Jtube: All in the Family: Archie’s Jewish Friend

How important is it to keep your Jewish name?

How important is it to keep your Jewish name?

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Comments (212)

(181) Jerusalem Chiropractor, June 15, 2014 7:23 AM

I go by Yitzchack, even though the non-Jews call me ItzKack.

(180) Dena - Jerusalem, December 29, 2013 3:33 PM

Jewish names

Of course you keep your Jewish name. My last name was not really Jewish sounding so I always wore a necklace with a magen Dovid (Jewish star) on it.

(179) todd, September 25, 2013 3:30 AM

when i was kid, I wanted Archie to be president of the United States and Stretch for vice president

(178) Barry, June 12, 2013 10:03 AM


Archie knew what to say

(177) abba niv, April 29, 2013 8:29 AM

my Family name was Knox as the immigrant official in Galveston couldn't find another name beginning with Kn. I changed it to a Hebrew name in Israel. I was in California on a drainage/irrigation study in 1960 and spoke quite often to local farmers about my experiences in the Jordan Valley. Many of the people who asked questions didn't know I grew up in St. Paul and said, "You Israelis are not like our Jews here." My standard answer was, "I don't feel any difference."

(176) Irv Dain, February 16, 2013 2:42 AM

Being proud

Be proud of your Jewish identity and Jewish name

(175) Phillip Barton (Segall), January 28, 2013 9:21 AM

Why I use(d) my middle name as my last name.

When I began my career in radio 65 years ago in the Sourthern "Bible Belt," I'd have never made it with my Jewish name. Even so, some anti-Semites guessed I was a Jew -- though I didn't "look" it -- and didn't want me in their house. By the time I got to the West Coast where Jews were "accepted," my middle name was hung on me, including in both my military and police employments. Now, because of Medicare, my wife and children use the family name even as I still use my middle name; it would simply be an explanatory mishmash should I change at this late date!

(174) Anonymous, January 28, 2013 4:08 AM

redemption from Egypt

It is said that one of the reasons that the Israelites merited redemption from the slavery in Egypt was that they retained their Jewish names while in slavery.

(173) Jerry strug, January 12, 2013 2:48 AM

I was an engineer with a non Jewish sounding name. I always let it be know I was Jewish. the inevitable reaponse was " You are different" from the Other Jews. I was nmot different.

(172) sam enderby, January 11, 2013 3:43 PM


When did Stretch Cunningham die?

(171) Mort aurence, January 11, 2013 4:58 AM

Perfect combination: humor and pathos

Loved this one. Love for a friend surmounts all barriers. This should be repeated at leSt once a year.

(170) dave bier, January 7, 2013 2:29 PM

Jewish names

"A Jewish name ain't got no 'ham' in it." That's so funny I nearly wet myself laughing. Great writing, wonderful delivery.

(169) Morris Kaplan, January 7, 2013 5:35 AM

A good line was taken out of this clip

I saw this when it originally aired, and one line in Archie's eulogy, not included in this clip, went something like this, "I couldn't tell he was Jewish by looking at his face, and I didn't see anything else." Then there's a closeup of Edith, and after a few seconds a look on her face as though realizing what he accidentally implied.

(168) stew feigel, January 5, 2013 12:37 AM

we should be able to joke with our friends, and not be so sensitive as to not be able to enjoy them.

(167) Dr. Ronald Shultz, January 4, 2013 12:04 AM

Never Hide or Surrender!

Always be proud of your heritage! Never hide who you are or you surrender your soul to tyrants and fools!

(166) Tammy, January 1, 2013 4:11 PM

Funny show, Sad reality.

(165) Jane jacobson, January 1, 2013 5:11 AM

Great remarks

Jewish folks are the smartest, best business people on the planet . Tough to beatn

(164) cathy, December 31, 2012 5:04 PM

thinking from the past

With the internet and instant coverage in what's happening in the world, we are becoming more concerned with human rights. We will never go back to the Archie Bunker thinking.

Anonymous, January 2, 2013 4:30 PM


(163) Lonna Kahn, December 29, 2012 5:33 PM

It's important to keep your Jewish name.

It is your connection to your ancestors and your heritage. Never be ashamed to own your heritage; it is one way to fight prejudice.

(162) sultana, December 28, 2012 10:20 AM

proud to be jewish. We havv paid enough to be able to say this!

I don't think any other religion has had so much suffering.When i left Egypt after the Canal War and went to Italy, one of the first things I was told, "you deserve everything you got You LKILLED CHRIST!

(161) Israel Dorinbaum, December 27, 2012 5:03 PM

I am proud to be Jewish we Give more to humanity than any other people in the world

(160) greene, December 27, 2012 3:20 PM

many years ago, my father changed our name from Greenblatt to Greene because he felt that Greenblatt was too jewish for business purposes. I was never satisfied with his reasoning- but he grew up in another era.

(159) Anonymous, December 27, 2012 5:32 AM

Yes, it is my ongoingconnectionwith my ancestors. When I adopted my grandson, it was also the first thing he requested, that his last name be changed to mine.

(158) Don Rubin, December 26, 2012 10:48 PM


We need more and more of these scenarios to have a look at how others may feel. It's OK to be Jewish, Catholic, Presbyterian or ???? and it's Ok to laugh at ourselves as well.

(157) Thelma, December 26, 2012 7:43 PM

This showed an understand of all people. You laugh and cry with the actors, and you love them for teaching a lesson.

(156) Pasadena Bob, December 26, 2012 5:32 PM

Only a consummate actor could

Only a consummate actor who knew of the time could portray this skit in the program as Carrol O'Conner did in portraying the brotherhood of mankind didn't pre-select one group as good or another as bad to convey the evils of bigotry.

(155) Marjorie Rosenthal, December 26, 2012 5:06 PM

A name is only a name. It's what's in your heart that counts.

I never liked my last name and neither did my husband. There was no religious reason as we were both raised in a Jewish home and being Jewish was just a fact of life. However, being called Mrs. Rosenberg all the time was getting on my nerves. My husband always wanted to change our last name, but for one reason or the other, we never got around to it . At my age now, I couldn't care less. As a matter of fact, my grandson is to become a father in April and the doctor told the happy couple that it was a boy. I asked Matthew if he wanted to change his last name and he asked me why he would do that. He is a Rosenthal and his son will be a Rosenthal. So the name will live on. Sometimes. the older generation can learn a lot from their children and grandchildren.

