Polish Jewish

Oliver Cooper

by stlucas on November 16, 2017

Birth Name: Oliver J. Cooper

Place of Birth: Sylvania Township, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 2, 1988

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Oliver Cooper is an American actor and comedian.

Oliver is the son of Wendy and Michael “Mike” Cooper. He has a brother and a sister. His family is Jewish.

Oliver has stated, “I’m Jewish, but I haven’t been to temple in over three years.”

Oliver’s paternal grandfather was Gerald J. “Jerry” Cooper (the son of Harry Cooper and Manya/Mary Hopescand). Gerald was born in Ohio, to parents from Poland.

Oliver’s paternal grandmother is likely named Ellen.

Sources: Oliver’s paternal grandfather, Gerald J. “Jerry” Cooper, on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Oliver’s paternal grandfather, Gerald J. “Jerry” Cooper – http://www.findagrave.com

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Melina Matsoukas

by stlucas on November 13, 2017

Birth Name: Melina E. Matsoukas

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

Date of Birth: January 14, 1981

*Greek Jewish, Polish Jewish (father)
*Afro-Jamaican, Afro-Cuban (mother)

Melina Matsoukas is an American director of commercials, videos, and and television shows.

Melina is the daughter of Diana-Elena (Foster) and David D. Matsoukas. Melina’s father is of Greek Jewish and Polish Jewish ancestry. Melina’s mother was born in Cuba, and has been described as an “Afro-Cuban of Jamaican descent”. Melina was raised in New York and New Jersey.

Melina has stated:

I grew up in the Bronx until I was about ten, and then we moved to New Jersey. I grew up in a very multicultural family. My mother is Afro-Cuban and Jamaican, and my father is Greek and Jewish. I felt the influences from all the different cultures — the stories, the ideas. And my parents are both communists and activists, so they’ve always been all about equality and doing something important with your life. I always wanted to do something big, I just didn’t know how I would go about changing the world.

Melinda’s paternal grandparents were Greek Jews and Polish Jews.

Melina’s maternal grandfather was Carlos Abraham Foster. Carlos was born in Oriente Province, Cuba, to parents from Jamaica. Melina’s maternal grandmother was also from Cuba.

Sources: http://www.thenewyorker.com

Marriage record of Melina’s parents – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Melina’s maternal grandfather, Carlos Abraham Foster – http://www.nytimes.com

Photo by Joe Seer/www.bigstockphoto.com/


Sam Simon

by stlucas on November 13, 2017

Sam Simon – 4th Annual All In For CP Charity Poker Tournament – Arrivals – Venetian Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, NV, USA – – Photo Credit: PRN / PR Photos

Birth Name: Samuel Michael Simon

Date of Birth: June 6, 1955

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: March 8, 2015

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

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Sam Simon was an American director, producer, and writer. He is known for co-developing television series The Simpsons, alongside James L. Brooks and Matt Groening.

Sam was the son of Joan M. (Feld) and Arthur Sheldon Simon. Sam’s parents were Jewish.

Sam was previously married to actress Jennifer Tilly.

Sam’s paternal grandfather was Samuel H. Simon (the son of Charles Simon and Leah Bloom). Samuel was born in Canada. Charles was born in Germany, the son of Harris Simon and Sarah. Leah was born in Poland, the daughter of Moses Bloom and Iowa.

Sam’s paternal grandmother was Gertrude Riman (the daughter of Mendel Riman and Bessie Fox). Gertrude was born in Canada, to parents who were born in Galicia, Austria.

Sam’s maternal grandfather was Morris J. Epelfeld/Feld (the son of Aaron Epelfeld/Feld and Chava “Eva” Grabelsky). Morris was born in Russia. Chava was the daughter of David Grabelsky and Esther Chunis.

Sam’s maternal grandmother was Ethel Goldberg (the daughter of Abraham Goldberg and Fannie). Abraham and Fannie were from Poland.

Sources: Genealogy of Sam Simon – http://www.geni.com

Birth record of Sam Simon – http://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Sam’s parents – http://www.familysearch.org


Eric Ladin

by stlucas on November 11, 2017

Birth Name: Eric Stephen Ladin

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 16, 1978

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Eric Ladin is an American actor.

Eric is the son of Jean (Schwartz) and Ronald Mark Ladin. Eric’s parents are Jewish. Eric is married to Kathryn C. “Katy” Hull, with whom he has a son.

Eric’s paternal grandfather was Sidney Samuel Ladin (the son of Samuel P. Ladin and Eva Levinson). Samuel was from Odessa, Russia (now Ukraine). Eva was also from Russia.

Eric’s paternal grandmother was Lanora/Lenora Turk (the daughter of Morris Turk and Rose Sonnenberg). Morris was born in Poland. Rose was born in New Jersey, to a father from Poland and a mother from Germany.

Sources: Birth record of Eric Ladin – http://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Eric’s father – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Eric’s paternal great-uncle (grandfather’s brother), Max P. Ladin, Sr. – http://www.findagrave.com

Eric’s paternal grandmother on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Eric’s paternal great-uncle (grandmother’s brother), Ike Turk – http://www.findagrave.com

Photo by DFree/www.bigstockphoto.com/


Allan Corduner

by madman on November 11, 2017

Allan Corduner – “Defiance” London Premiere – Arrivals – Odeon, Leicester Square – London, UK – Keywords: European Premiere of Defiance – False – – Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

Birth Name: Allan D. Corduner

Place of Birth: Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

Date of Birth: April 2, 1950

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Allan Corduner is a British actor.

Allan is the son of Lilian Therese (Zentler) and Lars “Lasse” Corduner. Allan’s father was born in Helsinki, Finland, to a Jewish family, originally from Ukraine and Poland, that moved to Stockholm, Sweden, shortly after his father’s birth. Allan’s mother, who was also Jewish, was born in Berlin, Germany, and was a refugee who moved to the U.K.

Allan’s parents were both Ashkenazi Jews. While he is sometimes said to have Sephardi ancestry on his father’s side, Corduner is usually an Ashkenazi surname. Allan grew up in England, and had a secular Jewish upbringing.

Allan is married to Finnish actor and writer Juha Sorola.

Allan’s paternal grandfather was Alexander “Alex” Corduner. Alexander was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Allan’s paternal grandmother was Ethel “Ecko” Gottstein (the daughter of Haim Itzka Gottstein and Gnendel Levit). Ethel was born in Helsinki, Finland. Haim was born in Suwalki, Poland, the son of Mordechai Gottstein. Gnendel was born in Helsinki, the daughter of parents from Poland, Abraham Levit, who was from Nowogrod, Lomza, and Lea.

Source: Genealogy of Allan’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) – https://www.amitys.com