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Immigrant Names and Issues of Assimilation

OBSERVATIONS ON CONTEMPORARY NAMING PRACTICES by Joel Shatzky As an adjunct professor at Kingsborough Community College/CUNY for the last decade (after a thirty-seven year career at SUNY, Cortland), I have noticed trends in students’ names that seem to reveal their parents’ desire to establish a sense of identity distinctly of their own choice. This is in some […]

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Naming and Renaming

By Ann Cheng WHEN MY mother’s mother fled Eastern Europe for the U.S., she was on her fourth last name — the Jewish one she was born with, the non-Jewish one her family chose in the late 1930s, the French one from a fake marriage staged to escape Communist Hungary, and finally the recently chosen, […]

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March 9: Splash

Three Jewish writers — Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, and Bruce Jay Friedman — wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Splash, a romantic comedy film that was released on this date in 1984 and introduced Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah (neither of them Jewish) to stardom. The movie, about a powerful romantic bond between a mermaid and […]

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NAMEN: Where Do Jews Get All These Names?

A Song about Jewish Names by Corey Weinstein MP3 File of Core Weinstein’s “Namen” (Names) Namen, Namen, oy vey Namen, where do Jews get all these names? Epstein, Einstein, Bernstein, Weinstein, why are they so much the same? In the Pale we Jews had our names given on from one to next. Names that spoke […]

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