(154) Marvin Meisler, December 26, 2012 10:02 AM


This piece was so sensitive and very moving. Well done, well intentioned! Acting is superb! Bravo

(153) Judith, December 26, 2012 7:22 AM



(152) Anonymous, December 26, 2012 2:58 AM


(151) esther gkass, December 25, 2012 7:46 PM

touching and unexpected.

(150) Yochannah, December 24, 2012 8:36 PM

The Twists and Turns of Life

This was and still is a classic.

(149) Abbey, December 24, 2012 7:58 PM


I watched this program all the time, but don't remember this episode. Made me cry. Loved "All in The Family". What a fantastic show.

(148) Bill Kay, December 24, 2012 3:59 AM

One of funniest TV series ever , it was all just a joke on Bigoritry to show how redicules Bigority really is.

(147) Michael P, December 22, 2012 11:20 PM

Happy that Archie said, "Shalom". A friend will always be a friend.

Archie Bunker belongs to the "Ages". He was the epitome of bigotry but the writers never made you hate him. An episode like this one made me happy and sad at the same time. He wasn't a total bigot. Just an uneducated man who worked hard at keeping his family together and appreciated for being "Archie". He was the antithesis of the character portrayed by Robert Young in Father Knows Best. Glad he found out that "Stretch" was Jewish and that he ended the show by saying Shalom.. Goodbye Jerome..

(146) Joe Nodvin, December 22, 2012 8:03 PM

So poignant and so true.

So poignant and so true.

(145) harry shapiro, December 22, 2012 12:53 AM


Very moving

(144) Anonymous, December 21, 2012 5:51 PM

Every Saturday night back then our family watched 'All in the Family' knowing that just about anything would be on with laughter and messages. You just couldn't help loving him despite his bigotry. And live for the first few years! riva.pearl@rogers.com

(143) Paul Mathless, December 21, 2012 5:27 PM

Archie and the JDL

This fine clip reminds me of an episode in which Archie somehow gets caught up in the goings-on of the Jewish Defense League. At the end, he finds a swastika painted on his front door, which he covers up with a cloth. Pondering over the incident, Edith says, "I wonder why they call it a swastika?" Arche opens the front door, lifts up the cloth, and says, with perfect Archie logic, "Look at it. What else would you call it?"

(142) Jai, December 21, 2012 1:29 PM

Archie Bunker was a spokesman for the conscience of America at a time when bigotry was still a part of that nation's "acceptable" culture. Language and identity through names are an important part of keeping culture alive ... and Archie makes the point in no uncertain way that it would have made no difference if he had known stretch was Jewish.

(141) Laura Berkowitz, December 19, 2012 3:08 PM

Excellent video. Always watched Archie Bunker

Very important to to know and have Jewish name.

(140) Barney freedman, December 18, 2012 8:03 PM

A mensch indeed.

Archie, in his way , ridiculed bigotry, and exposed it effectively.

(139) Seymour Levy, December 18, 2012 5:00 PM

An honest "slice of life"

A wonderful summary of todays social condition. Well expressed. I just wished that there was no laugh track attached to the audio. It seemed out of place when considering the content of the message.

(138) Anonymous, December 18, 2012 7:52 AM

a great clip! isn't it amazing how Archie Bunker's dead-pan face still enthralls us after all these years? This Stretch Jerome Cunningham clip together with his segment with guest star Sammy Davis-Junior must surely two of the best Jewish-content segments from his amazing shows.

(137) Rcoops, December 18, 2012 6:20 AM

Funny with serious overtone

That was Archie Bunker at his best.

(136) Frank, December 17, 2012 4:22 PM

keeping your identity

Growing up in No Miami Beach, my father had a jewelry store in a retired Jewish and Italian neighborhood. While we were Cubans, we always passed as "Jew-bans" because we had a special connection with this nation. My father celebrated the Jewish Holidays and we always paid our respects at Jewish funerals. One of my most prized books was "Josephus, the Jewish Wars" given to me by Adam Chait. In short, my respect for the Jewish nation runs deep, as they have held onto their identity, through countless years of persecution and isolation. I can only help my nation, Cubans forced to leave the communist island, can maintain that same sense of identity and that they can one day, return to their homeland. May the good Lord continue to guide the Jewish nation!

Matt Greenberg, December 18, 2012 6:05 PM

Reply to Frank

Thanks Frank for those beautifully expressed thoughts. I with the same to the Cuban community, both the diaspora and on the Island. G-d willing, Castro will be gone soon and the people can live life freely.

Anonymous, December 23, 2012 9:58 PM

Well said.

Anonymous, December 26, 2012 3:01 AM

Thank you Frank

What a very beautiful response to this video clip of Archie Bunker. You are a very good person. I too hope that one day soon the people of Cuba can live life freely. Before Castro, Jewish and many American's in general, loved going to Cuba for vacation. They loved the weather, the food, and the people. One day soon I hope it will be like that again. I would love to see Cuba.

bill, September 25, 2013 2:36 AM


thanks frank , well said

(135) Anonymous, December 17, 2012 2:18 PM

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(134) Anonymous, December 17, 2012 9:44 AM

Archie Bunker was a great comedian

I;m Jewish and this episode was meant to be funny. Anyone who get's offended, as some of these posted comments, state that I just read,all I have to say is where's your sense of humor. When this show began in the early 70s,they never showed this kind of stuff on TV. After 40 plus years, come on -- give me a break.

(133) GillesBbrissette, December 17, 2012 9:21 AM

Archie Binker had a great heart but did not want people to know

(132) judy eichner, December 17, 2012 5:34 AM

Heart rending and excellent

All in the Family is still one of our favorite shows. Through Archie's 'ignorance' we all learned how to be better and more understanding people. Whenever I see it is on TV, I watch it and it never fails to make me laugh.

(131) GERI STERN, December 16, 2012 7:05 PM



(130) Ellen, December 16, 2012 6:37 PM

Proud of my Jewish name

My maiden name is very Jewish. I grew up in the 50's in a very small Midwestern town where we were one of only two Jewish families. I would never consider giving up my name to hide my heritage. It's who I am.

(129) Metropolitan Ephraem, December 16, 2012 6:09 PM

Abi gezunt

I thank G-d for all my Jewish Friends,Draken Got.

