JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Mindl: Hebrew or Yiddish #general

Theo Travis / Madelyn Cohen <travis@...>

Being given Yiddish rather than Hebrew names doesn't just hold true for
Yiddish-speaking communities in Eastern Europe. My Yiddish name is Mindel -
named after my great-uncle Mendel - and I was never given a Hebrew name,
despite being born in the United States in the 1960s. I was given the name
Mindel Yinta in a naming ceremony at an Orthodox synagogue and married with
the same name in a Conservative one. At no time along the way did anyone
suggest I could take a Hebrew name of my choosing - although I wish they

Madelyn Travis

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