Anthony Weiner

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Birth Name: Anthony David Weiner

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

Date of Birth: September 4, 1964

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Anthony Weiner is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York, from January 3, 1999 to June 21, 2011. He is a convicted felon.

He is the son of Frances, a high school math teacher, and Mort Weiner, a lawyer. Anthony’s family is Jewish. He has stated that his household was not religious. He was partly raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Anthony is married to Huma Abedin, a political staffer, with whom he has a son. Huma is a Muslim of Indian and Pakistani descent, and speaks Arabic.

Anthony’s paternal grandfather was named Harry Weiner.

Anthony’s paternal grandmother was named Tillie.

Anthony’s maternal grandfather was Sol Finkelstein (the son of Louis Finkelstein and Hannah/Anna Hakke Damrauer). Sol was born in New York. Louis was born in England, the son of Max Finkelstein and Leah Caro. Hannah was born in New York, the daughter of German-born parents, Louis Damrauer and Flora Godila.

Anthony’s maternal grandmother was Martha Sorokin (the daughter of Samuel Sorokin and Anna Alt). Martha was born in New York, to a Russian-born father and a Polish-born mother.

Sources: Genealogy of Anthony Weiner –

Anthony’s maternal grandmother, Martha Sorokin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

11 Responses

  1. Marilyn says:

    I agree with “Anonymous”. Jewish is unique because it can be both an ethnic heritage and a religion. Think of what for ages has defined a country: a common language, common cultural customs, marriage within their geographical area that produced physical traits such as blondes in Scandinavian countries and dark haired people in sourthern Europe, similar modes of dress, usually a common religion and probably more I haven’t thought of.

    When the Jews were displaced from their original country homeland some 2000 years ago they, in essence, became a traveling country.

    I don’t think many people realize this.

    No matter where they travelled in the first 1,900 years of dispersion, e.g., Spain, Italy, England, Turkey, Germany, Poland, Russia, the Arab countries and other European/Asian countries, they maintained themselves as if the lived in a defined country. They did not marry outside the group, actively kept religious and dietary practices, passed on customs, dress, and generally maintained all the criteria that we identify ethnic heritage by, and what people living in cities, towns, villages, and farms in an actual country defined by specific geographical boundries are identified by in their heritage.

    Through these years of travel the Jews may have assumed the citizenship of the countries they settled in but their ethnic heritage remained Jewish. I am Polish by ethnicity. My husband is Jewish. He does not practice the Jewish religion but he identifies himself, when asked, as Jewish. When asked what is he, he doesn’t answer “nothing” (not of the Jewish religion) or his Nationaliy, American, or his state of residence, Illinois. He understands people are asking about ethnicity and answers “Jewish”.

    If my husband wanted to practice Buddism and was asked “what are you?”, would he say Buddist? No, because we don’t knee-jerk-answer a question like that by saying what religion we are, we answer with our ethnicity heritage.

    But the Jewish religion is unique because it is commonly associated as being both, and that just reinforces the viewpoint that the Jews maintained a traveling county through their constant adherance to their native customs, religion being the solidifying one through the ages.

    On the other hand, I having a Polish heritage could become a member of the Jewish religion. If I was a member, if someone asked me what I am, would I say “Jewish”? No, of course not, I’d say Polish because no one identifies themselves by religion when asked this question. Why should Jewish people be different and identify themselves only by the religion they practice? Or be identified by others only by the religion they practice? It makes no sense when the rest of the world is not identified that way. When a Jewish person answers “Jewish” they should be answering their ethnic heritage, not religion.

    I look Polish. I have the high cheekbones, the blue eyes, and you could put me in a group of Warsaw Poles and I’d look like most of them. I live in the U.S. but when asked here what I am I do not say “American”. I say Polish. If I lived in another country my first response might be to identify myself as American but then I would add Polish. I never would add Jewish if that was my religion. That’s not the question people are asking.

    I personally don’t believe in any formal religion (the one I was raised in lost me when I was nine and they adamently insisted only
    “……… went to heaven”, and as indoctrinated as I was going through the parochical school, I absolutely knew that this could not be true and thus their credibility was gone forever in all things they tried to teach) but if I was forced to choose a religion in my next life I would choose the Jewish religion. After 48 years of being married I have learned much about the principles of this religion and I admire it, especially how maturing children are expected to be responsible. For instance, instead of praying to a God for forgiveness, children go directly to the one they transgressed against, acknowledging their error and thus learning much in this process.

