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Author Talk: Kirsten Fermaglich, "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





Join Literatour: A Celebration of Jewish Books and Authors as we present author Kirsten Fermaglich. She'll be discussing her latest book, "A Rosenberg by Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America."

Our thinking about Jewish name changing tends to focus on cliches: ambitious 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, this history of name changing in the U.S. offers a previously unexplored window into American Jewish life throughout the 20th century.

Free for members of the Springfield JCC, the Yiddish Book Center, and the Western Massachusetts Jewish Genealogical Society; $7 general public

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register, call 413-739-4715 or email arts@springfieldjcc.org.

Co-sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center and the Western Masachusetts Jewish Genealogical Society