Sephardi Jewish

Melanie Mayron

by stlucas on June 15, 2017

Melanie Mayron – 3rd Annual Location Managers Guild International Awards Photo Credit: Billy Bennight / PR Photos

Birth Name: Melanie Joy Mayron

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

Date of Birth: October 20, 1952

*Sephardi Jewish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Melanie Mayron is an American actress and film and television director.

Melanie is the daughter of Norma (Goodman) and David Mayron. Melanie has a sister, Gale. Melanie’s parents are both Jewish.

Melanie’s father has Sephardi Jewish roots, and was raised in then-Mandatory Palestine, now Israel. His family’s surname was originally spelt “Mizrahi”. Melanie’s mother is of Russian Jewish ancestry.



Lior Ashkenazi

by follers on May 11, 2017

Place of Birth: Ramat Gan, Israel

Date of Birth: December 28, 1969

Ethnicity: Turkish Jewish

Lior Ashkenazi is an Israeli actor. His parents are Sephardi Jews from Turkey.

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Inbar Lavi

by stlucas on May 9, 2017

Place of Birth: Ramat Gan, Israel

Date of Birth: October 27, 1986

*Polish Jewish (father)
*Moroccan Jewish (mother)

Inbar Lavi is an Israeli-American actress.

Inbar was born in Ramat Gan, Israel. Inbar’s father is of Polish Jewish descent. Inbar’s mother is of Moroccan Jewish ancestry.

Inbar has stated:

I grew up in Israel. My dad is Polish. My mom is Moroccan, and I grew up around all kinds of different languages, and I love playing with it. I got really lucky to try and maneuver different ones throughout the season, and it’s just been such a thrill. So much fun.


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Stephanie Beatriz

by stlucas on May 7, 2017

Birth Name: Stephanie Beatriz Bischoff Alvizuri

Place of Birth: Neuquén, Argentina

Date of Birth: February 10, 1981

*Colombian [German, 1/4 Sephardi Jewish, Dutch, Spanish, Basque, possibly other] (father)
*Bolivian [Spanish, Indigenous, Basque, possibly other] (mother)

Stephanie Beatriz is an Argentine-born American actress.

Stephanie was born in Neuquén, Argentina, the daughter of Silvia Rosario Alvizuri Luna and Ernesto Bischoff Cortissoz. Beatriz moved to the U.S. at the age of two, and was raised in Texas. She has a sister, Jennifer.

Stephanie’s father is Colombian, and has recent German ancestry, as well as one quarter Sephardi Jewish, and some Dutch (from Curaçao) and Spanish, roots. Stephanie’s mother is Bolivian, and likely has Spanish and Indigenous roots. Some of the surnames in Stephanie’s family tree suggest Basque ancestry, on both sides.

Stephanie’s paternal grandfather was Luder Heinrich Bischoff Siefken (the son of Eduard August Bischoff Katenkamp and Cornelia Amalia “Nelly” Siefken Hoyer). Eduard was born in Bremen, Germany, the son of Lüder Heinrich Bischoff Meyer and Auguste Christine Katenkamp Bernhard. Cornelia was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, the daughter of Friedrich Moritz Siefken, who was from Bremen, Germany, and of Dorothea Cornelia Hoyer, who was from Curaçao, and was of Dutch, as well as some German (from Saxony), descent.

Stephanie’s paternal grandmother was Cecilia Cortissoz Rodriguez (the daughter of Ernesto Cortissoz Alvares-Correa and Esther Rodriguez Gonzales). Ernesto was a Sephardi Jew, and was the son of Jacob Cortissoz Jesurun-Pinto and Julia Alvares-Correa; his family lived in the Virgin Islands, Curaçao, the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, Barbados, and England. Esther was born in Colombia, of Spanish (with roots in Asturias), and possibly other, ancestry; she was the daughter of Enrique Rodriguez Blanco and Cecilia Gonzalez Vengoechea.

Stephanie’s maternal grandparents were Guillermo Alvizuri and Angelica Luna.

Sources: Genealogy of Stephanie Beatriz (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Shoshana Bean

by stlucas on April 16, 2017

Birth Name: Shoshana Elise Bean

Place of Birth: Olympia, Washington, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 1, 1977

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish (maternal grandmother), Ashkenazi Jewish, English, at least 1/32 Irish

Shoshana Bean is an American stage actress, singer, and songwriter.

Shoshana is the daughter of Felice Lee (Moskowitz) and Jeffrey “Jeff” S. Bean. Both of her parents are Jewish. Shoshana was raised Orthodox Jewish in Portland, Oregon.

Shoshana’s father is of half-Jewish, half-British Isles (including Irish) descent, and was raised Jewish. Shoshana’s mother is half-Ashkenazi Jewish and half-Sephardi Jewish.

Shoshana’s paternal grandfather was Milton Bean (the son of Earl Bean and Tillie Josephson). Earl was originally from Lithuania. Tillie was from Russia.

Soshana’s paternal grandmother was Charlotte Marcheta King (the daughter of Harold E. King and Charlotte C.). Harold was the son of Joseph King, whose mother was from Ireland, and of Eula/Eulah.

Shoshana’s maternal grandparents were Edward Moskowitz and Salva/Sylvia Denise Shemarya (the daughter of Jack/Jacob Shemarya and Rachel Capelouto). Jack and Rachel were both Sephardi Jews from the island of Rhodes, Ottoman Empire (now Greece). They spoke Ladino (Judaeo-Spanish) as a first language. Jack was the son of Joshua Shemarya and Behora Cohen. Rachel was the daughter of Estraya Menashe.

Sources: Genealogy of Shoshana Bean (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Shoshana’s paternal great-uncle (grandfather’s brother), Ben Bean –

Shoshana’s paternal great-grandparents, Earl Bean and Tillie Josephson, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Article about Shoshana’s maternal great-grandparents, Jack/Jacob Shemarya and Rachel –

Shoshana’s maternal great-grandparents, Jack Shemarya and Rachel, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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