Birth Name: Jael Francine Strauss
Date of Birth: July 3, 1984
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Date of Death: December 4, 2018
*father – Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish
*mother – African-American
Jael Strauss was an American model. She appeared on America’s Next Top Model in 2003.
Jael’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Strauss (the son of Ferdinand “Fred” Strauss and Esther Seidler). Samuel was born in New York. Ferdinand was a German Jewish immigrant. Esther was born in Bulgaria, to a Romanian Jewish father and a Bulgarian Jewish mother, Siedler Dolsa. Bulgarian Jews are Sephardi.
Jael’s paternal grandmother was Lorraine Abramowitz (the daughter of Samuel Abramowitz and Rella Greenbaum). Lorraine was born in New York. Samuel was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents, Fred/Ephraim Abramowitz and Kate Friedman. Rella was also Jewish, and was born in Austria, the daughter of Samuel Greenbaum and Lena.
Sources: Genealogy of Jael Strauss (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Obituary record of Jael’s paternal grandfather, Samuel Strauss – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Jael’s paternal grandmother, Lorraine (Abramowitz) Strauss – http://www.hodroffepstein.com