Egyptian Jewish

Hannah Marks

by stlucas on October 7, 2018

Hannah Marks – 2016 PaleyLive LA – “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” TV Series Premiere Screening & Conversation – Arrivals – The Paley Center for Media, 465 N Beverly Drive – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Hannah Gayle Marks

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 13, 1993

*Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish (father)
*English, Irish, Creek Native American (mother)

Hannah Marks is an American actress, writer, and director.

Hannah is the daughter of actress Nova Ball and Robin Marks. Her father is of Polish Jewish and Egyptian Jewish descent. Her mother has English and Irish, as well as some Creek Native American, ancestry.

Hannah’s paternal grandfather was Byron Marks (the son of Saul Marks and Lillian Celia Simon). Byron was born in California, to Polish Jewish parents.

Hannah’s paternal grandmother was Eleonora Vitta (the daughter of Amalio Vitta and Camille Bassan). Eleanora was born in Egypt, into a Sephardi Jewish family. Amalio and Camille were also from Egypt, and likely had Italian Jewish ancestry.

Hannah’s maternal grandfather was entrepreneur and musician Ernie Ball (born Roland Sherwood Ball; the son of Roland Adelbert Ball and Frances/Francis Josephine Shankland). Ernie was born in California. Hannah’s great-grandfather Roland was born in New York, the son of singer and songwriter Ernest Roland Ball and Maude Lambert. Frances was born in Ohio, the daughter of Sherwood Dodge Shankland and Ethel Ada Haskell.

Hannah’s maternal grandmother was Nova Gail Conley (the daughter of William Conley and Pearl Kirkpatrick). Nova was born in Oklahoma and is said to have been of Irish and Creek Native American ancestry. William was born in Oklahoma, and was listed as “Indian” on the 1920 U.S. Census and as “White” on the 1930 U.S. Census. He was evidently the son of Oscar Conley and Hepsie Leader. Pearl was born in Texas, the daughter of Andrew Jackson Kirkpatrick and Ida Maud Cullins.

Sources: Marriage record of Hannah’s paternal grandparents, Byron Marks and Eleonora Vitta –

Death record of Hannah’s paternal great-grandmother, Camille (Bassan) Vitta Modiano Mayesh –


Alon Aboutboul

by follers on April 23, 2018

Alon Moni Abutbul – FX’s “Snowfall” TV Series Season 1 Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 933 S Broadway – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Alon Moni Abutbul/Aboutboul

Place of Birth: Kiryat Ata, Israel

Date of Birth: 28 May, 1965

Ethnicity: Egyptian Jewish, Algerian Jewish

Alon Aboutboul, also credited as Alon Moni Aboutboul or Abutbul, is an Israeli actor.

He has four children with his partner, director Shir Bilya.


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 –

Genealogy of Dennis’ brother, Maurice Sciama –

Dennis’ father on the 1891 England and Wales Census –

Marriage record of Dennis’ paternal grandparents, Moses Abraham Sciama and Elizabeth Henriques Valentine –

Dennis’ paternal grandfather, Moses Abraham Sciama, on the 1871 England and Wales Census –

Dennis’ paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Henriques Valentine, on the 1871 England and Wales Census –

Marriage record of Dennis’ paternal great-grandparents, Emanuel Henriques Valentine and Frances Woolf –


Michelle Chamuel

by stlucas on December 25, 2016

Birth Name: Michelle Jacqueline Chamuel

Place of Birth: Wellesley, Massachusetts, U.S

Date of Birth: 1986

Ethnicity: Egyptian Jewish

Michelle Chamuel is an American singer, songwriter, and producer. She was the lead singer for American Electropop band Ella Riot.

Michelle was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Egyptian Jewish parents, Joalie (Davie) and Jacques Chamuel. Her parents moved to the U.S as refugees in 1967. Like many Egyptian Jews, Michelle is likely of Mizrahi Jewish background.

Her father is pictured here. Her mother is pictured here.


Photo by Joe Seer/


Oliver Jackson-Cohen

by follers on October 19, 2012

Birth Name: Oliver Mansour Jackson Cohen

Place of Birth: Westminster, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 24 October, 1986

*Egyptian Jewish (father)
*English (mother)

Oliver Mansour Jackson-Cohen is a British actor and model.

He is the son of Betty Jackson, a fashion designer, and David Cohen, who is his mother’s business partner. Their company is Betty Jackson Ltd.

Oliver’s father is Jewish, from an Egyptian Jewish family that left the country because of the Nasser regime, around the 1950s, and settled in France. The family was Orthodox Jewish. Oliver’s father evidently also has Israeli citizenship.

Oliver’s mother is English. She is from a Protestant background.

Oliver’s maternal grandfather was Arthur Jackson (the son of Emma).

Oliver’s maternal grandmother was Phyllis Gertrude Rains (the daughter of Edward Rains and Phoebe).

Source: Oral history interview with Oliver’s mother –

image via Prphotos