Re: Jews with Christian names #names

Gail H. Marcus

I had a similar experience.  We were traveling and were invited to the home of someone in Australia who we didn't know as part of a program for visitors to the country to get to know some locals.  Our hostess threw open the door to greet us and immediately asked, "What is your Christian name?"  I had never heard the expression before, but I guess it was obvious, because I furrowed my brow and said, "Do you mean my given name?  It's Gail."  The moment passed without further discussion.

Gail Marcus
Bethesda, MD

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