Birth Name: Zoë Isabella Kravitz
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: December 1, 1988
*50% Ashkenazi Jewish
Zoë’s father is of half Ashkenazi Jewish (his father) and half African-Bahamian and African-American (his mother) ancestry. Zoë’s mother is of half African-American (her father) and half Ashkenazi Jewish (her mother) ancestry. In terms of religion, Zoë identifies as a secular Jew.
Zoë’s paternal grandfather was Sy Kravitz, a producer (born Seymour Sol Kravitz, the son of Joseph Kravitz and Jean Kaufman). Seymour was born in New York, and was of Russian Jewish descent.
Zoë’s paternal grandmother was Roxie Roker, an actress (Roxie Albertha Roker, the daughter of Albert Roker and Bessie Mitchell). Roxie was born in Florida. Albert was Afro-Bahamian, from Nassau. Bessie was African-American, and was the daughter of Will Mitchell and Julia Tillman.
Zoë’s maternal grandfather was Allen Bonet. Allen was African-American.
Zoë’s maternal grandmother was Arlene Joyce Litman (the daughter of Eli Litman and Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg). Arlene was born in Pennsylvania. 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).
Death records of Zoë’s paternal grandparents, Seymour Sol Kravitz and Roxie Albertha Roker – https://www.findagrave.com
Zoë’s paternal grandfather, Seymour Sol Kravitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Zoë’s paternal grandmother, Roxie Albertha Roker, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Zoë’s paternal grandmother, Roxie Albertha Roker – http://www.nytimes.com
Zoë’s paternal great-grandmother, Bessie Mitchell, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Zoë’s maternal grandmother, Arlene Joyce Litman, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Zoë’s maternal great-grandparents, Eli Litman and Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg – https://familysearch.org
Zoë’s maternal great-grandfather, Eli Litman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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