(128) Mike, December 15, 2012 6:46 PM

Great Show

The show made us laugh at the wide spread mis-conceptions we have about each other and showed us how stupid racist stero types are, but we all knew Archies growing up in the 50's.

(127) jerry cooperman, December 15, 2012 1:04 PM

wonderful funny and touching all in the jewish family

really we need more shows like this,its so nice to laugh, as there areso many bad things happening every day to keep us from laughing..

(126) Kay, December 15, 2012 7:55 AM

What's the answer?

The question posed was: How important is it to keep your Jewish name? But the responses focused safely on a critique of All in the Family. The message from Archie was clearly that keeping the heritage of a name is important, no mather the ethnicity. If names have been modified by predecessors, what about changing it back to recapture the history and heritage. Above all, let friends know you are Jewish and share your values and rich history with them.

(125) Morris Mark, December 15, 2012 4:04 AM

Judaism is belief in god with recognition of the history of all those who share that common belief and heritage.

It is not, and should not be, defined by a person's name. It is, and should be, defined by that common belief, and recognition of the universality and equality of all living beings. Cunningham is great with me.

(124) Anonymous, December 14, 2012 9:31 PM

I haver been to a lot of Jewish funerals...Never ha ve I been to on with a Chanukiah burningy candels.

Anonymous, December 16, 2012 1:31 PM

Not a Chanukiah

What was burning was not a Chanukah but a menorah - the symbol of the Jewish people. When you think about it it was most appropriate for it to be there for the episode. It can symbolize the tree of life. Archie, Stretch, all of us as people are part of the tree; we just may come from different branches. And, btw, Archie is a product of the twenties/thirties and not the fifties.

Anonymous, September 25, 2013 2:43 AM

well said

I agree very much . well said . we are all from one tree and all mankind is really one family and we should all act like it

slurpy, December 16, 2012 4:34 PM

Hannukah at a funeral

You should have counted the candles.. A Hannukah menorah has 9 not 7.

Anonymous, September 25, 2013 2:52 AM


the one in the temple built by king solomon and the one in the moveable temple that moses built in the desert had a seven candle chanukia. It certainly does represent peace as the entire temple stood for peace amongst all nations , and king solomons' name actually means "peace " in hebrew . his name is really "shlomo" which is like the word "shalom " ,......... well said by archie

(123) Karen, December 14, 2012 9:01 PM

more to people

This is touching. It is also a reminder that people are always deeper than they may appear.

(122) Jerry Selby, December 14, 2012 5:22 PM

Shalom and God bless

Shalom and God bless you, Carroll, for all of the laughs that have added to my years...

(121) Judi Pittel j, December 14, 2012 5:17 PM

made me cry

What's in a name? arose by any other name would still smell as sweet. so the man wrote many years ago.

(120) Brad Ashton, December 14, 2012 3:47 PM

The Archie Bunker series set out to highlight the evils of bigotry, but it wound up with the reverse effect. That's because Archie's arguments against minority groups were sometimes written to be so convincing that some viewers thought he was putting forward valid points. In the end the producers tried to combat this by having a sequal series called Archie Bunker's Place. which was a restaurant he ran with a Jewish partner, actor Martin Balson. It was too late and the series didn't run because the audience wouldn't accept the dramatic change in Archie's character. As a point of interest, in the British TV series on which All In The Family was based, Alf Garnett the bigot was played by actor Warren Mitchell who is Jewish.

(119) Lou Cohen, December 14, 2012 2:29 PM

Great Story

I never thought of changing my name, although faced with anti- semitism during my life. Changing one's name does not change who they are. Jewish is in the soul. it can't be changed with a name change

(118) Anonymous, December 14, 2012 1:34 PM

I too never saw this episode

It was a wonderful episode, made me cry, nothing like the truth.

(117) Ray Arcella, December 14, 2012 1:07 PM

funny and also sad

Although "Strecth" came from a wonderful ancestry he chose to hide that fact because of anti-Semitism then as it is to this day. It is evident in the political sector when "our president's" words tend to favor Islam over the Judao/Christan ethic.

(116) Fran, December 14, 2012 4:19 AM

This was a touching moment in the clip

All In The Family was a wonderful show all those years. It fit the times that we lived.but it also depicted the TYPES of human beings on earth... Bigots,activists etc..... I bet our younger generation could relate to this show. I think they could relate to all the characters!

(115) Anonymous, December 13, 2012 10:06 PM

We need more shows like All in the family.

(114) moethgrass, December 13, 2012 7:38 PM


It's not well known but Carrol O'Connor was an environmentalist and anti-drug spokesman.

(113) Anonymous, December 13, 2012 6:53 PM


(112) Anonymous, December 13, 2012 5:05 PM

Without a doubt...one of the best shows ever on TV.

Not only was the show funny; it had depth and character.

Barry M. Schwartz, December 14, 2012 4:46 PM

Shalom to All In The Family. Just like "Stretch", it brought laughter (with an extra dollop of warmth) into our lives.

Karen, December 14, 2012 9:03 PM


Without preaching or sarcasm, the show made its points.

(111) Anonymous, December 13, 2012 3:24 PM


(110) Anonymous, December 13, 2012 4:01 AM

Archie never ceases to amaze

How very touching!!!

(109) PAT, December 13, 2012 2:11 AM



(108) Noah, December 12, 2012 11:00 PM

Another bit of good television not around anymore

I remember this show's importance in history, but I am too young to have watched it when it was on during its original run. I love M*A*S*H episodes and a number mention Jewish themes and even rituals (a soldier attempting to make Matzoh on a rock during Passover, a Korean boy with a Jewish soldier for a father needing a Bris (and thus a Rabbi), and some others too. They don't make television like this anymore in most cases.

(107) Anonymous, December 12, 2012 9:50 PM


What a delightful clip. All in the Family was a wonderful show. Wish it were back in reruns.

(106) Joel, December 12, 2012 8:44 PM

It brought tears to my eyes!

Anonymous, December 13, 2012 7:08 PM

We always have the opportunity to grow. Thanks for this.

(105) art glass, December 12, 2012 6:20 PM

saw the show thought most were were coments on life at that time

(104) E. Weber, December 12, 2012 6:17 PM

Tears of laughter....Tears of sadnes....

