20th-century Sephardi Jews

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  1. Daniela Ruah

    Daniela Ruah


    Daniela Sofia Korn Ruah (i/dənɛlə rə/; born December 2, 1983) is a Portuguese-American actress best known for playing NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye in the CBS police procedural series NCIS: Los Angeles.

  2. Emmanuelle Chriqui

    Emmanuelle Chriqui


    Emmanuelle Sophie Anne Chriqui (/ɨˈmænjuːl ˈʃrki/; born December 10, 1977) is a Canadian film and television actress. She is known for her performance on HBO's Entourage as Sloan McQuewick, as well as Dalia, the love interest of Adam Sandler's character in You Don't Mess with the Zohan. She is also known for her role on The Mentalist television series as Lorelei Martins, accomplice to Red John. In May 2010, she topped the AskMen.com Most Desirable Women of 2010 list.

  3. Paula Abdul

    Paula Abdul


    Paula Julie Abdul (ˈæbdl; born June 19, 1962) is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18 before rising to prominence in the 1980s as a highly sought-after choreographer at the height of the music video era. Abdul later scored a string of pop music hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for sixth among the female solo performers who have topped the chart. She won a Grammy for "Best Music Video – Short Form" for "Opposites Attract" and twice won the "Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography".

  4. Shiri Appleby

    Shiri Appleby


    Shiri Freda Appleby (born December 7, 1978) is an American actress. She is known for her leading role as Liz Parker in the television series Roswell. Her film credits include A Time for Dancing (2002), where she was one of the two female main characters; Swimfan (2002); Havoc (2005) with Anne Hathaway; and Charlie Wilson's War (2007) with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.

  5. Mélanie Laurent

    Mélanie Laurent


    Mélanie Laurent (born 21 February 1983) is a French actress, model, director, singer and writer. She initially rose to prominence for her performance in the 2006 French drama film Don't Worry, I'm Fine for which she later won the César Award for Most Promising Actress and the Prix Romy Schneider as well. Laurent further became known to international audiences for her starring role as Shoshanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds, for which she won Best Actress from the Online Film Critics Society and the Austin Film Critics Association and then also starred in one of 2013's top-grossing Hollywood films, Now You See Me.

  6. Moran Atias

    Moran Atias


    Moran Atias (Hebrew: מורן אטיאס‎; born April 9, 1981) is an Israeli actress. She gained notoriety in the Italian films Gas, Oggi sposi, and Mother of Tears. She is best known for her work with Paul Haggis in the 2008 TV series Crash and the 2013 film Third Person. She currently stars on the FX television series Tyrant.

  7. Jamie-Lynn Sigler

    Jamie-Lynn Sigler


    Jamie-Lynn Sigler (born May 15, 1981) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Meadow Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos.

  8. Dan Hedaya

    Dan Hedaya


    Daniel G. “Dan” Hedaya (born July 24, 1940) is an American character actor. He often plays sleazy villains or uptight, wisecracking individuals; three of his best-known roles are as Italian Mafia boss Tony Costello in Wise Guys, a cuckolded husband in the Coen brothers' crime thriller Blood Simple, and the scheming Nick Tortelli on the sitcom Cheers.

  9. Miri Bohadana

    Miri Bohadana


    Miri Bohadana is an Israeli actress, model and presenter.

  10. Haim Saban

    Haim Saban


    Haim Saban (səˈbɑːn; Hebrew: חיים סבן‎; born October 15, 1944) is an Israeli and American media proprietor, investor, philanthropist, musician, record, film & television producer. An accomplished businessman primarily involved with business interests pertaining to financial services, entertainment, and media, and an estimated net worth of $3 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 143rd richest person in America.

  11. Yaël Abecassis

    Yaël Abecassis


    Yael Abecassis (Hebrew: יעל אבקסיס‎; born 19 July 1967) is an Israeli actress and model. She married Israeli actor Lior Miller in 1996 and has one child. They divorced in 2003. Abecassis is the daughter of Raymonde Abecassis, a Moroccan-born Israeli singer and actress.

  12. Sílvio Santos

    Sílvio Santos


    Silvio Santos, real name Senor Abravanel (born December 12, 1930), is a Brazilian TV show host and entrepreneur. He is the owner of Grupo Silvio Santos, whose holdings include SBT, the second largest television network in the country. His net worth is US$1.3 billion.

  13. Linor Abargil

    Linor Abargil


    Linor Abargil (Hebrew: לינור אברג'יל‎, sometimes spelled Linor Aberjil; born February 17, 1980) is an Israeli actress, model and beauty queen who won the Miss World beauty pageant in 1998, shortly after being raped. Since then, she has become a global advocate in the fight against sexual violence. She was crowned by her predecessor Miss World 1997, Diana Hayden.

  14. Yigal Amir

    Yigal Amir


    Yigal Amir (Hebrew: יִגְאָל עָמִיר; born May 23, 1970) is an Israeli assassin and activist who was responsible for the assassination of Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin. The assassination took place on November 4, 1995 at the conclusion of a rally in Tel Aviv. Amir is serving a life sentence for murder plus six years for injuring Rabin's bodyguard, Yoram Rubin, under aggravating circumstances. He was later sentenced to an additional 8 years for conspiracy to murder.

  15. Rita



    Rita Yahan-Farouz Kleinstein (Persian : ریتا جهان‌فروز ) ; (English: Jahanforuz; Hebrew: ריטה יהאן-פרוז‎;, Known simply as Rita, b. March 24, 1962) is an Iranian-born Israeli pop singer and actress, notable for being one of Israel's most famous female singers. After becoming a professional singer and performer in the 1980s, she has appeared in numerous concerts, many being packed with fans, including members of government.

  16. Jacob L. Moreno

    Jacob L. Moreno


    Jacob Levy Moreno (born Iacob Levy, May 18, 1889 – May 14, 1974) was an Austrian-American leading psychiatrist and psychosociologist, thinker and educator, the founder of psychodrama, and the foremost pioneer of group psychotherapy. During his lifetime, he was recognized as one of the leading social scientists.

  17. Suzy J. Kellems

    Suzy J. Kellems


    SuZy (Istanbul, 1961) is a Turkish-Israeli singer in ladino.

  18. Darío Moreno

    Darío Moreno


    Darío Moreno (3 April 1921 – 1 December 1968) was a Turkish polyglot singer, an accomplished composer, lyricist, and guitarist. He attained fame and made a remarkable career centered in France which also included films, during the 1950s and the 1960s. He became famous with his 1961 song Brigitte Bardot.

  19. Jacques Derrida

    Jacques Derrida


    Jacques Derrida (ʒɑːk ˈdɛrɨdə; born Jackie Élie Derrida; July 15, 1930 – October 9, 2004) was a French philosopher, born in Algeria. Derrida is best known for developing a form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction, which he discussed in numerous texts. He is one of the major figures associated with post-structuralism and postmodern philosophy.

  20. Silvan Shalom

    Silvan Shalom


    Silvan Shalom (Hebrew: ציון סילבן משה שלום‎, born 4 August 1958) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Likud and Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee and Minister of Energy and Water. He previously served as the country's Foreign Minister, Finance Minister, Science Minister and Vice Prime Minister.

  21. Moises Safra

    Moises Safra


    Moise Yacoub Safra (April 5, 1934 – June 15, 2014) was a Brazilian businessman and philanthropist. He co-founded Banco Safra with his brothers Edmond Safra and Joseph Safra.

  22. Maya Bouskilla

    Maya Bouskilla


    Maya Bouskilla (also Maya Buskila) (Hebrew: מאיה בוסקילה‎; born November 9, 1977) is an Israeli pop singer.

  23. Lawrence Ferlinghetti

    Lawrence Ferlinghetti


    Lawrence Ferlinghetti (born March 24, 1919) is an American poet, painter, liberal activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Author of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art criticism, and film narration, he is best known for A Coney Island of the Mind (1958), a collection of poems that has been translated into nine languages, with sales of more than one million copies.

  24. Alain de Botton

    Alain de Botton


    Alain de Botton, FRSL (/dəˈbɒtən/; born 20 December 1969) is a Swiss-born, British-based philosopher, writer, and television presenter. His books and television programmes discuss various contemporary subjects and themes, emphasizing philosophy's relevance to everyday life. At 23, he published Essays in Love (1993), which went on to sell two million copies. Other bestsellers include How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997), Status Anxiety (2004) and The Architecture of Happiness (2006).

  25. Richard Zimler

    Richard Zimler


    Richard Zimler (born 1956 in Roslyn Heights, New York) is a best-selling author of fiction. His books, which have earned him a 1994 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and the 1998 Herodotus Award, have been published in many countries and translated into more than 20 languages. He has a bachelor's degree in Comparative Religion from Duke University and a master's degree in Journalism from Stanford University. Zimler lives in Porto, Portugal, and was a Professor of Journalism at the University of Porto and College of Journalism for 16 years. He has been a naturalized Portuguese citizen since 2002.

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