Sephardi Jewish

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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Robert Schenkkan

by stlucas on April 13, 2017

Birth Name: Robert Frederick Schenkkan, Jr.

Place of Birth: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 19, 1953

*Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish (father)
*English, Scottish (mother)

Robert Schenkkan is an American playwright, screenwriter, and actor.

Robert is the son of Jean Gregory (McKenzie) and Robert Frederic “Bob” Schenkkan, Sr. Robert’s nephew (brother’s son) is actor Ben McKenzie.

Robert’s father was from a Dutch Jewish family, and had both Ashkenazi and Sephardi ancestry, including more distant German Jewish, English Jewish, French Jewish, Italian Jewish, and Iranian Jewish, ancestors. He was, however, probably raised Catholic (his own parents, Robert’s paternal grandparents, likely converted from Judaism to Catholicism). Robert’s mother had English and some Scottish roots.

Robert’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Abraham Juda Schenkkan-Levie, who was born, c. 1781, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and to Abraham’s parents, Juda Eliaser Levie and Roosje Isaac, who were born in Stuttgart, Germany.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Jozef/Joseph Schenkkan (the son of Levie Hyman Schenkkan and Roosje Ensel). Jozef was born in Amsterdam, to a Jewish family. Levie was the son of Hijman Abraham Schenkkan and Judic Levie Smit. Roosje was the daughter of Mozes Joseph Ensel and Sara Joseph Rimini, whose father was born in London, England.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Flora/Flortje Josephine/Josefina Van Der Zyl/Zijl (the daughter of John/Izak/Isaac Van Deziel/der Zijl and Anna Eva/Theresia Wolf). Flora was born in Amsterdam, to a Jewish family. John was born in Groningen, the son of Jacob Comprecht van der Zijl and Carolina Pinias van der Velde. Anna was the daughter of Levie Wolf, who was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands, and of Rosette Levij, who was born in Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Robert’s great-aunt, Martha van der Zijl, died in Auschwitz (in 1943). Martha was the sister of Robert’s grandmother, Flora/Flortje Josephine/Josefina Van Der Zyl/Zijl.

Robert’s maternal grandfather was Francis “Frank” Clement McKenzie (the son of James E. McKenzie and Mary Anne Dahlia Sizemore).

Robert’s maternal grandmother was Alice Bell Beall (the daughter of William Joseph Bell Beall and Georgia Augusta Roberts).

Sources: Genealogy of Robert Schenkkan (focusing on his father’s side) –

Obituary of Robert’s father, Robert Frederic “Bob” Schenkkan, Sr. –

Genealogy of Robert’s father, Robert Frederic “Bob” Schenkkan, Sr. –

Genealogy of Robert’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Hijman Abraham Schenkkan (through Hijman’s brother, Isaac Abraham Schenkkan) (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

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Sasha Meneghel

by stlucas on April 8, 2017

Birth Name: Sasha Meneghel Szafir

Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date of Birth: July 28, 1998

Ethnicity: Brazilian (1/2 Jewish, at least 1/16 Italian, Portuguese, likely Polish, possibly other)

Sasha Meneghel is a Brazilian actress, model, and athlete. Sasha is the daughter of Brazilian television presenter Xuxa Meneghel (born Maria da Graça Meneghel) and actor Luciano Szafir (born Luciano Lebelson Szafir).

Sasha’s father is Jewish, and had his Bar Mitzvah ceremony in Israel. His parents have described themselves as Sephardi Jews; some sources, however, state that their ancestors were Polish Jews.

Sasha’s mother has Italian, Portuguese, and likely Polish (and other) ancestry.

Sasha’s paternal grandfather is Gabriel Szafir (the son of Szlama Szafir and Perla).

Sasha’s paternal grandmother is Elizabeth “Beth” Lebelson (the daughter of Israel Lebelson and Chana Landau). Israel was the son of Shlomo Zalmen Leblsohn and Rivka Rochel Frydman. Chana was the daughter of David Landau and Esther, who were born in the Soviet Union.

Sasha’s maternal grandfather was Luiz Floriano Meneghel (the son of Eduardo Meneghel and Carolina Maliska). Eduardo’s father was originally from Imer, in the Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy, and moved to Brazil at the end of the nineteenth century. Carolina’s surname is likely Polish.

Sasha’s maternal grandmother is Alda Flores da Rocha (the daughter of Agenor Flores da Rocha and Olivia Joner). Agenor had Portuguese ancestry. Olivia was possibly of German descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Sasha Meneghel –

Genealogy of Sasha’s father, Luciano Szafir (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Birth certificate of Sasha’s mother, Xuxa Meneghel –

Article about Xuxa’s maternal great-grandmother, Olivia Joner – (in Portuguese) (in Portuguese)


Vic Seixas

by stlucas on March 15, 2017

Birth Name: Elias Victor Seixas, Jr.

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

Date of Birth: August 30, 1923

*Sephardi Jewish (father)
*Irish, possibly English (mother)

Vic Seixas is an American tennis player. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Anna Victoria (Moon) and Elias Victor Seixas Vensant.

Elias’ father was born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. He was a Sephardi Jew. There is a prominent Portuguese Jewish family with the surname “Seixas”.

Elias’ mother was born in Pennsylvania, to a father from Pennsylvania and a mother from Ireland. The surname “Moon” can be English, Irish, or other origins.

Elias’ paternal grandparents were Carl/Carlos Emile Seixas and Paulina/Pauline Vensant/Vincent.

Sources: Genealogy of Vic Seixas –

Vic Seixas on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Vic Seixas on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Vic’s father –

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Carlos Alazraqui

by madman on March 13, 2017

Birth Name: Carlos Jaime Alazraqui

Place of Birth: Yonkers, New York, United States

Date of Birth: July 20, 1962

Ethnicity: Argentinian (Spanish, likely some Sephardi Jewish)

Carlos Alazraqui is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, impressionist, singer, producer, and screenwriter.

Carlos’ parents are Argentinian. He grew up in Los Angeles, California. His surname is of Sephardi Jewish origin, but it appears that if Carlos has Jewish ancestry, it is distant or relatively distant.

Carlos has said:

[Being Latino] is something I embrace. Being in this business got me to embrace my Latino roots, before that I was just American, just a comic, my first cartoon had nothing to do with being Latino. When I had the chance to do Latino stand up, that is when I started to connect with [Latino things]. Sometimes in Hollywood it works against me, because my name is Carlos but my last name is of Jewish origin. You know I’ll go out for Latino roles but they’re looking for a Mexican, or a Guatemalan.

Carlos’ paternal grandparents were Jaime Miguel Alazraqui and Nelda Maria Torraca.

Source: Genealogy of Carlos Alazraqui (focusing on his father’s side) –

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