“A Rosen­berg by Any Oth­er Name: A His­to­ry of Jew­ish Name Changing in America”

Top Pick February 27, 2020 Boston $15.00
Kirsten Fermaglich (Courtesy photo)
Kirsten Fermaglich (Courtesy photo)

A Rosen­berg by Any Oth­er Name: A His­to­ry of Jew­ish Name Changing in America” by Kirsten Fermaglich is a groundbreaking history of the practice of Jewish name changing in the 20th century, showcasing just how much is in a name. The book is the winner of the 2019 Saul Viener Book Prize, given by the American Jewish Historical Society.

This first history of name changing in the United States offers a previously unexplored window into American Jewish life throughout the 20th century. Our thinking about Jewish name changing tends to focus on clichés: ambitious movie stars who adopted glamorous new names or insensitive Ellis Island officials who changed immigrants’ names for them.

Join author Kirsten Fermaglich as she elegantly reveals the profound stories behind the name changes. Kirsten demonstrates how historical debates about immigration, antisemitism, race, class mobility, gender and family, the boundaries of the Jewish community and the power of government are reshaped when name changing becomes part of the conversation.

Harvard Book Store will be selling “A Rosen­berg by Any Oth­er Name: A His­to­ry of Jew­ish Name Chang­ing in America,” and Kirsten will be signing books after the discussion.

Join us before at 6:15 p.m. for a guided tour of the Vilna! Learn about the history of the Jews of Boston and the unique architectural features of this particular building.

In partnership with the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS and Jewish Book Council.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture
18 Phillips St
Boston, MA 02114
$15.00 Per person

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