Bohemian Jewish

John H. Cox

by follers on August 16, 2018

Birth Name: John Kaplan

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

Date of Birth: July 15, 1955

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

John H. Cox, full name John Herman Cox, is an American accountant, businessperson, broadcaster, attorney, and politician. He is also known as John Cox.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2008.

John is the son of Priscilla Edna (Pick) and Albert Kaplan. Cox is his stepfather’s surname. John is married to Sarah, with whom he has four children.

John’s mother was Jewish. His biological father is likely Jewish, too. John practices Catholicism with his family (it not clear if he was raised Catholic, or later converted).

John’s maternal grandfather was Albert Lee Pick (the son of Rudolf/Rudolph Pick and Hermena/Hermina/Hermine Karpeles/Karpolis). Albert was born in Illinois, to Bohemian Jewish parents.

John’s maternal grandmother was Lillian Lyle Garfinkel/Levine (the daughter of Abraham Garfinkle and Amelia Vita Bleiweiss). Lillian was born in Illinois, to Polish Jewish parents. Amelia was born in Galicia, the daughter of Isaac Bleiweiss and Bessie Pencik.

Two people of Jewish heritage have been nominated for President of the United States by a major party. Barry Goldwater, nominated by the Republican Party in 1964, was the first (Goldwater was born to a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother, and was raised an Episcopalian). John Kerry, nominated by the Democratic Party in 2004, was the second (Kerry’s paternal grandparents were born Jewish, though Kerry’s father and Kerry himself were raised Catholic).

Joe Lieberman, who is Jewish, was nominated for Vice President of the United States by the Democratic Party in 2000.

Four people of Jewish heritage have won a major party’s Presidential caucus and/or primary:
*Barry Goldwater (1964, the year he was nominated; Republican; won 7 states; Goldwater also sought the 1960 Republican nomination)
*John Kerry (2004, the year he was nominated; Democratic; won 51 contests)
*Wesley Clark (who sought the 2004 Democratic nomination; won 1 state, Oklahoma; Clark was born to a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother, and is a practicing Catholic)
*Bernie Sanders (who sought the 2016 Democratic nomination; won 23 contests)

Of the four, only Bernie Sanders is Jewish by religion, and he is the first person of Jewish religion to win a caucus and/or primary for a major American political party’s Presidential nomination (the 2016 New Hampshire primary).

Other people of significant Jewish heritage who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States are:
*Milton Shapp (who sought the 1976 Democratic nomination)
*Arlen Specter (who sought the 1996 Republican nomination)
*Joe Lieberman (who sought the 2004 Democratic nomination)
*Fred Karger (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination)

Shapp, Specter, Lieberman, and Karger were/are all Jewish by religion. Shapp was the first person of Jewish religion to mount a prominent campaign for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States.

Sources: Genealogy of John H. Cox –

Birth record of John’s mother –

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

John’s maternal grandfather, Albert Lee Pick, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Obituary of John’s maternal grandfather, Albert Lee Pick –

{ 1 comment }

Tamara Braun

by stlucas on April 7, 2018

Tamara Braun – “The Boatman” Los Angeles Screening – Arrivals – Arena Cinelounge, 1625 N Las Palmas Avenue – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Tamara Eve Braun

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

Date of Birth: April 18, 1971

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Tamara Braun is an American actress.

Tamara is the daughter of Renata/Renate E. (Deutsch) Bennett and Bennett O. Braun.

Tamara’s maternal grandfather was Erwin Samuel Deutsch (the son of Stefan S. Deutsch and Frederike Frieda Hahn). Erwin was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland), and was a Holocaust survivor. Frederike was born in Warsaw.

Tamara’s maternal grandmother was Steffi Buch (the daughter of Robert Buch and Irma Österreicher). Steffi was born in Breslau. Robert was born in La Paz, Bolivia, the son of parents from Germany, Moritz Louis Buch and Mathilde Pollack, from Ratibor. Irma was born in Teplitz-Schönau, Sudetenland, the daughter of Albert Oesterreicher and Franziska Fauwers, who was from Prague.

Sources: Genealogy of Tamara Braun (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Information about Tamara’s maternal grandparents, Erwin Samuel Deutsch and Steffi Buch –

Obituary of Tamara’s maternal grandfather, Erwin Samuel Deutsch –


Brandon Barash

by stlucas on September 30, 2017

Birth Name: Brandon Joseph Barash

Place of Birth: Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 4, 1979

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Brandon Barash is an American actor.

Brandon is the son of Susan (Gale) Hughes and Jerry L. Barash. Brandon’s parents are Jewish. Brandon has a brother, Jordan, and a half-sister, Alison. Brandon was previously married to actress Kirsten Storms, with whom he has a child.

