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From Aaron to Zoe: What’s in a Jewish Name?

April 27 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

At this “lunch & learn,” we will explore Jewish naming customs and superstitions and the origin and meaning of popular names, going back to the Bible, continuing into rabbinic literature and the Middle Ages and including modern Israeli names. We will also discuss Yiddish names popular among Ashkenazic Jews. Names are divided into several categories, such as theophoric names (containing one of the names of God), names based on flora and fauna and names based on emotions or particular situations, like the names of Jacob’s sons.

About the presenter
Rabbi Robert Layman served as executive director of the Delaware Valley and Eastern Pennsylvania Regions of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. He was appointed to that position in 1987 after having served for 13 years as the rabbi of Beth Tikvah-B’nai Jeshurun, a congregation in suburban Philadelphia. Previously he held posts as rabbi or educational director of congregations in New Jersey, Rhode Island and eastern Pennsylvania. Rabbi Layman is a former chairman of the board of the Gratz College Jewish Community High School (JCHS) and has served as president of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia. This presentation is an outgrowth of the column “Speaking of Names,” which Rabbi Layman wrote for the Jewish Exponent under the pseudonym Haim Reuveni.

Registration Fee
$15 by April 19
$18 after April 19

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Details

Date:
April 27
Time:
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
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Website:
http://www.gratz.edu/news/entry/whats-in-a-jewish-name

Organizer

Gratz College
Phone:
(215) 635-7300
Website:
http://www.gratz.edu/

Venue

Gratz College
7605 Old York Road
Melrose Park, PA 19027 United States
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Phone:
215-635-7300