JGSLI Program February 15, 2023 7:00 PM A Rosenberg by Any Other Name sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island Posted Barry Goldberg of JGSLI #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Barry Goldberg

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island invites you to our upcoming meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

7:00 PM

 Location: Zoom– see registration info below


A Rosenberg by Any Other Name

Speaker: Kirsten Fermaglich

Our images of name changing are frequently clichés: movie stars who adopted new names or Ellis Island officials who changed immigrants’ names. Kirsten Fermaglich upends these cliches by examining previously unexplored name change petitions. In twentieth-century New York City, thousands of ordinary Jews legally changed their names to respond to institutionalized antisemitism. While name changing allowed Jewish families to achieve middle-class status, the practice also became a source of family pain and community stigma.

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Kirsten Fermaglich is Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Michigan State University. Her most recent book, A Rosenberg By Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America (NYU, 2018) was awarded the Saul Viener Book Prize by the American Jewish Historical Society in June 2019. Fermaglich is also the author of American Dreams and Nazi Nightmares: Early Holocaust Consciousness and Liberal America, 1957-1965 (Brandeis University Press, 2006) and the co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (2013), with Lisa Fine. From 2016 through 2021, she was co-editor of the journal, American Jewish History, along with Daniel Soyer and Adam Mendelsohn. She is currently pursuing two research projects: one looks at antisemitism in the federal government, and the other focuses on the migration of Jewish academics to college towns throughout the South and Midwest in the years after World War II..



We look forward to seeing you all!


Please note: Most JGSLI meetings are open to all, but meeting recordings are available only to members, in the Members Only area of our website.  Occasionally, some speakers do not allow recordings of their lectures. For information on membership, see https://jgsli.org/membership-options/.

Please note: Most JGSLI meetings are open to all, but meeting recordings are available only to members, in the Members Only area of our website.  For information on membership, see https://jgsli.org/membership-options/ .


Posted Barry Goldberg, board member JGSLI