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Seinfeld was born in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. His father, Kalmen Seinfeld (1918–1985), was of Austrian Jewish background. His mother, Betty (1915- ), is of Syrian Jewish descent.
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- "Jerry Seinfeld". Nndb.com. http://www.nndb.com/people/696/000022630/. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
- "The Paper Trail of Jerry Seinfeld Leads Back to Ellis Island and Beyond". The New York Times. April 24, 2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/24/nyregion/24records.html.Her family identified their nationality as Turkish when they emigrated to the United States in 1917.