Romanian Jewish

Jael Strauss

by fraciscovargas1545 on January 23, 2017

Birth Name: Jael Francine Strauss

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 3, 1984

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*African-American (mother)

Jael Strauss is an American model. She appeared on America’s Next Top Model in 2003. Her father is Ashkenazi Jewish and her mother is African-American.

A picture of her parents can be seen here. A picture of her mother can be seen here.

Jael’s paternal grandparents were Samuel Strauss (the son of Ferdinand “Fred” Strauss and Esther) and Lorraine Abramowitz (the daughter of Samuel Abramowitz and Rella). Ferdinand was a German Jewish immigrant. Esther was born in Bulgaria, to a Romanian Jewish father and a Bulgarian Jewish mother. Samuel was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents. Rella was also Jewish, and was born in Austria.

Sources: Jael’s paternal grandfather, Samuel Strauss, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Samuel Strauss on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary record of Jael’s paternal grandfather, Samuel Strauss –

Jael’s paternal grandmother, Lorraine Abramowitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Lorraine Abramowitz on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Jael’s paternal grandmother, Lorraine (Abramowitz) Strauss –

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Roman Kolinka

by follers on December 4, 2016

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: 16 September, 1986

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*French, possibly other (mother)

Roman Kolinka is a French actor. His father, Richard Kolinka, is a musician, who is a member of the band Téléphone. His mother, Marie Trintignant, was an actress.

His father is Jewish (of Ukrainian Jewish, Russian Jewish, and Romanian Jewish descent).

His maternal grandfather is of French background. His maternal grandmother is said to be the daughter of a Spanish father and an Arab mother. It is not clear if that is accurate.

Roman’s paternal grandfather is Albert Kolinka (the son of Raphaël Kolinka and Malka Feldmann). Raphaël was born in Ukraine, the son of Israël Kolinka and Ida Veïner. Malka was also born in Ukraine, the daughter of Henri Feldmann and Dora Leplkra.

Roman’s paternal grandmother is Ginette Kolinka (born Ginette Yvette Cherkasky, the daughter of Léon Youda Cherkasky). Ginette was a prisoner at Auschwitz, and survived the Holocaust, in which her father and brother were killed. Her family was from Russia and Romania.

Roman’s maternal grandfather is Jean-Louis Trintignant, a prominent actor, screenwriter, and director (Jean-Louis Xavier Trintignant, the son of Raoul Trintignant and Claire Tourtin). Raoul was an industrialist, the son of Fernand Trintignant and Marie-Louise Aimée Delaigue.

Roman’s maternal grandmother is Nadine Trintignant, a novelist, director, producer, editor, and screenwriter (born Nadine Marquand). Nadine’s siblings, Roman’s great-uncles, were Christian Marquand, a director, actor, and screenwriter, and Serge Marquand, an actor and producer.

Sources: Genealogy of Roman Kolinka –

Genealogy of Roman’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Roman’s maternal great-grandfather, Raoul Trintignant –


David Cicilline

by bearboy on December 1, 2016

Birth Name: David Nicola Cicilline

Place of Birth: Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 15, 1961

*Italian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

David Cicilline is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island, since January 3, 2011. He was previously Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, from January 6, 2003 to January 3, 2011.

David is the son of Sabra (Peskin) and John Francis Cicilline. His father is of Italian descent, and Catholic. His mother is Jewish (of Latvian Jewish and Romanian Jewish descent). David identifies with the Jewish religion.

David’s paternal grandfather was Giovanni/John Baptiste Cicilline (the son of Antonio Cicilline and Maria Filice/Felicia Trotta). Giovanni was born in Rhode Island. Antonio was born in Italy, the son of Giuseppe Cicilline and Maria Grazia Caporusso. David’s great-grandmother Maria Filice/Felicia was born in Pontecorvo, Frosinone, Italy, the daughter of Sarefino Trotta and Giovanna Iannone.

David’s paternal grandmother was Lucia/Lucy S. Miragliuolo (the daughter of Nicola Miragliuolo and Clementina Impagliazzo). Lucia was born in Rhode Island, to Italian parents, likely from Forio, Isle of Ischia, Naples. Clementina was the daughter of Giuseppe Impagliazzo and Filomena Castaldi.

David’s maternal grandparents were Israel/Irving Peskin (the son of Max/Mendel Gdaliya Opeskin/Peskin and Mary/Mera/Miriam Weksler/Wechsler/Wexler) and Ruchia/Ruth Schechter. Israel was born in Rhode Island, the son of parents from Dvinsk, Latvia. Max was the son of Avsey/Isiaah Opeskin and Minna/Minnie. Ruchia was born in Romania.

Sources: Genealogy of David Cicilline –

Genealogy of David Cicilline (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of David Cicilline (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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Jenji Kohan

by stlucas on November 30, 2016

NEW YORK-APR 29: Actress Jenji Kohan attends the Time 100 Gala f

Birth Name: Jenji Leslie Kohan

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S

Date of Birth: July 5, 1969

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jenji Kohan is an American television writer and producer. She is known as the creator of the comedy-drama series Weeds and Orange Is the New Black.

Jenji was born in Los Angeles, California, to Jewish parents, Rhea (Arnold) and Alan “Buz” W. Kohan, who are both from New York City. They are pictured here and here.

Jenji’s paternal grandparents were Charles Kohan and May E. Charles was born in Romania. May was born in New York, to parents from Russia.

Sources: (focusing on her father’s side)

Photo by Debby Wong/


Bex Taylor-Klaus

by stlucas on November 29, 2016

LOS ANGELES - DEC 4:  Bex Taylor-Klaus at the he Shannara Chroni

Birth Name: Rebecca Edison Taylor-Klaus

Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 12, 1994

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Bex Taylor-Klaus is an American actress. She is from a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Germany, Romania, Latvia, Russia, Poland, and Lithuania). Bex had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

She has said:

I speak a little Spanish and my Hebrew is a little rusty — I can understand better than I speak!

In an interview, Bex seemingly stated that she has Cuban ancestry. However, she was referring to the background of her close friend.

Bex’s paternal grandfather was Richard M. Klaus (the son of Irving Goncer/Gonny Klaus and Ruth Mendel). Richard was born in Pensnylvania. Irving was born in New York, the son of Samuel Solomon Klaus and Mary Goncer, who were from Ostroh, Ukraine. Ruth was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Solomon Mendel, who was from Andernach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, and of Bertha Buka, who was born in Ohio, to parents from Germany, her father from Neustadt and her mother from Laupheim.

Bex’s paternal grandmother is Barbara Ann Tuckerman (the daughter of Arthur David Tuckerman and Bernice Ruth Maimin). Arthur was born in Massachusetts, the son of Theodore Tuckerman, who was form Brăila, Romania, and of Sarah Abramson, who was from Botoșani, Moldavia, Romania. Bernice was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of David Abraham Maimin, who was born in Riga, Kreutzburg, Latvia, and of Rosa Henrietta Bernstein, who was born in Pennsylvania.

Bex’s maternal grandfather is Mark K. Taylor (the son of Herbert Taylor and Esther Kahn). Herbert was born in Georgia, the son of Charles Taylor and Mollie, who were born in Russia. Esther was also born in Georgia, the daughter of Marcus Kahn and Janice, who were from Bialystok, Poland.

Bex’s maternal grandmother is Judith Grossman (the daughter of Sidney/Sid Grossman and Sylvia Edison). Judith was born in New York. Sidney was born in Lithuania, the son of Zavel Grosman/Grossman and Golda Fichel/Fikhel. Sylvia was born in New York, the daughter of Joseph Edison and Clara, who were born in Russia.


Genealogy of Bex Taylor-Klaus –

Bex’s paternal great-grandfather, Arthur David Tuckerman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Bex’s maternal great-grandfather, Herbert Taylor, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Bex’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Charles Taylor and Mollie, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Bex’s maternal great-grandfather, Sidney/Sid Grossman –

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