Russian Jewish

Jonathan Goldsmith

by follers on February 19, 2017

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

Date of Birth: September 26, 1938

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jonathan Goldsmith is an American actor. He is known for being The Most Interesting Man in the World in television commercials for Dos Equis beer from 2006 to 2016.

He is of Russian Jewish descent.

His son is actor David Goldsmith.

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Leslie Moonves

by stlucas on February 17, 2017

Birth Name: Leslie Roy Moonves

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

Date of Birth: October 6, 1949

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Leslie Moonves is the Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation.

Leslie is the son of Josephine (Schleifer) and Herman Moonves. He is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent. His siblings are Jonathan, Alan, and Melissa. He is married to television personality Julie Chen.

Leslie is a great-nephew of Paula Ben-Gurion (born Paula Munweis), the wife of David Ben-Gurion, who was the first Prime Minister of Israel, and was Prime Minister from 1948 to 1954, and again from 1955 to 1963.

Leslie’s paternal grandparents were Bernard Moonves (the son of Munweis Monbesz) and Ida. Bernard and Ida were born in Russia.

Leslie’s maternal grandparents were Sol/Saul M. Schlaifer/Schleiffer (the son of Joseph Schleifer and Nehuma Hendel) and Regina Olszewer. Sol and Regina were both originally from Poland. Joseph was the son of Simon Zwi Schleifer and Golda.

Sources: Genealogy of Leslie Moonves –

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Ben Shapiro

by bearboy on February 15, 2017

Birth Name: Benjamin Aaron Shapiro

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 15, 1984

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Ben Shapiro is an American attorney, conservative political commentator, nationally syndicated columnist, author, and radio show host. He is an Orthodox Jew.

Ben’s father’s name is David Shapiro. Ben has stated that his ancestors lived in Russia.

Ben is a cousin of actress Mara Wilson.



Edward Zwick

by stlucas on February 13, 2017

Birth Name: Edward Mitchell Zwick

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

Date of Birth: October 8, 1952

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Edward Zwick is an American filmmaker, director, and film and television producer. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Jewish parents Allen Zwick and Ruth Ellen/Ellyn (Reich).

His paternal grandparents were Edward Zwick and Lillian Berland. They were both born in Illinois to parents from Russia.

His maternal grandfather was Samuel Reich. He was born in Poland.

His maternal grandmother was Isabel S. Stern (the daughter of Morris H. Stern and Sarah Etta Kadaretzky). Morris was born in Szczuczyn, Poland. Sarah Etta was from Grajewo, Poland.

Source: Genealogy of Edward Zwick –

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Lucas Jade Zumann

by madman on February 8, 2017

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Date of Birth: September 7, 2001

*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
*possibly German (father)

Lucas Jade Zumann is an American actor. He is the son of Jennifer Carol (Golden), a pilates instructor, and Matthew Thomas Zumann.

Lucas’ paternal grandparents are Thomas Charles Zumann and Kathryn Lynne Herman.

Lucas’ maternal grandfather is Martin A. Golden (the son of Arnold Herbert Goldstein/Golden and Rae Irene Willens). Arnold was the son of Jack Goldstein/Golden, who was born in New York, to parents from Russia, and of Jean Silverstein/Silver, who was born in Illinois, to parents from Poland. Rae was born in Illinois, the daughter of Louis Albert Willens, who was born in Illinois, to parents from Germany or Russia, and of Jeannette Tintner, who was also born in Illinois, to parents from Germany or Austria.

Lucas’ maternal grandmother is Ellyn A. Hill (the daughter of Paul E. Hill and Cyrile H.). Paul was born in Illinois, the son of Meyer Hill and Hannah/Hanna Pinlens, who were immigrants from Russia.

Sources: Lucas’ maternal great-grandfather, Arnold Herbert Goldstein/Golden, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Lucas’ maternal great-grandmother, Rae Irene Willens, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Lucas’ maternal great-grandfather, Paul E. Hill, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Lucas’ maternal great-grandmother, Cyrile H. Hill –

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