Russian Jewish

William Friedkin

by stlucas on May 28, 2017

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 29, 1935

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

William Friedkin is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter.

William is the son of Raechael/Rachael “Rae” (Green) and Louis Friedkin. They were both Jewish.

William’s father was born in Illinois, U.S. William’s mother was born in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Ukraine).

William’s paternal grandparents were David Friedkin and Lena Cohen. David and Lena were from Russia.

William’s maternal grandparents were Morris Green and Eva Lovenberg. Morris and Eva were from Russia.

Sources: Birth record of William Friedkin –

Marriage record of William’s parents, Louis Friedkin and Raechael/Rachael “Rae” Green –

William’s mother, Raechael/Rachael “Rae” Green, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of William Friedkin –

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David Lewis

by follers on May 27, 2017

Birth Name: David Losz

Date of Birth: June 23 or October, 1909

Place of Birth: Svisloch, Russian Empire

Date of Death: May 23, 1981

Place of Death: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

David Lewis was a Canadian labour lawyer and politician. He was Leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), from April 24, 1971 to July 7, 1975, carrying it into the 1972 and 1974 federal elections. He was a Member of Parliament from Ontario, from June 18, 1962 to April 8, 1963, and again from November 8, 1965 to July 8, 1974.

David was born in Svisloch, Russian Empire, the son of Rose (Lazarovitch) and Moishe Losz, a labour activist. His family moved to Canada in 1921, settling in Montréal, Québec. David is the father of politician and public speaker Stephen Lewis, and the grandfather of documentary filmmaker Avi Lewis.

David was the first Jewish person to lead a major (relatively) political party in Canada. Andrew Scheer, who was elected leader of the Conservative Party in 2017, is the only other person of Jewish background to do so.

David’s maternal grandfather was Usher Lazarovitch.


Dave Frankel

by stlucas on May 25, 2017

Birth Name: David Marshall Frankel

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

Date of Birth: April 2, 1959

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Dave Frankel is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.

Dave is the son of Tobia Simone (Brown) and journalist Max Frankel. David’s siblings are Margot and Jon.

Dave’s father was born in Gera, Thuringia, and raised in Weißenfels, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, before moving to New York. David’s mother is from Brooklyn, New York. They are both Jewish.

Dave’s paternal grandfather was Jakob Fränkel (the son of Isaak Fränkel). Jakob was born in Busk, Galicia, Poland (now Ukraine).

Dave’s paternal grandmother was Mary Katze. She was born in Sokal, Galicia, Poland (now Ukraine).

Dave’s maternal grandfather was Harold M. Brown (the son of Maurice Brown and Ida). Harold was born in New York, to parents from Russia.

Dave’s maternal grandmother was Pauline Kessler. Pauline was born in Odessa, Russian Empire (now Ukraine).

Sources: David’s father’s memoir, The Times of My Life and My Life with The Times (1999) –

Obituary of Dave’s mother, Tobia Simone (Brown) Frankel –

David’s maternal great-grandparents, Maurice Brown and Ida, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Dave’s maternal grandmother, Pauline (Kessler) Brown –

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Jack Kaminer

by bearboy on May 24, 2017

Birth Name: Jack Barry Kaminer

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

Date of Birth: 1943

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jack Kaminer is an American former basketball coach. He was inducted into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Jack is the son of Fanny (Shornick) and Alexander Kaminer, who were born in Russia.

Jack’s paternal grandparents were Joseph Kaminer and Beckie Chlebebros.

Jack’s maternal grandparents were Abraham Shornick and Rachel Krins.


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Mark Lester

by madman on May 23, 2017

Birth Name: Mark A. Letzer

Place of Birth: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 11 July, 1958

Ethnicity: English, Ashkenazi Jewish

Mark Lester is a British actor. He is known for starring in the 1968 film Oliver! He is the son of Rita (Keene), an actress, and Michael Lester (born Michael Boris Letzer), an actor and producer.

His father was raised in a Jewish household, and was mentioned in The Jewish Chronicle paper of England during his own childhood.

Mark’s paternal grandfather was Abraham Letzer (born Abraham Lackshier, the son of Alec Lackshier/Leckzear/Leckshere/Letzer and Annie Fordham). Abraham was born in London, to Russian Jewish parents.

Mark’s paternal grandmother was Constance Sutton. It is not clear if Constance was of Jewish heritage; the surname “Sutton” is usually an English (non-Jewish) surname.

Mark’s maternal grandparents were likely Henry V. Keene and Violet S. Holloway.

Mark has said that he is the biological father of Paris Jackson, the daughter of singer Michael Jackson. It is not clear if there is any evidence for this.