Ben Shapiro

Shapiro in 2018, photo by Gage Skidmore

Birth Name: Benjamin Aaron Shapiro

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 15, 1984

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Ben Shapiro is an American conservative political commentator, public speaker, author, and lawyer. He is an Orthodox Jew.

A DNA test whose results Ben displayed on his Twitter account stated that Ben’s genetic ancestry is:

*100% Ashkenazi Jewish

Ben’s paternal grandfather was Nathan Mayer Shapiro (the son of Harry Arthur Shapiro and Gertrude Azine). Nathan was born in Minnesota. Harry was born in Žasliai, Kaunas, Lithuania, the son of Morris Shapiro and Molly Bernstein.

Ben’s paternal grandmother is Eileen Kaplan (the daughter of Ben Kaplan and Becky Karshenbaum). Eileen was born in Minnesota. Ben was born in Poland, the son of Hyman Kaplan and Anna. Becky was born in Belarus, the daughter of Shimon Ber Karshenbaum and Tzippa Ehrlich.

Ben is a first cousin of actress Mara Wilson.


Genealogy of Ben Shapiro (focusing on his father’s side) –

40 Responses

    • lildshimmy says:

      Wouldn’t be so surprised if Ben Shapiro’s DNA test results really say he’s 100% Ashkenazi Jewish (presumably the very Eastern European subgroup), because this already makes a lot of sense. However, others may find that he edited the photo, just to warn you a bit.

      Even though he doesn’t publicly share his mother’s personal information, especially her ancestry, I do know for sure that according to Wikipedia his mother should’ve been Russian-Jewish. I also find that there is some visible traces of Danish and Finnish ancestry on his mother’s side, even though I can’t find his maternal grandparents to fully prove this.

      Add the brackets after “Ashkenazi Jewish” in this page, and inside the brackets, fill in the following: [Lithuanian, Russian, likely Danish or Finnish, possibly other]

      • lildshimmy says:

        UPDATE: Don’t forget to also tag ‘Italian Jewish’, ‘Danish Jewish’ and ‘Argentinian Jewish’. PLEASE.

        • jackson9 says:

          lildshimmy, are you saying Ben Shapiro has non-Jewish Danish and Finnish ancestry on his mothers side? Also, a lot of Ashkenazi Jews have some Sephardic Jewish ancestry if we go back to the 1490s. sadly the admins won’t add it even if we did find a connection for Ben Shapiro.

  1. bablah says:

    Ben’s paternal grandmother is Eileen Kaplan. Eileen was born in Minnesota.

  2. needles1987 says:

    His cousin is actress Mara Wilson.

  3. jackson9 says:

    I love and respect your opinions, and wished people didn’t bully you off this website, but I respectfully disagree on this one. He is not disgusting, but instead a very happy, bright man who I think goes on this website often :-)

  4. bearboy says:

    Follers, if you can find any more of Ben’s ancestry I would appreciate it. Also is Spencer’s and Abigail’s paternal grandfather Raymond Breslin? sincerely Bearboy

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