English Jewish

Nicholas Stoller

by stlucas on November 16, 2017

Birth Name: Nicholas Allen Stoller

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

Date of Birth: 19 March, 1976

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Nicholas Stoller is a British-born American film director, film producer, and screenwriter.

Nicholas is the son of Phyllis (Rosenstein) and Eric C. Stoller. Nicholas’s parents are Jewish. Nicholas was raised in Miami, Florida. He is married to Francesca Delbanco, with whom he has two children. Nicholas’s father-in-law is American writer Nicholas Delbanco. Francesca is also of Jewish background.

Nicholas’ maternal grandparents were Albert Rosenstein and Betty Hobbs.

Sources: Birth record of Nicholas Stoller – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Nicholas’ maternal grandmother, Betty (Hobbs) Rosenstein – http://www.familysearch.org

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Tyler Young

by follers on November 1, 2017

Birth Name: Tyler Matthew Young

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 17, 1990

*Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish (mother)

Tyler Young is an American actor.

His mother is Jewish.

Tyler’s maternal grandfather was Donald Ratke (the son of Louis Ratke and Riwke Rose Bronstein). Donald was born in Wisconsin, to a Romanian Jewish father and a Russian Jewish mother. Riwke was the daughter of David Bronstein and Rebecca.

Tyler’s maternal grandmother was born Arline Selma Pirsch (the daughter of Jacob Jay Pirsch and Louise Melhado). Jacob was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, Aron Solomon Pirsch and Rose Goldstein. Louise was born in Massachusetts, the daughter of English-born parents, Abraham Elias Melhado and Elizabeth Phillips, from Spitalfields, Middlesex, who were Sephardi Jews. Abraham and Elizabeth were both of Dutch Jewish descent, from Amsterdam, with some Italian Jewish ancestors. Tyler’s great-great-grandfather Abraham was the son of Elias Juda Melhado/Meljado and Leah Van Abraham Mendes. Tyler’s great-great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Philip Phillips, who was born in the Netherlands, and of Leah Abrahams.

Tyler’s matrilineal line traces back to a woman named Sarah, who was born, c. 1797, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Tyler’s brother once tweeted, “Just found out I’m exactly 50% Jewish.” He may have been referring to having taken a DNA test that showed him to be of 50% Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Tyler added, “And our grandfather speaks “Jewish”…”, perhaps referring to a census record that listed their grandfather’s language as “Jewish” (“Yiddish”).

Sources: Tyler’s maternal grandfather, Donald Ratke, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Tyler’s maternal grandmother, Arline Selma Pirsch, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Tyler’s maternal great-grandfather, Jacob Jay Pirsch, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Tyler’s maternal great-grandmother, Louise Melhado, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Louise Melhado on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org


Jason Davis

by madman on October 21, 2017

Jason Davis – HBO’s Post 2016 Golden Globe Awards Party – Arrivals – Circa 55 Restaurant at The Beverly Hilton – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PRPhotos.com

Place of Birth: Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 14, 1984

*Turkish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Jason Davis is an American actor and voice actor. He is the son of Nancy Davis and Nebil Zarif, a wine grower. His father is Turkish and his mother is American, and Jewish.

Jason’s maternal grandfather was Marvin H. Davis (the son of Jack Julius/Joel Davis and Jean Spitzer). Marvin was an American industrialist and philanthropist. Jack was born in London, England, to Polish Jewish parents, Abraham Davis and Eva Jacobs. Jean was born in New York, to Romanian Jewish parents, Joseph Spitzer and Yetta.

Jason’s maternal grandmother is named Barbara Levine.

Sources: Genealogy of Jason’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Jason’s maternal great-grandfather, Jack Julius/Joel Davis, on the 1901 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Jack Julius/Joel Davis on the 1911 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Jason’s maternal great-grandmother, Jean Spitzer, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org


Will Gluck

by stlucas on October 21, 2017

Will Gluck – “Friends with Benefits” New York City Premiere – Arrivals – Ziegfeld Theatre – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Janet Mayer / PR Photos 

Birth Name: William Francis Gluck

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

Date of Birth: July 21, 1971

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Will Gluck is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, songwriter, and composer.

Will is the son of academic/professor Carol Gluck (born Carol Ann Newman) and architect Peter Lawrence Gluck. Will’s parents are Jewish. Will is married to Trista Gladden.

Will’s paternal grandparents were William Howard Gluck and Ruth F. Simon (the daughter of Walter Simon and Anna).

Will’s maternal grandfather was David E. Newman (the son of Edward Newman and Fanny/Fannie Meyer). Edward was born in Pennsylvania, to a father from Austria and a mother from England. Fanny was from Germany.

Will’s maternal grandmother was Doris Stern.

Sources: Will’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Will’s paternal grandmother, Ruth F. Simon, on the 1920 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Will’s paternal grandmother, Ruth F. (Simon) Gluck – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Will’s parents – http://www.familysearch.org

Will’s maternal grandfather, David E. Newman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Will’s maternal grandfather, David E. Newman – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Will’s maternal grandmother, Doris (Stern) Newman – http://www.legacy.com


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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