Russian Jewish

Lesley Stahl

by stlucas on January 14, 2017

Birth Name: Lesley Rene Stahl

Place of Birth: Lynn, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 16, 1941

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Lesley Stahl is an American television journalist. She was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, the daughter of Dorothy J. (Tishler) and Louis E. Stahl. She was raised in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Lesley is married to journalist and writer Aaron Latham. They have a daughter.

Lesley’s paternal grandparents were Harry Stahl and Esther. Harry and Esther were Polish Jews who moved to Boston in 1913.

Lesley’s maternal grandparents were Jacob Tishler and Tillie. Jacob and Tillie were Russian Jews who moved to Boston in 1911.


Genealogy of Lesley Stahl –

Lesley’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Summer Phoenix

by andrew on January 10, 2017

Birth Name: Summer Joy Bottom

Place of Birth: Winter Park, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 10, 1978

*English, along with German, distant French Huguenot (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Summer Phoenix is an American actress, model, and designer. She is the the sister of actors River Phoenix, Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, and Liberty Phoenix. Summer is married to actor Casey Affleck, with whom she has two children.

Summer is the daughter of Arlyn Phoenix (born Arlyn Dunetz), a social activist, and John Phoenix (born Johnny Lee Bottom). Summer’s mother is Jewish; half of her family are Russian Jews and the other half are Hungarian Jews. Summer’s father is of mostly English descent, along with at least 1/128th German, from his ancestor, Johan Jacob Peter Kimberlin, and French Huguenot roots from another, distant, ancestor, Francis Posey, from Cambray, France.

Summer was raised in Florida and California. At one point, before her birth, Summer’s parents joined the religious group Children of God, which they later left.

Summer’s paternal grandfather was Robert Merrill Bottom (the son of William Dell Bottom and Cordelia Pearl Matherly). Robert was born in Kentucky, as weere all of his grandparents. William was the son of Fidellar/Phidellar Sharp Bottom and Rachel Ann Bolling/Bowling. Cordelia was the daughter of David Houston Matherly and Sarah Frances Purdom.

Summer’s paternal grandmother was Beulah Ernestine Ingram (the daughter of Robert Lee Ingram and Mary Elizabeth Leach or Leidy). Beulah was born in Missouri, and Beulah’s grandparents were born in Tennessee (two), Illinois, and Iowa. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of William John Leidy and Sarah Clarissa Dyer.

Summer’s maternal grandfather was Meyer Dunetz (the son of Samuel Dunetz and Libbe Grodenzik). Meyer was born in New York. Samuel and Libbe were Russian Jewish immigrants. Samuel was the son of Moses/Moshe Idel Dunetz and Shifra. Libbe was the daughter of Simon Gordon and Menucha.

Summer’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Lefkowitz (the daughter of Ignatz Lefkowitz and Mary Beck). Margaret was born in New York, the daughter of Hungarian Jewish immigrants. Ignatz was the son of Herman Lefkowitz and Rose Greenwald. Mary was the daughter of Ignatz Beck and Maly Frankel.

Sources: Genealogies of Summer Phoenix –

Genealogy of Summer’s paternal grandfather, Robert Merrill Bottom –

Summer’s uncle (father’s brother), Phillip Bottom, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Summer’s paternal grandmother, Beulah Ernestine Ingram, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Summer’s great-uncle (maternal grandfather’s brother), Bernard Dunetz, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Summer’s maternal grandmother, Margaret Lefkowitz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Don Rickles

by madman on January 7, 2017

Birth Name: Donald Jay Rickles

Place of Birth: Queens, New York, United States

Date of Birth: May 8, 1926

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Don Rickles is an American comedian, actor, and voice actor.

Don is the son of Etta (Feldman) and Max Sidney Rickles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant. His mother was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents.

Don’s paternal grandparents were Joseph Rickles and Frances Richters.

Don’s maternal grandparents were Harry Feldman and Clara Landsberg (the daughter of David Landsberg).

Source: Genealogy of Don Rickles

Marriage record of Don’s parents

Don’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census

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Jeff Garlin

by madman on December 30, 2016

Birth Name: Jeffrey Todd Garlin

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Date of Birth: June 5, 1962

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jeff Garlin is an American comedian, actor, producer, podcast host, voice artist, director, and author.

Jeff is the son of Carole A. (Crafton) and Gene A. Garlin.

Jeff’s maternal grandparents were ? Crafton and ? Grossman (the daughter of Harry Grossman and Ida). Harry and Ida were Russian Jewish immigrants.

Source: Genealogy of Jeff Garlin (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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Eddie Fisher

by follers on December 30, 2016

Date of Birth: August 10, 1928

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

Date of Death: September 22, 2010

Place of Death: Berkeley, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Eddie Fisher was an American singer and actor. He was the most successful pop singles artist of the first half of the 1950s.

Eddie was the son of Kate (Winokur) and Joseph P. Fisher/Tisch, who were Russian Jewish immigrants. He was the father of actress and writer Carrie Fisher and filmmaker Todd Fisher (with his former wife, singer, actress, and humanitarian Debbie Reynolds), and actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher (with his former wife, singer and actress Connie Stevens). He was the grandfather of actress Billie Lourd.

Eddie’s paternal grandparents were David or Nathan Tisch/Fisher and Anna or Linnie.

Eddie’s maternal grandparents were Zelig/Selig Zadik Minniker/Winokur and Ida.

Sources: Genealogies of Eddie Fisher –

Genealogy of Eddie Fisher (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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