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Wallace Shawn

by madman on April 21, 2018

Birth Name: Wallace Michael Shawn

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

Date of Birth: November 12, 1943

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Wallace Shawn is an American actor, comedian, playwright, and essayist.

He is the son of Cecille (Lyon) and William Shawn (William Chon), a magazine editor. His brother is composer Allen Shawn.

Wallace’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin William Chon (the son of William Louis Cohen/Chon and Esther Elizabeth Singer). Benjamin was born in either New York, United States, to Polish Jewish parents, or in Warsaw, Poland.

Wallace’s paternal grandmother was Anna/Annie Bransky (the daughter of Morris Bransky and Minna Levy). Anna was born in England, to Polish Jewish parents.

Wallace’s maternal grandfather was named William Lyon/Lyons. William was born in Russia.

Wallace’s maternal grandmother was Rose Levinson (the daughter of Simon Levinson and Rachel/Rachael). Rose was born in Carlstadt, Sweden, to Russian Jewish parents.

Each of Wallace’s grandparents was born in a different country, something that is fairly rare. Actors Noah Emmerich, Jessica Lange, and Logan Lerman are others whose grandparents were born in four distinct countries.

Sources: Genealogy of Wallace Shawn – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Wallace Shawn (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Wallace’s parents on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Wallace’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Wallace’s paternal grandparents, Benjamin William Chon and Anna/Annie Bransky, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Benjamin William Chon and Anna/Annie Bransky on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Benjamin William Chon and Anna/Annie Bransky on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Wallace’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Wallace’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Wallace’s maternal grandparents, William Lyon/Lyons and Rose Levinson, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
William Lyon/Lyons and Rose Levinson on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Wallace’s maternal grandmother, Rose (Levinson) Lyon – https://www.familysearch.org

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Zak Abel

by Manila on April 3, 2018

Birth Name: Zak David Zilesnick

Place of Birth: Kensington & Chelsea, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 1 March, 1995

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish

Zak Abel is a British musician.

His father was Moroccan Jewish, who moved to Israel. His mother, Rachel H. Zilesnick, is English Jewish.

Zak’s maternal grandfather is Harold Zilesnick (the son of Samuel “Sam” Zilesnick and Mary Bardofsky). Samuel was a Ukrainian Jewish emigrant, from Kiev, and was the son of Hyman Zilesnick and Miriam Kaplan. Mary was the daughter of Russian Jewish emigrants, Israel Bardofsky and Sarah Basia Sorrel.

Zak’s maternal grandmother is Ann S. Zola (the daughter of Joseph Zola and Minnie Derfield). Joseph was the son of a Polish Jewish emigrant, Morris Zola, of Warsaw, and of Kate Emanuel, who was also of Polish Jewish descent. Minnie was the daughter of Henry “Harry” Derfield, whose own parents, Aaron Derfler (later Derfield) and Rachel Levy, were Austrian Jewish and German Jewish emigrants, respectively, and of a Polish Jewish emigrant, Rose “Rosy” Appelbaum.

Zak’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandmother, Shinah Leibah “Jeanette/Jenetta/Janet/Georgina” Marchant (c. 1853, Poland – 1937, Stepney, London).

Sources: News article about Zak’s ancestry – https://www.pressreader.com

Birth record of Zak Abel – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Zak’s mother – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal grandparents, Harold Zilesnick and Ann S. Zola – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Zak’s maternal grandfather, Harold Zilesnick – https://www.geni.com

Birth record of Zak’s maternal grandfather, Harold Zilesnick – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Zak’s maternal grandmother, Ann S. Zola – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal great-grandparents, Joseph Zola and Minnie Derfield – https://www.familysearch.org

Zak’s maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Zola, on the 1911 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Morris Zola and Kate Emanuel – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Zak’s maternal great-grandmother, Minnie Derfield – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Harry Derfield and Rose Appelbaum – https://www.familysearch.org

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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

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Amber Rose Revah

by stlucas on January 5, 2018

Amber Rose Revah – Netflix’s “Bright” UK Premiere – Arrivals – BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road – London, UK – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

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

Date of Birth: 24 June, 1986

Ethnicity:
*Kenyan Indian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Amber Rose Revah is a British actress.

Amber is the daughter of Riane (Forster) Hewitt and Benjamin Z. “Ben” Revah/Reva/Revan. Amber’s father is of Kenyan Indian descent. Amber’s mother is Jewish, of Polish Jewish descent.

Amber’s maternal grandfather was Bernard Forster (the son of Yehuda Leib Forster and Rivka Hochstein). Bernard was born in Szczecin, Poland. Rivka was the daughter of Shaul Hochstein and Gella.

Amber’s maternal grandmother was Stefania Raab (the daughter of Leon Raab and Eugenia Wohl). Stefania was born in Krakow, Poland. Leon was also born in Krakow, the son of Ozyasz Raab and Gitla Haniser. Eugenia was born in Krakow, the daughter of Salomon/Salamon Majer/Mayer Izaak Wohl and Feigel Holtzer.

Sources: http://www.tvovermind.com

Genealogy of Amber Rose Revah (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Birth record of Amber Rose Revah – http://www.familysearch.org

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Jaime Ray Newman

by stlucas on January 5, 2018

Place of Birth: Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 2, 1978

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jaime Ray Newman is an American actress and singer.

Jaime is the daughter of Marsha Jo (Raphael) and Fredric/Frederick Mark Newman. Jamie’s parents are Jewish. She has a sister, Beth Nicole. Jamie is married to Israeli-born writer/director Guy Nattiv, with whom she has a daughter.

Jaime’s paternal grandfather was Albert Newman (the son of Rubin/Ruben Benj Newman and Nettie). Rubin was from Lithuania. Nettie was from Poland.

Jaime’s paternal grandmother was Phyllis Ruth Wener (the daughter of Samuel Wener and Lillian Hershcovitz). Samuel was born in Smela/Smila, Ukraine, the son of Frank Wener and Ida Shatz. Lillian was born in Romania.

Jaime’s maternal grandfather was named (Adolph) Ray Raphael (likely the son of Louis Raphael and Esther). Louis was from Poland. Esther was from Russia.

Jaime’s maternal grandmother was Ettie Sacks (the daughter of Wolf Sacks and Sarah Kaplan). Wolf was born in Russia, the son of Harry Sacks and Rebecca. Sarah was born in England, the daughter of Samuel Kaplan and Hannah.

Sources: Genealogy of Jaime Ray Newman (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.ancestry.com

Marriage announcement of Jamie’s parents – http://www.newspapers.com

Obituary of Jaime’s paternal grandfather, Albert Newman – http://www.irakaufman.com

Obituary of Jaime’s maternal grandmother, Ettie (Sacks) Raphael Handelman – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Jaime’s maternal great-grandparents, Wolf Sacks and Sarah Kaplan – http://www.familysearch.org

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