Lithuanian Jewish

Patricia Clarkson

by madman on January 16, 2018

Birth Name: Patricia Davies Clarkson

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 29, 1959

Ethnicity: 1/8th Basque, 1/8th Ashkenazi Jewish (matrilineal), as well as German, English, French, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, remote Dutch

Patricia Clarkson is an American actress. She is the daughter of Jackie Clarkson (born Jacquelyn Brechtel), a politician and councilwoman, and Arthur Alexander “Buzz” Clarkson, a school administrator.

Patricia’s father has German, English, Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and remote Dutch ancestry. Her maternal grandfather was of French, Irish, German, and English descent, while her maternal grandmother’s ancestry was half Basque (from Spain) and half Russian Jewish or Lithuanian Jewish.

Patricia’s paternal grandfather was likely Arthur Alexander Clarkson (the son of Rutgers Clarkson and Lillian May Strunk). Rutgers was the son of Rutgers Clarkson and Margaret Ann McLeod.

Patricia’s paternal grandmother was likely Elizabeth D. Portner (the daughter of Robert Prichard Portner and Katherine “Katie” Hammond Beggae/Bigger). Robert’s father was German.

Patricia’s maternal grandfather was John Patrick Brechtel (the son of John Patrick Brechtel and Jennie M. Shinn). John was the son of Charles Joseph Brechtel and Annie Whelan/Whalen, who was Irish. Jennie was the daughter of John Burr Shinn and Eulalie Dupuis.

Patricia’s maternal grandmother was Sophie Berengher (the daughter of Joseph Whilliam Berengher and Sophie Bass). Joseph was born in Bilbao, Spain. Sophie was born in Russia or Lithuania, and was Jewish.

Sources: Genealogies of Patricia’s paternal great-grandfather, Rutgers Clarkson –

Patricia’s paternal grandmother, Elizabeth D. Portner, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Patricia’s maternal grandfather, John Patrick Brechtel, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
John Patrick Brechtel on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Patricia’s maternal great-grandmother, Jennie M. Shinn (through Jennie’s sister, Eulalie Teresa Shinn) –

Patricia’s maternal grandmother, Sophie Berengher, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Sophie Berengher on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Joel Grey

by madman on January 10, 2018

Joel Grey – 65th Annual Tony Awards – Arrivals – Beacon Theatre – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Wild1 / PR Photos

Birth Name: Joel David Katz

Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 11, 1932

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Joel Grey is an American actor, singer, dancer, and photographer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Cabaret (1972).

Joel is the son of Goldie “Grace/Grayce” (Epstein) and Mickey Katz (Meir/Meyer Myron Katz), an actor, comedian, and musician. He has two children, including actress Jennifer Grey, with his former wife, Jo Wilder.

Joel’s paternal grandfather was Menachem/Max Mandel Katz. Menachem was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Joel’s paternal grandmother was Johanna/Anna Sarah Herzberg (the daughter of Joseph/Josel Herzberg and Yetta L. Josephson). Johanna was born in Courland, Latvia. Joseph was the son of Jacob Herzberg and Tillie.

Joel’s maternal grandfather was Morris Epstein (the son of Louis Epstein and Hinda Howitz). Morris was born in Russia.

Joel’s maternal grandmother was Fanny Bordovsky/Bodofsky/Vorodosky (the daughter of Gedelia Bordovsky/Bodofsky and Buly Korloitsky). Fanny was born in Russia.

Sources: Genealogy of Joel Grey –

Marriage record of Joel’s parents –


Jaime Ray Newman

by stlucas on January 5, 2018

Place of Birth: Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 2, 1978

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jaime Ray Newman is an American actress and singer.

Jaime is the daughter of Marsha Jo (Raphael) and Fredric/Frederick Mark Newman. Jamie’s parents are Jewish. She has a sister, Beth Nicole. Jamie is married to Israeli-born writer/director Guy Nattiv, with whom she has a daughter.

Jaime’s paternal grandfather was Albert Newman (the son of Rubin/Ruben Benj Newman and Nettie). Rubin was from Lithuania. Nettie was from Poland.

Jaime’s paternal grandmother was Phyllis Ruth Wener (the daughter of Samuel Wener and Lillian Hershcovitz). Samuel was born in Smela/Smila, Ukraine, the son of Frank Wener and Ida Shatz. Lillian was born in Romania.

Jaime’s maternal grandfather was named (Adolph) Ray Raphael (likely the son of Louis Raphael and Esther). Louis was from Poland. Esther was from Russia.

Jaime’s maternal grandmother was Ettie Sacks (the daughter of Wolf Sacks and Sarah Kaplan). Wolf was born in Russia, the son of Harry Sacks and Rebecca. Sarah was born in England, the daughter of Samuel Kaplan and Hannah.

