The Unbearable Heaviness of Jewish Self-Hatred
Publication Date: July 2009
Author(s): Walter Ruby
Series: CLAL on Culture Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Jewish Identification; Media; Identity Formation
Coverage: United States
After finding out that Joey Ramone's real name was Joey Hyman, who was indeed a Jew who grew up in Forest Hills, New York, the author analyzes why the punk rocker, along with a myriad of other Jewish celebrities, changed his last name for something a little less Jewish. The author discusses that it may be a result of Jewish self-hatred, and analyzes why this self-hatred exists, and how to remedy it.