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Neil Leslie Diamond is born in Brooklyn, New York, to Rose and Akeeba (Kieve) Diamond, children of Jewish immigrants.
Neil’s maternal grandparents were Abraham and Molly Rapaport, who emigrated from Russia. His paternal grandparents were Abram and Sadie Diamond, who emigrated from Poland. Kieve was a shopkeeper who operated several businesses in various Brooklyn locations.
contributed by IAIS member “S”