Odeya Rush

Odeya Rush

Rush in 2012, image via kathclick/bigstock.com

Birth Name: Odeya Rushinek

Place of Birth: Haifa, Israel

Date of Birth: May 12, 1997

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Odeya Rush is an Israeli-born actress and model. Her roles include the films The Odd Life of Timothy Green, We Are What We Are, The Giver, Goosebumps, The Hunter’s Prayer, Dear Dictator, Let It Snow, and Umma, among others.

Born in Haifa, Israel, she moved to the U.S. at the age of nine, initially living in Alabama. Odeya’s father, Shlomo Rushinek, is an Israeli-born Jew, with Polish Jewish ancestry. Odeya’s mother, Maia Grinfeld, is a Russian Jewish immigrant. Odeya’s grandmother lived in Ukraine.

Odeya’s paternal line can be traced back to her seventh great-grandfather, Samson Rusinek.

Odeya’s paternal grandfather was Mordechai/Mordecai Rusinek (the son of Shlomo/Szlomo Rusinek and Hanna/Chana Sara Schneiderman/Shniedermann). Mordechai was a Polish Jew. Shlomo was born in Pilica, Zawiercie County, Silesian Voivodeship, the son of Rafal Rusinek and Chana Jablonowska/Herbet. Shlomo and his father were killed in the Holocaust, in 1942, in the Treblinka extermination camp. Hanna was born in Zawiercie, Zawiercie County. She was killed in the Holocaust, in 1942.

Odeya’s paternal grandmother is the daughter of Asher Zelig Bendel/Bendall and Chila. Asher was the son of Aron Tzwi Bendel. Chila was the daughter of Tzwi and Gitel.

Source: Genealogy of Odeya Rush (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com


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48 Responses

  1. andrew says:


    “I’m referring more to Lenin because my grandmother lived in Ukraine during that time and my mom came to Israel to get away from that”

  2. xoxo says:

    She sort of resembles Aishwarya Rai.
    I would have thought this chick was partially Indian, she doesn’t look fully white.

  3. cwm85 says:

    I thought maybe she had some African in her or native at least, middle eastern at most. Her nose and lips look like an admixture is there to me.

  4. Capricious says:

    Very exotic.

  5. ShawntheGod says:

    7/10, kinda cute.

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