    To sum up, here’s an example easy to remember when talking about this subject. If a Chinese couple moved to Russia, they would assume a Russian Nationality but they and their children would always have the Chinese ethnicity if there was no intermarriage. If their children intermarried then you have a mixed heritage of Russian and Chinese in future generations. In the last 100 years there has been more intermarriage among the Jews and thus they are joining the great melting pot of mixed heritage, at least here in America, but for 1900 years they adhered to all aspects that made them one ethnic group. One of my grandchildren is 1/4 Jewish, 1/4 Polish, 1/4 Irish, 1/4 Japanese but this 4 year old boy knows what diverse cultures his heritage is and quickly rattles them off. His favorite holidays are Chanukah, Xmas, and Halloween.

    There certainly are mixed opinions on this subject but I think if people can examine this objectively they can see the logic of this “travelling country” and thus it being a clear ethnic idenity.

    • Marilyn says:

      I said “If I lived in another country…”.
      I meant to say “If I was traveling in another country…”

    • loxie monson says:

      I totally agree with this writer and it is not a racially offensive comment.

    • Christ at dawn says:

      Actually No you are wrong when you say “I’m Jewish” when someone asks your Nationality. Here is why:

      The Jewish people originally lives in Israel, which is there home country given by God in according to His promise to Abraham there forefather. Therefore they are called “Israelite” just as the same when we call people from Italy “Italian” because that is there Nationality.

      Furthermore, if you look up the original meaning of “Israel”. It is actually the name given by God to Jacob, Abraham’s son whom God has chosen to be the root of His people the Jewish people.

      “Jewish” is pertaining to their traditions, customs and beliefs.
      While being an “Israelite” meaning they are from the land of Israel.

      People only get confused because thousands of years ago, majority of the Israelite where Jewish which leads them to the wrong conclusion that all Israelite are Jewish.
      When actually some Israelite that time didn’t practice Jewish customs, for example the Gentiles from Galilee, Jewish people hated them because Gentiles weren’t circumcised, and that was against the Jewish customs.

      Another big example is the break through of Christianity in the “Jewish community” itself. Not only Jewish people were Israelite, but The first Christians as well, they were all from “Israel”. In fact most religions today can be rooted from the Israelite’s variety of religious beliefs.

      And far more interesting, when we set aside religion and nationality, and focus on their original ancestry. Original Israelite are Hebrews, remember they were the slave people of Egypt. God helped them escape the tyrant king of Egypt and led them to the dessert through Moses and Aaron in accord to his promise to their forefather, the Friend of God: Abraham.

      And as we know the Hebrews were homeless people, they didn’t have a land or country of there own. But it wasn’t a pity because it was part of God’s plan and promise to Abraham. That He will lead them to a “land flowing with milk and honey”: The promised land.
      And thy shalt be called Israel after their forefather Jacob.

      And for 20 years they wander the dessert and God literally led them by the pillar of cloud on their way to the promised land. And it also took 20 years for the Hebrews to become Jews. So basically they started their Jewish belief on the dessert, and there instructor was Moses, by God’s command.

      So this is becoming a very long story lol but basically what I wanted to make clear was, if you are asked of your Ancestry or Nationality and you are from Israel or you have Hebrew ancestry, the proper name to call you is Hebrew or Israelite. But If you are asked of your religion and you practice or believe in Judaism, then you are “Jewish” or a “Jew”.

      I hope this help clear out your doubts a bit. :D I’m sorry for the extra information, but I just thought it was necessary to solve the mystery of this misjudged issue.

      And just in case you wonder where in the world I get my sources, I’m very interested on bible stories, so of course my number one source is the bible. Second is google which I only use to search for word definitions, and bits of info about the “Promised Land” as always it will be: Israel.


    • Christ at dawn says:

      I replied on the wrong comment, I intended to comment on yours, but if you may please scroll down and read my comment. :) I really brain stormed on my stock knowledge about this issue, I hope it helps ;D

    • Christ at dawn says:

      oh wait it was actually 40 years in the dessert. sorry I forgot about that. :D

  2. anonymous says:

    Jewish is both an ethnicity and religion.

  3. not telling says:

    Jewish is both an ethnicity and religion.

  4. weinerisforweiners says:

    haha weiner haha

  5. Anonymous says:

    Jewish is an ethnicity and a religion.

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