Belarusian Jewish

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 –


Peggy Lipton

by follers on June 22, 2017

Peggy Lipton – Mentor LA’s Promise Gala Honoring Tom Cruise – Photo Credit: Glenn Harris / Photorazzi

Birth Name: Margaret Ann Lipton

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

Date of Birth: August 30, 1946

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Peggy Lipton is an American actress and model.

Peggy is the mother of model, actress, and fashion designer Kidada Jones and actress, writer, and producer Rashida Jones, with her former husband, music, film, and television producer and instrumentalist Quincy Jones.

Peggy is the daughter of Rita Hetty (Benson/Rosenberg) and Harold Arlen Lipton. Her father was born in The Bronx, New York, to Russian Jewish immigrants. Her mother was born in Dublin, Ireland, of Russian Jewish and Latvian Jewish descent.

Peggy’s paternal grandfather was Max Lipschitz (the son of Harris/Harold Lipschitz and Rebecca Leah Pitovsky/Witkowsky). Max was from Slutsk.

Peggy’s paternal grandmother was Alice Goldfarb (the daughter of Aaron Goldfarb and Frieda/Freude Bass/Bab). Alice was from Brest.

Peggy’s maternal grandfather was Hyman Rosenberg (the son of Marko Benjamin Rosenberg and Sarah Hahn). Hyman was a Russian Jewish immigrant, who was born in Saga.

Peggy’s maternal grandmother was Jeanie “Jane” Benson (the daughter of Benjamin Joseph Bensohn/Benson, from Kovno, and Sophia Winestein/Weinstein). Jeanie was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England, to Latvian Jewish parents. Benjamin was the son of Schlaume/Solomon Benson and Gittel Vamer. Sophia was the daughter of Joseph Weinstein and Jane.

Sources: Genealogies of Peggy Lipton –

Genealogy of Peggy Lipton (focusing on her mother’s side) –


James Schamus

by stlucas on June 13, 2017

Birth Name: James Allan Schamus

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

Date of Birth: September 7, 1959

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

James Schamus is an American screenwriter, producer, and director. He wrote and directed the film Indignation (2016).

James is the son of Clarita (Gershowitz) and Julian John Schamus. His parents were Jewish. James was raised in Los Angeles, California.

James is married to author Nancy Kricorian (who is of Armenian and French-Canadian descent).

James’ paternal grandfather was Abraham Schamus (the son of Solomon/Samuel Schamus and Sarah Fischell/Leoniff). Solomon was born in Russia, the son of Louis Barron. Sarah was also born in Russia, the daughter of Eliazer Fischel and Goldie.

James’ paternal grandmother was Esther Galen (the daughter of Jacob Galen/Golinsky and Rose Berkowitz). Jacob was the son of Simon Golinsky and Hian Linchush. Rose was the daughter of Avram Berkowitz and Odessah.

James’ maternal grandfather was Max Gershowitz (the son of Isaac Gershowitz and Rebecca Weinberg). Max was born in Vawkavysk, Belarus.

James’ maternal grandmother was Estelle Anker (the daughter of Phillip Anker and Sarah Byna Birnbaum). Estelle was born in Volhynia, Russia (now part of Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland). Phillip was born in Kupil, Russia (now Ukraine), the son of Modil Halvey Ancher. Sarah was born in Russia, the daughter of Velvel Birnbaum and Shayna Bella Anker.

Source: Genealogy of James Schamus –

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Nora Ephron

by follers on June 6, 2017

Date of Birth: May 19, 1941

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

Date of Death: June 26, 2012

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

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Nora Ephron was an American journalist, essayist, playwright, director, novelist, producer, screenwriter, and blogger.

She was the daughter of Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron, who were playwrights and screenwriters. Her sisters, Delia Ephron, Hallie Ephron, and Amy Ephron, are all writers. Her family was Jewish.

Nora’s family’s surname was spelled “Efron” generations back. No genealogical connection between Nora and actor Zac Efron has been established, but is possible.

Nora’s patrilineal line can be traced to Israel Efron, who was born c. 1750, and was from Ivyanets, Belarus.

Nora’s paternal grandfather was Yitzhak Asher “Isaac” Ephron (the son of Chaim Nachum Ephron and Pearl Levitt). Yitzhak was from Valožyn, Minsk, Belarus. Chaim was the son of Israel Efron and Guda.

Nora’s paternal grandmother was Gittle “Gussie” Weinstein. Gittle was from Skidzyel’, now in Belarus.

Nora’s maternal grandparents were Louis Wolkind (the son of Bernard Wolkind and Grace Kunin) and Kate Lautkin.

Sources: Genealogy of Nora Ephron –

Genealogy of Nora Ephron (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Richard Appel

by stlucas on May 29, 2017

Birth Name: Richard James Appel

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

Date of Birth: May 21, 1963

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Richard Appel is an American writer, producer, and attorney.

Richard is the son of Nina S. (Schick) and Alfred Appel, Jr. Both of Richard’s parents are Jewish. Richard was previously married to writer Mona Simpson.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was Alfred Appel, Sr. (the son of Samuel Appel and Sadie Niedermann). Samuel was born in Kassel, North Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, the son of Laser Appel and Bertha Grimberg. Sadie was born in New York, the daughter of Joseph Niedermann, who was from New York, and of Carolina Blum, who was from Germany.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice Celia Hoffman (the daughter of Samuel “Sam” Hoffman and Eva Sherville). Samuel was born in Mir, Poland (now Belarus), the son of Morris Hoffman/Dvaretsky and Itka “Yetta” Lubner. Eva was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Richard’s maternal grandparents were Leonard “Leo” Schick and Nora.

Sources: Genealogy of Richard Appel –

Richard’s paternal grandfather, Alfred Appel, Sr., on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Richard’s paternal grandmother, Beatrice Celia (Hoffman) Appel –

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