Sources: Genealogy of Jaime Ray Newman (focusing on her father’s side) –

Marriage announcement of Jamie’s parents –

Obituary of Jaime’s paternal grandfather, Albert Newman –

Obituary of Jaime’s maternal grandmother, Ettie (Sacks) Raphael Handelman –

Marriage record of Jaime’s maternal great-grandparents, Wolf Sacks and Sarah Kaplan –

Photo by kathclick/


Matthew Ziff

by stlucas on January 1, 2018

04/15/2015 – Matthew Ziff – WeRehearse Premiere and Launch Party at Vaucluse Lounge in West Hollywood on April 15, 2015 – Vaucluse Lounge, 8210 Sunset Boulevard – West Hollywood, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: B. Rene Norman / – Contact (1-866-551-7827) – Portrait Face Count: 1

Place of Birth: Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 24, 1991

*50% Ashkenazi Jewish
*37.5% Italian (including Sicilian)
*12.5% Polish

Matthew Ziff is an American actor, producer, and model.

Matthew is the son of actress Lorraine Ziff (born Lorraine Bencivengo) and philanthropist Laurence F. “Larry” Ziff. Matthew has a brother, Adam.

Matthew’s paternal grandfather is the son of Charles Ziff and Helen Weinfeld. Charles was born in New York, the son of Lithuanian Jewish parents, Joseph Ziff and Sarah Brenner. Helen was the daughter of Esther.

Matthew’s paternal grandmother is the daughter of Jacob Sandler and Dorothy Sternberg. Jacob was a Jewish emigrant from Latvia. Dorothy was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Jewish emigrants, Philep Sternberg, who was born in Romanatu, Gorj, Romania, and Lena Grunfield, who was born in Russia.

Matthew’s maternal grandfather was Charles V. Bencivengo, Sr. (the son of Charles Bencivenga and Helen Zwierzynski). Matthew’s grandfather Charles was born in New York. Matthew’s great-grandfather Charles was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Italian parents, Francesco Bencivengo and Vinsensue Crillo. Helen was born in New York, the daughter of Polish parents, Alexander/Alex Zwierzynski, from Krasna, and Katherine Lulyk, from Podhorodyscze.

Matthew’s maternal grandmother was Theresa Patricia Mercurio (the daughter of Giacomo Mercurio and Florence Argentieri). Theresa was born in New York, to a father from Palermo, Sicily, Italy and a mother from Abruzzo, Italy. Florence was the daughter of Cesira.

Sources: Obituary of Matthew’s aunt (mother’s sister), Dolores Bencivengo –

Obituary of Matthew’s maternal grandfather, Charles V. Bencivengo, Sr. –


Ilsey Juber

by stlucas on December 11, 2017

Ilsey Juber – Niche Media Michigan Avenue Launch Party hosted by Cindy Crawford at The James Hotel in Chicago – September 20, 2008 – The James Hotel – Chicago, IL, USA – Photo Credit: Adam Bielawski / PR Photos

Birth Name: Ilsey Anna Juber

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 17, 1986

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Ilsey Juber is an American singer and songwriter.

Ilsey is the daughter of Hope (Schwartz) and English musician Laurence Juber (born Laurence Ivor Juber). Ilsey’s parents are Jewish. Ilsey has a brother, Nico.

On her mother’s side, Ilsey is the granddaughter of television producer Sherwood Schwartz, and the niece of television producer Lloyd J. Schwartz. She is also the great-niece of writers Al Schwartz and Elroy Schwartz.

Ilsey’s paternal grandfather is Nathan/Norman S. Juber (the son of Isaac Juber and Fay Posner). Fay was the daughter of Harris Posner.

Ilsey’s paternal grandmother was Doreen Marcus (the daughter of Aubrey Marcus and Marie Schwartz). Marie was the daughter of Jacob Schwartz.

Ilsey’s maternal grandfather was Sherwood Schwartz (born Sherwood Charles Schwartz, the son of Herman Schwartz and Rose Kaplan). Herman and Rose were from the Russian Empire, with Rose having been born in Upyna, Lithuania. Rose was the daughter of Aaron Kaplan, who was born in Tarvik/Taurage, and of Dora Schneider.

Ilsey’s maternal grandmother is Mildred Seidman (the daughter of Irving Seidman and Rose Cook). Irving was born in Austria, the son of Jacob Seidman and Sarah Wainfeld. Rose was born in Tysmenytsia, Austria (now Ukraine), the daughter of Lippi/Lipa Cook and Rachel Sohwack.

Sources: Genealogy of Ilsey Juber –

Birth record of Ilsey Juber –

Birth record of Ilsey’s father –

Marriage record of Ilsey’s paternal grandparents, Nathan/Norman S. Juber and Doreen Marcus –

Ilsey’s maternal grandfather, Sherwood Schwartz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –