Jewish Community Center of the North Shore:

ONLINEJBM Speaker Series: Kirsten Fermaglich

Top Pick November 29, 2020 $6.00 - $9.00
Kirsten Fermaglich (Courtesy photo)
Kirsten Fermaglich (Courtesy photo)

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. As Kirsten Fermaglich reveals in “A Rosenberg by Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America,” the story is often much more profound.

This first history of name-changing in the United States demonstrates how historical debates about immigration, antisemitism, race, class, mobility, gender, family, the boundaries of the Jewish community and the power of government are reshaped when name-changing becomes part of the conversation. Mining court documents, oral histories, archival records and contemporary literature, Fermaglich argues that name-changing had a lasting impact on American Jewish culture. 

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Sunday, November 29, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$6.00 JCCNS members
$9.00 Community members

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