Birth Name: Joseph Isadore Lieberman
Place of Birth: Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 24, 1942
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Joe Lieberman is an American politician. A Democrat and later an Independent, he served as the 21st Attorney General of Connecticut, from January 5, 1983 to January 3, 1989, and a United States Senator from Connecticut, between January 3, 1989 and January 3, 2013.
Joe is the son of Marcia (Manger) and Henry Lieberman. His father’s family were Polish Jews and Ukrainian Jews. His mother’s family were Austrian Jews and Hungarian Jews. Joe is an Orthodox Jew. He is married to Hadassah (Freilich) Lieberman. He has two children, including politician Matt Lieberman, with his former wife Betty Haas; and a daughter with Hadassah.
Joe Lieberman is the first Jewish person to have been nominated for Vice President of the United States on a major party ticket.
Two people of Jewish heritage have been nominated for President of the United States by a major American political party. Barry Goldwater, nominated by the Republican Party in 1964, was the first (Goldwater was born to a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother, and was raised an Episcopalian). John Kerry, nominated by the Democratic Party in 2004, was the second (Kerry’s paternal grandparents were born Jewish, though Kerry’s father and Kerry himself were raised Catholic).
Joe’s paternal grandfather was Jacob Elie Lieberman/Liebermann (the son of Wolf Ben Pinkas Lieberman and Laje Nuss-Weiss). Jacob was born in Zagrody, Lublin, Poland. Wolf was the son of Pinkas ben Issachar Lieberman and Rozie.
Joe’s paternal grandmother was named Rifka/Rebecca Segalovich. Rifka was born in Poland.
Joe’s maternal grandfather was named Yusseff/Joseph Manger (the son of Menasha Manger and Freyda). Yussef was a Jewish emigrant from Putilla, Bukovina, Austria.
Joe’s maternal grandmother was Maly “Minnie” Sandhaus (the daughter of Benjain/Benyomin Tzvi Halevi Sandhaus and Frieda/Freyda Teller). Maly was a Jewish emigrant from Stansvsty, Austria, whose own parents were Hungarian Jews.
Joe’s grandparents Yussef and Maly were also the maternal great-great-grandparents of actor Raviv Ullman, thus making Senator Joe Lieberman and Raviv Ullman first cousins, twice removed.
Five people of Jewish heritage have won a major party’s Presidential caucus and/or primary:
*Barry Goldwater (1964, the year he was nominated; Republican; won 7 states; Goldwater also sought the 1960 Republican nomination)
*John Kerry (2004, the year he was nominated; Democratic; won 51 contests)
*Wesley Clark (who sought the 2004 Democratic nomination; won 1 state, Oklahoma; Clark was born to a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother, and is a practicing Catholic)
*Bernie Sanders (who sought the Democratic nomination in 2016 and 2020; in 2016, he won 23 contests; in 2020, he won 9 contests)
*Michael Bloomberg (who sought the 2020 Democratic nomination; won 1 territory, American Samoa)
Of the five, Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg are Jewish by religion, and Sanders is the first person of Jewish religion to have won a caucus and/or primary for a major American political party’s Presidential nomination (the 2016 New Hampshire primary).
Other people of significant Jewish heritage who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States are:
*Milton Shapp (who sought the 1976 Democratic nomination)
*Larry Agran (who sought the 1992 Democratic nomination)
*Arlen Specter (who sought the 1996 Republican nomination)
*John H. Cox (who sought the 2008 Republican nomination)
*Fred Karger (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination)
*Marianne Williamson (who sought the 2020 Democratic nomination)
*Michael Bennet (who sought the 2020 Democratic nomination)
*Tom Steyer (who sought the 2020 Democratic nomination)
Shapp, Agran, Specter, Karger, and Williamson were/are all Jewish by religion. Bennet and Steyer were raised in mixed-faith households, Bennet with a Jewish mother and Steyer with a Jewish father. Shapp was the first person of Jewish religion to mount a prominent campaign for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States.
Kirsten Gillibrand, a Catholic with a Jewish great-grandfather, also sought the 2020 Democratic nomination.