Belarusian Jewish

Akiva Goldsman

by stlucas on October 5, 2017

Birth Name: Akiva J. Goldsman

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

Date of Birth: July 7, 1962

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Akiva Goldsman is an American film and television writer, director, and producer.

Akiva was previously married to film producer Rebecca Spikings-Goldsman, the daughter of British film producer Barry Spikings, until her death in 2010. Akiva is now married to Joann Richter, with whom he has two children.

Akiva is the son of Mira (Kowarski/Kowarsky) Rothenberg and Teveyeh Y. “Tev” Goldsman. Akiva’s parents were Jewish. Akiva’s father was born in Washington, D.C. Akiva’s mother was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, and moved to the U.S. in 1939.

Akiva’s paternal grandfather was Akiva Moshe Holtzman, later known as Maurice C. Goldsman (the son of Yankev Osher Goldsman and Sorah Raizel Pomerantz). Maurice was born in Luninets, Russia (now Belarus). Yankev was the son of Teveyeh Yitzhak Holtzman and Rachel. Sorah was the daughter of Yekusiel Pomerantz and Baileh Sirota.

Akiva’s paternal grandmother was Bluma Mazier (the daughter of Nathan Naach Mazier and Chaya Sora Holtzman). Bluma was also born in Luninets, Russia (now Belarus).

Akiva’s maternal grandparents were Jacob Kowarski and Rose Joffe.

Sources: Genealogy of Akiva Goldsman (focusing on his father’s side) –

Obituary of Akiva’s father –

Obituary of Akiva’s mother –

Immigration record of Akiva’s father –

Photo by Joe Seer/


Sandra Adair

by stlucas on September 12, 2017

Sandra Adair – 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards – Arrivals – The Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Kazuki Hirata / /

Birth Name: Sandra B. Estrin

Place of Birth: Carlsbad, New Mexico, U.S.

Date of Birth: c. 1952

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Sandra Adair is an American film editor.

Sandra is the daughter of Rachel (London) and Herman Estrin.

Sandra’s paternal grandfather was Jacob/Yonkel Estrin (the son of Iche Labe Estrin and Zlotta Nurenberg). Jacob was born in California, to parents from Gomel, Belarus. Zlotta was the daughter of Mendel Nurenberg and Rachel.

Sandra’s paternal grandmother was Anna/Annie Bailen.

Sandra’s maternal grandfather was Samuel London (the son of Nochum Theodore London and Rochel Leah Kraus). Samuel was born in Warsaw, Poland (under Russian Empire). Nochum was the son of Solomon London and Rebecca Leah. Rochel was the daughter of Joseph Kraus and Chaje Kantowitz.

Sandra’s maternal grandmother was Jennie Kanarvogel (the daughter of Tzvi Hersh Karnavogel and Lotte Levy). Jennie was born in Austria. Tzvi was the son of Moshe Karnavogel and Lotte Glassman. Sandra’s great-grandmother Lotte was born in Lithuania.

Source: Genealogy of Sandra Adair –


Aaron Sorkin

by stlucas on September 1, 2017

Birth Name: Aaron Benjamin Sorkin

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

Date of Birth: June 9, 1961

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Aaron Sorkin is an American screenwriter, producer, and playwright.

Aaron is the son of Claire (Spector) and Bernard R. “Bernie” Sorkin. Aaron’s parents were Jewish. Aaron was raised in Scarsdale, New York. He has a daughter with his former wife, Julia Bingham (Julia is also Jewish).

Aaron’s paternal grandfather was Isidore/Isadore Sorkin (the son of Berk Sorkin and Celia Averbock). Isidore was born in Kopys, Russia (now Belarus).

Aaron’s paternal grandmother was Bessie/Basha. Bessie was from Russia.

Aaron’s maternal grandfather was Nathan B. Spector (the son of Samuel Spector and Clara Dubowsky). Nathan was from Russia. Samuel was the son of Nathan Spector and Rachel Dubofsky. Clara was the daughter of Abraham Dubowsky and Lillie Klein.

Aaron’s maternal grandmother was Betty G. Trieff (the daughter of David Trieff and Bertha Bomze). Betty was born in England, to a father from Romania and a mother from Austria. Bertha was the daughter of Simon Bomze and Rebecca Davies.

Sources: Genealogy of Aaron Sorkin –

Obituary of Aaron’s father –

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

Photo by DFree/


Jonathan Kite

by stlucas on August 23, 2017

Birth Name: Jonathan Bernard Kite

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

Date of Birth: September 2, 1979

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jonathan Kite is an American actor, comedian, and impressionist.

