Jenna Wolfe

by stlucas on August 18, 2017

Jenna Wolfe – 15th Annual National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association New York Benefit – Photo Credit: Jakes Van Der Watt / PR Photos

Birth Name: Jennifer Wolfeld

Place of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica

Date of Birth: February 26, 1974

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jenna Wolfe is an American journalist and personal trainer.

Jenna is the daughter of Sheila (Greenfeld) and Bennet/Bennett Wolfeld.

Jenna’s father was born in Puerto Rico, to American Jewish parents. Jenna’s mother was born in New Jersey, also to Jewish parents. Jenna was raised in Pétion-Ville, Haiti, and moved to the U.S. at the age of fifteen.

Jenna has stated:

While my father was born and raised in Puerto Rico and my mom in New Jersey, both parents are Jewish and raised my brother and me accordingly. It wasn’t a STRICT Jewish home, but we still managed to observe all the Jewish holidays, despite living out of the country. We celebrated Hanukkah on the beach, and both my brother and me were bar and bat mitzvah’d while living in the islands.

Jenna’s paternal grandfather was Maxwell Wolfeld (the son of Benjamin Wolfeld and Tessie). Maxwell was born in New York, to parents from Austria.

Jenna’s paternal grandmother was Lillian Gladys Oberman (the daughter of Hyman Oberman and Anna “Annie” Berchoff/Berstoff). Hyman was born in Russia, the son of Philip Oberman and Sarah Wishigrodsky. Anna was also born in Russia, the daughter of Shulem Berchoff and Esther Royt.

Jenna’s maternal grandfather was Jerry Greenfeld (the son of Emanuel Greenfeld and Rose). Jerry was born in New York, to a father from New York, whose own parents were from Austria, and to a mother from Russia.

Jenna’s maternal grandmother was Estelle Goldberg (the daughter of Sam Goldberg and Rose). Estelle was born in New Jersey, to parents from Lithuania.

Sources: Jenna’s paternal grandfather, Maxwell Wolfeld, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Jenna’s paternal great-grandparents, Hyman Oberman and Anna “Annie” Berchoff/Berstoff –

Obituary of Jenna’s paternal grandmother, Lillian Gladys (Oberman) Wolfeld –

Jenna’s maternal grandfather, Jerry Greenfeld, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Jenna’s maternal grandmother, Estelle (Goldberg) Barris –

Jenna’s maternal grandmother, Estelle Goldberg, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Bruce McGill

by madman on August 18, 2017

Birth Name: Bruce Travis McGill

Place of Birth: San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 11, 1950

*Irish, English, distant French (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Bruce McGill is an American actor.

Bruce is the son of Adriel Rose (Jacobs), an artist, and Woodrow Wilson McGill, a real estate and insurance agent. His father has Irish, English, and French ancestry. His mother is Ashkenazi Jewish.

He is married to Gloria Lee.

Bruce’s paternal grandfather was Tuble Stephens McGill (the son of Andrew Franklin McGill and Nancy Elizabeth Priscilla Stephens). Andrew was of Irish descent, the son of William McGill and Martha Seymour. Nancy was the daughter of Alsey Stephens and Priscilla Ozier.

Bruce’s paternal grandmother was Clara Belle Travis (the daughter of Stoddard Carleton Travis and Martha Ada Edwards). Stoddard was the son of Howard Carleton Travis and Mary Louise Moore. Martha was the daughter of William Berry Edwards and Sarah Jane Couch.

Bruce’s maternal grandfather was Leon Jacobs (the son of Reuben Jacobs and Sarah Edloff). Reuben was Jewish, and was born in Vishtinetz, Lithuania, the son of Nathan Lichtenstein. Sarah was born in New York, the daughter of Moses Edloff, who was a Polish Jew, and of Rosa “Rosalie” Wahl, a German Jew.

Bruce’s maternal grandmother was Bella Mazur (the daughter of Abraham/Abram Mazur and Caroline Meyer). Bella was born in Texas. Abraham was a Polish Jew, and was the son of W. M. Mazur and Reva. Caroline was a German Jew.

Sources: Genealogies of Bruce McGill – (through his brother, Lee Stephen McGill)

Genealogy of Bruce’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Bruce’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Bruce’s maternal grandparents, Leon Jacobs and Bella Mazur, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Bruce’s maternal great-grandparents, Reuben Jacobs and Sarah Edloff, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Photo by s_bukley/

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Bianca Brigitte Van Damme

by madman on August 17, 2017

Ryan Guzman, Bianca Van Damme – 9th Annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards – Arrivals – The Palazzo Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, NV, USA – Photo Credit: PRN / 

Birth Name: Bianca Bree Van Varenberg

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 17, 1990

Ethnicity: Belgian (Flemish), Puerto Rican, 1/8th Jewish

Bianca Brigitte Van Damme is an American actress. She is the daughter of Gladys Elena Portugues, a former professional female bodybuilder and actress, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, an actor, martial artist, screenwriter, producer, and director. Her brother is actor Kris Van Damme.

Bianca’s father was born in Brussels, Belgium, and is of Belgian (Flemish), and one quarter Jewish, descent. Bianca’s mother, who is from New York City, is usually described as being of Puerto Rican descent.

Bianca’s paternal grandparents are Eugène Van Varenberg and Eliana.

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David Dobkin

by stlucas on August 13, 2017

David Dobkin – “Vacation” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Regency Village Theatre – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Birth Name: David Lawrence Dobkin

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

Date of Birth: June 23, 1969

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

David Dobkin is an American film director, producer, composer, and screenwriter.

David is the son of Irma (Laufer) and James A. Dobkin. David was raised Jewish in Bethesda, Maryland.

David’s paternal grandparents were Louis R. Dobkin and Eve.

Sources: Obituary of David’s father, James A. Dobkin –

Obituary of David’s mother, Irma (Laufer) Dobkin –


Neal H. Moritz

by stlucas on August 13, 2017

Neal Moritz – “Fast & Furious 6” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Gibson Amphitheatre – Universal City, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 6, 1959

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Neal H. Moritz is an American film producer.

Neal is the son of Barbara Maxine (Levin) and Milton Irving Moritz. Neal’s parents are Jewish.

Neal’s paternal grandparents were Joseph Moritz and Edith Sternbergh. Joseph and Edith were from Poland.

Neal’s maternal grandparents were Henry Levin (likely the son of Samuel Levin and Ray) and Mollye/Molly Blagman. Henry was born in New York, to a father from Poland and a mother from France. Mollye was from Russia.

Sources: Genealogy of Neal H. Moritz –

Birth record of Neal H. Moritz –

Marriage record of Neal’s parents, Milton Irving Moritz and Barbara Maxine Levin –

Neal’s father, Milton Irving Moritz, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Neal’s mother, Barbara Maxine Levin, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Neal’s maternal grandfather, Henry Levin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –