Jerry Seinfeld

Birth Name: Jerome Allen Seinfeld

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

Date of Birth: April 29, 1954

*Hungarian Jewish (father)
*Syrian Jewish (mother)

Jerry Seinfeld is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director.

His father, Kalmen Seinfeld, was of Hungarian Jewish descent. His mother, Betty (Hesney), was the daughter of Syrian Jewish parents. Jerry spent some time in Israel, doing volunteer work, when he was a teenager. Jerry is married to Jessica Seinfeld (born Nina Danielle Sklar), a cookbook author and philanthropist, with whom he has three children. Jessica is Jewish.

Jerry’s paternal grandfather was named Shimshon/Schimscher “Simon” Seinfeld (the son of Jonas Seinfeld). Shimshon was from Stanislau, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Jerry’s paternal grandmother was named Celia.

Jerry’s maternal grandfather was Selim Hosni/Husney (the son of Ezra Husney and Esther Sardell). Selim was an emigrant from Aleppo, Syria. Ezra was the son of Eliyahu Husney.

Jerry’s maternal grandmother was Salha/Selha Kassin (the daughter of Sam Kassin and Garez Dayan). Salha was an emigrant from Aleppo, Syria. Garez was the daughter of Yishayah Dayan and Sarah.

Sources: Genealogy of Jerry Seinfeld –

Article about Jerry’s family history –


Curious about ethnicity

28 Responses

    • bearboy says:

      Well he sorta is. Even though his mother’s side is Jewish their family was from Syria an Arabic speaking country.

      • andrew says:

        it does not mean he’s Arab. Dumb website.

        • bearboy says:

          I get what you’re saying Andrew and I agree with you. My point was there is a difference of something being your nationality and ethnicity. Such as Jerry Seinfeld’s maternal grandparents nationality was Syrian even though Sephardic or Mizrahi Jews aren’t ethnically Syrian. An example is if I was a Jewish person living in Poland I would say my nationality is Polish even though my ethnicity would be Ashkenazi Jewish. So my point is if the website was saying he is ethnically Syrian or Arab they would be wrong and I agree with you.

          • neiltennant says:

            Of course a syrian jew can be considered as ARAB !

            but be careful with SYRIAN PEOPLE

            because of the syrian war we have a lot of refugees now in europe and i have never seen syrian people before

            and believe me i have never seen so many green and blue eyed people among the foreigners before

            And of course Syrian jews do look the same like muslim or christian syrians

            PAULA ABDUL has also syrian jewish roots and her father looks like the average SYRIAN GUY

        • neiltennant says:

          Syrian Jews are also Arabs and they look like Arabs

          PAULA ABDUL looks totally Arab although she is also half Syrian jewish

          • sitman18 says:

            No they’re not. Non-Sephardi Syrian Jews are most closely-related to European Jews, North African Jews, and Iraqi Jews. They’re far removed from even Syrian Arabs.

  1. visokozen says:

    He looks like he’s pointing at my junk.

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