Genesis University (formerly Association for Hebraic Studies Institute) | Evaluated Learning Experience
Jewish Names (LNG 570 / JST 570)
Classroom-based or distance learning course administered through Genesis University.
January 2022 – Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: read and write names using Hebrew and Yiddish spelling systems (for birth and bar/bat mitzvah documents, ketubot, gravestones, etc.); recognize the similarities and differences in names and naming practices in various Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Mizrachi communities; discuss the meanings and origins of common Ashkenazi family names and have the tools to look up less common names; discuss the history of Jewish names, including evolving trends in popularity and American Jews’ name changing; advise people on Jewish naming practices, including various traditions of naming in honor of deceased or living relatives; discuss various ways of calling Jews in ritual contexts, including aliyot and names for converts.
Topics include names in Jewish Law and thought, significance of a name, and issues in choosing a name.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Language, or Sociology (11/22).