Jamaican Jewish

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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Gina Belafonte

by madman on December 26, 2016

Birth Name: Gina Deborah Belafonte

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

Date of Birth: September 8, 1961

Ethnicity:
*62.5% Jewish (Ashkenazi, some Sephardi)
*25% Afro-Jamaican
*12.5% Irish and Scottish

Gina Belafonte is an American actress and producer. She is the daughter of actress and costume designer Julie Robinson and singer and actor Harry Belafonte. Her half-sister is actress and model Shari Belafonte. Gina is married to actor Scott McCray, with whom she has a child.

Gina’s father is of one half Afro-Jamaican, one quarter Dutch Jewish, and one quarter Irish-Scottish, ancestry. Gina’s mother is Jewish, of Russian Jewish descent.

Gina’s paternal grandfather was Harold George Belanfanti/Bellanfanti. Harold was born in Jamaica, the son of a Dutch Jewish father and a black Jamaican mother.

Gina’s paternal grandmother was Melvine Love (the daughter of William Love and Sarah Jane Clarke). William was a black Jamaican. Sarah was white, of Irish and Scottish descent, and was the daughter of Henry Clarke and Alice “Elsie” Allen.

Gina’s maternal grandfather was George Robinson (the son of Alexander Robinson and Sonia). George was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Alexander was the son of Leonid Seluba and Amelia. Sonia was the daughter of Sasha and Sophia.

Gina’s maternal grandmother was Clara Morrill/Morill (the daughter of Nathan Morell and Pauline). Clara was born in Rhode Island, to Russian Jewish parents. Nathan was the son of Dov-Berr Morell and Crainda. Pauline was the daughter of Abraham and Rebecca.

Sources: Genealogy of Gina Belafonte – https://www.geni.com

Information about the family of Gina’s paternal grandmother, Melvine Love – http://www.genealogy.com

Gina’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Shari Belafonte

by madman on December 26, 2016

Birth Name: Shari Lynn Belafonte

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

Date of Birth: September 22, 1954

Ethnicity:
*Afro-Jamaican, Dutch Jewish, Irish, Scottish (father)
*African-American (mother)

Shari Belafonte is an American actress, model, writer, and singer. She is the daughter of actress Marguerite Belafonte (Frances Marguerite Byrd) and singer and actor Harry Belafonte. Her half-sister is actress and producer Gina Belafonte. Shari is married to actor Sam Behrens.

Shari’s father is of one half Afro-Jamaican, one quarter Dutch Jewish, and one quarter Irish-Scottish, ancestry. Shari’s mother is African-American.

Shari’s paternal grandfather was Harold George Belanfanti/Bellanfanti. Harold was born in Jamaica, the son of a Dutch Jewish father and a black Jamaican mother.

Shari’s paternal grandmother was Melvine Love (the daughter of William Love and Sarah Jane Clarke). William was a black Jamaican. Sarah was white, of Irish and Scottish descent, and was the daughter of Henry Clarke and Alice “Elsie” Allen.

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

Information about the family of Shari’s paternal grandmother, Melvine Love – http://www.genealogy.com

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Mikey Day

by follers on September 9, 2016

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Birth Name: Michael William Day

Place of Birth: Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 20, 1980

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish, German, as well as 1/1024 Sephardi Jewish

Mikey Day is an American improvisational performer, actor, comedian, writer, and director. He is a cast member on the show Saturday Night Live.

Mikey’s maternal grandparents were Orval Keith Beall (the son of William Merlin Beall and Eda Faye Edwards) and Bobby D. Stephenson. William was the son of Hiram Robert Beall and Emma Alice Robinson. Eda was the daughter of Frances Lafayette Edwards and Francis Jane Jarvis.

Through his great-grandmother Francis, he is descended from Solomon Israel, a Sephardi Jew who was born, c. 1660, in Port Royal, Jamaica.

Source: Genealogy of Mikey Day (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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