The HUC-JIR Jewish Language Project presents: Jewish Surnames and Name Changing Around the World: Diversity and Unity - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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The HUC-JIR Jewish Language Project presents: Jewish Surnames and Name Changing Around the World: Diversity and Unity

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

What makes a family name Jewish? Did immigrants change their names at Ellis Island? This session answers these and many more questions about Jewish family names. Participants will learn the origins and meanings of patronymic (father-based) surnames like Abramovitch, Isaacs, and Yaghobian; geographic names like Ashkenazi, Dardashti, and Shapiro; and profession names like Hakim, Melamed, and Fingerhut. They will learn about Jews changing their family names in the 20th century, especially in the United States. They will come away with an understanding of the cultural diversity and unity of the Jewish Diaspora.

How to join: https://www.jewishlanguages.org/events.