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Hannah Marks

by stlucas on October 7, 2018

Hannah Marks – 2016 PaleyLive LA – “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” TV Series Premiere Screening & Conversation – Arrivals – The Paley Center for Media, 465 N Beverly Drive – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Hannah Gayle Marks

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 13, 1993

*Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish (father)
*English, Irish, Creek Native American (mother)

Hannah Marks is an American actress, writer, and director.

Hannah is the daughter of actress Nova Ball and Robin Marks. Her father is of Polish Jewish and Egyptian Jewish descent. Her mother has English and Irish, as well as some Creek Native American, ancestry.

Hannah’s paternal grandfather was Byron Marks (the son of Saul Marks and Lillian Celia Simon). Byron was born in California, to Polish Jewish parents.

Hannah’s paternal grandmother was Eleonora Vitta (the daughter of Amalio Vitta and Camille Bassan). Eleanora was born in Egypt, into a Sephardi Jewish family. Amalio and Camille were also from Egypt, and likely had Italian Jewish ancestry.

Hannah’s maternal grandfather was entrepreneur and musician Ernie Ball (born Roland Sherwood Ball; the son of Roland Adelbert Ball and Frances/Francis Josephine Shankland). Ernie was born in California. Hannah’s great-grandfather Roland was born in New York, the son of singer and songwriter Ernest Roland Ball and Maude Lambert. Frances was born in Ohio, the daughter of Sherwood Dodge Shankland and Ethel Ada Haskell.

Hannah’s maternal grandmother was Nova Gail Conley (the daughter of William Conley and Pearl Kirkpatrick). Nova was born in Oklahoma and is said to have been of Irish and Creek Native American ancestry. William was born in Oklahoma, and was listed as “Indian” on the 1920 U.S. Census and as “White” on the 1930 U.S. Census. He was evidently the son of Oscar Conley and Hepsie Leader. Pearl was born in Texas, the daughter of Andrew Jackson Kirkpatrick and Ida Maud Cullins.

Sources: Marriage record of Hannah’s paternal grandparents, Byron Marks and Eleonora Vitta –

Death record of Hannah’s paternal great-grandmother, Camille (Bassan) Vitta Modiano Mayesh –


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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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 –

Genealogy of Dennis’ brother, Maurice Sciama –

Dennis’ father on the 1891 England and Wales Census –

Marriage record of Dennis’ paternal grandparents, Moses Abraham Sciama and Elizabeth Henriques Valentine –

Dennis’ paternal grandfather, Moses Abraham Sciama, on the 1871 England and Wales Census –

Dennis’ paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Henriques Valentine, on the 1871 England and Wales Census –

Marriage record of Dennis’ paternal great-grandparents, Emanuel Henriques Valentine and Frances Woolf –


Guy Burnet

by follers on February 10, 2018

Birth Name: Guy Daniel Wain-Burnet

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

Date of Birth: 8 August, 1983

*English (father)
*Israeli Jewish, Libyan Jewish, Italian Jewish (mother)

Guy Burnet is a British actor.

His father is of English descent. His mother is Jewish (from an Israeli Jewish, Libyan Jewish, and Italian Jewish background). Guy attended a Jewish school for some time.

Guy’s paternal grandfather is named Brian H. Burnet.

Guy’s paternal grandmother is Amy Y. Wain (the daughter of Osborne Sayer Wain and Elsie May Armitage). Amy was born in North Bierley, Yorkshire. Osborne was the son of Frederick Wain and Ann/Annie Sayer. Elsie was the daughter of Arthur Armitage and Amy Taylor.

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Leslie Bega

by stlucas on December 8, 2017

Birth Name: Leslie Rae Bega

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 17, 1967

*Sephardi Jewish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Leslie Bega is an American actress.

Leslie is the daughter of Marlene Ruth (Feldman) and Izahar/Ezehar/Isahar Dick Bega. Leslie’s parents were Jewish; Leslie’s father is from a Sephardi Jewish family and Leslie’s mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

Leslie’s paternal grandfather was Ghedit Isahar Bega. Ghedit was born in either Italy or Turkey, to a woman surnamed Abelda.

Leslie’s paternal grandmother was Rachel/Raechel Notrica (the daughter of Isaac Notrica and Sarah Mazalto Bardavid). Rachel was a resident of Rodos, Turkey (Rhodes, now Greece), and her nationality was listed as “Italian, Hebrew”.

Leslie’s great-grandfather Isaac was the son of Buhor Moshe Notrica and Sarah Notrica, who was also from Rhodes, Greece. Leslie’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of Abraham “Abramachi” Bardavid and Rachel Israel.

Leslie’s maternal grandparents were Abraham “Abe” Feldman and Anne Heyman. Abraham and Anne were from Russia.

Sources: Birth record of Leslie Bega –

Marriage record of Leslie’s parents –

Genealogy of Leslie Bega (focusing on her father’s side) –

Leslie’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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