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Ashkenazic Family Names: What Our Names Mean About Our Families, with Binyumen Schaechter
What does your family name say about your family’s history?
In this presentation, we’ll find out about our ancestors from 200 years ago, when they took a family name: what kind of work they did, what their first names were, what they looked like or behaved like, what their socio-economic status was, and where they came from. Even those who are confident about the etymology of their own family names will be interested to learn about the names of their friends and favorite celebrities. It will include a brief history of Ashkenazic family names and an analysis of Ashkenazic patronymics, matronymics, occupational names, geographical names, nicknames, acronyms and abbreviations, and more.
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Binyumen Schaechter is best known as a musical theater composer (five off-Broadway shows as “Ben Schaechter”), Yiddish choral conductor and arranger (for the New York City-based Yiddish Philharmonic Chorus), Musical Director and accompanist (of Di Shekhter-tekhter, and others), translator of lyrics into Yiddish (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Over the Rainbow,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “O, Mio Babbino Caro”, and many others), and leader of Yiddish sing-alongs (especially his recurring Yiddish Song Workshop & Sing-along). But additionally, he is frequently invited to conferences and festivals, JCCs, museums, synagogues, and universities, to give lectures and workshops relating to Yiddish music and the Yiddish language. Among his most frequently requested topics are “How to Sing in Yiddish So That It Sounds Like Yiddish,” “Ashkenazic Family Names: What Our Names Mean About Our Families”, and, from an autobiographical perspective, “How It Came to Be, in 21st Century America, That Our Entire Extended Family Speaks Yiddish.” He is forever grateful to his parents, Dr. Mordkhe and Charne Schaechter, z”l.
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