Moroccan 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 – https://blogs.ancestry.com

Genealogy of John Berman – https://www.geni.com

John’s paternal grandfather, Edmund Albert Berman, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

John’s paternal grandmother, Grace Rebecca Spinoza, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of John’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Benjamin Spinosa and Rebecca Nelson – https://www.familysearch.org

John’s maternal grandmother, Cyrille Romanow, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of John’s maternal grandmother, Cyrille (Romanow) Berman – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandparents, Maurice/Morris Theodore Romanow and Pearl Urofsky/Urrows – https://www.geni.com

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Zak Abel

by Manila on April 3, 2018

Birth Name: Zak David Zilesnick

Place of Birth: Kensington & Chelsea, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 1 March, 1995

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish

Zak Abel is a British musician.

His father was Moroccan Jewish, who moved to Israel. His mother, Rachel H. Zilesnick, is English Jewish.

Zak’s maternal grandfather is Harold Zilesnick (the son of Samuel “Sam” Zilesnick and Mary Bardofsky). Samuel was a Ukrainian Jewish emigrant, from Kiev, and was the son of Hyman Zilesnick and Miriam Kaplan. Mary was the daughter of Russian Jewish emigrants, Israel Bardofsky and Sarah Basia Sorrel.

Zak’s maternal grandmother is Ann S. Zola (the daughter of Joseph Zola and Minnie Derfield). Joseph was the son of a Polish Jewish emigrant, Morris Zola, of Warsaw, and of Kate Emanuel, who was also of Polish Jewish descent. Minnie was the daughter of Henry “Harry” Derfield, whose own parents, Aaron Derfler (later Derfield) and Rachel Levy, were Austrian Jewish and German Jewish emigrants, respectively, and of a Polish Jewish emigrant, Rose “Rosy” Appelbaum.

Zak’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandmother, Shinah Leibah “Jeanette/Jenetta/Janet/Georgina” Marchant (c. 1853, Poland – 1937, Stepney, London).

Sources: News article about Zak’s ancestry – https://www.pressreader.com

Birth record of Zak Abel – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Zak’s mother – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal grandparents, Harold Zilesnick and Ann S. Zola – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Zak’s maternal grandfather, Harold Zilesnick – https://www.geni.com

Birth record of Zak’s maternal grandfather, Harold Zilesnick – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Zak’s maternal grandmother, Ann S. Zola – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal great-grandparents, Joseph Zola and Minnie Derfield – https://www.familysearch.org

Zak’s maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Zola, on the 1911 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Morris Zola and Kate Emanuel – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Zak’s maternal great-grandmother, Minnie Derfield – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Harry Derfield and Rose Appelbaum – https://www.familysearch.org

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Michael Benaroya

by stlucas on December 9, 2017

Birth Name: Michael J. Benaroya

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

Date of Birth: February 23, 1981

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish, possibly other

Michael Benaroya is an American film producer.

Michael is the son of Sherry-Lee and Larry R. Benaroya. Michael’s father is Sephardi Jewish. His ancestors hailed from Lebanon, Turkey, and Morocco.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was civil leader and philanthropist Jack Albert Benaroya (the son of Albert Benaroya and Rachel Cohen). Jack was born in Alabama, to Lebanese Jewish parents.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Rebecca/Rebeca “Becky” Benoun (the daughter of Joe Benoun/Bennoun and Dona/Dorothy Adatto). Joe was born in Turkey. Dona was also born in Turkey, the daughter of Joseph/Yosef/Yosefachi Adatto and Veda Neamachi.

Sources: Genealogy of Michael Benaroya (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Obituary of Michael’s paternal grandfather, Jack Albert Benaroya – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Michael’s paternal grandmother, Rebecca/Rebeca “Becky” (Benoun) Benaroya (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Michael’s paternal grandmother, Rebecca/Rebeca “Becky” Benoun, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Michael’s paternal great-aunt (grandmother’s sister), Rita (Benoun) Piha – http://www.rhodesjewishmuseum.org

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Ari Stidham

by stlucas on December 7, 2017

Birth Name: Ariel David Stidham

Place of Birth: Westlake Village, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 22, 1992

Ethnicity:
*Sephardi Jewish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Ari Stidham is an American actor and musician.

Ari is the son of Robin Ann (Margolis) and David John Stidham. Ari’s parents are Jewish; Ari’s father is said to be of Sephardi Jewish descent (with roots in Morocco) and Ari’s mother has Russian Jewish ancestry.

Ari’s paternal grandmother was named Lily.

Ari’s maternal grandfather was Allan B. Margolis.

Ari’s maternal grandmother is Florida politician Gwen Margolis (born Gwen Liedman; the daughter of Joseph Liedman and Rose Weiss). Joseph was the son of Louis Leidman and Sadie, who were from Russia. Rose was the daughter of Harry Weiss and Sophie, who were also from Russia.

Sources: Birth record of Ari Stidham – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Ari’s paternal step-grandfather, Gordon Kent – http://www.legacy.com

Ari’s maternal grandmother, Gwen (Liedman) Margolis, on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Photo by kathclick/www.bigstockphoto.com/

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Marc Bendavid

by madman on December 3, 2017

Marc Bendavid – TheWrap’s 2nd Annual Emmy Party – Arrivals – The London Hotel – West Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com 

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: 1986

Ethnicity:
*Sephardi Jewish (father)
*Belgian/Flemish (mother)

Marc Bendavid is a Canadian actor. His father is Moroccan Jewish and his mother is Belgian Flemish.

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