Belarusian Jewish

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 –


Cameron Douglas

by madman on August 5, 2018

Cameron Douglas – 7th Annual Legacy of Vision Gala – Arrivals and Inside – Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S Doheny Drive – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Cameron Morrell Douglas

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 13, 1978

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandfather), Swiss, French, English, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian

Cameron Douglas is an American actor and writer. He is the son of producer Diandra de Morrell Luker and actor and producer Michael Douglas.

Cameron’s father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent on his own father’s side, and of English, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian, and French descent on his own mother’s. Cameron’s mother has been described as “the daughter of a Swiss-American diplomatic father and an Anglo-French mother.”

Cameron’s paternal grandfather is actor, director, producer, and author Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch; the son of Herschel “Harry” Danielovitch (aka) Demsky and Bryna Sanglel). Kirk was born in New York, to Belarusian Jewish parents.

Cameron’s paternal grandmother was actress Diana Dill (born Diana Love Dill; the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Melville Dill and Ruth Rapalje Neilson). Diana was born in Devonshire, Bermuda. Cameron’s great-grandfather Thomas was born in Devonshire, and was Attorney General of Bermuda, a Member of the Parliament of Bermuda (MCP), and a commanding officer of the Bermuda Militia Artillery. Thomas was the son of Thomas Newbold Dill, a merchant, an MCP for Devonshire Parish, a Member of the Legislative Council and an Assistant Justice, and Mayor of the City of Hamilton; and of Mary Lea Smith. Cameron’s great-grandmother Ruth was born in New Jersey, to a family that had lived in the United States for many generations, and was the daughter of the daughter of Nicholas Bayard Neilson and Sarah Gifford Chapman.


Genealogies of Cameron Douglas (focusing on his father’s side) –

Cameron’s paternal grandfather, Kirk Douglas (then Isadore Demsky), on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Cameron’s paternal great-grandmother, Ruth Rapalje Neilson, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Cameron’s paternal great-grandparents, Nicholas Bayard Neilson and Sarah Gifford Chapman –



by Manila on June 17, 2018

K.Flay – K.Flay in Concert at Radio 104.5’s Performance Theatre in Bala Cynwyd – November 22, 2016 – Radio 104.5’s Performance Theatre – Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA – Photo Credit: Paul Froggatt / PR Photos

Birth Name: Kristine Meredith Flaherty

Place of Birth: Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 30, 1985

*Irish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

K.Flay is an American singer and songwriter.

Her father, Thomas Bartholomew Flaherty, was from Portland, Maine, and all of his own grandparents were Irish emigrants, from County Galway. Her mother, Judith E. “Judy” (Frank) Frohlich, is Jewish.

K.Flay’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her third great-grandfather, Patrick Faherty.

K.Flay’s paternal grandfather was Timothy Edward Flaherty (the son of Bartholomew “Bartley J.” Flaherty and Mary E. Costello). Timothy was born in Portland, Maine. Bartley was the son of Timothy Faherty and Mary Feeney. K.Flay’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of Patrick Costello and Anne Connelly.

K.Flay’s paternal grandmother was Sarah C. Foley (the daughter of Thomas Foley and Margaret Lee). Sarah was born in Portland, Maine. Thomas was the son of John Foley and Sarah Beatty. Margaret was the daughter of William Lee and Catherine “Kate” Foley.

K.Flay’s maternal grandfather was Maurice A. “Maury/Morris” Frank (the son of Velvil, later William “Willie”, Frank and Anna Leshevskaya). Maurice was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Belarusian Jewish emigrants, from Sapotskin, Grodno Region. William was the son of Samuel “Sam” Frank and Anna Liss. K.Flay’s great-grandmother Anna was the daughter of Arieh Leib Chaim “Hyman” Leshefsky and Rosa “Basha/Bashe/Bessie/Rose”.

K.Flay’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Hope “Betty” Hoffmann (the daughter of Sidney Z[elik] Hoffman, later Hoffmann, and of Judith, also known as Julia, Kraus). Elizabeth was born in Chicago, Illinois. Sidney was of German Jewish descent, and was the son of Moses Hoffmann and Carrie Sternheimer. Julia was the daughter of Czech Jewish emigrants, Adolph Leopold Kraus and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Stein, both of Blovice, Pilsen.

K.Flay’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her third great-grandmother, Hannah Lederer (July 12, 1823, Bohemia, now-part of Czech Republic – October 10, 1915, Chicago, Illinois).

Sources: Obituary of K.Flay’s father –

Marriage record of K.Flay’s paternal grandparents, Timothy Edward Flaherty and Sarah C. Foley –

Birth record of K.Flay’s paternal grandfather, Timothy Edward Flaherty –

K.Flay’s paternal grandfather, Timothy Edward Flaherty, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of K.Flay’s paternal great-grandparents, Bartholomew Flaherty and Mary E. Costello –

Birth record of K.Flay’s paternal grandmother, Sarah C. Foley –

Marriage record of K.Flay’s paternal great-grandparents, Thomas Foley and Margaret Lee –

Obituary of K.Flay’s maternal grandfather, Maurice A. Frank –

Death record of K.Flay’s maternal great-grandfather, William Frank –

Death record of K.Flay’s maternal great-grandmother, Anna (Leshevskaya) Frank –

Birth record of K.Flay’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Hope “Betty” Frank –

Obituary of K.Flay’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Hope “Betty” (Frank) Hoffmann –

Marriage record of K.Flay’s maternal great-grandparents, Sidney Z[elik] Hoffmann and Julia Kraus –

Birth record of K.Flay’s maternal great-grandfather, Sidney Z[elik] Hoffman –

Birth record of K.Flay’s maternal great-grandmother, Judith Kraus –


Michel Gill

by stlucas on June 3, 2018

LOS ANGELES – FEB 13: Michel Gill at the “House of Cards” Season 2 Special Screening at Directors Guild of America on February 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA

Birth Name: Michel Racine Gill

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

Date of Birth: April 16, 1960

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Michel Gill is an American actor. Michel is also known as Michael Gill.

Michel is the son of Nadine (Racine) and James Vladimir Gill. Michel’s parents are European Jewish; Michel’s mother was born in Paris, France.

Michel is married to British and American actress Jayne Atkinson, with whom he has a child. Michel speaks fluent French and English.

Michel’s paternal grandparents were Anatole Gill and Genia Chene Katz. Anatole was born in Russia. Genia was from Poland.

Michel’s maternal grandfather was Michel Racine (the son of Solomon Racine and Temma Rubinovich). Michel was born in Babruysk, Belarus. Solomon was the son of Jules Racine and Sarah Brook. Temma was the daughter of Abraham Rabinovich/Rubinovich and Sarah Kopeloff.

Michel’s maternal grandmother was Fanny Lifchitz (the daughter of Solomon Lifchitz and Olga Fishman). Fanny was born in Kiev, Ukraine.

Sources: Genealogy of Michel Gill –

Marriage record of Michel’s parents –

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Yair Lapid

by follers on May 8, 2018

Yair Lapid – 2012 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference – Walter Washington Convention Center – Washington, DC, USA – Photo Credit: Laurence Agron / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Tel Aviv, Israel

Date of Birth: 5 November, 1963

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Yair Lapid is an Israeli journalist and politician. He is the chairman of the Yesh Atid Party. He was also Minister of Finance, from 2013 and 2014.

Yair is the son of Shulamit Lapid, a novelist and playwright, and Tommy Lapid, a radio and television presenter, playwright, journalist, politician, and government minister.

Yair’s father was born in Novi Sad, Serbia (then Kingdom of Yugoslavia), to a Hungarian Jewish family; Yair’s paternal grandfather was killed by the Nazis in 1945. The family moved to Israel in 1948. Yair’s mother was born in Tel Aviv.

Yair is married to journalist Lihi Lapid. He has a son with his former wife, Tamar Friedman, and two children with Lihi.

Yair’s maternal grandfather was Yechiel David Gilaadi (the son of R’ Shlomo Zalman Klein, A.B.D. Szilagy-Cseh, and of Feiga Schwartz). David was born in Transylvania, and was a journalist, novelist, and translator, who co-founded the newspaper Maariv. Shlomo was born in Oradea, Municipiul Oradea, Județul Bihor, Romania, the son of Rabbi Moshe Martin Klein, A.B.D. Szilágycseh (Cehu Silvaniei), and of Sarah Sheindel Deutsch. Feiga was the daughter of Yekusiel Schwartz.

Yair’s maternal grandmother is Helen Joseph (the daughter of Moses Joseph).

Source: Genealogy of Yair Lapid –