Lithuanian Jewish

John Berman

by follers on September 2, 2018

Place of Birth: Carlisle, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 21, 1972

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, some Sephardi Jewish

John Berman is an American news anchor.

He is married to Kerry Voss, with whom he has two children.

John’s paternal grandfather is Edmund Albert Berman (the son of Jacob Berman and Celia Rosenbaum). Edmund was born in Massachusetts, to Russian Jewish parents.

John’s paternal grandmother was Grace Rebecca Spinoza (the daughter of Joseph Judah Benjamin Spinoza and Minnie Tuschinsky). Grace was born in Massachusetts. Joseph was born in Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin Spinosa, a Jewish emigrant from Amsterdam, Netherlands, and of Rebecca Nelson, a Jewish emigrant from Hull, England. Minnie was a Polish Jewish immigrant. John’s great-great-grandfather Benjamin was a Sephardi Jew, with Jewish ancestors who had lived in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, before the Netherlands. He was said to be related to Dutch Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza.

John’s maternal grandparents were Irving Flax and Cyrille Romanow (the daughter of Maurice/Morris Theodore Romanow and Pearl Urofsky/Urrows). Cyrille was born in Massachusetts, to Russian Jewish parents. Morris was the son of Leah. Pearl was the daughter of Harry Urrows and Rebecca Dubb.

Sources: Information about John’s Sephardi ancestry –

Genealogy of John Berman –

John’s paternal grandfather, Edmund Albert Berman, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

John’s paternal grandmother, Grace Rebecca Spinoza, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of John’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Benjamin Spinosa and Rebecca Nelson –

John’s maternal grandmother, Cyrille Romanow, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of John’s maternal grandmother, Cyrille (Romanow) Berman –

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandparents, Maurice/Morris Theodore Romanow and Pearl Urofsky/Urrows –

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Libe Barer

by stlucas on August 15, 2018

Birth Name: Libe Alexandra Barer

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 19, 1991

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, some Mexican

Libe Barer is an American actress.

Libe is the daughter of Ana and Sergio Barer. Her sister is actress Ariela Barer. Her family is Mexican. Their ancestry is mostly Ashkenazi Jewish, from Eastern Europe, with at least two Mexican great-grandparents, one and/or both of whom were Catholic.

Libe’s sister has stated:

Both my parents were born in Mexico. They’re also both Jewish. We’re pretty much from everywhere, in all honesty. I feel most connected to my Latina heritage, for sure. Most of my family, except for my parents, lives in Mexico. So, whenever we visit anywhere it’s to Mexico. I’ll be going there for the holidays.

Libe’s maternal grandfather was Ernesto Benjamin Rittner Pedroza (the son of Carlos Kulner/Kuttner Rittner and María del Refugio Pedroza). Carlos was born in Lithuania. María was Mexican, and was the daughter of Justo Pedroza and María del Refugio Serrano.

Libe’s maternal grandmother is Lya Monzón (the daughter of Justino Guillermo Antonio Monzón Estrada and Michalina/Michaelina Bornstein). Justino was a Mexican Catholic, from San Agustín, Jonacatepec, Morelos, and was the son of Antonio Monzón Pérez and Justina Estrada. Libe’s great-grandmother Michalina was born in Poland, to a Jewish family, and was the daughter of Joszef Mordejai Bornstein and Sara Rojl Engel. Libe’s great-great-grandmother Sara was the daughter of Jaim Mayer Engel and Laya Rochma.

Sources: Genealogy of Libe Barer –

Death record of Libe’s maternal grandfather, Ernesto Benjamin Rittner Pedroza –

Baptismal record of Libe’s maternal great-grandfather, Justino Guillermo Antonio Monzón Estrada –

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Zach Appelman

by follers on August 10, 2018

Zach Appelman – Netflix’s “Like Father” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – ArcLight Hollywood – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: / 

Birth Name: Zachary Soglin Appelman

Place of Birth: Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 5, 1985

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Zach Appelman is an American actor.

Zach’s paternal grandfather was Matt Max Appelman (the son of Louis Appelman and Rose Gauctzkin/Ganetskin). Matt was born in Mogilev, Belarus, to a Jewish family.

Zach’s paternal grandmother was Frances Helen Friedman (the daughter of Julius Joseph Friedman and Lilian Mohr). Frances was born in Washington. Julius was born in New York, to a Russian Jewish father and a Polish Jewish mother. Lilian was born in New York, the daughter of Maurice Mordechai Mohr, who was Austrian Jewish, and of Annie Suransky, a Polish Jew, whose family was from Saransk, Mordovia, Russia and Suwalki, Poland.

Zach’s maternal grandfather was Albert Soglin (the son of Ari/Aaron Soglin and Sarah Marshak). Albert was born in Illinois, to Russian Jewish parents. Ari was the son of Abel Tsoglin and Rose/Risya Marchashov. Sarah was the daughter of Dov Ber “Dave” Marchashov and Bluma/Blume Yaffa.

Zach’s maternal grandmother was Rose Century (the daughter of Chaim/Hyman Century and Esther Elbaum). Rose was born in Illinois, to Polish Jewish parents. Chaim was born in Warsaw, the son of Boruch Century and Frada Rosenovitch. Esther was the daughter of Moishe Elbaum.

Source: Genealogy of Zach Appelman –


Alissa White-Gluz

by Manila on June 29, 2018

The Agonist – The Agonist in Concert at Capone’s – July14, 2009 – Capone’s – Mokena, IL, USA – Photo Credit: Daniel Locke / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Date of Birth: July 31, 1985

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Alissa White-Gluz is a Canadian musician. She is the lead vocalist of the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. She was previously the lead vocalist of the Canadian metalcore band The Agonist.



Max Ehrich

by follers on May 29, 2018

Max Ehrich – “Spider-Man: Homecoming” World Premiere – Arrivals – TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood & Highland, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Place of Birth: Marlboro Township, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 24, 1991

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Max Ehrich is an American actor, singer, and dancer.

Max’s paternal grandfather was Arnold M. Ehrich (the son of Joseph Ehrich and Martha Ginsberg). Arnold was born in New Jersey, to an Austrian Jewish father and a Russian Jewish mother.

Max’s paternal grandmother is Ramona Hope Wachtel (the daughter of Walter William Wachtel and Sylvia Leibov). Ramona was born in Pennsylvania. Sylvia was the daughter of Russian Jewish parents, Israel Leibowitz/Leibov, who was born in Odessa, and Rose.

Max’s maternal grandfather was Sidney/Sydney Green (the son of Myer Green and Mary D.). Sidney was born in Massachusetts. Myer was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Max’s maternal grandmother was Eleanor Freed (the daughter of Harry Freed and Rhoda Lillian Rabinovitz). Eleanor was born in Massachusetts. Harry was born in Massachusetts, to Russian Jewish parents. Rhoda was a Jewish emigrant, from Vilna, Lithuania, and was the daughter of Paul Arthur Rabinovitz and Rebecca Sagrin.

Sources: Obituary of Max’s paternal grandfather, Arnold M. Ehrich –

Genealogy of Max Ehrich (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of Max’s maternal grandfather, Sidney/Sydney Green –

Max’s maternal great-grandparents, Harry Freed and Rhoda Lillian Rabinovitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –