Russian Jewish

Richard Donner

by stlucas on September 14, 2017

Richard Donner – 41st Annual AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mel Brooks – Arrivals – Dolby Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA –  Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Richard Donald Schwartzberg

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

Date of Birth: April 24, 1930

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Richard Donner is an American television and film director and producer. Richard is married to film producer Lauren Shuler Donner.

Richard is the son of Hattie (Horowitz) and Fred M. Schwartzberg. Richard’s parents were Jewish; his father was born in Russia and his mother was born in New York, to parents from Russia. Richard has a sister, Joan.

Richard’s paternal grandparents were Harry Schwartzberg and Minnie.

Richard’s maternal grandparents’ surnames were Horowitz and Epstein.

Sources: Richard Donner on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Richard’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Richard’s mother –


Simon Kinberg

by stlucas on September 14, 2017

Simon Kinberg – “X-Men: Apocalypse” Global Fan Screening – Arrivals – BFI IMAX Cinema, 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk – London, UK – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: Simon David Kinberg

Place of Birth: Hammersmith, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 2 August, 1973

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Simon Kinberg is a British-born American screenwriter, producer, and director.

Simon is the son of Monica E. (Menell) and Judson Eugene “Jud” Kinberg. Simon’s parents are Jewish. His father was born in New York. His mother was likely born in South Africa. Simon was raised in Los Angeles, California, U.S., from the age of six. Simon has two children with his wife, Mali Heled.

Simon’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin A. Kinberg (the son of Harris Kinberg and Leah Tuchsher). Benjamin was born in New York, to parents from Austria.

Simon’s paternal grandmother was Lillian Pearlman/Perlman (the daughter of William Perlman and Celia Baron). Lillian was born in New York, to parents from Russia.

Sources: Birth record of Simon Kinberg –

Marriage announcement of Simon Kinberg –

Marriage record of Simon’s parents –

Simon’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Simon’s father –

Marriage record of Simon’s paternal grandparents, Benjamin A. Kinberg and Lillian Pearlman/Perlman –


Rebecca Creskoff

by stlucas on September 12, 2017

Rebecca Creskoff – 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards HBO Afterparty – Arrivals – Circa 55 – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: richard shotwell / PR Photos

Birth Name: Rebecca A. Creskoff

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

Date of Birth: February 1, 1971

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

Rebecca Creskoff is an American actress.

Rebecca is the daughter of Betty Jane “BJ” (Sauer) and Howard Jonathan Creskoff. Rebecca’s father is Jewish. Rebecca’s mother has English, German, and possibly other, roots.

Rebecca’s paternal grandfather was Leonard/Lenard Lewis Creskoff (the son of Lewis/Louis/Luzer Creskoff and Toba/Tillie Lerner). Leonard was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Russia. Lewis was the son of Abraham Creskoff/Creshkevoskey and Batsheva Yampolsky.

Rebecca’s paternal grandmother was Edith Milgram/Milgrim (the daughter of Israel Milgram/Milgrim and Anna). Israel and Anna were from Russia.

Rebecca’s maternal grandfather was William Joshua “Bill” Sauer. William is sometimes referred to as being the son of Albert N. Sauer and Mary Rose Thorp/Thorpe (here and here), and sometimes as the son of William Sauer and Margaret Grob (here).

Rebecca’s maternal grandmother was Margaret L. Preston (the daughter of Absalom R. Preston and Cora M. Johnston). Absalom was the son of Joseph R. Preston and Margaret Cox. Cora was the daughter of Sylvanns H. Johnston and Margaret Moore.

Sources: Genealogy of Rebecca Creskoff –

Obituary of Rebecca’s paternal grandmother –

Obituary of Rebecca’s maternal grandmother –

Marriage record of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandparents, Absalom R. Preston and Cora M. Johnston –


Sandra Adair

by stlucas on September 12, 2017

Sandra Adair – 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards – Arrivals – The Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Kazuki Hirata / /

Birth Name: Sandra B. Estrin

Place of Birth: Carlsbad, New Mexico, U.S.

Date of Birth: c. 1952

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Sandra Adair is an American film editor.

Sandra is the daughter of Rachel (London) and Herman Estrin.

Sandra’s paternal grandfather was Jacob/Yonkel Estrin (the son of Iche Labe Estrin and Zlotta Nurenberg). Jacob was born in California, to parents from Gomel, Belarus. Zlotta was the daughter of Mendel Nurenberg and Rachel.

Sandra’s paternal grandmother was Anna/Annie Bailen.

Sandra’s maternal grandfather was Samuel London (the son of Nochum Theodore London and Rochel Leah Kraus). Samuel was born in Warsaw, Poland (under Russian Empire). Nochum was the son of Solomon London and Rebecca Leah. Rochel was the daughter of Joseph Kraus and Chaje Kantowitz.

Sandra’s maternal grandmother was Jennie Kanarvogel (the daughter of Tzvi Hersh Karnavogel and Lotte Levy). Jennie was born in Austria. Tzvi was the son of Moshe Karnavogel and Lotte Glassman. Sandra’s great-grandmother Lotte was born in Lithuania.

Source: Genealogy of Sandra Adair –


David Hoberman

by stlucas on September 6, 2017

David Hoberman – 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards – Arrivals – Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

Birth Name: David Elliot Hoberman

Place of Birth: United States

Date of Birth: September 19, 1952

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

David Hoberman is an American film and television producer.

David is the son of Jacklyn A. (Kanter) and radio executive Ben Hoberman (born Bernard Gilbert Hoberman). David’s parents were Jewish.

David’s paternal grandparents were Max Hoberman and Fannie. Max and Fannie were from Russia.

David’s maternal grandparents were Louis/Lazar E. “Lou” Kanter and Bessie “Bess” Cohen. Louis was born in Illinois, to parents from Russia. Bessie was from Russia.

Sources: David’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of David’s father –

David’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of David’s mother –