Latvian Jewish

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, Stuary 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 –


Jonah Platt

by follers on April 14, 2017

Birth Name: Jonah Sezzin Platt

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 17, 1986

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jonah Platt is an American actor, writer, singer, and producer.

Jonah is the son of Julie (Beren) and Marc Platt, a producer. His brother is actor and singer Ben Platt. A picture of Jonah and Ben and with their father can be seen here.

Jonah was raised in Conservative Judaism.

Jonah’s maternal grandfather was Robert M. Beren (the son of Adolph Beren and Ethel A. Abrams). Adolph was a Jewish immigrant, born in Dankera, Latvia, the son of Wolfe Aaron Beren and Liebe Rashe/Rosa Rothschild. Ethel was born in New York, the daughter of Russian Jewish parents, Samuel G. Abrams and Tillie Sidel.

Jonah’s maternal grandmother was Joan Schiff (the daughter of William Schiff and Rose J.). William was born in Laižuva, Lithuania.

Sources: Genealogy of Jonah Platt (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of Jonah’s maternal grandmother, Joan (Schiff) Beren –


David Cicilline

by bearboy on December 1, 2016

Birth Name: David Nicola Cicilline

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

Date of Birth: July 15, 1961

*Italian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

David Cicilline is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island, since January 3, 2011. He was previously Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, from January 6, 2003 to January 3, 2011.

David is the son of Sabra (Peskin) and John Francis Cicilline. His father is of Italian descent, and Catholic. His mother is Jewish (of Latvian Jewish, Romanian Jewish, Russian Jewish, and Lithuanian Jewish descent). David identifies with the Jewish religion.

David’s paternal grandfather was Giovanni/John Baptiste Cicilline (the son of Antonio Cicilline and Maria Filice/Felicia Trotta). Giovanni was born in Rhode Island. Antonio was born in Italy, the son of Giuseppe Cicilline and Maria Grazia Caporusso. David’s great-grandmother Maria Filice/Felicia was born in Pontecorvo, Frosinone, Italy, the daughter of Sarefino Trotta and Giovanna Iannone.

David’s paternal grandmother was Lucia/Lucy S. Miragliuolo (the daughter of Nicola Miragliuolo and Clementina Impagliazzo). Lucia was born in Rhode Island, to Italian parents, likely from Forio, Isle of Ischia, Naples. Clementina was the daughter of Giuseppe Impagliazzo and Filomena Castaldi.

David’s maternal grandparents were Israel/Irving Peskin (the son of Max/Mendel Gdaliya Opeskin/Peskin and Mary/Mera/Miriam Weksler/Wechsler/Wexler) and Ruchia/Ruth Schechter. Israel was born in Rhode Island, the son of parents from Dvinsk, Latvia. Max was the son of Avsey/Isiaah Opeskin, from Alexandrovsk, Russia, and of Minna/Minnie, from Kaunas, Lithuania. Ruchia was born in Romania.

Sources: Genealogy of David Cicilline –

Genealogy of David Cicilline (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of David Cicilline (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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