Romanian Jewish

Michael Gladis

by stlucas on April 24, 2017

Birth Name: Michael James Gladis

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

Date of Birth: August 30, 1977

Ethnicity: Rusyn (paternal grandfather), Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandfather), English, Irish, German

Michael Gladis is an American actor.

Michael is the son of Pamela Julia (Morrison) and Peter Paul Gladis. His father had Rusyn, and English and Irish, ancestry. Michael’s maternal grandfather was Jewish, and Michael’s maternal grandmother was Catholic, and of English, Irish, and German descent.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was George G. Gladis (the son of Peter Gladis/Gladish/Glades and Ilona/Julia Sedora/Sidora). George’s parents were born in Malý Lipník, Slovakia. Peter was the son of Andrew Gladis/Gladish and Anna Knat/Hnath. Ilona was the daughter of Michael Sidora and Suzanna Vasilik.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Marie McGarry (the daughter of Francis McGarry and May Roletter). May was the daughter of George Washington Roletter and Emma Rebecca Simon.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Archie Aaron Morrison (the son of Robert Moroshan/Morrison and Sadie/Sara C. Lichtenthal). Robert was the son of Julius Moroshan/Moroshanu and Rebecca Feder, who were Jewish emigrants from Iași, Romania. Sadie was the daughter of Nathan Lichtenthal and Yetta, who were Austrian Jewish immigrants.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Julia Theresa Steel (the daughter of William Steel, Jr. and Julia Ford). William was the son of William Steel and Rebecca Campbell-Quigley. Michael’s great-grandmother Julia was the daughter of Patrick Ford and Julia Kelly.

Sources: Genealogy of Michael Gladis –

Birth record of Michael Gladis –

Genealogies of Michael’s paternal great-grandparents, Peter Gladis/Gladish/Glades and Ilona/Julia Sedora/Sidora –

Genealogy of Michael’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Emma Rebecca Simon –

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Edward Kitsis

by stlucas on April 18, 2017

Birth Name: Edward Lawrence Kitsis

Place of Birth: Blue Earth, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: February 4, 1971

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Edward Kitsis is an American television writer and producer.

Edward is the son of Tybelle (Scherling) and Arlen Thomas Kitsis.

Edward’s paternal grandfather was Louis Kitsis (the son of Samuel Kitsis and Basha/Bessie Goss). Louis was born in Russia/Ukraine. Samuel was the son of Jules Kitsis and Hanna Faya.

Edward’s paternal grandmother was Florence Marcus (the daughter of Max Marcus and Annie). Florence was born in Wisconsin, to parents from Russia.

Edward’s maternal grandparents were Simon Scherling and Rose Burnstein/Bernstein (the daughter of Jacob Bernstein and Lizzie). Simon was born in Lithuania. Rose was born in Minnesota, to parents from Romania.

Sources: Birth record of Edward Kitsis –

Edward’s paternal grandfather, Louis Kitsis, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Edward’s paternal grandmother, Florence Marcus, on the 1905 Wisconsin State Census –

Edward’s mother, Tybelle Scherling, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Edward’s maternal grandmother, Rose Burnstein/Bernstein, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Paul Reiser

by stlucas on April 18, 2017

Birth Name: Paul D. Reiser

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

Date of Birth: March 30, 1956

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Paul Reiser is an American comedian, actor, television personality, writer, author, and musician.

Paul Reiser is the son of Helen (Hollinger) and Samuel “Sam” H. Reiser. Both of his parents were Jewish. Paul is a cousin of screenwriter and producer Will Reiser and legal scholar Richard Epstein.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Morris Hollinger (the son of Benjamin Hollinger and Sarah Haimowitz/Olingu). Morris was born in Romania. Benjamin was the son of Haim sin Marcu. Sarah was the daughter of Sapsa Olingu and Estera sin Haim.

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Caroline Bercowitz (the daughter of Kolman Bercowitz and Roheen Abromowitz). Caroline was also born in Romania.

Sources: Genealogy of Paul Reiser (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of Paul’s mother, Helen (Hollinger) Reiser –

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David Benioff

by stlucas on April 11, 2017

Birth Name: David Friedman

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

Date of Birth: September 25, 1970

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

David Benioff is an American novelist, screenwriter, television producer, and director. He is known for being the co-creator and showrunner of HBO series Game of Thrones, along with D. B. Weiss.

David is the son of Barbara (Benioff) and Stephen “Steve” Friedman, who was Director of the National Economic Council, from 2002 to 2005, and Chairman of the U.S. President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, from 2005 to 2009. David has two sisters, Susan and Caroline.

David is married to actress Amanda Peet. Through his mother, David is a distant cousin of entrepreneur and author Marc Benioff.

David’s parents are Jewish. All of his great-grandparents were Jewish immigrants, from Romania, Austria, Russia, Poland/Germany, and Ukraine.

David’s paternal grandfather was Maurice Friedman (the son of Jonas Friedman and Ray). Jonas and Ray were from Romania.

David’s paternal grandmother was Hilda Kaufman (the daughter of Jacob Kaufman and Clara). Jacob was from Romania. Clara was born in Austria.

David’s maternal grandfather was Shim/Simon Benioff (the son of Isaac Benioff and Ida Edith Bayliss/Baylis). Isaac and Ida were born in Russia. Isaac was born in Kiev, then in the Russian Empire, the son of Benjamin Benioff and Bertha Scheidt/Cohn.

David’s maternal grandmother was Florence Annette Edelson (the daughter of Samuel H. Edelson and Bessie Wender). Samuel and Bessie were born in either Germany or Poland.

Sources: David’s paternal grandfather, Maurice Friedman, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of David’s paternal grandfather, Maurice Friedman –

David’s paternal grandmother, Hilda Kaufman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of David’s paternal grandmother, Hilda (Kaufman) Friedman –

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

David’s maternal great-grandfather, Isaac Benioff, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of David’s maternal grandmother, Florence Annette (Edelson) Benioff –

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Naomi Wolf

by savanna on April 4, 2017

Birth Name: Naomi R. Wolf

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 12, 1962

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Naomi Wolf is an American author, journalist, and former political advisor to Al Gore and Bill Clinton.

Wolf was born in San Francisco, to a Jewish family. Her father is Romanian-born gothic horror scholar and Yiddish translator Leonard/Ludovic Wolf. Her mother is Deborah Goleman, an anthropologist and author.

Naomi’s paternal grandparents were Joseph Wolf (the son of Mordecai Wolf) and Rose-ita (the daughter of Golda).