Polish Jewish

Raphael Bob-Waksberg

by stlucas on July 21, 2018

Ralphael Bob-Waksberg – Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” TV Series Season 5 Premiere – Arrivals – Break Room 86 – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Raphael Matthew Waksberg

Place of Birth: San Mateo, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 17, 1984

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Raphael Bob-Waksberg is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, and voice actor. He is the creator and showrunner of BoJack Horseman.

Raphael is the son of Ellen Sharon (Bob) and David Waksberg. His parents are Jewish.

Raphael’s paternal grandfather was Irving Waksberg (the son of Harry “Herschel/Tzvi” Waksberg and Chana/Anna Kalichstein). Irving was born in New York. Harry was born in Poland, the son of Mendel Waksberg and Feigel Urbach. Chana was born in Kielce, Poland, the daughter of Moshe “Moishe” Kalichstein and a woman surnamed Rappaport.

Raphael’s paternal grandmother was Florence Gold (the daughter of Sam “Natanel” Gold and Rose “Raizel” Gross). Florence was born in New York, to parents from Poland.

Raphael’s maternal grandfather was Frederick Aaron Bob (the son of Max Bob and Florence “Fan” Goldfarb). Frederick was born in New York. Max was born in either New York or Russia, the son of Gedalia Bob and Ida Goldman. Florence was born in Russia.

Raphael’s maternal grandmother was Shirley Kaplan (the daughter of Samuel Kaplan and Rebecca “Betty” Gitlen). Shirley was born in New York, to parents from Russia. Samuel was the son of Lazar Kaplan and Julia Kaplan. Rebecca was the daughter of Morris Gitlen and Yetta Yazmer.

Sources: Genealogy of Raphael Bob-Waksberg – http://www.geni.com

Birth record of Raphael Bob-Waksberg – http://www.familysearch.org


Gabriel Sunday

by stlucas on July 20, 2018

Birth Name: Gabriel Chechik Sunday

Place of Birth: Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 18, 1985

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, possibly other

Gabriel Sunday is an American actor and director.

Gabriel is the son of Laura (Benson) and Michael J. Chechik/Sunday.

Gabriel’s paternal grandmother was Ernestine Cohn (the daughter of Max Cohn and Anna Iskowich). Ernestine was born in Wisconsin. Max was born in Tennessee, the son of Herman Cohn, who was from Germany, and of Ernestine Weber Henoch, who was from Poland. Anna was born in either Austria or Hungary, the daughter of Abraham Iskowich and Lena Gavertz.

Sources: Birth record of Gabriel Sunday – http://www.familysearch.org

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

Obituary of Gabriel’s paternal grandmother, Ernestine (Cohn) Chechik – http://www.madisonwest61.com

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Lucas Neff

by stlucas on July 12, 2018

Lucas Neff – 2013 TCA Winter Press Tour – FOX All-Star Party – Arrivals – The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa – Pasadena, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

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

Date of Birth: November 7, 1985

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, Irish

Lucas Neff is an American actor.

Lucas is the son of director and playwright Meade Palidofsky and lawyer Alan H. Neff. Lucas is married to Australian actress Caitlin Stasey.

Lucas has stated:

My dad is this little Jewish hobbit of a guy and then I’ve got this really strong-minded Irish mother. And together it’s just Irish guilt and Jewish guilt and every type of Woody Allen neurosis you can imagine sort of cycling around in my brain at any given instant.

Lucas’ maternal grandfather was Joseph James Palid (the son of Joseph “Joe” Paledofsky/Palidofsky and Monica Norka/Norkowicz). Lucas’ grandfather Joseph was born in Pennsylvania, to Polish parents.

Lucas’ maternal grandmother was Barbara Ruth Meade (the daughter of William J. Meade/Mead and Genevieve I. McQuillan). Barbara was born in Michigan. William was born in Michigan, the son of Andrew H. Meade and Margaret Lynch, who was Irish. Genevieve was born in Michigan, the daughter of James McQuillan, whose parents were Irish, and of Margaret E. McCann, whose parents were also Irish.

