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

22 Responses

  1. visokozen says:

    He looks like he’s pointing at my junk.

  2. Capricious says:

    He looks like a Siamese cat.

  3. isaacder3i says:

    Syrian Jews are racially the same as ashkenazi jews. They just have different customs. Genetic studies have proven this.

    • typepope says:

      Syrian and Ashkenazi Jews have major differences ethnically, and are not even in the ballpark of being the same “racially.”
      On autosomal DNA tests they’re very distant.
      All you need is a 1st grade education in population genetics to find this information for yourself.

  4. andrew says:

    wikipedia says he is of Austrian Jewish descent

  5. nnnnn says:

    I don’t watch TV. “Positive discrimination” and other
    stupid things are boring.

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