Brandon’s paternal grandfather was Harold Barash (the son of Louis/Lewis Barash and Rebecca/Rebecka “Becky” Hershman). Louis was born in Russia, the son of Joseph B. Barash and Ida Levine. Rebecca was also born in Russia, the daughter of Louis Hershman and Slavia Baraban.

Brandon’s paternal grandmother is Rose “Rosie” Jacobs (the daughter of Louis Jacobs and Helen Patowsky). Louis was born in Poland, the son of Pesach Leib Jakubowski and Chawa Giwer Berlinski. Helen was also born in Poland.

Brandon’s maternal grandfather was Wilbert M. Gale/Galitsky (the son of Moses Israel Galitzky and Dora Azorsky). Moses was born in Russia, the son of Welvel Galitzky and Tzisy. Dora was also born in Russia, the daughter of Velva Cohen Azorsky and Anna Zirul.

Brandon’s maternal grandmother was Shirley Liebman (the daughter of Samuel Liebman and Josephine Wedeles). Samuel was the son of Sigmund Liebman, who was from Hesse, Germany, and of Rosie Kahn, who was from Austria. Josephine was the daughter of Morris Wedeles and Sophie Spitz, who were from Rokycany, Bohemia (now Czech Republic).

Sources: Genealogy of Brandon Barash –

Marriage announcement of Brandon’s half-sister, Alison Barash –

Marriage record of Brandon’s paternal grandparents –

Brandon’s paternal grandfather on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Brandon’s paternal stepgrandfather, Sidney Carr –

Birth record of Brandon’s maternal great-grandmother, Josephine Wedeles –

Photo by kathclick/


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). Chaje was born in Schwabach, Bavaria. 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 –


Gigi Pritzker

by stlucas on June 13, 2017

Gigi Pritzker – “Ender’s Game” UK Q&A Photocall – Odeon Leicester Square Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: Jean Pritzker

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

Date of Birth: July 27, 1962

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Gigi Pritzker is an American billionaire, film producer, and philanthropist.

Gigi is the daughter of Marian “Cindy” (Friend) and Jay Arthur Pritzker. Gigi’s parents were both Jewish. Her father’s family is known for being one of the wealthiest in the U.S. Her siblings are businesspeople Thomas Pritzker and John Pritzker, and musician and director Daniel Pritzker. Her paternal uncles were businesspeople Robert Pritzker and Donald Pritzker. Among her cousins are actress Liesel Pritzker Simmons, who has been credited as Liesel Matthews, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, and businessperson and politician J. B. Pritzker.

Gigi is married to Michael Pucker, and has three children.

Gigi’s paternal grandfather was Abram/Abraham Nicholas Pritzker, a prominent businessperson (the son of Nicholas Jacob Pritzker and Anna/Annie P. Cohen/Cohn). Abram was born in Illinois, the son of Ukrainian Jewish parents. Gigi’s great-grandfather Nicholas was born in Kiev, the son of Jacob/Yakov Yechezkel Nicholas Pritzker and Sophia/Sophie Schwartzman, who was born in Germany. Anna was born in Nezhin, the daughter of Eleazar/Levie Cohen and Fannie/Rosalie Schniroff.

Gigi’s paternal grandmother was Fanny/Fannie L. Doppelt (the daughter of Jacob Doppelt and Hannah/Chane Henshi/Henschy Dichter). Fanny was born in Illinois, to Austrian Jewish parents. Jacob was the son of Asher/Usher/Isidore Doppelt and Charlotte/Lottie Prend, who were from Gmina Brzozów, Subcarpathia, Poland. Hannah was the daughter of Salomon Hersch Dichter and Chane Grossman.

Gigi’s maternal grandfather was Hugo Morris Freund/Friend (the son of Markus/Marcus Freund and Emilia/Emilie Straschnow). Hugo was a jurist, who was a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, from 1920 to 1966. Hugo born in Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic). Markus was born in Veliš, Bohemia (now Czech Republic), the son of Moses Freund and Anna Weiss. Emilia was born in Mladá Boleslav, Bohemia (now Czech Republic), the daughter of Heinrich L. Straschnow and Julie Weil.

Gigi’s maternal grandmother was Sadie Cohn (the daughter of Esau M. Cohn/Cohen and Ethel Feidelberg/Faldberg). Sadie was born in Nebraska, to parents from Russia.

Sources: Genealogy of Gigi Priztker –

Death record of Gigi’s paternal great-grandmother, Anna/Annie P. (Cohen/Cohn) Pritzker –

Gigi’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –