Jenny Slate

Slate in 2014, photo by DFree/

Birth Name: Jenny Sarah Slate

Place of Birth: Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 25, 1982

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, as well as about one eighth Sephardi Jewish

Jenny Slate is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and author.

She is the daughter of Nancy, a ceramist, and Ron Slate, a businessperson. Her parents are both Jewish; their families were originally from Russia, Turkey, Austria, and Poland. She is married to art curator and author Ben Shattuck, with whom she has a daughter. Ben’s mother is the owner and namesake of the Dedee Shattuck Gallery of contemporary art in Massachusetts.

Jenny’s paternal grandfather was Paul Benjamin Slate (the son of Jacob Slatkes/Slate and Ethel Hurwitz). Paul was born in Massachusetts, to Russian-born parents, with the original family surname being Slatekowitch. Jacob was the son of Louis Slatkes and Eva Homberg. Ethel was the daughter of Louis/Yechiel Hurwitz and Anna Peltz.

Jenny’s paternal grandmother is named Raquel/Rochelle Schwartz (the daughter of Abram/Albert Schwartz). Raquel was born in Havana, Cuba, to parents from Russia and Turkey, and was raised in Paris, France.

Jenny’s maternal grandfather is Lester Gilson (the son of Harry Gilson and Sophie Karmatz). Lester was born in New York. Harry was born in Pennsylvania, to Austrian-born parents, Lewis Gilson and Bessie.

Jenny’s maternal grandmother is Constance Ruth “Connie” Cohen (the daughter of Abraham/Abe Cohen and Frances C. “Fannie” Cooper). Constance was born in Massachusetts. Abraham was born in either Russia or Illinois, and was the son of Peshe Brina Sapinsky. Frances was born in Massachusetts, the daughter of Nathan Cooper and Minnie Feldman, who were born in Russia.

Sources: Jenny’s paternal grandfather, Paul Benjamin Slate, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Jenny’s paternal grandfather, Paul Benjamin Slate –

Genealogy of Jenny’s mother (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Jenny’s maternal grandmother, Constance “Connie” Ruth Cohen, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

6 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Raquel Schwartz’s father was Abram/Albert Schwartz. Her brother’s mother was Luba Tenenbaum, but if her mother was Sephardic, then it’s probably not the same woman.

  2. SClife says:

    She’s very beautiful. She looks Jewish as well as a typical Arabian from the gulf region. Both groups are genetically related.

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