Sephardi Jewish

Michael Benyaer

by stlucas on September 8, 2017

Michael Benyaer – Pre-Grammy Party for 2014 Grammy Nominee Trevor Guthrie – Arrivals – Acabar – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Carla Van Wagoner / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: May 25, 1970

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

Michael Benyaer is a Canadian-American actor.

Michael is the son of Nancy Ruth (Klein) and Maurice Benyaer.

Michael’s parents were Jewish; Michael’s father was born in Marrakesh, Morocco, and had Sephardi roots. Michael’s mother was born in Connecticut, U.S., and has Hungarian Jewish roots.

Michael’s maternal grandparents were Frank Klein and Dorothy Lang. Frank was from Hungary. Dorothy was born in New York, to parents from Hungary, Samuel Lang and Sarah Weiss.

Sources: Obituary of Michael’s father –

Obituary of Michael’s maternal great-aunt, Irene (Klein) Davis –

Michael’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Michael’s maternal grandmother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Death record of Michael’s maternal grandmother –


Noah Schnapp

by follers on September 8, 2017

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

Date of Birth: October 2004

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish

Noah Schnapp is an American actor. He voiced Charlie Brown in The Peanuts Movie (2015) and stars on the show Stranger Things.

His parents are from Montréal, Québec, Canada. His father is Ashkenazi and his mother is Sephardi (Moroccan Jewish).

Photo by DFree/


Josh Pais

by stlucas on August 30, 2017

Birth Name: Joshua Pais

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

Date of Birth: June 21, 1964

*Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Irish, German, Swiss-German (mother)

Josh Pais is an American acting coach, and film and television actor.

Josh is the son of Lila Lee (Atwill) and Dutch-born physicist and historian Abraham Pais.

Josh’s father was born in Amsterdam, to Dutch Jewish parents of Sephardi (with roots in Portugal) and Ashkenazi origin. Josh’s mother was an American of English, Irish, German, and Swiss-German descent, who converted to Judaism upon her marriage.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Isaiah/Jesaija “Jacques” Pais (the son of Abraham Pais and Naatje de Raaij). Abraham was the son of Jesaias Benjamin Pais and Rachel Meijer de Mark. Naatje was the daughter of Mozes de Raaij and Leentje Jonas Kloot.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Kaatje P. F. “Cato” van Kleeff (the daughter of Levie van Kleef/Kleeff and Anna Swaab). Levie was the son of Isaac van Kleeff and Betje Hekster. Anna was the daughter of Machiel Samuel Swaab and Kaatje de Groot.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was Spurgeon Tennyson Atwill (the son of Lewis Atwill and Rosetta Rowland). Lewis was the son of John Tennison Atwill and Nancy Long. Rosetta was the daughter of William Thomas Rowland and Serena Arminta Billingsley.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was Helen Louise Clark (the daughter of Clifford “Cliff” Henry Clark and Grace Farmham). Clifford was the son of Henry Clark and Parley Wensted. Grace was the daughter of William Logan Farmham and Sarah Elizabeth Heltzell.

Sources: Genealogy of Josh Pais (focusing on his father’s side) –

Obituary and Genealogy of Josh’s maternal grandfather –

Photo by Joe Seer/


Justin Hurwitz

by stlucas on August 23, 2017

Birth Name: Justin Gabriel Hurwitz

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 22, 1985

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

Justin Hurwitz is an American film composer and television writer.

Justin is the son of Gail (Halabe) and Kenneth “Ken” Hurwitz. Justin’s father is of Austrian Jewish and Russian Jewish descent. Justin’s mother has Sephardi Jewish roots, from Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine.

Justin’s paternal grandfather was Herman Hurwitz (the son of Louis Hurwitz and Lena/Leah Brownstein). Louis was from Russia. Lena was born in Minnesota, to parents from Russia.

Justin’s paternal grandmother was Thelma Wein (the daughter of Nathan Wein and Fannie Bruner). Nathan and Fannie were from Austria.

Justin’s maternal grandfather was Nissim Halabe, whose mother’s surname was Samara. Nissim was born in either California or Syria, of Syrian Jewish descent.

Justin’s maternal grandmother was Sarina Matalon (the daughter of Moussa Matalon and Rose Nahon). Sarina was from Beirut, Lebanon. Moussa was the son of Elyahou Matalon. Rose was the daughter of Yehouda Nahon, who was born in Palestine, and of Esther Moghrabi.

Sources: Genealogies of Justin Hurwitz –

Justin’s paternal grandfather, Herman Hurwitz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Justin’s paternal grandmother, Thelma Wein, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Photo by kathclick/


Benjamin N. Cardozo

by follers on August 3, 2017

Birth Name: Benjamin Nathan Cardozo

Date of Birth: May 24, 1870

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

Date of Death: July 9, 1938

Place of Death: Port Chester, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish

Benjamin N. Cardozo was an American lawyer and jurist. He was Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from March 2, 1932 to July 9, 1938, his death. He was also Justice of the Supreme Court of New York for the First Judicial Division, from January 5, 1914 to January 15, 1917, and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, from January 1, 1927 to March 7, 1932.

Justice Cardozo was the son of Rebecca Washington (Nathan) and Albert Jacob Cardozo. His family was Jewish, both Sephardi (from England, Portugal, Spain, and Morocco) and Ashkenazi (from Germany).

Justice Cardozo was a first cousin of poet Emma Lazarus. Their mothers were sisters.

Justice Cardozo could be considered the first Hispanic Justice on the United States Supreme Court, preceding Sonia Sotomayor.

Justice Cardozo’s paternal grandfather was Michael Hart Cardozo (the son of Isaac Nunez Cardozo and Sarah Hart). Michael was born in Pennsylvania. Isaac was born in London, England, the son of Aaron Nunez Cardozo and Sarah Nunez Navaro. Justice Cardozo’s great-grandmother Sarah Hart was the daughter of Myer Hart/Hart de Shira/Texeira and Rachel de Lyon.

Justice Cardozo’s paternal grandmother was Ellen Hart (the daughter of Abraham Hart). Ellen was born in Black River, St Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica, and was a first cousin of Justice Cardozo’s paternal grandfather. Abraham was born in Virginia, the son of Myer Hart/Hart de Shira/Texeira and Rachel de Lyon.

Justice Cardozo’s maternal grandfather was Isaac Mendes Seixas Nathan (the son of Simon Nathan and Grace Mendes Seixas). Isaac was born in New York. Simon was born in Frome, Somerset, England, the son of Judah Nathan. Grace was born in Connecticut, the daughter of Isaac Mendes Seixas, who was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and of Rachel Franks Levy, who was born in London, England.

Justice Cardozo’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Mendes Seixas (the daughter of Benjamin Mendes Seixas and Zipporah Levy). Sarah was born in New York, and was a first cousin of Justice Cardozo’s maternal grandfather. Benjamin was born in Rhode Island, the son of Isaac Mendes Seixas and Rachel Franks Levy. Zipporah was born in New York, the daughter of Hayman Levy, who was born in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany, and of Sloe Myers.

Source: Genealogy of Benjamin N. Cardozo –