Ukrainian Jewish

Matt Ryan

by follers on February 13, 2018

Matt Ryan – 19th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards – Arrivals – The Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: David Gabber / 

Birth Name: Matthew Darren Evans

Place of Birth: Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales

Date of Birth: 11 April, 1981

Ethnicity: Welsh, at least 1/8th Ashkenazi Jewish

Matt Ryan is a Welsh actor. He is the son of Maria and Steve Evans. His mother runs the Maria Evans dance school.

Matt’s maternal grandfather is Alec Dennis Dubens (the son of Victor Dubensky/Dubens and Rita G. Phillips). Victor was a Jewish emigrant, from Odessa, then in the Russian Empire, now in Ukraine, and was the son of Morris Dubensky and Hannah.

Matt’s maternal grandmother is named Mary T. Bishop.

Source: Genealogy of Matt’s maternal great-grandfather, Victor Dubensky/Duben –


Greg Pritikin

by stlucas on February 9, 2018

Birth Name: Gregory B. Pritikin

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

Date of Birth: 1969

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Greg Pritikin is an independent filmmaker.

Greg is the son of Barbara C. (Demovsky) and James B. “Jim” Pritikin. Greg’s parents were Jewish.

Greg’s paternal grandfather was Stanley “Stan” Pritikin (the son of Joseph Pritikin and Kate/Rebecca Wertel). Joseph and Kate were from Russia.

Greg’s paternal grandmother was named Ann/Anne Schwartz.

Greg’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Demovsky (the son of Herman Demovsky and Bessie Serlin). Herman was born in Grodno, Russia (now Belarus), the son of Ruben Demovsky. Bessie was from Yalowska, Russia.

Greg’s maternal grandmother was Betty Kallish (the daughter of Joseph Kallish and Ella Cohen). Joseph was born in Ukraine. Ella was born in Latvia.

Sources: Genealogy of Greg Pritikin –

Obituary of Greg’s maternal grandmother, Betty (Kallish) Demovsky –

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Mark Ivanir

by madman on January 27, 2018

Mark Ivanir – “Johnny English Reborn” UK Premiere – Arrivals – Empire Leicester Square – London, UK – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos 

Birth Name: Mark Alexandrovich Ivanir

Place of Birth: Chernivtsi, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

Date of Birth: September 6, 1968

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Mark Ivanir is a Ukrainian-born Israeli actor. He is the son of Maya Malka (Surkis), a teacher of German, and Alexander “Sasha” Ivanir, a teacher of English. His father was born in Vyzhnytsia.

Mark’s paternal grandparents were Zalman Ivanir and Berta Kurtz (the daughter of Hersh Kurtz and a woman surnamed Hazenfratz).

Mark’s maternal grandfather was Meshulam Surkis (the son of Yacov Surkis and Perl). Meshulam was a writer, journalist, and actor of the Yiddish language. He was born in Berehomet.

Mark’s maternal grandmother was Esther Wohl (the daughter of Menahem Mendl Wohl). Esther was born in Chernivtsi.

Source: Genealogy of Mark Ivanir –


Michael Blaiklock

by stlucas on January 10, 2018

Michael Blaiklock – The Paley Center Presents “Happy Endings and Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23” – Arrivals – The Paley Center – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Emiley Schweich / PR Photos

Birth Name: Michael A. Blaiklock

Place of Birth: Ashland, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 14, 1983

*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Michael Blaiklock is an American actor and writer. Michael is also known as Mookie Blaiklock.

Michael is the son of Deborah “Debbie” Berch and Andrew T. “Andy” Blaiklock. Michael’s mother is Jewish.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Lawrence Berch (the son of Henry H. Berch and Bessie Gordon). Lawrence was born in Massachusetts, to a father from Ukraine and a mother from Poland.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Shirley Helen Kooris, the daughter of Morris Maishe Kooris/Kurz and Sarah/Sadie Schlofsky/Sholovsky.

Sources: Genealogy of Michael’s mother –

Marriage record of Michael’s maternal grandparents –

Obituary of Michael’s maternal grandfather, Lawrence Berch –

Obituary of Michael’s maternal grandmother, Shirley H. (Kooris) Berch –


Jaime Ray Newman

by stlucas on January 5, 2018

Place of Birth: Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 2, 1978

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jaime Ray Newman is an American actress and singer.

Jaime is the daughter of Marsha Jo (Raphael) and Fredric/Frederick Mark Newman. Jamie’s parents are Jewish. She has a sister, Beth Nicole. Jamie is married to Israeli-born writer/director Guy Nattiv, with whom she has a daughter.

Jaime’s paternal grandfather was Albert Newman (the son of Rubin/Ruben Benj Newman and Nettie). Rubin was from Lithuania. Nettie was from Poland.

Jaime’s paternal grandmother was Phyllis Ruth Wener (the daughter of Samuel Wener and Lillian Hershcovitz). Samuel was born in Smela/Smila, Ukraine, the son of Frank Wener and Ida Shatz. Lillian was born in Romania.

Jaime’s maternal grandfather was named (Adolph) Ray Raphael (likely the son of Louis Raphael and Esther). Louis was from Poland. Esther was from Russia.

Jaime’s maternal grandmother was Ettie Sacks (the daughter of Wolf Sacks and Sarah Kaplan). Wolf was born in Russia, the son of Harry Sacks and Rebecca. Sarah was born in England, the daughter of Samuel Kaplan and Hannah.

Sources: Genealogy of Jaime Ray Newman (focusing on her father’s side) –

Marriage announcement of Jamie’s parents –

Obituary of Jaime’s paternal grandfather, Albert Newman –

Obituary of Jaime’s maternal grandmother, Ettie (Sacks) Raphael Handelman –

Marriage record of Jaime’s maternal great-grandparents, Wolf Sacks and Sarah Kaplan –

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