family Jewish ukraine

The Burden of my Grandfathers Homeland – Bessarabia

I just read a Wikipedia article on Bessarabia, since no one seems to use the term anymore, yet if you had asked my grandfather, Bessarabia is where he would have claimed to have come from. It’s an area that has been populated since at least 2,000BC. at some point after Maurice left, Bessarabia became part […]

family Jewish life ukraine

Things We’ve Handed Down – Family Roots

So now I’m off in search of my ancestry, more specifically to find the roots of my paternal grandfather Moise Zeldman who came from a town called Khotin (pronounced around here with more of an implied K rather than a firm one). The photograph you see to the left is one of my grandfather before […]


Ancestral Lands Quest Begins

Hey, I’ve cranked out 100 posts now since I began this blog 2 years ago. Kind of exciting. I’d say that gives me room for a break. Actually I’ll be falling off the face of the earth for a week or so I think starting tomorrow or the next day. I’ll be attending a “Rainbow […]