthington, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 30, 1968

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jack Plotnick is an American film and television actor, writer, and producer.

Jack is the son of Susan Gladys “Sue” (Leyman) Fine and Harvey Plotnick. Jack’s siblings are David, Larry, and Elizabeth.

Jack’s paternal grandfather was named Jack Plotnick. Jack was born in Russia.

Jack’s paternal grandmother was Esther Melman/Millman (the daughter of Samuel “Sam” Millman and Annie Baker/Packer). Esther was born in Rhode Island, to parents from Russia.

Jack’s maternal grandfather was named Samuel C. “Sam” Leyman. Sam was born in Belarus.

Jack’s maternal grandmother was Rita Lillian Steinman (the daughter of Gustave Steinman and Emma Freedman). Rita was born in New York. Gustave was from Russia. Emma was born in New York, to parents from Russia.

Sources: Genealogy of Jack Plotnick –

Marriage record of Jack’s parents –

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

Obituary of Jack’s father –


Mark Harelik

by stlucas on December 13, 2017

Mark Harelik – “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” with Cherry Jones Cast Photocall – 32 East 31st Street – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Birth Name: Marcus Frank Harelik

Place of Birth: Hamilton, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 5, 1951

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Mark Harelik is an American television, film, and stage actor, and playwright.

Mark is the son of Geraldine Lee (Finkelstein) and Milton Joseph Harelik. Mark’s parents were Jewish. Mark is married to actress/writer Spencer Kayden, with whom he has one child.

Mark’s paternal grandparents were Haskell Chatzkel Harelik and Matley Paley. Haskell was born in Belarus (under Russian Empire), the son of Max/Mottel/Mordecai Harelik and Bailey M. Gorelik. Matley was also from Russia.

Mark’s maternal grandparents were Samuel M. “Sam” Finklestein (the son of Frank Finklestein and Sophia) and Rose Dean. Frank and Sophia were from Poland. Rose’s parents were from Germany.

Sources: Genealogy of Mark Harelik (focusing on his father’s side) –

Birth record of Mark Harelik –

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


Chaim Weizmann

by Manila on December 7, 2017

Birth Name: Chaim Azriel Weizmann

Date of Birth: 27 November, 1874

Place of Birth: Motal, Russian Empire (now Motal, Ivanava Raion, Belarus)

Date of Death: 9 November, 1952

Place of Death: Rehovot, Israel

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Chaim Weizmann was an Israeli statesman. He served as the 1st President of Israel, from 17 February, 1949 to 9 November, 1952, and the 2nd Chairman of the Provisional State Council of Israel, from 16 May, 1948 to 17 February, 1949.

His father, Ozier (Fialkov) Weizmann, was a timber merchant. His mother, Rachel Leah (Chemerinsky), joined in migration to Mandatory Palestine (now Israel).

President Weizmann was married to physician Vera Rebecca Chatzman, with whom he had two sons.

President Weizmann’s nephew was military officer Ezer Weizman, who also became the 7th President of Israel.

President Weizmann’s paternal grandfather was Chaim Azriel Fialkov (the son of Falk Fialkov and Malka).

President Weizmann’s paternal grandmother was Gittel Rivka Chereminsky (the daughter of Feivel Chemerinsky and Rahel/Rehle Weingarten). Feivel was the son of Itsko Yitzhak Chemerinsky and Sheina Hayah. Rahel/Rehle was the daughter of Yechiel Michal Weingarten.

President Weizmann’s maternal grandfather was Yechiel Michel Chemerinsky (the son of Moshe Avigdor Chemerinsky and Hayah). Moshe was the son of David Yehoshua “Shaya” Chemerinsky.

President Weizmann’s maternal grandmother was Fruma Chemerinsky (the daughter of Moshe Yitzhak Chemerinsky and Miriam).

Source: Genealogy of Chaim Weizmann –