Lithuanian Jewish

Richard Appel

by stlucas on May 29, 2017

Birth Name: Richard James Appel

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

Date of Birth: May 21, 1963

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Richard Appel is an American writer, producer, and attorney.

Richard is the son of Nina S. (Schick) and Alfred Appel, Jr. Both of Richard’s parents are Jewish.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was Alfred Appel, Sr. (the son of Samuel Appel and Sadie Niedermann).

Richard’s great-grandfather Samuel was born in Kassel, North Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, the son of Laser Appel and Bertha Grimberg. Richard’s great-grandmother Sadie was born in New York, the daughter of Joseph Niedermann, who was from New York, and of Carolina Blum, who was from Germany.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice Celia Hoffman (the daughter of Samuel “Sam” Hoffman and Eva Sherville). Richard’s great-grandfather Samuel was born in Mir, Poland (now Belarus), the son of Morris Hoffman/Dvaretsky and Itka “Yetta” Lubner. Richard’s great-grandmother Eva was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Richard’s maternal grandparents were Leonard “Leo” Schick and Nora.

Sources: Genealogy of Richard Appel –

Richard’s paternal grandfather, Alfred Appel, Sr., on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Richard’s paternal grandmother, Beatrice Celia (Hoffman) Appel –

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Jamie Patricof

by stlucas on May 11, 2017

Birth Name: James D. Patricof

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

Date of Birth: January 14, 1976

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jamie Patricof is an American movie and television producer.

Jamie is the son of Susan (Hatkoff) and Alan Joel Patricof. Jamie’s family is Jewish.

Jamie’s paternal grandfather was Martin Patricof (the son of Joseph Patricof and Clara Rosenfeld). Martin was born in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Ukraine).

Jamie’s paternal grandmother was Dorine Glass (the daughter of Isidore B. Glass and Bessie Ripkin). Dorine was born in Russia.

Jamie’s maternal grandfather was Leon Hatkoff (the son of Charles Hatkoff and Anna Levitt). Anna was the daughter of Charles Levitt and Ella Wilentz, who were born in Russia.

Jamie’s maternal grandmother was Doris Wildove (the daughter of Louis Wildove and Edythe/Edith Ida Briller). Louis was from Lithuania.

Sources: Marriage record of Jamie’s paternal grandparents, Martin Patricof and Dorine Glass –

Obituary of Jamie’s maternal grandmother, Doris (Wildove) Hatkoff –

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Jon Ossoff

by follers on April 23, 2017

Birth Name: Thomas Jonathan Ossoff

Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 16, 1987

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*likely English (mother)

Jon Ossoff is an American documentary filmmaker, political aide, and politician. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

His father is from a Jewish family. His mother is Australian, and likely has English ancestry. Jon was raised Jewish and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Jon’s paternal grandfather was Hyman Ossoff (the son of Israel Ossoff and Anna Schochet). Hyman was born in Massachusetts, to Lithuanian Jewish parents, with roots in Vilnius. Anna was the daughter of Yakov Schochet and Sarah Baila.

Jon’s paternal grandmother was Blanche Hoffman (the daughter of Morris Peter Hoffman and Minnie Kopnick). Blanche was born in Connecticut, to Russian Jewish parents. Morris was the son of Pesach Hoffman. Minnie was the daughter of Aaron Zev Kopnick and Feige.

Sources: Genealogy of Jon Ossoff –

Jon’s paternal grandfather, Hyman Ossoff, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jon’s paternal great-grandparents, Morris Peter Hoffman and Minnie Kopnick, on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Edward Kitsis

by stlucas on April 18, 2017

Birth Name: Edward Lawrence Kitsis

Place of Birth: Blue Earth, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: February 4, 1971

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Edward Kitsis is an American television writer and producer.

Edward is the son of Tybelle (Scherling) and Arlen Thomas Kitsis.

Edward’s paternal grandfather was Louis Kitsis (the son of Samuel Kitsis and Basha/Bessie Goss). Louis was born in Russia/Ukraine. Samuel was the son of Jules Kitsis and Hanna Faya.

Edward’s paternal grandmother was Florence Marcus (the daughter of Max Marcus and Annie). Florence was born in Wisconsin, to parents from Russia.

Edward’s maternal grandparents were Simon Scherling and Rose Burnstein/Bernstein (the daughter of Jacob Bernstein and Lizzie). Simon was born in Lithuania. Rose was born in Minnesota, to parents from Romania.

Sources: Birth record of Edward Kitsis –

Edward’s paternal grandfather, Louis Kitsis, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Edward’s paternal grandmother, Florence Marcus, on the 1905 Wisconsin State Census –

Edward’s mother, Tybelle Scherling, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Edward’s maternal grandmother, Rose Burnstein/Bernstein, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Shoshana Bean

by stlucas on April 16, 2017

Birth Name: Shoshana Elise Bean

Place of Birth: Olympia, Washington, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 1, 1977

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish (maternal grandmother), Ashkenazi Jewish, English, at least 1/32 Irish

Shoshana Bean is an American stage actress, singer, and songwriter.

Shoshana is the daughter of Felice Lee (Moskowitz) and Jeffrey “Jeff” S. Bean. Both of her parents are Jewish. Shoshana was raised Orthodox Jewish in Portland, Oregon.

Shoshana’s father is of half-Jewish, half-British Isles (including Irish) descent, and was raised Jewish. Shoshana’s mother is half-Ashkenazi Jewish and half-Sephardi Jewish.

Shoshana’s paternal grandfather was Milton Bean (the son of Earl Bean and Tillie Josephson). Earl was originally from Lithuania. Tillie was from Russia.

Soshana’s paternal grandmother was Charlotte Marcheta King (the daughter of Harold E. King and Charlotte C.). Harold was the son of Joseph King, whose mother was from Ireland, and of Eula/Eulah.

Shoshana’s maternal grandparents were Edward Moskowitz and Salva/Sylvia Denise Shemarya (the daughter of Jack/Jacob Shemarya and Rachel Capelouto). Jack and Rachel were both Sephardi Jews from the island of Rhodes, Ottoman Empire (now Greece). They spoke Ladino (Judaeo-Spanish) as a first language. Jack was the son of Joshua Shemarya and Behora Cohen. Rachel was the daughter of Estraya Menashe.

Sources: Genealogy of Shoshana Bean (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Shoshana’s paternal great-uncle (grandfather’s brother), Ben Bean –

Shoshana’s paternal great-grandparents, Earl Bean and Tillie Josephson, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Article about Shoshana’s maternal great-grandparents, Jack/Jacob Shemarya and Rachel –

Shoshana’s maternal great-grandparents, Jack Shemarya and Rachel, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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