Tears of laughter...Tears of sadness...All come from the same place in the heart.

(103) Skip Litz, December 12, 2012 5:29 PM

Still enjoy Archie Bunker series

There has never been such a funny yet serious show on TV and, because of political correctness, there never again will be. I catch reruns of the series whenever I can - usually late at night. Shalom, Stretch.

(102) Anonymous, December 12, 2012 7:06 AM

That was great and one of the best tv show. glad I got to see this one, thanks

(101) Anonymous, December 12, 2012 6:30 AM

I didn't think it was funny. It was poignant. The laughter was inappropriate.

Ron, December 12, 2012 2:07 PM

It was both.

Canned laughter really doesn't work for such a delicate subject but many who see the programme are not Jewish and not as sensitive to the inappropriateness. Better that THEY here the messages contained with inappropriate laughter than not at all.

Batya, December 12, 2012 6:40 PM

You had to see it in context of the times.

Surely the laughter was appropriate. All in the Family was a ground-breaking show, breaking all the stereotypes, an presenting what was sensitive material in a way never seen before. This episode was from January 1977. "A Jewish name ain't supposed to have no 'ham' in it," Archie says. Throughout the series, his friend, "Stretch" Cunningham, bore the brunt of many of Archie's jokes, including anti-Semitic ones. The laughter was because we were uncomfortable at being presented with these realities. Archie said if he had known that Stretch were Jewish, it wouldn't have made a difference. The uncomfortable humor was that it WOULD have made a difference. "I wouldn't have believed that Stretch was a Jew. [Afterall] he wasn't a doctor or a lawyer, in the dress business, nothing like that.... He was just like myself...," Archie eulogizes. Fact is, there was much overt anti-Semitism accepted in public. We forget from the comfort of 2012, 35 years having passed, how raw and startling this presentation was. Yes, the writing IS funny and DESERVES laughter. We can see this clearly now. At the time however, it was "pushing the envelope," a description that had been reserved for the Air Force flyers who broke the sound barrier.

Ruth Nodiff, December 13, 2012 2:25 AM

The laughter made no sense. People who change their names are burying their true identity

saul, December 17, 2012 11:02 AM

you are the only one

(100) Robert Axt, December 12, 2012 4:59 AM

I wish we had such thoughtful scenes on the tube today. And my great-great-grandfather Gelder's mother came from parents born Cohen who changed it to Cowan.

(99) Leah Weiss, December 12, 2012 4:16 AM

Wonderful!!!! ...I hope so much he, Edith and family willl be back on Wonderful....Please bring Archie, Edith ,Gloria "Meat Head " and All In The Family back on TV soon!!! t

(98) judith, December 12, 2012 3:16 AM

It is important to be who you were born to be

Your name is the most important thing you have in life. You may bring honor to it or shame.. keeping your Jewish name confirms that you are a member of the nation of israel.. Gd;s chosen people.Wear it proudly and bring only pride to it..

(97) OldSchoolBus, December 11, 2012 11:32 PM

Producers, Directors & Writers

You have to remember the time these shows were written in. I haven't looked this up but I'm sure it was taped in the early '70s. Back then those laughs you here were done with signs flashing in the studio asking to laugh or clap and since all the live TV shows let the audience in for free as they still do today people felt obligated to do what the sign said. As far as the Jewish thing goes, allot of the writers directors & producers were Jewish along with Costar Rob Reiner who was also a writer for the show.

(96) Dr. Philip J. Shapiro, December 11, 2012 7:18 PM

Excellent presentation of acting skills

Carroll O'Connor had more versatility as an actor than many realized at the time of these "All In the Family" series. His Archie Bunker persona was always very well played, and in this particular segment, the eulogy revealed a man who had a heart underneath his soul.

(95) Monine Perez, December 11, 2012 6:49 PM


This was done in a very tasteful way.

(94) margaret rossomano, December 11, 2012 5:19 PM

your name is who you are. be proud to be!

ethnic jokes or slurs are dispicable.& should not be used to denigrate someone. we are all God's children.

(93) H Walsky, December 11, 2012 3:39 PM

Archie's performance was one of his best; there was nothing offensive in it because, after all, the show was supposed to be a comedy. I was moved to shed a tear. The writers did an excellent job!

(92) Christi Tatum, December 11, 2012 2:17 PM

Wonderful! I am so blessed to have so many Jewish friends! Love, Christi

(91) Beverly, December 11, 2012 5:45 AM


Was this episode written by Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskoff?

(90) Manny, December 11, 2012 1:37 AM

Humor at Jewish funeral

I am not sure that the audience giggles and laughter was appropriate given the Jewish funeral. The writers pulling for laughs by having Edith call the Kipah a "beanie" was so unnecessary. Having Archie being unsure of which end of the coffin was the "head-end" was another laugh moment that was in poor taste. I felt that way when viewing that segment during the original series.

Anonymous, December 11, 2012 4:00 PM

Laugh at life

Nothing here was done in "poor taste". However a more insightful individual would appreciate how funny ignorance can be as long as it is not malicious. My gift to you, if it were in my power, would be to grant you a sense of humor.

rich, December 12, 2012 8:25 AM

you missed the message.

(89) Yorkie Mom, December 11, 2012 12:54 AM


Very touching.

(88) Phil Levine, December 11, 2012 12:20 AM

Name change at Ellis Island

My grand parents came through Ellis Island and their Russian names were changed because they spoke no English. I am proud to have the same name as my Russian-American grandfather

Irene, December 12, 2012 1:43 PM

All Ellis Island name changes voluntary

U.S. immigration officials admitted immigrants using passenger lists provided by ship lines. The lists were compiled at port of embarkation. No names were changed at Ellis Island. Our ancestors made conscious decisions to change their names for any number of personal reasons and at varying intervals after arrival. Many name changes were never recorded, so ask your oldest relatives if they know about your family names. See Jewish.Gen.org for more info about name changes and tracing your family's history.

stewart feigel, January 5, 2013 12:54 AM

All Ellis Island name changes voluntary(not)

i have been to Ellis island many times. they tell you that the names of many were changed. it was not done maliciously but for many reasons. by the way legal name changes going back to the early part of the century can be found in the civil court of NY in each county court house. anyone can look at the records

(87) Dave Solomon, December 11, 2012 12:09 AM

Szielunczyk to Solomon

Very thoughtful and touching performance by a great actor. My parents came to the U.S. on the last boat out of Poland in August 1939. When they were clearing immigration in NY, the folks there told them there were too many consonants and not enough vowels in their last name and Americans would have a very hard time spelling or pronouncing it. They suggested Solon or Solomon and they chose the latter. I was very proud to grow up with it as a last name and have always joked that we're distantly related to the king....which I guess is actually true. Zai gezunt!

