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


December 10th, 2019.


7:00 PM to 8:30 PM




Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108


Nicole Longhi nlonghi@springfieldjcc.org



Our thinking about Jewish name-changing tends to focus on cliches: movie stars who adopted glamorous new names or insensitive Ellis Island officials who changed immigrants' names for them. But the real story is much more profound. Mining court documents, oral histories, archival records, and contemporary literature, we find that this history of name-changing offers a previously unexplored window into American Jewish life throughout the 20th century. Historian Kirsten Fermaglich will discuss her award-winning new book as part of the JCC series " Literatour: A Celebration of Jewish Books and Authors."

Co-sponsors of this program are the Yiddish Book Center and the Western Massachusetts Jewish Genealogical Society. Admission is $7, free for JCC, YBC, and WMJGS members. To reserve a seat: arts@springfieldjcc.org or 413-739-4715. 

download: Kirsten-Fermaglich_Event--Poster.pdf