Bohemian Jewish

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 –

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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 –


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 philantrophist.

Gigi is the daughter of Marian “Cindy” (Friend) and Jay Arthur Pritzker. Gigi’s parents were both Jewish. Gigi’s father’s family is known for being one of the wealthiest families 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. Her cousin is actress Liesel Pritzker Simmons, who has been credited as Liesel Matthews.

Gigi’s paternal grandfather was Abram Nicholas Pritzker (the son of Nicholas Jacob Pritzker and Anna/Annie P. Cohen). Abram was a prominent businessperson. Gigi’s great-grandfather Nicholas was born in Kiev, Ukraine, the son of Jacob (Yakov Yechezel) Nicholas Prizker, who was from Russia, and of Sophia Schwartzman, who was from Germany. Gigi’s great-grandmother Anna was born in Nizhyn, Ukraine, the daughter of Eleazar Cohen and Fannie.

Gigi’s paternal grandmother was Fanny L. Doppelt (the daughter of Jacob Doppelt and Hannah/Chane Henschy/Henshi Dichter). Jacob was born in Austria, the son of Asher/Usher/Isidore Doppelt, who was from Gmina Brzozów, Poland, and of Charlotte “Lottie” Prend, who was from Brzozów, Poland. Hannah was also born in Austria, 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). Esau and Ethel were born in Russia.

Source: Genealogy of Gigi Priztker –



by Manila on June 2, 2017

Birth Name: Ari Staprans Leff

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 8, 1994

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Latvian (mother)

Ari Leff is an American musician.

Ari’s father, Stuart Emery Leff, is Jewish American. Ari’s mother, Silvija Inga (Staprāns), is Latvian.

His stage name derived from the word “lauve”, which means “lion” in Latvian.

Ari’s paternal grandfather was Sanford Leonard Leff (the son of Harry Leff and Sarah Kohn). Harry was a Polish Jewish emigrant, from Łomża, Podlaskie, and was the son of Daron Leff and Leah Grunstein. Sarah was a Czech Jewish emigrant, from Želnava, Prachatice District, South Bohemian Region, and was the daughter of Meyer Jacob Kohn and Zypa “Sadie” Feimehl (also known as Goldsmith).

Ari’s paternal grandmother was Seena Sylvia Glaser (the daughter of Nathan Lefo Glaser and Anna Ella Silverman). Nathan was the son of Lithuanian Jewish immigrant, Mendel “Michael” Glaser, and of Latvian Jewish immigrant, Ida Sarah Fine. Anna was the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants Samuel Silverman and Sarah Rappaport (also known as Drew).

Sources: Interview about Lauv’s ancestry –

Birth record of Lauv –

Marriage record of Lauv’s parents –

Birth record of Lauv’s father –

Birth record of Lauv’s paternal grandfather, Sanford Leonard Leff –

Marriage record of Lauv’s paternal great-grandparents, Harry Leff and Sarah Kohn –

Lauv’s paternal grandmother, Seena Sylvia Glaser, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Breck Eisner

by stlucas on May 9, 2017

Birth Name: Michael Breckenridge Eisner

Place of Birth: U.S.

Date of Birth: April 26, 1970

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Scottish, Swedish (mother)

Breck Eisner is an American film and television director.

Breck is the son of Jane (Breckenridge) and businessperson Michael Eisner (born Michael Dammann Eisner), who was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, from 1984 until 2005.

Breck’s father is Jewish (of Austrian Jewish, Czech Jewish/Bohemian Jewish, and German Jewish descent). Breck’s mother is a Unitarian, of Scottish and Swedish descent.

Breck’s paternal grandfather was J. Lester Eisner, Jr. (the son of J. Lester Eisner, Sr. and Marguerite Davidson). J. Lester, Sr.’s father, Sigmund Eisner, was a prominent manufacturer, who was born in Horažďovice, Austria (now Czech Republic), the son of Michael Eisner and Catharine/Kateřina Brumel/Bruml, who was from Strazov, Bohemia. J. Lester, Sr.’s mother was Bertha Weiss, who was born in New Jersey, to parents from Austria. Breck’s great-grandmother Marguerite was the daughter of M. M. Davidson and Jessie.

Breck’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Dammann/Damman (the daughter of Milton Dammann/Damman and Reba/Rita Weil). Milton was born in Washington, D.C., to parents from Germany. Reba was born in Georgia, to a father from Germany and a mother from Georgia.

Sources: Genealogy of Breck Eisner (focusing on his father’s side) –

Breck’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Bertha Weiss, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Breck’s paternal grandmother, Margaret (Dammann/Damman) Eisner –

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