(86) laura, December 10, 2012 10:42 PM

thank you

i was too young to have seen this the first time around, thanks for posting! laura, american, now in rome

(85) Bob Dugas, December 10, 2012 10:35 PM

Abe Lincoln, Jewish??

I read a story about Lincoln and some compelling information that he came from a region in Wisconsin that had a large Jewish presence. I can't post all of it here but, maybe a Google serch would find it.

(84) Bryna Warren, December 10, 2012 10:24 PM

Excellent. How I miss Archie, Edith, Meathead,& Gloria

My husband converted to Judaism in 1969. We were together some 46 years before he died, and we always joked that he should change his name and add "stein" or" berg" to the Warren. Brought lottsa tears to my eyes, thank you.

(83) Ellie Presner, December 10, 2012 9:13 PM

Very moving

I think 'Archie' learned a valuable lesson, thus passing it along to his non-Jewish fans. A Jew can be a regular 'working stiff' too...not to mention a really nice guy. (Of course *we* knew that but a lot of unworldly gentiles don't!)

(82) Margi, December 10, 2012 8:07 PM


Appreciated the tenderness - even Archie! Jewish names are sensitive issues for many of us. Shalom.

(81) Bert, December 10, 2012 6:00 PM

Peace & Serenity to all

(80) Philip Tropea, December 10, 2012 5:59 PM

During the Nazi terror, many Jews changed their names, eg those living in Italy would change their name to Roma, Messina, or Fiorenza, etc names of cities, and I understand and sympathize with that at the time. But the fascists figured that out and arrested all with similar names to cities. It was a pox on humanity. I wouldn't anglicize or change my name today because it would be disrespectful to my heritage and my family.

(79) richard terry, December 10, 2012 4:22 PM

My real name is very Jewish.

I was born: Sheldon M. Skolnick. I started studying for the opera in 1960. And believed my true name might be a detriment to my succeeding. I have always regretted changing my name legally.

(78) Larry Richman, December 10, 2012 2:15 PM

Archie Bunker's genius was always to reveal some deep truth with a laugh....

No birth certificate came with the name Reichman, where my dad was born, but Ameri

(77) Dennis Roberts, December 9, 2012 10:16 PM

Don't blame me

My father came to London first after leaving Germany in the Twenties and fearing anti-eemitism, a not unrealistic fear, changed Rosenthal to Roberts. I only wish I had changed it back before I became established professionally. Not a lot of Jews named Dennis either. That one I can blame on my mother who thought some Irish singer named Deenis Day was the greatest. Oh well, in my next life . . .

John, December 10, 2012 2:24 PM

Great story Dennis Robers...

Thanks for sharing.

(76) sondra kolker, December 9, 2012 8:45 PM

I will look for more of these...

This brought tears to my eyes....That is one reason I "preach" being current...any day could be our last...we need to tell those we love...that we DO!

(75) Bo Salsberg, December 9, 2012 7:37 PM

Each of us was named for a reason. Important to maintain a sense of indviduality

My maternal grandfather lives on in my Hebrew Name. Baruch for Benjamin became Brachah for Barbara. I am honored to have received my name as a Blessing.

(74) Anonymous, December 9, 2012 5:52 PM

I laughed and then I cried.

This was priceless and I could not believe that it brought tears to my eyes but id did.

(73) Mardee Goldberg, December 9, 2012 2:52 AM

Very important...it is part of our Jewish Heritage...to be very proud of....

see above comment....

Stan Marks, December 10, 2012 5:02 PM

I laughed & then cried, also. My dad changed his last name from Markofsky, for business purposes. So did my Uncle Benny. Of course, many Jews had their last name shortened, by immigrant officers, at Ellis Island.

(72) Anonymous, December 8, 2012 11:05 PM

My husband shotened his name when he graduated highschool becaue he felt it was too long and cumbersome and he also shortened his first name for the same reason.

When he volunteered in World War II,after all papers were signed the new inductees, with hands raised ready to be sweared in, were asked, "Is this the name on your birth certificate?" One hand went down to the great annoyance of those in charge. When he was in combat, in Germany, he was summoned from his foxhole to receive important papers. Turned out his father had changed his son's name legally in case he got captured by German soldiers and they discovered he was Jewish. .

Rhonda bishop, December 18, 2012 4:27 PM

Father Changed Sons name for safeties sake.

This story is so heart warming. The Father so loved his Son that He changed his name, that in it's self is so beautiful. He knew that the name doesn't define the person or his heart, his safety was the only concern. How selfless, but shows the love this man had for his child.

(71) Alyse, December 8, 2012 11:02 PM


I cannot comment anymore, the tears are flowing too quickly. Thank you for this touching moment, and for the reminder.

(70) cHUCK wINTNER, December 8, 2012 10:46 AM

Great cut. Still relevant.

Maybe you should request the show's owners to run the Archie Bunker segment in theaters every Chanukah season, followed by in-theater community discussions on "Who is today's American Jew?" adding?"...and how much does Israel matter to him...or her." Possibly sponsored by Jewish organizations. Great focal point.

(69) Clel, December 8, 2012 5:26 AM

Archie, the contrarian

Carroll O'Conner was the one of the most tolerant persons in show business. That is why he could play the bigot and racist and always shown to be wrong. If they would only have the same type programs now, instead of the "political correct" junk. We loved Archie & All in the Family for that reason. Too bad Obama didn't watch that show!

Anonymous, September 25, 2013 2:55 AM


yes indeed , Obama could have learned a lot from the archie bunker show all in the family

(68) Anonymous, December 8, 2012 3:14 AM

goes to show you

people are people does it matter what religion you are.?NO Like people for what they are not for what they look like or believe in. A lsesson learned

(67) Angela M Abraham, December 8, 2012 1:38 AM

I am happy to have a Jewish name, and proud to be Jewish!

I cannot understand why anyone would take another name that was not Jewish, it just does not make sense! I am already on your Aish mailing list.

