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Antonio Campos

by stlucas on October 8, 2017

Antonio Campos and Guest – 46th New York Film Festival Closing Night – “The Wrestler” Premiere – Arrivals – Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center – New York City, NY, USA –  Photo Credit: Anthony G. Moore / PR Photos

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

Date of Birth: August 24, 1983

Ethnicity:
*Brazilian [Portuguese, Sephardi Jewish, possibly other] (father)
*Italian/Sicilian (mother)

Antonio Campos is an American film director, screenwriter, and film producer.

Antonio is the son of producer Rose Ganguzza and Brazilian journalist Lucas Mendes Campos.

Antonio’s father has Portuguese ancestry, and has also stated that one of his great-great-great-great-grandfathers was a Jewish ancestor from Portugal who moved to Brazil. Antonio’s mother was born in New Jersey, to Italian/Sicilian parents.

Antonio’s maternal grandparents were Anthony C. Ganguzza and Frances. Anthony was from Sicily, Italy. Frances was also Italian.

Sources: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment record of Antonio’s maternal grandfather, Anthony C. Ganguzza – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Antonio’s maternal grandfather, Anthony C. Ganguzza – http://www.legacy.com

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Josh Pais

by stlucas on August 30, 2017

Birth Name: Joshua Pais

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

Date of Birth: June 21, 1964

Ethnicity:
*Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Irish, German, Swiss-German (mother)

Josh Pais is an American acting coach, and film and television actor.

Josh is the son of Lila Lee (Atwill) and Dutch-born physicist and historian Abraham Pais.

Josh’s father was born in Amsterdam, to Dutch Jewish parents of Sephardi (with roots in Portugal) and Ashkenazi origin. Josh’s mother was an American of English, Irish, German, and Swiss-German descent, who converted to Judaism upon her marriage.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Isaiah/Jesaija “Jacques” Pais (the son of Abraham Pais and Naatje de Raaij). Abraham was the son of Jesaias Benjamin Pais and Rachel Meijer de Mark. Naatje was the daughter of Mozes de Raaij and Leentje Jonas Kloot.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Kaatje P. F. “Cato” van Kleeff (the daughter of Levie van Kleef/Kleeff and Anna Swaab). Levie was the son of Isaac van Kleeff and Betje Hekster. Anna was the daughter of Machiel Samuel Swaab and Kaatje de Groot.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was Spurgeon Tennyson Atwill (the son of Lewis Atwill and Rosetta Rowland). Lewis was the son of John Tennison Atwill and Nancy Long. Rosetta was the daughter of William Thomas Rowland and Serena Arminta Billingsley.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was Helen Louise Clark (the daughter of Clifford “Cliff” Henry Clark and Grace Farmham). Clifford was the son of Henry Clark and Parley Wensted. Grace was the daughter of William Logan Farmham and Sarah Elizabeth Heltzell.

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

Obituary and Genealogy of Josh’s maternal grandfather – http://www.findagrave.com

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Benjamin N. Cardozo

by follers on August 3, 2017

Birth Name: Benjamin Nathan Cardozo

Date of Birth: May 24, 1870

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

Date of Death: July 9, 1938

Place of Death: Port Chester, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish

Benjamin N. Cardozo was an American lawyer and jurist. He was Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from March 2, 1932 to July 9, 1938, his death. He was also Justice of the Supreme Court of New York for the First Judicial Division, from January 5, 1914 to January 15, 1917, and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, from January 1, 1927 to March 7, 1932.

Justice Cardozo was the son of Rebecca Washington (Nathan) and Albert Jacob Cardozo. His family was Jewish, both Sephardi (from England, Portugal, Spain, and Morocco) and Ashkenazi (from Germany).

Justice Cardozo was a first cousin of poet Emma Lazarus. Their mothers were sisters.

Justice Cardozo could be considered the first Hispanic Justice on the United States Supreme Court, preceding Sonia Sotomayor.

Justice Cardozo’s paternal grandfather was Michael Hart Cardozo (the son of Isaac Nunez Cardozo and Sarah Hart). Michael was born in Pennsylvania. Isaac was born in London, England, the son of Aaron Nunez Cardozo and Sarah Nunez Navaro. Justice Cardozo’s great-grandmother Sarah Hart was the daughter of Myer Hart/Hart de Shira/Texeira and Rachel de Lyon.

Justice Cardozo’s paternal grandmother was Ellen Hart (the daughter of Abraham Hart). Ellen was born in Black River, St Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica, and was a first cousin of Justice Cardozo’s paternal grandfather. Abraham was born in Virginia, the son of Myer Hart/Hart de Shira/Texeira and Rachel de Lyon.

Justice Cardozo’s maternal grandfather was Isaac Mendes Seixas Nathan (the son of Simon Nathan and Grace Mendes Seixas). Isaac was born in New York. Simon was born in Frome, Somerset, England, the son of Judah Nathan. Grace was born in Connecticut, the daughter of Isaac Mendes Seixas, who was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and of Rachel Franks Levy, who was born in London, England.

