Lithuanian Jewish

Walter Matthau

by follers on May 10, 2018

Birth Name: Walter John Matthow

Date of Birth: October 1, 1920

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

Date of Death: July 1, 2000

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Walter Matthau was an American actor and comedian. He was known for working with actor Jack Lemmon.

Walter was the son of Rose (Berolsky) and Milton Melas Mateshensky/Matthow. His parents were Jewish emigrants, his father from Bila Tserkva, Kyivs’ka oblast, Ukraine, and his mother from Lithuania, then both in the Russian Empire.

He was married to actress and author Carol Grace, until his death. Walter had two children with his former wife, Grace Geraldine Johnson; and a son, actor and director Charles Matthau, with Carol.

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Yair Lapid

by follers on May 8, 2018

Yair Lapid – 2012 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference – Walter Washington Convention Center – Washington, DC, USA – Photo Credit: Laurence Agron / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Tel Aviv, Israel

Date of Birth: 5 November, 1963

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Yair Lapid is an Israeli journalist and politician. He is the chairman of the Yesh Atid Party. He was also Minister of Finance, from 2013 and 2014.

Yair is the son of Shulamit Lapid, a novelist and playwright, and Tommy Lapid, a radio and television presenter, playwright, journalist, politician, and government minister.

Yair’s father was born in Novi Sad, Serbia (then Kingdom of Yugoslavia), to a Hungarian Jewish family; Yair’s paternal grandfather was killed by the Nazis in 1945. The family moved to Israel in 1948. Yair’s mother was born in Tel Aviv.

Yair is married to journalist Lihi Lapid. He has a son with his former wife, Tamar Friedman, and two children with Lihi.

Yair’s maternal grandfather was Yechiel David Gilaadi (the son of R’ Shlomo Zalman Klein, A.B.D. Szilagy-Cseh, and of Feiga Schwartz). David was born in Transylvania, and was a journalist, novelist, and translator, who co-founded the newspaper Maariv. Shlomo was born in Oradea, Municipiul Oradea, Județul Bihor, Romania, the son of Rabbi Moshe Martin Klein, A.B.D. Szilágycseh (Cehu Silvaniei), and of Sarah Sheindel Deutsch. Feiga was the daughter of Yekusiel Schwartz.

Yair’s maternal grandmother is Helen Joseph (the daughter of Moses Joseph).

Source: Genealogy of Yair Lapid –


Mark Romanek

by stlucas on March 19, 2018

Mark Romanek – 54th Annual Times BFI London Film Festival – “Never Let Me Go” Premiere – Arrivals – Odeon, Leicester Square – London, UK – Keywords: LMK73-22790-141010 Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – 0 – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: Mark L. Romanek

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

Date of Birth: September 18, 1959

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Mark Romanek is an American filmmaker.

Mark is the son of Shirlee (Moscovitz/Moskovitz) and Marvin Romanek. Mark’s parents are Jewish.

Mark’s paternal grandparents were William A. Romanek and Bessie Katz. William and Bessie were born in Russia.

Mark’s maternal grandparents were Meyer Moskovitz and Lizzie/Libby. Meyer was born in Romania. Lizzie was from Lithuania.

Sources: Obituary of Mark’s father –

Obituary of Mark’s aunt (mother’s sister), Rose (Moscovitz) Smoler –


Molly Gordon

by madman on March 11, 2018

Birth Name: Molly June Gordon

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 6, 1994

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Molly Gordon is an American actress.

She is the daughter of Jessie Nelson, a producer and screenplay writer, and Bryan Gordon, a director, writer, and producer. Her aunt, Davia Nelson, is one of The Kitchen Sisters, who are radio producers.

Molly’s paternal grandfather was Lewis/Louis A. Gordon (the son of Arron Gordon and Fannie). Lewis was born in Maryland, to Russian Jewish parents.

Molly’s paternal grandmother was Anne Jacobson (the daughter of Morris Jacobson and Celia Topel). Anne was born in Illinois, to Russian Jewish parents.

Molly’s maternal grandfather was named Leonard N. Nelson. Leonard was born in New York, and was also Jewish.

Molly’s maternal grandmother was Alice J. Dritz (the daughter of Harry/Henry Dritz and Roselyn/Rosalyn). Alice was born in New York. Harry was a Jewish emigrant, from Vilnius, Lithuania, and was the son of Jacob Dritz and Shimka/Shimke Cohen. Roselyn was born in New Jersey, to Russian Jewish parents.

Sources: Molly’s paternal grandfather, Lewis/Louis A. Gordon, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Molly’s paternal grandmother, Anne Jacobson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Molly’s paternal grandmother, Anne (Jacobson) Gordon –

Obituary of Molly’s maternal grandfather, Leonard N. Nelson –

Molly’s maternal grandmother, Alice J. Dritz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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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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