Jonathan is the son of Lynn N. and David Kite.

Jonathan’s paternal grandfather was Bernard Kite (the son of George Kite and Anna Sax). Bernard was born in Illinois, to a father from Grodno, Russia (now Belarus), and a mother from Białystok, Russia (now Poland).

Jonathan’s paternal grandmother was Rivian/Vivian Guttstein (the daughter of Lou Guttstein and Hilda Firelson). Rivian was born in Illinois, to a father from Bucharest, Romania, and a mother from Russia.

Sources: Jonathan’s paternal grandfather, Bernard Kite, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Jonathan’s paternal grandmother, Rivian/Vivian Guttstein, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Jonathan’s paternal grandmother, Rivian Guttstein –

Obituary of Jonathan’s great-aunt (paternal grandmother’s sister), Frances M. (Guttstein) Heilig –

Photo by DFree/


Karl Marx

by follers on July 5, 2017

Date of Birth: 5 May, 1818

Place of Birth: Trier, Kingdom of Prussia

Date of Death: 14 March, 1883

Place of Death: London, United Kingdom

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
(raised Lutheran)

Karl Marx was a Prussian-born philosopher, economist, journalist, sociologist, political theorist, and revolutionary socialist. Along with German philosopher Friedrich Engels, he published the 1848 pamphlet The Communist Manifesto.

Karl was the son of Henrietta/Henriette (Pressburg) and Heinrich Marx (born Herschel Mordechai), a lawyer and vineyards owner.

His father was born in Saarlouis, Saarland, Germany. His mother was born in Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands.

Karl’s parents were both from Jewish families. His father converted to Lutheranism during Karl’s early years, because of anti-Semitism, and changed his name from Herschel to Heinrich. The rest of the family also converted, and Karl was subsequently raised in the Lutheran religion.

Karl’s paternal line had been rabbis in Trier (now Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) since 1723.

Karl’s mother was from a prosperous business family that later founded the company Philips Electronics. She was an aunt of Benjamin Philips (1830–1900), a wealthy banker and industrialist, a great-aunt of industrialists Anton Philips and Gerard Philips, and a great-great-aunt of businessperson Frits Philips.

Karl was also a third cousin, once removed, of German Romantic poet Heinrich Heine, who was also from a Jewish family.

Karl’s paternal grandfather was Marx Levy/Levi Halevi ben Samuel ha-Levi Mordechai (the son of Samuel Schmuel Mordechai ha-Levi and Malka Spira). Karl’s grandfather Marx was the rabbi of Trier. Karl’s great-grandfather Samuel was born in Postoloprty, Usti nad Labem, in the Czech lands, and was the son of Mordechai Marx. Malka was the daughter of Loeb Elia haLevi Spira and Saerel Krotoschin.

Karl’s paternal grandmother was Chaje Eva Lwow (the daughter of Moses/Moïse Mosche ben Josua Heschel Lwów Levoff Lemberg and Bella Eger of Furth). Karl’s great-grandfather Moses was the son of Joshua Heschel Lwow, who was born in Westhoffen, Alsace, France, and of Merle Worms, who was born in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Bella was the daughter of Meir Rabbi Eger, who was born in Furth, Germany, and of Esther Moses.

Karl’s maternal grandfather was Isaac Hijman “Chaim” Jitschak Preßburg (the son of Hirschl Michl Heymann Preßburg, ben Meir Michael, and of Heintje/Hendrina Isaac Kutsch Stoekoetz). Karl’s grandfather Isaac was born in Preßburg, now Slovakia, and was a Dutch rabbi. Hirschl was the son of Michel Lazar/Eliezer Simon Freistadt, who was born in Gyor, Gyõr-Moson-Sopron, Hungary, and of Rachel Levia Helene/HaLevi Pressburg Austerlitz, who was born in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Heintje was the daughter of Isaac Kutsch.

Karl’s maternal grandmother was Nanette Salomon Cohen (the daughter of Salomon Shlomo David Cohen-Chazzan and Sara Chaya-Sara Marcus Brandes). Nanette was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Salomon was the son of David Cohen Chazzan and Fijtje Abraham van Minden. Sara was born in Offenbach am Main, Hesse, Germany, the daughter of Marcus Mordechai Eliaser Brandeis.

Source: Genealogy of Karl Marx –