German Jewish

Peter Strauss

by follers on October 11, 2018

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Birth Name: Peter Lawrence Strauss

Place of Birth: Croton-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 20, 1947

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Peter Strauss is an American actor.

He is the son of German Jewish parents, Antonie “Tonie” (Weisenfeld) and Werner/Warren B. Strauss, a wine importer, who was born in Duisburg. Peter is married to actress Rachel Ticotin. He has two children with his former wife, Nicole Fons.

Peter’s paternal grandfather was Hermann/Herman Israel Strauss (the son of Binas/Pinas Löb Strauss and Therese Treine). Hermann was born in Lohrhaupten, Flörsbachtal, Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany. Binas was born in Lohrhaupten, the son of Israel Ascher Strauss and Bess/Babette Frank.

Peter’s paternal grandmother was Gretel/Margaretha Kaufmann (the daughter of David Kaufmann and Sophie Lieberg). Gretel was born in Basel, Switzerland, to parents from Kassel, Hessen, Germany. David was the son of Simon Kaufmann and Karoline. Sophie was born in Wolfshagen, the daughter of Wolf Lieberg and Betty/Betti Hesse.

Peter’s maternal grandfather was Justus Weisenfeld (the son of Max Weisenfeld).

Peter’s maternal grandmother was named Elise K.

Source: Genealogy of Peter’s father –

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Milo Manheim

by follers on September 21, 2018

Birth Name: Milo Jacob Manheim

Place of Birth: Venice, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 6, 2001

*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Milo Manheim is an American actor.

He was raised by his mother, actress Camryn Manheim. His biological father is reported as model Jeffrey Brezovar.

Milo was raised in his mother’s Jewish faith, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Milo’s maternal grandfather was Jerome Henry Manheim, a mathematics professor (the son of Herman Manheim and Camille/Camilla K. Fantl). Jerome was born in Illinois. Herman was born in Tennessee, of German Jewish descent, and was the son of Elias E. Manheim and Jennie/Jenny Harris. Camille was born in Illinois, the daughter of Czech Jewish parents, Henry Fantl and Veronika/Fronie/Veronij Lederer.

Milo’s maternal grandmother is Sylvia Nuchow (the daughter of Samuel “Sam” Nuchow and Esther/Estelle Liebman). Sylvia was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents.

Sources: Genealogies of Milo’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) –

Milo’s maternal grandfather, Jerome Henry Manheim, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Milo’s maternal great-grandfather, Herman Manheim, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Milo’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Elias E. Manheim –

Genealogy of Milo’s maternal grandmother, Sylvia Nuchow –

Milo’s maternal grandmother, Sylvia Nuchow, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Camryn Manheim

by follers on September 21, 2018

Place of Birth: Caldwell, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 8, 1961

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Camryn Manheim is an American actress.

She is the daughter of Sylvia, a teacher, and Jerome Manheim, a mathematics professor. Her son is actor Milo Manheim.

Camryn’s paternal grandfather was Herman Manheim (the son of Elias E. Manheim and Jennie/Jenny Harris). Herman was born in Tennessee. Elias was a German Jewish immigrant, and was the son of Herman Manheim and Yetta Elias. Jennie was born in Illinois, to German Jewish parents.

Camryn’s paternal grandmother was Camille/Camilla K. Fantl (the daughter of Henry Fantl and Veronika/Fronie/Veronij Lederer). Camille was born in Illinois, to Czech Jewish parents. Veronika was the daughter of Josef Lederer, who was born in Slatina, Plzeň Region, and of Anna Singer, who was born in Poříč, Letohrad, Pardubice Region.

Camryn’s maternal grandparents were Samuel “Sam” Nuchow and Esther/Estelle Liebman. Samuel and Esther were Polish Jewish.

Sources: Genealogies of Camryn Manheim (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Camryn’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Camryn’s paternal grandfather, Herman Manheim, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Camryn’s paternal great-grandfather, Elias E. Manheim –

Genealogy of Camryn’s mother –

Camryn’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Hayley Erin

by stlucas on September 17, 2018

Birth Name: Hayley Erin Feil

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 13, 1994

*English, French, likely German (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Hayley Erin is an American actress.

Hayley is the daughter of Blair and Donald Feil. Her father is mostly of English, French, and likely German descent. Her mother is Jewish.

Hayley’s paternal grandmother was Janet Elaine Bensley (the daughter of Otto Clifford Bensley and Florence May Spooner). Janet was born in Iowa. Otto was born in Illinois, the son of Charles Riley Bensley and Nora Alma Neal. Florence was born in Iowa, the daughter of Henry Francis Spooner and Josephine Lavina “Josey” Neveau/Nevieu.

Hayley’s maternal grandfather was Donald Robert Schwartz (the son of Henry Schwartz/Swartz and Gertrude Brown). Donald was born in California. Henry was born in Oregon, the son of Lew Swartz, who was born in Germany, to parents from Poland, and of Mary, who was born in England, to parents from Russia. Gertrude was from Poland, and was the daughter of William Brown and Natalie Tobiasz.

Hayley’s maternal grandmother was Leslie Candace Vinnecour (the daughter of Max Vinnecour/Vinecour and Roslyn Flossie Mayer). Leslie was born in Illinois. Max was born in Massachusetts, to parents from Russia, Jacob Vinnecour and Fannie. Roslyn was born in Illinois, the daughter of Robert Simon Mayer, whose parents were from Germany, and of Myra Wachenheimer.

Source: Genealogy of Hayley Erin (focusing on her father’s side) –

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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 –

Genealogy of John Berman –

John’s paternal grandfather, Edmund Albert Berman, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

John’s paternal grandmother, Grace Rebecca Spinoza, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of John’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Benjamin Spinosa and Rebecca Nelson –

John’s maternal grandmother, Cyrille Romanow, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of John’s maternal grandmother, Cyrille (Romanow) Berman –

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandparents, Maurice/Morris Theodore Romanow and Pearl Urofsky/Urrows –

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