Ukrainian Jewish

Josh Stamberg

by stlucas on March 27, 2017

Birth Name: Joshua Collins Stamberg

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: January 4, 1970

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Josh Stamberg is an American actor. He is the son of radio journalist Susan Stamberg (born Susan P. Levitt) and Louis Collins Stamberg. Josh is married to actress Myndy Crist.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Louis Mann Stamberg (the son of Morris Stamberg and Sonya/Sara Kravitsky). Louis was a prominent lawyer in the U.S. He was born in Ukraine, to Jewish parents.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Lillian Pauline Collins (the daughter of Louis Collins and Fanny Molly Reichblum). Lillian was born in Pennsylvania. Louis was a Jewish immigrant, from Russia or Poland. Fanny was born in Ohio, to Austrian Jewish parents.

Josh’s paternal step-grandmother, Josh’s grandfather’s second wife, was Marjorie S. (Salinger) Bing Stamberg. Marjorie was a founder of the Allentown League of Women Voters, and a champion of public housing for Allentown’s low-income people.

Josh’s maternal grandparents were Robert I. Levitt and Anne Rosenberg.

Sources: Obituary of Josh’s father, Louis Collins Stamberg –

Marriage record of Josh’s paternal grandparents, Louis Mann Stamberg and Lillian Pauline Collins –

Obituary record of Josh’s paternal grandfather, Louis Mann Stamberg –

Biographical listing of Josh’s paternal grandfather, Louis Mann Stamberg –

Josh’s paternal grandmother, Lillian Pauline Collins, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Lillian Pauline Collins on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Josh’s paternal step-grandmother, Marjorie S. (Salinger) Bing Stamberg –

Josh’s mother, Susan P. (Levitt) Stamberg, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Josh’s maternal grandmother, Anne (Rosenberg) Levitt –

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Meghan Ory

by stlucas on March 22, 2017

Birth Name: Meghan R. Ory

Place of Birth: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: August 20, 1982

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, possibly other

Meghan Ory is a Canadian television and film actress. She is daughter of Bonnie and Nathan E. Ory. She has a brother, Jesse. Meghan is married to actor John Reardon.

Meghan’s surname, “Ory”, was originally spelt “Oritsky”, and hails from Ukraine.

Meghan’s paternal grandfather was Randolph Aaron “Randy” Ory (the son of Nathaniel Edward Ory and Jennie Gottlieb). Randolph was born in Anniston, Alabama, U.S., to Jewish immigrant parents. Nathaniel was born in Kiev, Ukraine, the son of Abraham Oritsky/Ory and Gussie Aaron. Jennie was also born in Kiev, the daughter of Thomas Gottlieb and Minnie Kaminsky.

Meghan’s paternal grandmother was Jesse/Jessie Pankin (the daughter of Harris Pankin and Ray). Jesse was born in New York, U.S. Harris and Ray were Russian Jewish immigrants.

Sources: Genealogy of Meghan Ory (focusing on her father’s side) –

Meghan’s paternal grandmother, Jesse/Jessie Pankin, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Anthony Bourdain

by follers on March 18, 2017

Birth Name: Anthony Michael Bourdain

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

Date of Birth: June 25, 1956

*French, some Spanish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Anthony Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality.

He is the son of Gladys (Sacksman) Bourdain, a staff editor for The New York Times, and Pierre Bourdain, a classical music industry executive for Columbia Records.

Anthony’s father was of French, and some Spanish, descent, from a family that also lived in Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay; he was Catholic. Anthony’s mother is Jewish (of Ukrainian Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent).

Anthony’s paternal grandparents were Pierre Michel Bourdain (the son of Aureliano Bourdain and Mathilde Belliard) and Gabrielle Riousse (the daughter of Alfred Riousse and Ernestine Lorel). Pierre and Gabrielle were born in France. Aureliano was raised in Sao Pedro, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Anthony’s maternal grandparents were Milton Sacksman (the son of William Sacksman and Sarah Adler) and Martha Weinrib/Weinreb (the daughter of Morris Weinrib/Weinreb and Yetta Schuss). Milton was born in Ostroh, Rivnens’ka oblast, Ukraine. Martha was born in New York, to parents from Austria.

