Sephardi Jewish

Safdie brothers

by follers on December 29, 2017

Joshua Safdie, Ben Safdie – 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival – “Good Time” Photocall – Palais des Festivals – Cannes, France – False – Photo Credit: Laurent Koffel / 

Birth Name:
*Joshua E. Safdie
*Benjamin A. Safdie

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

Date of Birth:
*April 3, 1984 (Josh)
*February 24, 1986 (Ben)

Ethnicity: Syrian Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish

The Safdie brothers, Josh Safdie and Ben Safdie, are American independent filmmakers, writer, directors, and actors. Ben is also known as Benny Safdie. They are related to Israeli architect Moshe Safdie. Their father is of Syrian Jewish descent. Their mother is Ashkenazi.

The Safdie brothers’ maternal grandfather was Richard Neimeth (the son of Edward Neimeth and Catherine). Edward was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, Louis Neimeth and Fannie/Fanny/Sophia Kaiser.

The Safdie brothers’ maternal grandmother is Margaret “Peggy” Sprung (the daughter of Murray Sprung and Mary Norkin). Murray was a war crimes prosecutor, and was the son of Austrian Jewish parents, Hyman Spring and Rose Baisen.

Sources: The Safdie brothers’ maternal grandfather, Richard Neimeth, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of the Safdie brothers’ maternal grandfather, Richard Neimeth –

The Safdie brothers’ maternal great-grandfather, Edward Neimeth, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Death record of The Safdie brothers’ maternal great-great-grandfather, Louis Neimeth –

Obituary of the Safdie brothers’ maternal great-grandfather, Murray Sprung –


Olivier Assayas

by Manila on December 11, 2017

Olivier Assayas – 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival – Closing Ceremony – Palais des Festivals – Cannes, France – Photo Credit: Laurent Koffel /

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: 25 January, 1955

*Sephardi Jewish (father)
*Hungarian (maternal grandfather)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandmother)

Olivier Assayas is a French film director, screenwriter, and film critic.

Olivier’s father, Raymond Assayas (alias Jacques Rémy), was a Turkish-born director and screenwriter, from Constantinople (now Istanbul), and was of Greek Jewish descent. Olivier’s mother, Katalin Pólya (later Catherine de Karolyi), was a Hungarian Protestant, from Budapest, and was of part Romanian Jewish descent.

He has a daughter with his former partner, director, screenwriter, and actress Mia Hansen-Løve.

Olivier’s maternal grandfather was Tibor Pólya (also known as Theodor Pólya, the son of Béla Pólya and Irma Vanek). Béla was the son of Bálint Pólya and Teréz Veres.

Olivier’s maternal grandmother was Szeréna Arányi (the daughter of Dezső Goldberger, later Arányi, and of Emília Lange, later Lányi). Dezső was a Romanian Jewish opera singer, from Satu Mare, Satu Mare, and was the son of Mór Goldberger (later Arányi) and Aranka Eckstein.

Source: Genealogy of Olivier Assayas –


Michael Benaroya

by stlucas on December 9, 2017

Birth Name: Michael J. Benaroya

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

Date of Birth: February 23, 1981

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish, possibly other

Michael Benaroya is an American film producer.

Michael is the son of Sherry-Lee and Larry R. Benaroya. Michael’s father is Sephardi Jewish. His ancestors hailed from Lebanon, Turkey, and Morocco.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was civil leader and philanthropist Jack Albert Benaroya (the son of Albert Benaroya and Rachel Cohen). Jack was born in Alabama, to Lebanese Jewish parents.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Rebecca/Rebeca “Becky” Benoun (the daughter of Joe Benoun/Bennoun and Dona/Dorothy Adatto). Joe was born in Turkey. Dona was also born in Turkey, the daughter of Joseph/Yosef/Yosefachi Adatto and Veda Neamachi.

Sources: Genealogy of Michael Benaroya (focusing on his father’s side) –

Obituary of Michael’s paternal grandfather, Jack Albert Benaroya –

Genealogy of Michael’s paternal grandmother, Rebecca/Rebeca “Becky” (Benoun) Benaroya (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Michael’s paternal grandmother, Rebecca/Rebeca “Becky” Benoun, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Michael’s paternal great-aunt (grandmother’s sister), Rita (Benoun) Piha –

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Leslie Bega

by stlucas on December 8, 2017

Birth Name: Leslie Rae Bega

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 17, 1967

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

Leslie Bega is an American actress.

Leslie is the daughter of Marlene Ruth (Feldman) and Izahar/Ezehar/Isahar Dick Bega. Leslie’s parents were Jewish; Leslie’s father is from a Sephardi Jewish family and Leslie’s mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

Leslie’s paternal grandfather was Ghedit Isahar Bega. Ghedit was born in either Italy or Turkey, to a woman surnamed Abelda.

Leslie’s paternal grandmother was Rachel/Raechel Notrica (the daughter of Isaac Notrica and Sarah Mazalto Bardavid). Rachel was a resident of Rodos, Turkey (Rhodes, now Greece), and her nationality was listed as “Italian, Hebrew”.

Leslie’s great-grandfather Isaac was the son of Buhor Moshe Notrica and Sarah Notrica, who was also from Rhodes, Greece. Leslie’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of Abraham “Abramachi” Bardavid and Rachel Israel.

Leslie’s maternal grandparents were Abraham “Abe” Feldman and Anne Heyman. Abraham and Anne were from Russia.

Sources: Birth record of Leslie Bega –

Marriage record of Leslie’s parents –

Genealogy of Leslie Bega (focusing on her father’s side) –

Leslie’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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Ari Stidham

by stlucas on December 7, 2017

Birth Name: Ariel David Stidham

Place of Birth: Westlake Village, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 22, 1992

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

Ari Stidham is an American actor and musician.

Ari is the son of Robin Ann (Margolis) and David John Stidham. Ari’s parents are Jewish; Ari’s father is said to be of Sephardi Jewish descent (with roots in Morocco) and Ari’s mother has Russian Jewish ancestry.

Ari’s paternal grandmother was named Lily.

Ari’s maternal grandfather was Allan B. Margolis.

Ari’s maternal grandmother is Florida politician Gwen Margolis (born Gwen Liedman; the daughter of Joseph Liedman and Rose Weiss). Joseph was the son of Louis Leidman and Sadie, who were from Russia. Rose was the daughter of Harry Weiss and Sophie, who were also from Russia.

Sources: Birth record of Ari Stidham –

Obituary of Ari’s paternal step-grandfather, Gordon Kent –

Ari’s maternal grandmother, Gwen (Liedman) Margolis, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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