Sephardi Jewish

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, Dutch, Sephardi Jewish, Spanish, Basque, possibly other] (father)
*Bolivian [Spanish, Indigenous, Basque, possibly other] (mother)

Stephanie Beatriz is an Argentine-born American actress.

Stephanie is 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 some Dutch (from Curaçao), Sephardi Jewish, and Spanish, ancestry. Stephanie’s mother is Bolivian, and likely has Spanish and Indigenous roots. Some of the surnames in Stephanie’s family tree suggest Basque ancestry.

Stephanie’s paternal grandfather was Luder Heinrich Bischoff Siefken (the son of Eduard August Bischoff Katenkamp and Cornelia Amalia “Nelly” Siefken Hoyer). Eduard was originally from Bremen, Germany, and the son of Lüder Heinrich Bischoff Meyer and Auguste Christine Katenkamp Bernhard. Cornelia was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and was 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 the son of Jacob Cortissoz Jesurun-Pinto and Julia Alvares-Correa. Esther was the daughter of Enrique Rodriguez Blanco and Cecilia Gonzalez Vengoechea.

Stephanie’s great-grandfather Ernesto’s ancestors hailed from the Virgin Islands, Curaçao, and the Netherlands, and had Portuguese Jewish origin. Stephanie’s great-grandmother Esther was born in Colombia, of Spanish (with roots in Asturias), and possibly other, descent.

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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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) –

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

Obituary 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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