Sephardi Jewish

Tyler Young

by follers on November 1, 2017

Birth Name: Tyler Matthew Young

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 17, 1990

*Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish (mother)

Tyler Young is an American actor.

His mother is Jewish.

Tyler’s maternal grandfather was Donald Ratke (the son of Louis Ratke and Riwke Rose Bronstein). Donald was born in Wisconsin, to a Romanian Jewish father and a Russian Jewish mother. Riwke was the daughter of David Bronstein and Rebecca.

Tyler’s maternal grandmother was born Arline Selma Pirsch (the daughter of Jacob Jay Pirsch and Louise Melhado). Jacob was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, Aron Solomon Pirsch and Rose Goldstein. Louise was born in Massachusetts, the daughter of English-born parents, Abraham Elias Melhado and Elizabeth Phillips, from Spitalfields, Middlesex, who were Sephardi Jews. Abraham and Elizabeth were both of Dutch Jewish descent, from Amsterdam, with some Italian Jewish ancestors. Tyler’s great-great-grandfather Abraham was the son of Elias Juda Melhado/Meljado and Leah Van Abraham Mendes. Tyler’s great-great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Philip Phillips, who was born in the Netherlands, and of Leah Abrahams.

Tyler’s matrilineal line traces back to a woman named Sarah, who was born, c. 1797, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Tyler’s brother once tweeted, “Just found out I’m exactly 50% Jewish.” He may have been referring to having taken a DNA test that showed him to be of 50% Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Tyler added, “And our grandfather speaks “Jewish”…”, perhaps referring to a census record that listed their grandfather’s language as “Jewish” (“Yiddish”).

Sources: Tyler’s maternal grandfather, Donald Ratke, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Tyler’s maternal grandmother, Arline Selma Pirsch, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Tyler’s maternal great-grandfather, Jacob Jay Pirsch, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Tyler’s maternal great-grandmother, Louise Melhado, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Louise Melhado on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Colin Trevorrow

by stlucas on November 1, 2017

Birth Name: Colin Tyler Trevorrow

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 13, 1976

*English, possibly other (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish (mother)

Colin Trevorrow is an American film director and screenwriter.

Colin is the son of Yvette Toledano (Frieder) and Robert A. Trevorrow. Colin’s father has English, and possibly other, roots. Colin’s mother is Jewish.

Colin’s maternal grandfather was Leonard Peter Frieder (the son of Marcus Frieder and Bertha Kline). Marcus was born in Hungary, the son of Leopold Frieder and Rebecca Landesman. Bertha was also born in Hungary.

Colin’s maternal grandmother was Doris Toledano (the daughter of Isaac/Issac Levy Toledano and Zelia/Telia Sarah de Lemos). Doris was born in Panama, and was a Sephardi Jew (with recent roots in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, and Curaçao, and ultimately in Portugal and Spain). Isaac was the son of Levy Toledano and Branca Levy Maduro. Zelia was the daughter of Samuel Haim Moses Beneviste de Lemos and Sarah Celina de Castro.

Sources: Birth record of Colin Trevorrow –

Marriage record of Colin’s parents –

Genealogy of Colin’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) –

Marriage record of Colin’s maternal grandparents, Leonard Peter Frieder and Doris Toledano –

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Antonio Campos

by stlucas on October 8, 2017

Antonio Campos and Guest – 46th New York Film Festival Closing Night – “The Wrestler” Premiere – Arrivals – Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center – New York City, NY, USA –  Photo Credit: Anthony G. Moore / PR Photos

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

Date of Birth: August 24, 1983

*Brazilian [Portuguese, Sephardi Jewish, possibly other] (father)
*Italian/Sicilian (mother)

Antonio Campos is an American film director, screenwriter, and film producer.

Antonio is the son of producer Rose Ganguzza and Brazilian journalist Lucas Mendes Campos.

Antonio’s father has Portuguese ancestry, and has also stated that one of his great-great-great-great-grandfathers was a Jewish ancestor from Portugal who moved to Brazil. Antonio’s mother was born in New Jersey, to Italian/Sicilian parents.

Antonio’s maternal grandparents were Anthony C. Ganguzza and Frances. Anthony was from Sicily, Italy. Frances was also Italian.

Sources: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment record of Antonio’s maternal grandfather, Anthony C. Ganguzza –

Obituary of Antonio’s maternal grandfather, Anthony C. Ganguzza –


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 as Will Byers on the show Stranger Things.

His parents, Karine (Perez) and Mitchell Schnapp, are from Montréal, Québec, Canada. His father is Ashkenazi and his mother is Sephardi (Moroccan Jewish), with roots in Rabat.

Noah’s paternal grandfather is David Schnapp (the son of Moe Schnapp and Bertha Rothberg). Bertha is the daughter of Louis Rothberg.

Noah’s paternal grandmother is Donna Wexler (the daughter of Jack Wexler and Belle/Bella Brisk).

Sources: Obituary of Noah’s paternal great-grandmother, Bertha (Rothberg) Winikoff-Schnapp –

Obituary of Noah’s paternal great-grandmother, Belle (Brisk) Wexler –

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