We invite you to attend another free presentation in our series of JewishGen Talks webinars, with our speaker, Dr. Alexander Beider
About the Talk
The Jews who inhabited the territory of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th-20th centuries played a major role in Jewish history and culture. Usually they are considered Sephardi. This consideration is supported by the Sephardi rite practiced by the vast majority of Ottoman Jews and by their daily use of the Judeo-Spanish language. Further analysis — based in part on the names used — reveals a very heterogeneous composition of local communities. Alongside the real Sephardim (exiles from Castile, Aragon and Portugal, as well as the “ex-Crypto-Jews” who arrived later), we find families for which one part of their ancestors have never lived on the Iberian Peninsula: descendants of Jews from different regions of Italy, "Romaniotes" who in ancient times populated this territory, Jews from French Provence, migrants from North Africa, Ashkenazim and, in the south-east of the empire, Mizrahim.About the Speaker
Alexander Beider was born in Moscow in 1963. He studied mathematics and theoretical physics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, from which he received a PhD in applied mathematics (1989). Since 1990, he has lived with his family in Paris, France. In 2000, he received his second PhD, this time in the domain of Jewish Studies, from Sorbonne.
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Dr. Beider 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 Jewish surnames, all published by Avotaynu Inc. They include: A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire (1993, 2nd revised edition in 2008), Jewish Surnames in Prague (15th-18th centuries) (1994), A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland (1996), A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia (2004), A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Maghreb, Gibraltar, and Malta (2017), and A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Italy, France and “Portuguese” Communities (2019). His Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names (2001) is the reference study in the domain of traditional Yiddish first names. Origins of Yiddish Dialects (Oxford University Press, 2015) synthesizes scholarship on the subject for the half century since the publication of Max Weinreich's “History of the Yiddish Language” (1973) and, according to certain critics, represents a comprehensive and convincing revision of its esteemed predecessor, no less than a new standard work in the domain. Dr. Beider is also the designer of the linguistic part of the Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching method of computer-based searches for equivalent surnames.
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