(66) Anonymous, December 7, 2012 10:46 PM

A beautiful name

I'm a gentile woman, born in 1944. When I was young I lived next door to a very old lady, a Christian peasant who had married a Jewish tailor and immigrated with him from Poland to the USA, where they had a tailor shop in the Lower East Side. When I knew her she had been a widow for a long time. She was important to me, and appeared in two deeply significant dreams. When she died her daughter (an old woman herself) came, and for the first time I heard her daughter's name: Judenfreund. This touched me so deeply that tears came to my eyes. It was clear that this made the woman uncomfortable, so I didn't ask any questions about the name. I have always tried to be a good Judenfreund myself.

(65) bill gunnarson, December 7, 2012 9:09 PM

I loved it

to laugh is to make life a better place,to smile is pleasure.

(64) stanley Felsen, December 7, 2012 6:31 PM


Giiven or Surname? Surnames are derived from variable sources, some unpleasant. The choice of surname retention in a multicultural society should be general expediency of prononciation

(63) Ms Jo L Ray, December 7, 2012 6:12 PM

Absouletly wonderful!

I truly loved this piece and am sharing with all my people. It's so funny and at the same time sad but it sure says a lot.

(62) Richard Bennett, December 7, 2012 5:42 PM

It doesn't matter.

Friendship should know no race or religion. Archie was a bigot and if he had known Stretch was Jewish, he might have missed the friendship they had. Learning his friend was Jewish, I believe he realized that his life was richer for the friendship they had and with the final word, Shalom, he acknowledged his own shortcomings and gave his friend what was probably the best farewell he was capable of giving. And he knew as he left that his life was richer for that friendship and would be a little lonlier without it. Thanks to my good friend, Herb, for forwarding this to me. He keeps me grounded in what is truly important.....family, faith, and friends. Thanks again, Herb. Always, The Goy

(61) Al Aguinaga, December 7, 2012 5:36 PM

Mexican Jew and honor in a name!

I am Mexican with a Spanish last name, my wife is Jewish. We married and she kept her last name. I believe it is important for her to honor her family name. We just had a baby and named him Asher Berg Aguinaga. I want the world to know he has Jewish and Latin blood in his heart. Peace

(60) cc, December 7, 2012 10:10 AM

name changing

My father had 4 brothers. The 5 of them had different last names...for business purposes. In those days people were not as tolerant of the name Cohen.

(59) Jerry Baruch, December 7, 2012 4:34 AM

The show was very touching and great

my last name in Hebrew means blessed. Some people thought it was a French name. It was a blessing to see this episode again.

(58) Anonymous, December 7, 2012 2:38 AM

That series was always a classic!

It's hard to imagine there are still people in this world just like Archie was in the series...even with all the technilogical gadgets available to educate about all religions...Happy Channukah!

(57) Anonymous, December 7, 2012 12:48 AM

Well done. Jews change their names for all kinds of reasons. I kept my non-Jewish married name after my divorce. It was shorter than my maiden-Jewish name. I have to admit I have found having a Gentile name advantageous because I have a chance to present myself as a person first before I'm a minority. I've never denied or hidden my religion, and no one has ever "slipped" and said something about Jews (at least not in my hearing). If someone said something about Jews, I'd inform them that I'm Jewish even though Reed is my last name.

hoibret, December 7, 2012 7:10 PM

Interesting comment about Jewish names

Your comment was quite interesting and informative about you in that you are a coward and ashamed of being a so-called quisi-Jew. You basically a the rear end of a Horse or a donkey with no brain.

Sharon, December 12, 2012 5:03 PM


Why be so judgmental and so hurtful?! I, too have a last name from my marriage that became my professional name. So, I'm stuck with it! But, living in Israel for most of my life, it has never been a problem. Interestingly, my son changed his name to a very Jewish one. You sound a bit Archie Bunkerish, sir!

(56) Moe, December 6, 2012 11:15 PM

We all go sometimes. It's the equalizer!

That sums it up!

(55) Anonymous, December 6, 2012 10:18 PM

Very funny and makes you think.

Occasionally, my friend will use a phrase or saying that is anti-semitic, and not be aware that it is not politically correct. I always use the occasion to educate her, and ask her not to say those things around me. Makes me wonder how many times people say similar things when Jews are not around.

(54) stewart perry, December 6, 2012 9:06 PM

Very very touching. It brought damp eyes.

Interesting. My name is Perry. I am a Jew. My father was brought to America from Lithuania by an uncle. Dad's name was Yakov Peretzman. He was 16, went to school for a year to learn English and when he was 17 went out to Wyoming and became a cowboy on the Wyoming Hereford Ranch. THE COWBOYS RENAMED HIM JACK PERRY. Hence my name: Stewart Perry. I was raised Jewish by my Russian Grandmother. And am very grateful to my "Bobo."

(53) Pat Knight, December 6, 2012 4:29 PM

Changing names was done in the 1930,s and 40,s because of antisemitism in our Country.

I married a man whose name whose father's birth name was Cohen. The father left the family and the boys decided to change their name to Knight because of the Antisemitism in the US. I had an uncle who denied he was Jewish because they would not give a Car Dealership to a Jew during the 1940's. I did not grow up with this hanging over my head. We were always proud to be Jewish. My family came from Baghdad, Iraq and by the 1950's All Jews who hadn't left were hung in the square.

Shlomo, December 12, 2012 2:00 AM

non-jewish name

I had an Iraqi friend in Yerushalayim named Ephraim Keli. When he was in New York. He was called Frank. frank Kelly!

(52) Anonymous, December 6, 2012 3:10 PM

Very touching,but also hilarious!

Clever,funny but well done. Shows bigotry with a level of humor that doesn't disguise his awkward tenderness and sadness over the loss of a friend,and also his lack of social awareness .

(51) Anonymous, December 6, 2012 2:14 PM

They don't produce shows like this anymore. Wonderful

I remember this one very well. It was both heart wrenching and extremely funny. This series took chances that I believe changed the face of a lot of series that came afterwards.

(50) STAN ABERLE, December 6, 2012 2:05 PM


(49) Anonymous, December 6, 2012 3:58 AM

Why oh why can we not see re-runs of the Archie Bunker Show - He was funny.

