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Rachel Ramras

by stlucas on October 7, 2018

Rachel Ramras – Paramount Network Launch Party – Arrivals – Sunset Tower, 8358 Sunset Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: /

Birth Name: Rachel Leah Ramras

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 20, 1974

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Rachel Ramras is an American actress, voice actress, comedian, and television writer.

Rachel is the daughter of Kathy and David Ramras. Her family is Jewish.

Rachel’s paternal grandfather was George Ramras (the son of Max Ramras and Jennie/Jenny Rock). George was born in New York, to parents from Galicia, Austria. Max was the son of Nathan Ramras and Anna Mayer. Jennie was the daughter of Mendel Rock and Adel Vishniwitz.

Rachel’s paternal grandmother was Lily Seidel (the daughter of Jacob Seidel and Ida Gril). Lily was born in New York. Jacob was from Austria. Ida was from Hungary.

Rachel’s maternal grandfather was Sheldon “Shel” Krasker (the son of Hyman William Krasker and Mollie B. Goodman). William was born in Russia, the son of Jacob Krasker and Rose/Rosie. Mollie was also born in Russia.

Rachel’s maternal grandmother was Elaine S. Sados (the daughter of Albert H. Sados and Sophie Shapiro). Elaine was born in New Hampshire. Albert was born in Massachusetts, to parents from Russia. Sophie was born in New Hampshire, the daughter of Shepsel “Sam” Shapiro and Razel, who were from Odessa, Russia (now Ukraine).

Sources: Obituary of Rachel’s paternal grandfather, George Ramras –

Obituary of Rachel’s mother –


Ryan Ochoa

by follers on October 5, 2018

Ryan Ochoa – “Bachelor Lions” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – The ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 17, 1996

*37.5% Mexican
*25% Italian
*12.5% Ashkenazi Jewish
*12.5% Filipino
*12.5% mix of English, German, and Scottish

Ryan Ochoa is an American actor. He is the brother of actors Rick Ochoa, Robert Ochoa, Raymond Ochoa, and Destiny Ochoa.

Ryan’s brother Raymond has described himself as a “white Mexican.” The siblings also have an Italian-American maternal grandmother, a Jewish paternal great-grandfather, a Filipino maternal great-grandfather, and a maternal great-grandmother who was of English, German, and Scottish ancestry.

The surname Ochoa is usually of Basque origin.

Ryan’s paternal grandmother is the daughter of William Solgonick and Mary Isabel Garcia. Ryan’s great-grandfather William was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish/Ukrainian Jewish parents, Louis Solgonick, from Kruti, and Kat Rosen, from Zhitmoir. Ryan’s great-grandmother Mary was of Mexican descent, and was the daughter of Pedro E. Garcia and Mary Calmenero/Colmernero.

Ryan’s maternal grandfather is the son of Dalmacio/Alex Mayo Espero and Mary Grace Wilson. Ryan’s great-grandfather Dalmacio was born in Municipality of Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines. Ryan’s great-grandmother Mary had English, German, and Scottish ancestry, and was the daughter of Ira Elmer Wilson and Jane Sophia Reener.

Ryan’s maternal grandmother is Arlene Frances DeRenzi (the daughter of Mario Frank Derenzi/De Renzi and Doralba Juliana Pignataro). Arlene was born in California. Mario was the son of Grazioso/Gray Bimgnamo Derenzi/De Renzi, from Verbicaro Cosenza Province, Calabria, Italy, and of Lena Antoinette Mangano, whose family was also Italian. Doralba was also the daughter of Italian parents, from Calabria, Salvatore Pignataro, from Verbicaro, Cosenza, and Josephine Helen Lucchesi.

Sources: Marriage record of Ryan’s paternal great-grandparents, William Solgonick and Mary Isabel Garcia –

Genealogy of Ryan’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Grace Wilson –

Genealogy of Ryan’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Jane Sophia (Reener) Wilson (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Obituary of Ryan’s maternal great-grandmother, Doralba Juliana (Pignataro) DeRenzi –


Sasha Mitchell

by follers on September 28, 2018

Sasha Mitchell – Inaugural Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Charity Gala – Arrivals – Commerce Hotel and Casino, 6131 Telegraph Road – Commerce, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Sergei A. Mitchell

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 27, 1967

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Sasha Mitchell is an American actor. He is of Russian Jewish descent.

Sasha is the son of Renée and Sherwin Mitchell. He has four children with his former wife, Jeannette Robbins.

Sasha’s paternal grandparents were Misha/Micha Mutchnik/Mitchell and Claire Boltan.

Sasha’s maternal grandparents were Jack Fox and Ida Batleman. Jack was born in New York. Ida was born in Russia.



Beanie Feldstein

by follers on September 28, 2018

Birth Name: Elizabeth Greer Feldstein

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 24, 1993

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Beanie Feldstein is an American actress.

Her parents are both Jewish, of Russian Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent. She is the sister of actor Jonah Hill (born Jonah Hill Feldstein) and music manager Jordan Feldstein.

Beanie’s paternal grandfather was named Daniel “Danny” Feldstein.

Beanie’s paternal grandmother was Claire M. Rafkin (the daughter of Victor Rafkin and Tillie Bernstein). Claire was born in New York. Claire’s brother, Beanie’s great-uncle, was actor, director, and producer Alan Rafkin (born Alfred Irwin Rafkin). Victor and Tillie were Russian Jewish immigrants. Victor was the son of Louis Rafkin and Freda Cureyon. Tillie was the daughter of Abraham Bernstein and Anna Sinaf/Senata.

Beanie’s maternal grandfather was Richard L. “Dick” Chalkin (the son of Irving Chalkin and Hannah Spitz). Hannah was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents from Galicia, Hyman Spitz and Jannie Wind.

Beanie’s maternal grandmother was Audrey M. Galin (the daughter of Herman Galin and Gertrude “Gertie” Ross). Audrey was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Herman was the son of Jacob Galinsky and Eva Moskowitz.

Sources: Interview with Beanie’s brother, Jonah Hill –

Genealogy of Beanie Feldstein –

Beanie’s paternal grandmother, Claire M. Rafkin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Beanie Feldstein (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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Ben Ketai

by stlucas on September 21, 2018

Ben Ketai – “StartUp” TV Series Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – The London Hotel, 1020 N San Vicente Boulevard – West Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Benjamin David Ketai

Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 25, 1982

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Ben Ketai is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.

Ben is the son of Bonnie and Robert Ketai. His family is Jewish.

Ben’s paternal grandfather was Norbert H. Ketai (the son of Benjamin Ketai and Sarah D. Winston). Norbert was born in Michigan. Benjamin was born in Minsk, Russia (now Belarus). Sarah was born in Connecticut, to parents from Russia.

Ben’s paternal grandmother was Blanche Wrubel (the daughter of David Wrubel and Nora/Norah Marshall). Blanche was born in New Jersey. David and Nora were born in Poland. David was the son of Israel Wrubel and Brajna Rochia Zambrowski.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was Milton “Mickey” Fishman (the son of Morris Fishman/Fisherman and Eva Buchbinder). Milton was born in Michigan. Morris and Eva were from Russia. Morris was the son of Samuel Fishman and Esther Bugin. Eva was the daughter of Louis Buchbinder and Mary Moscrawitz.

Ben’s maternal grandmother was named Boots.

Sources: Obituary of Ben’s paternal grandfather, Norbert Ketai –

Obituary of Ben’s paternal grandmother, Blanche (Wrubel) Ketai –

Obituary of Ben’s maternal grandfather, Milton “Mickey” Fishman –