Sources: Article about Anthony’s ancestry, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, in The Huffington Post –

Genealogy of Anthony Bourdain –

Anthony’s maternal grandparents, Milton Sacksman and Martha Weinrib/Weinreb, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Sarah Ramos

by stlucas on March 17, 2017

Birth Name: Sarah Emily Ramos

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 21, 1991

*Filipino [one quarter], Scottish, German, French, Irish, English (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Sarah Ramos is an American actress. She is the daughter of Sharon (Biederman) and Steve Ramos, Jr. She has a brother.

Sarah’s father is of one quarter Filipino descent, with his other roots being Scottish, German, French, Irish, and English. Sarah’s mother is Jewish (of Polish Jewish and Ukrainian Jewish descent).

Sarah’s paternal grandfather was Steve Ramos (the son of Esteban Zafra Ramos and Bertha Aveline Rose). Esteban was born in Cebu, the Philippines, the son of Portacio Ramos and Juana Zafra. Bertha was the daughter of Raymond Earl Lacroix Rose and Mary Ellen Hosey, and had Scottish, French, German, and English ancestry, with roots in Inverness-shire, Scotland, Normandy and Picardy, France, and Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Sarah’s paternal grandmother was Ruby June McAllister (the daughter of Oden Ray McAllister and Vernie Emily Grabeel). Ruby had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Oden was the son of George Hancock McAllister and Nancy Jame Margaret Moore Steverson. Vernie was the daughter of Thomas E. Irvin Grabeel and Belle Cora McSwain.

Sarah’s maternal grandparents were David “Dave” Biederman (the son of Hershel Biederman and Rifka) and Adaline Ola Teitlebaum (the daughter of Itzhak Teitlebaum/Tajtelbojm and Socia Rutenberg). David was born in Warsaw, Poland. Adaline was born in Ratne, Poland (now Ukraine).

Sources: Birth record of Sarah Ramos –

Genealogy of Sarah Ramos –

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Seth Grahame-Smith

by stlucas on March 11, 2017

Birth Name: Seth Jared Greenberg

Place of Birth: Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 4, 1976

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, German, Lithuanian, possibly other (mother)

Seth Grahame-Smith is an American novelist, film director, film producer, and screenwriter.

He was born in Rockville Centre, New York, the son of Deborah Ann (Williams) and Barry Michael Greenberg. He was raised in Weston and Bethel, Connecticut.

Seth’s father is Jewish. Seth’s mother is Protestant. They divorced when Seth was three years old. Seth’s mother later changed her surname to “Grahame”, after British writer Kenneth Grahame, and to “Smith”, after her second husband.

Seth’s paternal grandfather was Aaron Herbert Greenberg (the son of Benjamin Greenberg and Sadie Streicher). Benjamin was born in Romania, the son of Meyer Augenblick and Matilda. Sadie was born in Russia, the daughter of Aaron Streicher and Ida Weingrad.

Seth’s paternal grandmother was Alice Rhoda Strauss (the daughter of Jacob Strauss and Clara Mandel/Mandell). Jacob was born in New York, to parents from Austria, Samuel Strauss and Bessie. Clara was born in Lemberg, Austria (now Liyv, Ukraine), the daughter of Hersch Finger and Chaje Weiblich.

Seth’s maternal grandfather was James Wesley Williams (the son of James Wesley Williams, Sr. and P. Maxham). Seth’s great-grandfather James was the son of Silas Williams.

Seth’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Ann Strauss (the daughter of Peter Strauss and Antonina Sincavage).


Genealogy of Seth Grahame-Smith –

Seth’s paternal grandfather, Aaron Herbert Greenberg, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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