Dr. Gerald L. Esterson z"l, an accomplished genealogist and researcher, was a longtime member of JFRA Israel's Ra'anana branch.
Among his achievements was the creation of JewishGen's Given Names Database, drawn from many sources and demonstrating the evolution of name variants. Jerry was always ready and willing to help anyone with 'brick wall' problems regarding mysteries of given names and nicknames; he always loved a good challenge.
On Wednesday, May 12, IGS/JFRA will remember Jerry with a memorial lecture on the first anniverary of his death.
He made aliyah to Israel in 1965 and holds a PhD (Jewish History) from Hebrew University.
Demsky's new book, is an anthology of papers on the subject of Jewish names by internationally-known scholars, researching Jewish names in various communities from biblical to modern times and presenting various viewpoints.
- THE SEPHARDIM AN HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL OVERVIEW FROM 1492 TO THE PRESENT - Moisés Orfali
- THE ETYMOLOGY OF SEPHARDI SURNAMES: ACHIEVEMENTS AND PERSPECTIVES - Alexander Beider
- THE JEWS OF BULGARIA: THEIR SURNAMES AS A MIRROR OF THEIR HISTORY - Mathilde A. Tagger
- THE NAMES OF THE JEWS OF MONASTIR (BITOLA), MACEDONIA - Shlomo Alboher
- JEWISH NAMES, SURNAMES, AND NICKNAMES OF NABEUL, TUNISIA - Victor Hayoun
- FIRST NAMES IN SEPHARDI COMMUNITIES - Ora (Rodrigue) Schwarzwald
- BIENVENIDA“BLESSED BE HER WHO COMES” AND AZEBUENA “DOES GOOD DEEDS” NAME-GIVING PATTERNS FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN IN THE JUDEO-SPANISH DIASPORA(SALONIKA 1492–1943) - Gila Hadar
- PERSONAL NAMES OF IZMIR JEWS IN MODERN TIMES - Leah Bornstein-Makovetsky
- PERSONAL NAMES IN JUDEO-SPANISH PROVERBS FROM NORTHERN MOROCCO (HAKITIA) - Yaakov Bentolila and Tamar Alexander
- VISITATIONAL DREAMS AND NAMING PRACTICES AMONG MOROCCAN JEWS IN ISRAEL- Henry Abramovitch and Yoram Bilu
- INDEX OF NAMES
The 338-page volume is $35 and available from University Press of Maryland, PO Box 34454, Bethesda, MD 20827; fax: 253-484-5542, or email.