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Aaron Sorkin

by stlucas on September 1, 2017

Birth Name: Aaron Benjamin Sorkin

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

Date of Birth: June 9, 1961

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Aaron Sorkin is an American screenwriter, producer, and playwright.

Aaron is the son of Claire (Spector) and Bernard R. “Bernie” Sorkin. Aaron’s parents were Jewish. Aaron was raised in Scarsdale, New York. He has a daughter with his former wife, Julia Bingham (Julia is also Jewish).

Aaron’s paternal grandfather was Isidore/Isadore Sorkin (the son of Berk Sorkin and Celia Averbock). Isidore was born in Kopys, Russia (now Belarus).

Aaron’s paternal grandmother was Bessie/Basha. Bessie was from Russia.

Aaron’s maternal grandfather was Nathan B. Spector (the son of Samuel Spector and Clara Dubowsky). Nathan was from Russia. Samuel was the son of Nathan Spector and Rachel Dubofsky. Clara was the daughter of Abraham Dubowsky and Lillie Klein.

Aaron’s maternal grandmother was Betty G. Trieff (the daughter of David Trieff and Bertha Bomze). Betty was born in England, to a father from Romania and a mother from Austria. Bertha was the daughter of Simon Bomze and Rebecca Davies.

Sources: Genealogy of Aaron Sorkin – http://www.geni.com

Obituary of Aaron’s father – http://www.legacy.com

Aaron’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

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Lenny Von Dohlen

by stlucas on August 30, 2017

Lenny von Dohlen – The Paley Center for Media Presents “Psych” and “Twin Peaks” Reunion – Photo Credit: Tatiana Beller / PR Photos

Birth Name: Leonard Von Dohlen, IV

Place of Birth: Augusta, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 22, 1958

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, English, Irish, French

Lenny Von Dohlen is an American film, television, and stage actor.

Lenny is the son of Gay (Aoueille) and Leonard Harold Von Dohlen, III. Lenny was raised in Goliad, Texas.

Lenny’s paternal grandfather was Leonard Harold Von Dohlen, II (the son of Leonard Meyer Von Dohlen and Lucy Hill Byrne). Lenny’s great-grandfather Leonard was the son of George von Dohlen, who was from Hanover, Germany, and of Adelaide Seeligson, whose own parents were Dutch and English Jews. Lenny’s great-grandmother Lucy was the daughter of Thomas King Byrne, Jr., whose own father was Irish, and of Mary Elizabeth Throckmorton.

Lenny’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth O’Connell (the daughter of Timothy Bartholomew “Tim” O’Connell and Elizabeth Merriman). Lenny’s great-grandfather Timothy was born in Texas, to parents from County Cork, Ireland, Sim O’Connell and Ellen Kelloher/Kellkner.

Lenny’s maternal grandfather was Bernard Aoueille (the son of John M. Aoueille and Jeannette/Jeannett). John was born in France. Jeannette was born in Louisiana, to a father from France and a mother from Ireland.

Lenny’s maternal grandmother was Ida Caulfield (the daughter of George Leon Caulfield/Caulfeild and Ida Cox). George was the son of William Douglas Caulfield and Annie A. Caston.

Sources: Obituary of Lenny’s father – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of Lenny’s paternal great-grandfather, Leonard Meyer Von Dohlen – http://www.findagrave.com

Lenny’s maternal grandfather on the 1920 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

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Lee Arenberg

by stlucas on August 23, 2017

Birth Name: Lee Todd Arenberg

Place of Birth: Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 18, 1962

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Lee Arenberg is an American film and television actor.

Lee is the son of Janet Estelle (Rubin) and Sheldon Ira Arenberg. Lee’s parents are/were Jewish. Lee has a brother, Jonathan William, who is an engineer. Lee went to Hebrew school.

Lee’s paternal grandfather was Ben Arenberg (the son of Israel Arenberg and Anna Alner/Alpert). Ben was born in Illinois, to a father from Russia and a mother from Lithuania/Russia.

Lee’s paternal grandmother was Leona/Leola Radzinski/Radzinsky. Leona was born in Illinois, to a father from either Germany or England, and a mother from England.

Lee’s maternal grandfather was Robert Rubin (the son of Jacob/Jacop Rubin and Rachael). Robert was born in Maryland, to parents from Russia.

Lee’s maternal grandmother was named Ida.