Sources: Obituary of Lucas’ maternal grandfather, Joseph James Palid – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Lucas’ maternal grandmother, Barbara Ruth (Meade) Palid – http://www.genealogybuff.com


Miranda July

by stlucas on July 10, 2018

Miranda July – AFI FEST 2016 Presented by Audi – A Tribute to Annette Bening and Gala Screening of “20th Century Women” – Arrivals – TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood & Highland, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Julian Blythe/HNW / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Miranda Jennifer Grossinger

Place of Birth: Berlin, Washington, Vermont, United States

Date of Birth: February 15, 1974

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

Miranda July is an American film director, screenwriter, singer, actress, author, and artist.

Miranda is the daughter of Lindy Downer Hough and writer and anthropologist Richard Grossinger. Her father is Jewish, of Austrian Jewish, Polish Jewish, and Russian Jewish ancestry. Her mother, who is from a Protestant background, was born in Colorado, and is of English and Scottish descent.

Miranda is married to filmmaker, music video director, and graphic designer Mike Mills, with whom she has a son.

Miranda’s father was raised thinking that his stepfather, Bob Towers, was his biological father. He later came to believe that his biological father was Paul Leonard Grossinger. Paul was the son of Harry Grossinger and Jennie Grossinger, from the family that ran the Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel. Miranda’s father later discovered that his biological father was another man with whom his mother had had a relationship. This man was also Jewish, like his mother and Paul Grossinger.

Miranda’s paternal grandmother was Martha Rothkrug (the daughter of Henry Rothkrug and Sarah “Sayde/Sally” Nassberg). Martha was born in New York. Henry was born in Luków, Russia (now Poland). Sarah was born in New York, to parents from Russia, Coleman/Colman Nassberg and Fanny Bitterbaum.

Miranda’s maternal grandfather was Henry Wade Hough (the son of Raymond Henry Hough and Bertha May Barlow). Henry was born in Montana. Raymond was born in Missouri, the son of Henry Wade Hough and Ella Cecil Bodley. Bertha was born in Iowa, the daughter of Thomas Henry Barlow and Rose Ella Pearson.

Miranda’s maternal grandmother was Frances Marion Downer (the daughter of Isaac Francis Downer and Alice Gordon Plested). Frances was born in Colorado. Isaac was born in Iowa, the son of Robert Downer and Reubenna J. Blizzard. Alice was born in New York, the daughter of The Rev. William Plested, who was born in Ontario, Canada, to English parents, and of Alice G. Gordon.

Sources: Genealogy of Miranda July (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Birth record of Miranda July – http://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Miranda’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Fanny Bitterbaum (focusing on her own mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Miranda’s maternal grandparents, Henry Wade Hough and Frances Marion Downer – http://www.familysearch.org


Michael Tollin

by stlucas on June 29, 2018

Mike Tollin – “Kareem: Minority of One” New York City Premiere – Arrivals – One Time Warner Center – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Laurence Agron / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Michael J. Tollin

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 6, 1955

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Michael Tollin is an American film and television producer and director.

Michael is the son of Patsy (Kanner) and Solis “Sol” Tollin/Tollen. He is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent. Michael was raised in Havertown, Pennsylvania.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Philip Tollin/Tollen (the son of Frank Tollin/Tollen and Ida Cohen). Philip was born in Pennsylvania. Frank was born in Russia. Ida was from Poland.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was named Fannie. Fannie was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Russia.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was named Sidney Kanner. Sidney was born in Maryland.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Selma R. Waskins (the daughter of Kaufman/Kaulfman Waskins and Theresa). Selma was born in Maryland. Kaufman was from Poland. Theresa was from Russia.

Sources: Obituary of Michael’s father – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Michael’s maternal great-uncle (grandmother’s brother), Averon Waskins – http://articles.baltimoresun.com