German Jewish

Abbi Jacobson

by follers on March 27, 2017

Place of Birth: Wayne, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 1, 1984

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Abbi Jacobson is an American comedian, writer, actress and illustrator. She is known for co-creating, and co-starring in, the show Broad City, with Ilana Glazer.

Abbi’s paternal grandparents were Jack Jacobson and Estelle Abrams.

Abbi’s maternal grandfather was Henry Mehr (the son of Louis S. Mehr and Rose R. Raeffle). Henry was born in Delaware. Louis was born in Lithuania. Rose was born in Texas, the daughter of R. Raphael and Anna, who were from Germany.

Abbi’s maternal grandmother was Mitzi R. Brody (the daughter of Jacob Brody and Leah Kaplan). Mitzi was born in Pennsylvania. Jacob was born in Russia.

Source: Genealogy of Abbi Jacobson –

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William V. Roth, Jr.

by follers on March 27, 2017

Birth Name: William Victor Roth, Jr.

Date of Birth: July 22, 1921

Place of Birth: Great Falls, Montana, U.S.

Date of Death: December 13, 2003

Place of Death: Washington, D.C., U.S.

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Swedish (mother)

William V. Roth, Jr. was an American lawyer and politician. A Republican, he was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Delaware, from January 3, 1967 to December 31, 1970, and a U.S. Senator from Delaware, from January 1, 1971 to January 3, 2001. He sponsored the legislation creating the individual retirement plan Roth IRA.

William was the son of Clara (Nelson) and William Victor Roth. His father was born in New York, to a Hungarian Jewish father and a German Jewish mother. His mother was born in Minnesota, to Swedish parents.

William’s religion was Episcopalian.

William’s paternal grandparents were Ignatz Charles Roth (the son of Jacob Roth and Fannie Spitzer) and Lena Neiman/Neuman/Newman (the daughter of Solomon Neiman/Neuman/Newman and Theresa Reise).

William’s maternal grandparents were Charles/Charley A. Nelson (the son of Johanne Sonstad) and Anna/Annie Resin.

Sources: William V. Roth, Jr. on the 1930 U.S. Census –
William V. Roth, Jr. on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of William’s parents –

William’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of William’s paternal grandparents, Ignatz Charles Roth and Lena Neiman/Neuman/Newman –

William’s paternal grandparents, Ignatz Charles Roth and Lena Neiman/Neuman/Newman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

William’s mother on the 1900 U.S. Census –


Maggie Wheeler

by stlucas on March 24, 2017

Birth Name: Margaret Emily Jakobson

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

Date of Birth: August 7, 1961

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Maggie Wheeler is an American actress. She is the daughter of Barbara and John R. Jakobson. Her parents are both Jewish. Maggie is married to Daniel Borden Wheeler.

Maggie’s paternal grandparents were Louis Jakobson (the son of Adolph Sam Jakobson and Fanny Leftrist/Lefkowitz) and Lucille B. Rafelson (the daughter of Abraham J. Rafelson and Hattie London). Adolph and Fanny were born in Hungary. Abraham was originally from either Poland or Russia. Hattie was born in New York, to parents from Germany.


Maggie’s paternal grandfather, Louis Jakobson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Maggie’s paternal grandfather, Louis Jakobson –

Maggie’s paternal great-grandmother, Hattie London, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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Robin Weigert

by stlucas on March 8, 2017

Birth Name: Robin Joselit Weigert

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: July 7, 1969

*75% Ashkenazi Jewish
*25% German

Robin Weigert is an American television and film actress.

She was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Dionne Joselit (Laufman), a pianist, and Wolfgang Oscar Weigert, a psychiatrist. She has a brother, David.

Robin’s father was born in Berlin, Germany. He moved with his parents to Maryland, U.S., at the age of six. Robin’s mother is American.

Robin’s paternal grandfather was Oscar Weigert. Oscar was born in Berlin, Germany, to a German Jewish family.

Robin’s paternal grandmother was Edith Vowinckel (the daughter of Emanuel “Eduard” Gottfried Vowinckel and Agnes Augusta Hedwig “Auguste” Pieper). Edith was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, and her ancestors were all Germans/Prussians of Protestant background. Emanuel was the son of Johann Wilheim Vowinckel and Carolina “Caroline” Fudickar. Agnes was the daughter of Abraham “Albert” Pieper and Johanna Frederika “Friederike” Wüsthoff.

Robin’s maternal grandfather was Harold Laufman (the son of Jacob Laufman and Sophia Pietrokowski/Peshhakoffsky/Peterkovski). Harold was Jewish. Jacob was born in Poland, to a father from Russia and a mother from Poland. Sophia was born in Poland.

Robin’s maternal grandmother was Marilyn Joselit (the daughter of Lawrence D. Joselit and Helen Goodman). Marilyn was Jewish. Lawrence was born in Illinois, to a father from Germany and a mother from Illinois, whose own parents were from Germany. Helen was born in Illinois, to a father from Russia, Samuel Goodman, and a mother from Illinois.

Source: Genealogy of Robin’s father, Wolfgang Oscar Weigert (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of Robin’s father, Wolfgang Oscar Weigert –

Genealogy of Robin’s paternal great-grandparents Emanuel (Eduard) Gottfried Vowinckel and Agnes Augusta Hedwig (Auguste) Pieper –

Obituary of Robin’s maternal grandfather, Harold Laufman –

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Josh Ho-Sang

by vilgotaan on March 5, 2017

Birth Name: Joshua Ho-Sang

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: January 22, 1996

*Afro-Jamaican, Chinese (father)
*Chilean-Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Josh Ho-Sang is an Canadian professional ice hockey player.

Josh is the son of Ericka and Wayne Ho-Sang. His father was born in Kingston, Jamaica, of African and Chinese (Josh’s great-grandfather was from Hong Kong) descent. His mother is Jewish, and was born in Santiago, Chile. Josh’s maternal grandmother is from a Jewish family from Russia and Germany. Josh’s maternal grandfather has been described as Spanish/Chilean, but it is not clear if he is also Jewish. Josh was raised celebrating Jewish holidays.