There I am, surfing the web, early in the morning with my youngest, when I stumble upon a posting on RJ.org by Or Ami’s Donnie Cohen-Cutler (and his intended Abby), chatting about how to choose a new family last name when one of the parties is hyphenated already. Donnie, as many know, is an Or Ami graduate, who went onto greatness as a macher in the Union for Reform Judaism, before getting hired out by some important company. (That’s Donnie on the right, circa 2000, still youthified.) This is a great post, reflective of a challenge for children of hyphenation. It also serves as a tribute to, among other things, his tradition busting parents who, ahead of their time, hyphenated.
by dcc (and az)
First some background: Once upon a time, in a magical land known as Newton, Massachusetts a boy named Andy Cutler fell in love with a “feminist in law school” named Olivia Cohen. After years of courtship and these two high school sweethearts tied the knot at Temple Ohabei Shalom in June of 1977. Like in all fairy tales, the two lived happily ever after in a wonder-world of pluralism and progress as Andy and Olivia Cohen-Cutler. These two tradition
bashingcreating newlyweds went on to bring Donnie and his very smart and funny sister Sally into the world with this new family title. Thus the Cohen-Cutler family was created. Jump to present day. Read on.