Birth Name: Zoe Isabella Kravitz
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: December 1, 1988
*50% Ashkenazi Jewish
Zoe’s father is of half Ashkenazi Jewish (his father) and half Afro-Bahamian and African-American (his mother) ancestry. Zoe’s mother is of half African-American (her father) and half Ashkenazi Jewish (her mother) ancestry. In terms of religion, Zoe identifies as a secular Jew.
Zoe’s paternal grandfather was Seymour Sol Kravitz (the son of Joseph Kravitz and Jean Kaufman). Seymour was of Russian Jewish descent.
Zoe’s paternal grandmother was Roxie Albertha Roker (the daughter of Albert Roker and Bessie Mitchell). Roxie’s father was Afro-Bahamian, from Nassau, and Roxie’s mother was African-American. Albert was the son of David or Joseph Roker and Frances. Bessie was the daughter of Will Mitchell and Julia Tillman.
Zoe’s maternal grandparents were Allen Bonet and Arlene Joyce Litman (the daughter of Eli Litman and Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg). Eli was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Abraham E. Litman, a Jewish immigrant from Tourchen, Russia, and of Fannie/Fanny Lillian Ageloff, a Jewish immigrant from Vitebsk, Belarus. Sylvia was also born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Louis Goldvarg and Sarah Silverman, who were both Russian Jewish immigrants (her father from Tiraspol, now Moldova).
Zoe’s paternal grandfather, Seymour Sol Kravitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Zoe’s paternal grandmother, Roxie Albertha Roker, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Zoe’s paternal great-grandmother, Bessie Mitchell, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Zoe’s maternal great-grandparents, Eli Litman and Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg – https://familysearch.org
Zoe’s maternal great-grandfather, Eli Litman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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