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Jewish Language Project: American Jewish Names
From Rachel and David to Maya and Ezra: Trends in American Jewish Personal Names

This panel explores the results of a new study of American Jewish Personal Names, based on a survey with over 11,000 responses. Which names do Jews and non-Jews associate most with Jews? How do Jews of different ages, ancestries, and religious orientations vary in the names they select for their children and their pets? How have American Jews’ names changed over time? Who names their children after living relatives, and who has a “Starbucks name”? At this event, the researchers present their findings, followed by commentary from experts on names and American Jewish culture.

Presenters:
Sarah Bunin Benor and Alicia Chandler, authors of “American Jewish Personal Names: Results from A National Survey”

Respondents:
- Aaron Demsky, Professor Emeritus of Biblical History, Bar Ilan University, author of These Are the Names - Studies in Jewish Onomastics
- Rachel B. Gross, Assistant Professor of American Jewish Studies, San Francisco State University, author of Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice
- Laura Wattenberg, Name Expert and Entrepreneur, author of The Baby Name Wizard

Event Co-sponsors: HUC-JIR Jewish Language Project, Judaism Unbound, Kveller, and Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ)

Sep 11, 2022 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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