(48) Diane schoolsky, December 6, 2012 3:39 AM

Be proud to be Jewish. We have a lot to be proud of

Watched the show often but missed this episode. Hopefully we can all wear our heritage proudly

(47) Helene Plotkin, December 6, 2012 2:33 AM

Very touching segment

I used to watch All in the Family every week when i was on TV, I never saw this episode until my mother emailed it to me. I think it's a great moment and should go down as one of TV's greatest moments,

(46) Anonymous, December 6, 2012 2:08 AM

and what is important in life............ we are all people.Alike ! All have a heart and a soul ,and the same feelings, our tears are the same and our joys are alike. Does it really matter what religion we are as long as we do good ?

(45) Brian Oelberg, December 6, 2012 1:57 AM

Sometimes it doesn't matter

My Mom's boss at Yeshiva University (in New York) used to tell the tale of how when his Grandparents came to the New World, his grandfather wanted nothing more than to fit in. They'd come from persecution and did not want to be assumed Jewish. So grandfather went through the phone book to find a "good AMERICAN name" and found page after page of one in particular, and so said "That's it!" And thus, became the Goldstiens. Now having told that tale, I have to say that my name, Oelberg, is not Jewish, though it's often assumed that it is, and it could be. My point is that all the Goldstiens out there already changed their names at some point in the past. But, (and this is the big one) as population grows, and as we as a world become more accepting of "funny names" and we crave identity rather than granpa Goldstien's anonymity I see the trend of people re-claiming their ancient family names taking over.

(44) Anonymous, December 5, 2012 8:54 PM


It was warm, funny,compassionate and totally out of character.

(43) Anonymous, December 5, 2012 8:36 PM

Jewish stereotypes are clearly not true

Considering the blatant disregard for copyright law shown here. Does hbo know you ripped off the sound design from their network id?

(42) Howard Bleicher, December 5, 2012 8:36 PM

I can't add much to the heart felt comments above, except to say I loved that show!!!

(41) Betty Conway, December 5, 2012 7:57 PM

Excellent show, definitely in keeping with exposing the not-so-subtle face of racism that good ole Archie possessed - There are many "Archie's" in our world, however I do believe there are fewer with his mind set than there used to be (at least I hope so)

(40) dkdjg, December 5, 2012 4:41 PM

it isn't

it is not the least bit important

(39) Deb, December 5, 2012 3:49 PM

How far have we come?

Interestingly, All in the Family would never have been produced today because of its "politically incorrect" content. I think this is a convincing example of how in the last 40 years, our society has managed to go backward instead of forward. I find it very sad that the vast majority of the current TV programs are geared toward an audience of folks having a brain no larger than a pea.

William, December 6, 2012 6:51 AM

You misunderstood

It was thanks to the frank but necessarily satiric treatment of uncomfortable issues that All in the Family contributed to the education of the public. A result is the very "political correctness" which is so hated by conservatives but which finally taught some of the most backward that it is no longer socially acceptable to use certain words in public. An obvious example is that despite the clear racism behind more than a little of the ciriticism of our president even the dullards and bigots no longer openly use racist language.

Dvirah, December 11, 2012 1:11 PM

From One Extreme to the Other

Both Deb and William make good points. The problem seems to be that even "good" trends continue until they go too far and become the opposite of what they should be. Thus "political correctness" from increased sensitivity to others has become a fear of expressing any honest opinion which goes against the "socially acceptable" one. Note that the "social acceptable" opinion need not be favorable or even just (cf. Israel in the media).

(38) Judith, December 5, 2012 7:20 AM

a classic

This episode was a classic--funny but heartwarming as well. Carroll O'Connor is so believable as Archie Bunker that it's easy to forget he was cast (waaay) against type. Many controversial issues were addressed during the run of this show and yet the writers always managed to inject some humor without being crass or offensive. Boy, how times have changed. They don't write shows like this anymore; the 60's & 70's were great years for television. If these kinds of shows were on the air today, I would actually miss not having a TV.

(37) John-Paradox Lake, December 5, 2012 12:52 AM

What NO Jews In Ireland ?

God Bless Israel & Ireland the land of My birth for my best & closest friends are R&M and they have always brought laughter and sun to my darkest days it was classic BUNKER.... sent by our friends PEACE on Earth someday

(36) carlos, December 4, 2012 8:52 AM

Archie Bunker

This vignette is truly a classic, heart-warming and inspirational.

(35) Keren Carmel, December 4, 2012 2:23 AM

Brought tears to my eyes

What a national treasure we had in Carol O'Connor, a great actor and a phenomenon that can never be matched or imitated. Shalom to him too...

(34) JOE HALFON, December 4, 2012 12:01 AM


(33) Dick H, December 3, 2012 10:07 PM

Truth to power...Thank you Archie!

Thank you to whom ever found this and and brought it back to LIFE. In todays world, it gave decency and brotherhood a much needed perspective on life. Shalom Archie

(32) Anonymous, December 3, 2012 9:03 PM

That was one of the finest scenes from "All in the Family"

(31) Shmookie of Encino, December 3, 2012 8:12 PM

And, Shalom to Archie also.......Who next, will bring back a TV series that portrays messages (agreed or not agreed) of the great American 'Freedoms' we are so blessed to express in this country? "All in the Family" was a brilliant series; Depicting the 'good and bad' of human frailties...but, most of all, never 'provoked' the call for 'suicide missions' nor 'rage and revenge'! Wil the future of America hold to its past great culture and achievements? Only, time will tell!

(30) Michael H. Manning, December 3, 2012 8:10 PM

It seems that it was "the content of his [Stretch's] character" not his religion that showed Archie what's important during life and relationships.

(29) Anonymous, December 3, 2012 7:17 PM

Heartbreakingly funny!

Loved it!

(28) Miller, December 3, 2012 3:42 PM

So many Archie Bunkers, and so few Ediths

Who are the Jews? Everyone...same as Who are the Blacks? Everyone, and on and on.. When everyone gets it, we will have peace. Marvin

(27) Marcia, December 3, 2012 1:09 AM

I loved this one. Thanks

(26) Barry J White, December 2, 2012 10:13 PM

As usual, Edith gets it right

Edith said, "What's in a name.". The Hebrew name given after 30 days is the only one that really counts; the family name is just a matter of convenience. Judaism looks to what one does, not to thoughts or consequences and Archie did try to focus on something his friend did, possible add days to his life through laughter and good will and good cheer, worthy behavior.

