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Adena Cohen-Bearak

Adena Cohen-Bearak is based out of Boston, MA and writes a blog called Mother Thoughts.

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What's In a Name: the Dreaded Hyphen

This piece was originally published on November 5, 2013 on Mother Thoughts as a response to the JWA Last Name blog series.

To be perfectly honest, I can't stand when someone asks for my full name on the telephone. Not only do I have an unusual first name (with an atypical spelling), I also have an unusual and hyphenated last name, and I end up saying something like this: "Okay, my first name is Adena, A-D-E-N-A, and my last name is Cohen-Bearak, C-O-H-E-N, hyphen, then B as in boy, E-A-R-A-K. Got it?"

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Jewish Women's Archive. " Adena Cohen-Bearak ." (Viewed on October 7, 2015) <>.


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