Josh Gad

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Gad in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Joshua Ilan Gad

Place of Birth: Hollywood, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 23, 1981

Ethnicity: Afghan Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish

Josh Gad is an American actor, comedian, and singer.

Josh’s father was born in Afghanistan, and is of Afghan Jewish descent (Josh’s father moved from Afghanistan to Israel at the age of thirteen). Josh’s mother, who was born in Germany, is from a Polish Jewish family, and his maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors. Josh had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Of his father, Josh has said:

He came from a very religious family that was on a nomadic journey searching for a home… They went through India before finally settling in Afghanistan.

Josh is married to actress and writer Ida Darvish, with whom he has two children.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Greenblatt (the son of Gimpel Grunblatt and a woman surnamed Morowitz). Joseph was born in Łódź, Łódź Voivodeship, Poland. Josh’s great-grandmother was the daughter of Josek Mejer Morowitz and Chaja Sura/Sarah Rzeznik.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was named Evelyn Rosenberg. Evelyn was born in Będzin, Będzin County, Silesian Voivodeship, Poland.

A picture of Josh’s maternal grandparents can be seen here.

Source: Genealogy of Josh Gad –

11 Responses

  1. neiltennant says:

    Afghan Jewish is misleading

    actually we had in Afghanistan Jews with origins in the Soviet Union but also Jews who came from Iran

    ITS like to say AMERICAN JEWISH but we all know there are Sephardic, Mizrahi and Ashkenazi Jews in the US

    my grandpa was Ashkenazi Jew from Odessa

  2. neiltennant says:

    my grandfather was reportedly Afghan Jewish and he was really pale. Many Jews fled Soviet Union and even before 1917 because they had been bad pogroms in that Russian Empire between 1895-1910

    many of them fled to USA but also a few to Afghanistan

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