Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

         

Upcoming Programs

Date

Location

Speaker/Topic

Sunday
November 17, 2019
1:30 pm

Landmark Centre
25700 Science Park Dr
Suite 100

Note the special date, time, and location for this event and the need for advance reservations.

Kirsten Fermaglich
Author of "A Rosenberg by Any Other Name"
&
Associate Professor of History, Michigan State University.

Two sessions co-sponsored by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland (JGSC),The Laura & Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program of Case Western Reserve University, and the JCC Jewish Book Festival.

Free for Members of Lifelong Learning, the Mandel JCC, and JGSC, $5 per session for nonmembers. Reservations will be required. For more information and to register, contact the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at lifelonglearning@case.edu or 216-368-2091 or click here to register for session 1 and/or click here to register for session 2.

Session 1: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
TOO LONG, TOO FOREIGN....TOO JEWISH?: RISE OF JEWISH NAME CHANGING IN NEW YORK CITY BETWEEN THE WARS

We tend to think of name changing as something that only immigrants do—or perhaps movie stars—hoping to escape their families and find their way in a glamorous, rich New World. But beginning in World War I and intensifying during World War II, thousands of native-born American Jews in New York City changed their names together as family units. Why would these ordinary Jewish Americans seeking jobs not as actors or singers, but as businessmen, lawyers, and secretaries change their names? We'll discuss their motivations, their experiences, and their struggles.

Refreshments 2:30-3:00 p.m. (Dietary laws observed)

Session 2: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
I CHANGED MY NAME: CULTURAL DEBATES OVER NAME CHANGING AFTER WORLD WAR II

How did leaders in the Jewish community respond to name changing? How did Jewish comedians, writers, and directors respond? How did name changers' neighbors and co-workers respond? We will talk about negative responses from Jewish leaders after World War II, who tended to assume that name changers were trying to escape the Jewish community. Quietly challenging these negative images, however, were the voices of Jewish name changers who continued to describe themselves as Jews, explaining they changed their names so that their Jewish identities would not impede their ability to get through daily life.

Sunday
December 8, 2019
1:30 pm

Park Synagogue East
Men's Club Board Room

Annual Meeting
and
Election of Officers and Trustees

Sunday
January 12, 2020
1:30 pm

Park Synagogue East
Men's Club Board Room

To be Announced

Sunday
February 9, 2020
1:30 pm

Park Synagogue East
Men's Club Board Room

To be Announced
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