Dutch Jewish

John Berman

by follers on September 2, 2018

Place of Birth: Carlisle, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 21, 1972

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, some Sephardi Jewish

John Berman is an American news anchor.

He is married to Kerry Voss, with whom he has two children.

John’s paternal grandfather is Edmund Albert Berman (the son of Jacob Berman and Celia Rosenbaum). Edmund was born in Massachusetts, to Russian Jewish parents.

John’s paternal grandmother was Grace Rebecca Spinoza (the daughter of Joseph Judah Benjamin Spinoza and Minnie Tuschinsky). Grace was born in Massachusetts. Joseph was born in Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin Spinosa, a Jewish emigrant from Amsterdam, Netherlands, and of Rebecca Nelson, a Jewish emigrant from Hull, England. Minnie was a Polish Jewish immigrant. John’s great-great-grandfather Benjamin was a Sephardi Jew, with Jewish ancestors who had lived in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, before the Netherlands. He was said to be related to Dutch Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza.

John’s maternal grandparents were Irving Flax and Cyrille Romanow (the daughter of Maurice/Morris Theodore Romanow and Pearl Urofsky/Urrows). Cyrille was born in Massachusetts, to Russian Jewish parents. Morris was the son of Leah. Pearl was the daughter of Harry Urrows and Rebecca Dubb.

Sources: Information about John’s Sephardi ancestry – https://blogs.ancestry.com

Genealogy of John Berman – https://www.geni.com

John’s paternal grandfather, Edmund Albert Berman, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

John’s paternal grandmother, Grace Rebecca Spinoza, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of John’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Benjamin Spinosa and Rebecca Nelson – https://www.familysearch.org

John’s maternal grandmother, Cyrille Romanow, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of John’s maternal grandmother, Cyrille (Romanow) Berman – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandparents, Maurice/Morris Theodore Romanow and Pearl Urofsky/Urrows – https://www.geni.com

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Adam Jacobs

by stlucas on August 27, 2018

Birth Name: Adam Loren Jacobs

Place of Birth: Orange, California, United States.

Date of Birth: May 17, 1979

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Filipino (mother)

Adam Jacobs is an American actor and singer.

Adam is the son of Avelene Sorio and Alan Jacobs. His sister, Arielle Jacobs, is also an actress. Adam is married to Kelly, with whom he has two children.

Adam has said:

My dad is Jewish, Russian, Dutch and Polish… and my mom is Catholic and Filipino. I was raised Catholic and went to a Jesuit high school. Most people think I’m Latino. Right away they say, ‘Oh, are you Cuban or Dominican?’ I’ve gotten everything under the sun, to be honest. I see myself as American, in the sense that I’m a mix—and I’ve been able to use that to play a variety of roles.

Adam’s paternal grandmother was named Estelle Dorothy (likely Moss).

Source: Obituary of Adam’s paternal grandmother, Estelle Dorothy Jacobs Chaison – http://jewishjournal.com

Photo by Debby Wong/www.bigstockphoto.com/


Dennis Sciama

by Manila on March 26, 2018

Birth Name: Denis William Siahou Sciama

Date of Birth: 18 November, 1926

Place of Birth: Manchester South, Lancashire, England, U.K.

Date of Death: 18/19 December, 1999

Place of Death: Oxford, England, U.K.

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish

Dennis Sciama was a British physicist. He is considered one of the fathers of modern cosmology.

His father, Abraham Sciama, was a textile businessperson, also from Manchester. His mother, Nelly Ades, was born in Cairo, Egypt. Both of them traced their roots to Aleppo, Syria.

The surname Sciama was originally spelled Shama, but the later spelling was adopted to conform better to the Latin alphabet.

Dennis was married to a social anthropologist, Lidia Dina, until his death, with whom he has two daughters.

Dennis’ paternal grandfather was Moses Abraham Sciama (the son of Raphael Abraham Sciama and Esther). Raphael and Esther were Syrian Jewish emigrants, from Aleppo.

Dennis’ paternal grandmother was Elizabeth “Bessie/Betsy” Henriques Valentine (the daughter of Emanuel Henriques Valentine and Frances “Fanny” Woolf). Emanuel was the son of Abraham/Aaron Henriques Valentine and Julia/Judith Mordechai Mendoza. Frances was the daughter of Abraham Woolf and Elizabeth Samuel.

Dennis’ maternal grandfather was named Ezra Ades.

Sources: Biography of Dennis Sciama – http://rsbm.royalsocietypublishing.org

Genealogy of Dennis’ brother, Maurice Sciama – http://farhi.org

Dennis’ father on the 1891 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Dennis’ paternal grandparents, Moses Abraham Sciama and Elizabeth Henriques Valentine – https://www.familysearch.org

Dennis’ paternal grandfather, Moses Abraham Sciama, on the 1871 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Dennis’ paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Henriques Valentine, on the 1871 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Dennis’ paternal great-grandparents, Emanuel Henriques Valentine and Frances Woolf – https://www.familysearch.org


Sarah Bernhardt

by follers on December 17, 2017

Birth Name: Henriette Rosine Bernard

Date of Birth: 22/23 October, 1844

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Death: 26 March, 1923

Place of Death: Paris, France

*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
*unknown (father)

Sarah Bernhardt is a French stage actress.

Her mother, Julie/Judith Bernardt, was a courtesan to wealthy men.

Sarah’s mother, who was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, was Jewish. The identity of Sarah’s biological father is not known. He was likely Catholic.

Sarah was married to military officer and actor Jacques Damala, until his death.

Sarah’s maternal grandfather was Moritz Baruch Bernardt (the son of Baruch Bernardt and Jetta Wolf). Moritz was born in Rotterdam.

Sarah’s maternal grandmother was Janetta Hartog (the daughter of Hartog Jacob and Rebecca). Janetta was born in Gorinchem.

Source: Genealogy of Sarah Bernhardt (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com


Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

by follers on November 14, 2017

Birth Name: Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr.

Date of Birth: December 9, 1909

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York, New York, United States

Date of Death: May 7, 2000

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

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandfather), English, Scottish, possibly other

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. was an American actor. He was a decorated naval officer in World War II.

Douglas was the son of Anna Beth (Sully) and famed matinee idol Douglas Fairbanks, who was also a screenwriter, director, and producer.

Douglas was married to merchandiser Vera Shelton, until his death, and to Mary Lee Hartford (born Mary Lee Epling), until her death. Douglas and Mary Lee had three children.

Douglas’s paternal grandfather was Hezekiah Charles Ullman (the son of Lazarus Ullman and Lydia Abrams). Douglas’s grandfather Hezekiah was born in Pennsylvania, and was Jewish. Lazarus was born in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, the son of Hayim Simon Uhlmann and Rosa V. Lydia was the daughter of Levi Abrams, from Bittkau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, and of Roseanna Lindermann, from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Douglas’s paternal grandmother was named Ella Adelaide Marsh. Ella was born in New York.

Douglas’s maternal grandfather was Daniel John Sully (the son of Abram/Abraham Charles Sully and Jane). Daniel was born in Rhode Island, to English and Scottish parents.

Douglas’s maternal grandmother was Emma Frances Thompson (the daughter of David M. Thompson and Anna J.). Emma was born in Massachusetts.

Sources: History of the Ullman family – http://civilwar.gratzpa.org

Genealogies of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. – https://www.geni.com

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Douglas’s mother on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Douglas’s maternal grandparents, Daniel John Sully and Emma Frances Thompson – https://www.familysearch.org

Douglas’s maternal grandparents, Daniel John Sully and Emma Frances Thompson, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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