Lithuanian Jewish

Maury Povich

by stlucas on February 17, 2017

Birth Name: Maurice Richard Povich

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: January 17, 1939

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Maury Povich is an American television presenter.

He was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Shirley Lewis Povich and Ethyl (Friedman). He has a sister, Lynn, and a brother, David.

Maury’s paternal grandparents were Nathan Povich and Rosa Orlovich. They hailed from Lithuania.

Maury’s mother, Ethyl, was originally from Radom, Poland, to Jewish parents, and moved to the U.S. with her family at the age of three.

Maury is married to Chinese-American journalist Connie Chung.


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Michel Hazanavicius

by stlucas on January 26, 2017

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: 29 March, 1967

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Michel Hazanavicius is a French film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor. He was born in Paris, France, to a Jewish family. His brother is actor and director Serge Hazanavicius. Michel is married to Argentinian-born French actress Bérénice Bejo.

Michel’s grandparents hailed from Lithuania and Poland. Regarding his family, he has stated:

We are not religious… But we certainly think of ourselves as Jewish, if only because of our history. All four of my grandparents came to France in the 1920s from Eastern Europe. They were fleeing pogroms and persecutions. Then came the Second World War and they had to run again. My parents were ‘hidden children,’ and some of the family died in the camps.


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Amy Goodman

by madman on January 23, 2017

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., United States

Date of Birth: April 13, 1957

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Amy Goodman is an American journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter, and author. She is the host of the news program Democracy Now!.

Amy is the daughter of Dorothy (Bock) and George Goodman. Her brother is actor David Goodman.

Amy’s maternal grandparents were Benjamin Bock and Sonia. Benjamin was born in Kaunas, Lithuania. Sonia was born in Rivne, Ukraine.

Source: Genealogy of Amy Goodman (focusing on her mother’s side) –


Ronan Farrow

by celebfan on December 25, 2016

Birth Name: Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow

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

Date of Birth: December 19, 1987

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Irish, Scottish (mother)

Ronan Farrow is an American activist, journalist, lawyer, and U.S. government advisor. He was the host of the show Ronan Farrow Daily from 2014 to 2015.

Ronan is the son of director, writer, and actor Woody Allen and actress Mia Farrow. His father is Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Russia, Lithuania, and Austria). His mother has English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.

Ronan’s paternal grandfather was Martin Koenigsberg (the son of Isaac Koenigsberg and Jennie Copplin). Isaac and Jennie were Jewish immigrants, and were born in Russia. Isaac was the son of Schmuel/Samuel Koenigsberg and Bella. Martin also had Lithuanian Jewish ancestry.

Ronan’s paternal grandmother was Nettie Cherry (the daughter of Leon Cherry/Scherry and Sarah Hoff). Leon and Sarah were both Austrian Jewish immigrants.

Ronan’s maternal grandfather was John Farrow (John Villiers Farrow, the son of Joseph Farrow and Lucy Savage). John was an Australian director. Joseph was the son of English parents, James Farrow and Jane Maria Canham, with James being from County Norfolk and Jane being from West Lynn, Norfolk. Lucy was the daughter of George Savage, who was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to English parents, from Buckinghamshire, and of Emily Piggott, who was English, from Manchester, Lancashire.

Ronan’s maternal grandmother was Maureen O’Sullivan (the daughter of Charles Joseph O’Sullivan and Evangeline Lovatt “Mary Eva” Frazer). Maureen was an Irish actress, born in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland, and had Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry. Charles was born in Cork, County Cork, Ireland, the son of Daniel Vincent O’Sullivan and Mary Teresa “Minnie” Scannell. Evangeline was born in Tientsin, China, the daughter of John Lovat Frazer, who was from County Sligo, Ireland, and had Scottish ancestry, and of Mary Eva Kennett, who was from St. Marylebone, London, England.

In 2013, Ronan’s mother stated, perhaps not in total seriousness, that Ronan’s biological father could be singer Frank Sinatra, who was married to Mia many years before Ronan’s birth. For a number of reasons (see for example this and this), the idea appears to be unlikely.

Sources: Genealogies of Ronan Farrow –

Family history and religious background of Ronan’s father –

Ronan’s paternal grandfather, Martin Koenigsberg, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Ronan’s paternal grandmother, Nettie Cherry, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Ronan Farrow (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Ronan’s mother –

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Ted Deutch

by bearboy on December 1, 2016

Birth Name: Theodore Eliot Deutch

Place of Birth: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Date of Birth: May 7, 1966

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Ted Deutch is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida, since April 13, 2010.

Ted is the son of Jean (Mindlin) and Bernard Deutch.

Ted’s paternal grandparents were Isaac Deutch and Esther Cohen. Isaac was born in Kvosk, Lithuania. Esther was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Russia.

Ted’s maternal grandparents were Abraham Mindlin (the son of Gila Mindlin) and Tillie Badhan/Badchan. Abraham was born in Polock, Russia. Tillie was also born in Russia.

Sources: Genealogy of Ted Deutch –

Obituary of Ted’s mother –