Romanian Jewish

Seth Grahame-Smith

by stlucas on March 11, 2017

Birth Name: Seth Jared Greenberg

Place of Birth: Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 4, 1976

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, German, Lithuanian, possibly other (mother)

Seth Grahame-Smith is an American novelist, film director, film producer, and screenwriter.

He was born in Rockville Centre, New York, the son of Deborah Ann (Williams) and Barry Michael Greenberg. He was raised in Weston and Bethel, Connecticut.

Seth’s father is Jewish. Seth’s mother is Protestant. They divorced when Seth was three years old. Seth’s mother later changed her surname to “Grahame”, after British writer Kenneth Grahame, and to “Smith”, after her second husband.

Seth’s paternal grandfather was Aaron Herbert Greenberg (the son of Benjamin Greenberg and Sadie Streicher). Benjamin was born in Romania, the son of Meyer Augenblick and Matilda. Sadie was born in Russia, the daughter of Aaron Streicher and Ida Weingrad.

Seth’s paternal grandmother was Alice Rhoda Strauss (the daughter of Jacob Strauss and Clara Mandel/Mandell). Jacob was born in New York, to parents from Austria, Samuel Strauss and Bessie. Clara was born in Lemberg, Austria (now Liyv, Ukraine), the daughter of Hersch Finger and Chaje Weiblich.

Seth’s maternal grandfather was James Wesley Williams (the son of James Wesley Williams, Sr. and P. Maxham). Seth’s great-grandfather James was the son of Silas Williams.

Seth’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Ann Strauss (the daughter of Peter Strauss and Antonina Sincavage).


Genealogy of Seth Grahame-Smith –

Seth’s paternal grandfather, Aaron Herbert Greenberg, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Imri Ziv

by Manila on February 26, 2017

Place of Birth: Hod HaSharon, Central District, Israel

Date of Birth: 12 September, 1991

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Imri Ziv is an Israeli singer and actor. He will represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. He is the son of painter and high tech specialist, and is of Romanian Jewish and Ukrainian Jewish descent.



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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