Sources: http://crypticrock.com

Birth record of Lee Arenberg – http://www.familysearch.org

Lee’s father, Sheldon Ira Arenberg, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Lee’s father, Sheldon Ira Arenberg – http://jewishjournal.com

Obituary of Lee’s aunt (father’s sister), Arlene (Arenberg) Beck – http://www.legacy.com

Death record of Lee’s paternal grandfather, Ben Arenberg – http://www.familysearch.org

Lee’s mother, Janet Estelle Rubin, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Lee’s uncle (mother’s brother), Ronald Rubin – http://www.legacy.com

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Benjamin N. Cardozo

by follers on August 3, 2017

Birth Name: Benjamin Nathan Cardozo

Date of Birth: May 24, 1870

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

Date of Death: July 9, 1938

Place of Death: Port Chester, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish

Benjamin N. Cardozo was an American lawyer and jurist. He was Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from March 2, 1932 to July 9, 1938, his death. He was also Justice of the Supreme Court of New York for the First Judicial Division, from January 5, 1914 to January 15, 1917, and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, from January 1, 1927 to March 7, 1932.

Justice Cardozo was the son of Rebecca Washington (Nathan) and Albert Jacob Cardozo. His family was Jewish, both Sephardi (from England, Portugal, Spain, and Morocco) and Ashkenazi (from Germany).

Justice Cardozo was a first cousin of poet Emma Lazarus. Their mothers were sisters.

Justice Cardozo could be considered the first Hispanic Justice on the United States Supreme Court, preceding Sonia Sotomayor.

Justice Cardozo’s paternal grandfather was Michael Hart Cardozo (the son of Isaac Nunez Cardozo and Sarah Hart). Michael was born in Pennsylvania. Isaac was born in London, England, the son of Aaron Nunez Cardozo and Sarah Nunez Navaro. Justice Cardozo’s great-grandmother Sarah Hart was the daughter of Myer Hart/Hart de Shira/Texeira and Rachel de Lyon.

Justice Cardozo’s paternal grandmother was Ellen Hart (the daughter of Abraham Hart). Ellen was born in Black River, St Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica, and was a first cousin of Justice Cardozo’s paternal grandfather. Abraham was born in Virginia, the son of Myer Hart/Hart de Shira/Texeira and Rachel de Lyon.

Justice Cardozo’s maternal grandfather was Isaac Mendes Seixas Nathan (the son of Simon Nathan and Grace Mendes Seixas). Isaac was born in New York. Simon was born in Frome, Somerset, England, the son of Judah Nathan. Grace was born in Connecticut, the daughter of Isaac Mendes Seixas, who was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and of Rachel Franks Levy, who was born in London, England.

Justice Cardozo’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Mendes Seixas (the daughter of Benjamin Mendes Seixas and Zipporah Levy). Sarah was born in New York, and was a first cousin of Justice Cardozo’s maternal grandfather. Benjamin was born in Rhode Island, the son of Isaac Mendes Seixas and Rachel Franks Levy. Zipporah was born in New York, the daughter of Hayman Levy, who was born in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany, and of Sloe Myers.

Source: Genealogy of Benjamin N. Cardozo – https://www.geni.com

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Emma Lazarus

by follers on August 3, 2017

Date of Birth: July 22, 1849

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

Date of Death: November 19, 1887

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

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish, as well as possibly 1/16th English

Emma Lazarus was an American poet. She wrote The New Colossus, in 1883 (“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”). The poem was inscribed on a plaque in a pedestal in the Statue of Liberty in 1903.

She was the daughter of Esther Lydia Mary (Nathan) and Moses Lazarus. Her parents were both born in New York. Her family was Jewish, both Ashkenazi (from Germany) and Sephardi (from England, Portugal, Spain, and Morocco). One of her paternal great-great-grandmothers, Caroline Webb, may have been of English descent, and a convert to Judaism.

Emma was a first cousin of United Stated Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo. Their mothers were sisters.

Emma’s paternal grandfather was Eleazar Samuel Lazarus (the son of Samuel Eleazar Lazarus and Fanny Cushell). Emma’s great-grandfather Samuel was the son of Eleazer Lazarus.

Emma’s paternal grandmother was Zipporah Hart (the daughter of Jacob Naphtali Hart and Leah Thérèse Nathan). Zipporah was born in New York. Jacob was born in Fürth, Bavaria, Germany, the son of Jacobus S. Hart. Leah was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Lyon Nathan and Caroline Webb.

Emma’s maternal grandfather was Isaac Mendes Seixas Nathan (the son of Simon Nathan and Grace Mendes Seixas). Isaac was born in New York. Simon was born in Frome, Somerset, England, the son of Judah Nathan. Grace was born in Connecticut, the daughter of Isaac Mendes Seixas, who was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and of Rachel Franks Levy, who was born in London, England.

Emma’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Mendes Seixas (the daughter of Benjamin Mendes Seixas and Zipporah Levy). Sarah was born in New York, and was a first cousin of Emma’s maternal grandfather. Benjamin was born in Rhode Island, the son of Isaac Mendes Seixas and Rachel Franks Levy. Zipporah was born in New York, the daughter of Hayman Levy, who was born in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany, and of Sloe Myers.

Source: Genealogy of Emma Lazarus – https://www.geni.com

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