Justice Cardozo’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Mendes Seixas (the daughter of Benjamin Mendes Seixas and Zipporah Levy). Sarah was born in New York, and was a first cousin of Justice Cardozo’s maternal grandfather. Benjamin was born in Rhode Island, the son of Isaac Mendes Seixas and Rachel Franks Levy. Zipporah was born in New York, the daughter of Hayman Levy, who was born in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany, and of Sloe Myers.

Source: Genealogy of Benjamin N. Cardozo – https://www.geni.com

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Emma Lazarus

by follers on August 3, 2017

Date of Birth: July 22, 1849

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

Date of Death: November 19, 1887

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

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish, as well as possibly 1/16th English

Emma Lazarus was an American poet. She wrote The New Colossus, in 1883 (“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”). The poem was inscribed on a plaque in a pedestal in the Statue of Liberty in 1903.

She was the daughter of Esther Lydia Mary (Nathan) and Moses Lazarus. Her parents were both born in New York. Her family was Jewish, both Ashkenazi (from Germany) and Sephardi (from England, Portugal, Spain, and Morocco). One of her paternal great-great-grandmothers, Caroline Webb, may have been of English descent, and a convert to Judaism.

Emma was a first cousin of United Stated Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo. Their mothers were sisters.

Emma’s paternal grandfather was Eleazar Samuel Lazarus (the son of Samuel Eleazar Lazarus and Fanny Cushell). Emma’s great-grandfather Samuel was the son of Eleazer Lazarus.

Emma’s paternal grandmother was Zipporah Hart (the daughter of Jacob Naphtali Hart and Leah Thérèse Nathan). Zipporah was born in New York. Jacob was born in Fürth, Bavaria, Germany, the son of Jacobus S. Hart. Leah was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Lyon Nathan and Caroline Webb.

Emma’s maternal grandfather was Isaac Mendes Seixas Nathan (the son of Simon Nathan and Grace Mendes Seixas). Isaac was born in New York. Simon was born in Frome, Somerset, England, the son of Judah Nathan. Grace was born in Connecticut, the daughter of Isaac Mendes Seixas, who was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and of Rachel Franks Levy, who was born in London, England.

Emma’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Mendes Seixas (the daughter of Benjamin Mendes Seixas and Zipporah Levy). Sarah was born in New York, and was a first cousin of Emma’s maternal grandfather. Benjamin was born in Rhode Island, the son of Isaac Mendes Seixas and Rachel Franks Levy. Zipporah was born in New York, the daughter of Hayman Levy, who was born in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany, and of Sloe Myers.

Source: Genealogy of Emma Lazarus – https://www.geni.com

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Stephanie Beatriz

by stlucas on May 7, 2017

Birth Name: Stephanie Beatriz Bischoff Alvizuri

Place of Birth: Neuquén, Argentina

Date of Birth: February 10, 1981

Ethnicity:
*Colombian [German, 1/4 Sephardi Jewish, Dutch, Spanish, Basque, possibly other] (father)
*Bolivian [Spanish, Indigenous, Basque, possibly other] (mother)

Stephanie Beatriz is an Argentine-born American actress.

Stephanie was born in Neuquén, Argentina, the daughter of Silvia Rosario Alvizuri Luna and Ernesto Bischoff Cortissoz. Beatriz moved to the U.S. at the age of two, and was raised in Texas. She has a sister, Jennifer.

Stephanie’s father is Colombian, and has recent German ancestry, as well as one quarter Sephardi Jewish, and some Dutch (from Curaçao) and Spanish, roots. Stephanie’s mother is Bolivian, and likely has Spanish and Indigenous roots. Some of the surnames in Stephanie’s family tree suggest Basque ancestry, on both sides.

Stephanie’s paternal grandfather was Luder Heinrich Bischoff Siefken (the son of Eduard August Bischoff Katenkamp and Cornelia Amalia “Nelly” Siefken Hoyer). Eduard was born in Bremen, Germany, the son of Lüder Heinrich Bischoff Meyer and Auguste Christine Katenkamp Bernhard. Cornelia was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, the daughter of Friedrich Moritz Siefken, who was from Bremen, Germany, and of Dorothea Cornelia Hoyer, who was from Curaçao, and was of Dutch, as well as some German (from Saxony), descent.

Stephanie’s paternal grandmother was Cecilia Cortissoz Rodriguez (the daughter of Ernesto Cortissoz Alvares-Correa and Esther Rodriguez Gonzales). Ernesto was a Sephardi Jew, and was the son of Jacob Cortissoz Jesurun-Pinto and Julia Alvares-Correa; his family lived in the Virgin Islands, Curaçao, the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, Barbados, and England. Esther was born in Colombia, of Spanish (with roots in Asturias), and possibly other, ancestry; she was the daughter of Enrique Rodriguez Blanco and Cecilia Gonzalez Vengoechea.

Stephanie’s maternal grandparents were Guillermo Alvizuri and Angelica Luna.

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

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