Belarusian Jewish

Ayn Rand

by follers on December 14, 2016

Birth Name: Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum

Date of Birth: February 2, 1905

Place of Birth: St. Petersburg, Russian Empire

Date of Death: March 6, 1982

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

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Ayn Rand was a Russian and American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter.

Ayn was born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire, the daughter of Khana/Anna Berkovna/Borisovna (Kaplan) and Zelman/Zinovy Wolf Zakharovich Rosenbaum. Her family was Jewish. Her father was born in Brest-Litovsk, Belarus. Her mother was born in St. Petersburg.

She moved to New York City, New York, U.S., in 1926. She became a U.S. citizen in 1931.

Ayn’s maternal grandparents were Berko Itskovitch Kaplan and Rozalia Pavlovna.

Source: Genealogy of Ayn Rand –


Barney Frank

by stlucas on November 20, 2016

"Ragtime" Broadway Show Opening Night - Arrivals

Birth Name: Barnett Frank

Date of Birth: Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.

Place of Birth: March 31, 1940

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Barney Frank is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts, from January 3, 1981 to January 3, 2013.

Barney was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, the son of Elsie (Golush) and Samuel Frank.

Barney’s paternal grandparents were Polish Jews, from a small city in Northern Poland. Barney’s paternal grandmother’s name was Margaret.

Barney’s maternal grandparents were Banet “Benny” Golush and Anna. They were from a small town near Minsk, Belarus, and spoke Yiddish at home.

Sources: Genealogy of Barney Frank –

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Shimon Peres

by follers on September 27, 2016

TEREZIN CZECH REPUBLIC March 30. 2011: Israeli statesman and politician Shimon Peres during his visit on March 30. 2011 in Terezin Czech Republic

Birth Name: Szymon Perski

Date of Birth: 2 August, 1923

Place of Birth: Wiszniew, Poland (now Belarus)

Date of Death: 28 September, 2016

Place of Death: Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer, Tel Aviv, Israel

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Shimon Peres was an Israeli statesman. He served as Prime Minister of Israel, from 22 April, 1977 to 21 June, 1977, 13 September, 1984 to 20 October, 1986, and 4 November, 1995 to 18 June, 1996, and as President of Israel, from 15 July, 2007 to 24 July, 2014. He was also Minister of Transportation, from 1 September, 1970 to 10 March, 1974, Minister of Defence, from 3 June, 1974 to 20 June, 1977, and again from 4 November, 1995 to 18 June, 1996, and Minister of Finance, from 22 December, 1988 to 15 March, 1990.

He won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat.

Prime Minister Peres was born in Wiszniew, Poland (now Belarus), the son of Sara/Sarah (Meltzer) and Yitzhak Gecel/Gitzl Persky/Perski. His father moved to Mandatory Palestine in 1932. The family followed him there in 1934.

Through his father, Prime Minister Peres was a relative of American actress Lauren Bacall, who was born Betty Joan Perske (though he had said that they were not first cousins, as has sometimes been reported).

Prime Minister Peres’ paternal grandparents were Zalman Meir Perski (the son of Yehuda Avraham Perski and Elke) and Shine Yafa. Zalman was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. Yehuda was the son of Hirsch Perski.

Prime Minister Peres’ maternal grandfather was Rabbi Zvi Hirshl Melzer (the son of Moshe Melzer/Meltzer and Mariashka Saladeiche). Rabbi Zvi was murdered in the Holocaust, in 1942. Moshe was the son of Shara.

Prime Minister Peres’ maternal grandmother was Rivka Alte Potashnik Gurevich. Rivka was born in Vishnevo, and was murdered in the Holocaust, in 1942. One of the Prime Minister’s maternal great-great-grandfathers was Chaim ben Yitzchok of Volozhin, an Orthodox rabbi and Talmudist.

Source: Genealogy of Shimon Peres –

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D’arcy Wretzky

by andrew on September 13, 2016

1996 MTV Video Music Awards

Birth Name: D’arcy Elizabeth Wretzky

Place of Birth: South Haven, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 1, 1968

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Scandinavian (mother)

D’arcy Wretzky is an American musician. She is known as the original bass player of the rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. The band’s original members also include Jimmy Chamberlin, Billy Corgan, and James Iha.

D’arcy’s father is from a Belarusian Jewish family. D’arcy’s mother, whose name is Vikke, is likely of Scandinavian descent.

D’arcy’s paternal grandfather was Herman/Chaim Khaym D. Wretzky/Uretzky (the son of Joseph Uretzky/Wretzky and Frieda/Freida/Fraydl Erenberg). Herman was born in Shchedrin, Bobruisk uezd, Minsk.

D’arcy’s paternal grandmother was Sophia “Sophie” Lipshitz/Lipshutz (the daughter of Benjamin “Ben” H. Lipshitz/Lipshutz and Katie/Katy Kaplan/Kapillon). Sophia was born in Chicago, Illinois, to parents from Shchedrin, Bobruisk uezd, Minsk. Benjamin was the son of Leyb/Louis Lipshitz and Fanny/Zelda/Zlate Feiga Erenberg. Katie was the daughter of Nakhema/Nehemia/Nechemye Kaplan and Maryashe/Mariyash Erenberg/Ehrenberg.

Sources: Genealogy of D’arcy Wretzky (focusing on her father’s side) –

D’arcy’s paternal grandfather, Herman D. Wretzky, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Ariel Sharon

by follers on September 7, 2016

Ariel Sharon File Photos

Birth Name: Ariel Scheinermann

Date of Birth: February 26, 1928

Place of Birth: Kfar Malal, British Mandate of Palestine

Date of Death: January 11, 2014

Place of Death: Ramat Gan, Israel

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Ariel Sharon was an Israeli general and politician. He was the 11th Prime Minister of Israel, from March 7, 2001 to January 4, 2006.

He was previously Minister of Defense, from August 5, 1981 to February 14, 1983, Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour, from September 13, 1984 to February 20, 1990, Minister of Housing and Construction, from June 11, 1990 to July 13, 1992, Minister of Energy and Water Resources, from July 8, 1996 to July 6, 1999, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, from October 13, 1998 to June 6, 1999.

Prime Minister Sharon was the son of Dvora/Vera (Shneurov) and Shmuel Sheinerman. His parents were Jewish immigrants, his father from Brest-Litovsk, Belarus, and his mother from Hałavienčycy, Belarus.

Prime Minister Sharon’s mother has been described on the internet as having been of Subbotnik descent (the Subbotniks were ethnic Russians who converted to Judaism). It is not clear if this is accurate. Available information on his maternal grandparents, including their surname, “Shneirov”, does not appear to support this statement.

Prime Minister Sharon’s paternal grandparents were Mordechai Sheinerman (the son of Moshe Sheinerman and Frida Gittel Puchachever) and Bluma. Frida was the daughter of Shimon Puchachever and Malka.

Prime Minister Sharon’s maternal grandparents were Mordehai/Mark Shneirov and Slava.

Source: Genealogy of Ariel Sharon –

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