JGS of Santa Cruz invites you- Researching Eastern European Jewish Surnames with Alexander Beider, PhD. Sunday, July 17, 1pm Pacific Time- #announcements #events #education
Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society invites you to
Speaker: Dr. Alexander Beider, PhD
Researching Eastern European Jewish Surnames
Sunday July 17, 1pm Pacific Time/ 4pm Eastern
Free to Members, $5.00 to Guests
Description: A large majority of Jews of the Russian Empire received their family names only about 200 years ago. In contrast with many other Ashkenazim, the whole surnaming process was managed internally within Jewish communities, with marginal participation by Christian clerks. The names adopted in the Russian Empire reflect a panorama of Jewish life at the beginning of the 19th century including: languages used and their peculiarities, occupations, given names, and places of settlement.
Some surnames provide information about ancestors who lived well before the 19th century. This is the case of surnames revealing Jewish “castes” (Cohanim, Levites), those belonging to rabbinical dynasties, and those of other migrants from Central Europe, as well as a small group of names of Sephardic origin. Because of the Ashkenazic tradition of naming children after deceased close relatives , certain surnames based on given names (patronymics or matronymics) can provide information linking us to those who lived in the Middle Ages.
Bio: Alexander Beider holds one doctoral degree in applied mathematics (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) and another in Jewish Studies (Sorbonne, Paris). He uses onomastics and linguistics as tools to unravel the history of the Jewish people. He has written a series of reference books dealing with the etymology of Ashkenazic and Sephardic surnames and Ashkenazic given names, all published by Avotaynu Inc. (1993-2019). His book “Origins of Yiddish Dialects,” published by Oxford University Press (2015), sheds light on the early stages of the development of Yiddish. Beider was born in Moscow and currently lives in Paris.
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