(25) Anonymous, December 2, 2012 7:45 PM

There is much truth in the wisdom of jewish humor.

Read my one liner under summary.

(24) Eva Yelloz, December 2, 2012 7:06 PM

Archie's goodbye to his "Jewish" friend Stretch

This episode spoke volumes - although Archie loved his workmate Stretch during his lifetime, looking back, he realized that all those stereotypical feelings he had about Jews suddenly disappeared and he truly cared for the man, regardless of his religion. Archie learned from his shortcomings - that's what was beautiful about his character.

(23) H.W. Toback,Fl., December 2, 2012 2:05 PM


Just classic Archie !!!

(22) leon fajnsod, December 2, 2012 1:13 PM

i just loved a bunker he eas never a racist just an every day guy making a living and what a wife edith ..............rest in peace

(21) MURRAY MALISE, December 1, 2012 10:59 PM



(20) rabbi ray, December 1, 2012 5:44 PM

You live on by your deeds while alive.

Baal Shem Tov a Jewish scholar of old translates his name as Master of the Good Name. So true Archie and this is why I leave my legacy on you tube with my American Stew-"We are all brothers under the skin."

(19) Anonymous, December 1, 2012 5:30 PM

I can't believe I never saw this episode. Thank you so much for sharing.

(18) Anonymous, November 30, 2012 11:39 PM

Archie turns tender at his friends funeral. I really appreciated that.

That was beautiful!

(17) Anonymous, November 30, 2012 10:50 PM

The best of Archie Bunker

It was very touching, I enjoyed

(16) Bob Mandel, November 30, 2012 10:09 PM

Funny but great messages.

Don't judge by beliefs, but by actions.

(15) Jay Mandelker, November 30, 2012 3:20 PM

I always loved 'All in the Family'

There was never an episode which didn't make us laugh out loud, except the few, which taught us the seriousness of 'tzedaka', of getting along with one another and the idiocy of bigotry. Thank you Norman Lear (another one of us) for enlightening and educating the North American public so well for so long.

(14) R O C K Y, November 29, 2012 8:55 PM

Yish ga doll va yish ka dashh shamay rabor


(13) Anonymous, November 29, 2012 2:17 PM



(12) Mali Vishnevsky, November 29, 2012 2:06 PM

Identity and pride for future generations

It's so important to keep one's Jewish name in order to instill pride and a sense of identity both for one's children and for future generations. There are so many Jews today who would prefer to keep their true identity in the background of their lives but this just causes more confusion in their children.

(11) Josephine Levy, November 29, 2012 1:16 PM


all alone, crying for Archie's words.

(10) Anonymous, November 29, 2012 3:11 AM

What we should be remembered for

We should be remembered for the good we did for others. How we helped others when they were grieving, how we fed the hungry, how we loved one another, and so much more. And how we lived according to His word.

(9) Dave, November 28, 2012 9:58 AM

is #5 a politically correct liberal?

I would much rather hang out with patriot,iotic hard working Archie with all his bigotry then with the valueless politically correct liberals who are destroying America

Anonymous, December 1, 2012 1:54 PM

Answer to a bigot

I would rather hang around with liberals than you

Steve Shoenbrun, December 10, 2012 8:30 AM

False dichotomy

Of course that is a false dichotomy. There is no reason that a person can't be tolerant of others and appreciative of their differences, and still maintain a conservative political philosophy. In fact, political correctness is often guilty of the soft bigotry of lowered expectations.

(8) Anonymous, November 28, 2012 9:50 AM

to David

I think you're wrong. archie's character was an attempt at an honest portrayal of a poorly educated blue collar american in his day. Although he was filled with stereotypes and didn't hesitate to express them - something that today would be "politically incorrect" , what made him "lovable" was that he would allow himself to be enlightened to the truth (at least until the next episode). And that was one of the the great aspects of the show.

(7) Varda Eisikovich, November 28, 2012 4:48 AM

What's in a name?

I am at the moment in the process of doing my family tree. To all of you who changed your name it will make it impossible to add you in the family tree.

(6) anita kleinert, November 28, 2012 1:55 AM


This was so heartwarming. Brought back wonderful memories.

(5) David S. Levine, November 28, 2012 12:34 AM

My Favorite Episode

This, along with the Sammy Davis Jr episode was my favorite episode of the "All in the Family" program. the only problem I might have with it (as well as the show in general) is that underneath it all it showed Archie as a "lovable" bigot. But G-d, how I laughed all through the 25 minutes the episode was on. What a great actor Carol O'Connor was that he could capture the "outer borough" character so well and make that show the one many discussed for the next few days after it was on television. Thanks to Aish.com for this clip!

(4) Pearl Sloane, November 28, 2012 12:09 AM

Thare are many ways of expressing love!

Very touching! There are many ways of expressing love!

(3) Ra'anan, November 27, 2012 10:20 PM


Archie's life was about moving from excluding "the others" to ultimately including them. No doubt that he would not have included his close friend who he'd thought was a Irish Catholic if he'd initially known he was Jewish. Archie's final "shalom" was a step in the direction of inclusion. How many Jews are afraid to use their Jewish names for fear of exclusion? Jewish names according to our tradition are really our life missions encoded & therefore certainly worthy of not only constant use, but of study. How many opportunities are lost because we've not taken the time to investigate much as Archie realized that he'd hurt his close friend w/degrading anti-Semitic jokes because he'd not investigated to find his good friend was a Jew & therefore shown him sensitivity. We have to show OURSELVES sensitivity & be at least as good as Archie, if not more.

(2) Carolyn R, November 27, 2012 6:16 PM

Very touching episode!

Sad but true, but with an encouraging ending. Since finding I have Jewish DNA, I see things differently. Most don't realize the pain of rejection that many go through and people have told me how they have hidden their true heritage for fear of persecution. I was never anti-Semitic before but just unaware.

(1) Melissa, November 26, 2012 2:15 PM

Time and circumstance

Thank you aish for choosing to run this video - a very moving acct. of a real life issue that affects everyone. People of all faiths die with secrets. Perhaps if some of the people in your professional life 'do not know your jewish name' this is not as relevant to a legacy lived in which you are remembered (hopefully) for the JOY you brought into the world. I'm going to take this example to heart with the challenges in my life. Thank you, again.


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