Latvian Jewish

Ben Savage

by stlucas on August 11, 2017

Birth Name: Bennett Joseph Savage

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 13, 1980

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Ben Savage is an American actor. He is the brother of actors Kala Savage and Fred Savage.

Ben is the son of Joanne (Friedman) and Lewis M. Savage. His father’s family is from Ukraine and Latvia. His mother’s family is from Poland and Germany. Ben was raised Jewish and attended Hebrew school.

Ben’s paternal grandparents were Fred Savage and Kala Dulin (the daughter of Mendel Gedulin/Dulin and Fannie Grusin). Mendel and Fannie were born in Riga, Latvia. Mendel was the son of Tavie Gedulin and Minnie Fega. Fannie was the daughter of Abram Aaron Grusin and Dinah.

Sources: Genealogy of Ben Savage (focusing on his father’s side) –

Obituary of Ben’s father –

Photo by kathclick/


Dr. Luke

by Manila on July 7, 2017

Birth Name: Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald

Place of Birth: Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 26, 1973

Ethnicity: Polish, Ashkenazi Jewish

Dr. Luke is an American record producer and songwriter.

Dr. Luke’s father, Janusz Jerzy Gottwald, was a Polish architect, from Łask, Sieradz (now part of Łódź). The surname Gottwald is usually of German origin. However, it is not clear if Dr. Luke has German ancestry. Dr. Luke’s mother, Laura, an interior designer, is Jewish.

Dr. Luke’s paternal grandparents were Tata Gottwald and Olenka Lyngstad (the daughter of Sonia Danielevitch).

Dr. Luke’s maternal grandfather was Robert L. Pliskin (the son of Jacob Pliskin and Fanny Schlossberg). Robert was a prominent graphic designer and consultant. He was born in New York, to a Latvian Jewish father and a Russian Jewish mother.

Dr. Luke’s maternal grandmother is Eleanor Mayer.

Sources: Genealogy of Dr. Luke –

Obituary of Dr. Luke’s father –

Dr. Luke’s maternal grandfather, Robert L. Pliskin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Peggy Lipton

by follers on June 22, 2017

Peggy Lipton – Mentor LA’s Promise Gala Honoring Tom Cruise – Photo Credit: Glenn Harris / Photorazzi

Birth Name: Margaret Ann Lipton

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

Date of Birth: August 30, 1946

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Peggy Lipton is an American actress and model.

Peggy is the mother of model, actress, and fashion designer Kidada Jones and actress, writer, and producer Rashida Jones, with her former husband, music, film, and television producer and instrumentalist Quincy Jones.

Peggy is the daughter of Rita Hetty (Benson/Rosenberg) and Harold Arlen Lipton. Her father was born in The Bronx, New York, to Russian Jewish immigrants. Her mother was born in Dublin, Ireland, of Russian Jewish and Latvian Jewish descent.

Peggy’s paternal grandfather was Max Lipschitz (the son of Harris/Harold Lipschitz and Rebecca Leah Pitovsky/Witkowsky). Max was from Slutsk.

Peggy’s paternal grandmother was Alice Goldfarb (the daughter of Aaron Goldfarb and Frieda/Freude Bass/Bab). Alice was from Brest.

Peggy’s maternal grandfather was Hyman Rosenberg (the son of Marko Benjamin Rosenberg and Sarah Hahn). Hyman was a Russian Jewish immigrant, who was born in Saga.

Peggy’s maternal grandmother was Jeanie “Jane” Benson (the daughter of Benjamin Joseph Bensohn/Benson, from Kovno, and Sophia Winestein/Weinstein). Jeanie was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England, to Latvian Jewish parents. Benjamin was the son of Schlaume/Solomon Benson and Gittel Vamer. Sophia was the daughter of Joseph Weinstein and Jane.

Sources: Genealogies of Peggy Lipton –

Genealogy of Peggy Lipton (focusing on her mother’s side) –


Amy Pascal

by stlucas on June 15, 2017

Amy Pascal – TV Land Presents AFI’s Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Birth Name: Amy Beth Pascal

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 25, 1958

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Amy Pascal is an American business executive and film producer.

Amy is the daughter of Barbara Raye (Edelberg) and Anthony Henry “Tony” Pascal. Amy’s parents were Jewish. Amy has a sister, Jenny. Amy is married to journalist/playwright Bernard Weinraub (Bernard is Jewish).

Amy’s paternal grandfather was Paul E. Pascal (the son of Nathan/Mathew Pascal/Paskal and Rachel/Racheal). Paul was born in Pennsylvania, to a father from Russia and a mother from Romania.

Amy’s paternal grandmother was Rose Farber. Rose was born in Russia.

Amy’s maternal grandparents were Albert/Abraham Edelberg and Sophie/Sophia Cohen. Albert was born in Latvia. Sophia was born in Illinois, to parents from Poland.

Sources: Genealogy of Amy Pascal (focusing on her father’s side) –

Birth record of Amy Pascal –

Marriage record of Amy’s parents –

Birth record of Amy’s father, Anthony Henry Pascal –

Amy’s father, Anthony Henry Pascal, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Amy’s paternal grandfather, Paul E. Pascal, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Amy’s mother, Barbara Raye Edelberg, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Amy’s mother, Barbara Raye (Edelberg) Pascal –



by Manila on June 2, 2017

Birth Name: Ari Staprans Leff

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 8, 1994

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Latvian (mother)

Ari Leff is an American musician.

Ari’s father, Stuart Emery Leff, is Jewish American. Ari’s mother, Silvija Inga (Staprāns), is Latvian.

His stage name derived from the word “lauve”, which means “lion” in Latvian.

Ari’s paternal grandfather was Sanford Leonard Leff (the son of Harry Leff and Sarah Kohn). Harry was a Polish Jewish emigrant, from Łomża, Podlaskie, and was the son of Daron Leff and Leah Grunstein. Sarah was a Czech Jewish emigrant, from Želnava, Prachatice District, South Bohemian Region, and was the daughter of Meyer Jacob Kohn and Zypa “Sadie” Feimehl (also known as Goldsmith).

Ari’s paternal grandmother was Seena Sylvia Glaser (the daughter of Nathan Lefo Glaser and Anna Ella Silverman). Nathan was the son of Lithuanian Jewish immigrant, Mendel “Michael” Glaser, and of Latvian Jewish immigrant, Ida Sarah Fine. Anna was the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants Samuel Silverman and Sarah Rappaport (also known as Drew).

Sources: Interview about Lauv’s ancestry –

Birth record of Lauv –

Marriage record of Lauv’s parents –

Birth record of Lauv’s father –

Birth record of Lauv’s paternal grandfather, Sanford Leonard Leff –

Marriage record of Lauv’s paternal great-grandparents, Harry Leff and Sarah Kohn –

Lauv’s paternal grandmother, Seena Sylvia Glaser, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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