Religious freedoms - very important to the people who arrived in the United States for this very integral part of our Nation. Gene Simmons is an Israeli-born American. His mother, Florence and her brother, Larry Klein, were the only members of the family to survive the Holocaust. He used to invest in Tweed, however on October 1, 2011 Gene Simmons married Shannon proving to America again that all that good parenting - wasn't a show. Gotta love Love. Awww.