Written by: Iris Hami
As we get a bit older and even a bit wiser, we begin to appreciate the importance of our family's history and traditions that much more. Our parents’ and grandparents’ have much to share and we often worry that we will not have enough time to ask questions and hear all their stories: Where were they born? What was their childhood like? Did they play sports? Where did they get married? What about their parents and grandparents? So many questions, and so few answers.
I am lucky enough to have both of my parents still alive and willing to share their stories. I plan to travel to the Ukraine, where my maternal Jewish roots are to study in detail my heritage. As I begin this journey, I realized how incredible it would be to travel to my families ancestry town/s and experience first hand the culture that they lived in, the food that they ate, their music, art etc. Like many other Jewish families, my family lacks information for me to be able to put many of the pieces together. My hope is to be able to share my findings with my children and grandchildren. Show them pictures of our ancestors; share video of where they came from, the kind of life they lived?
From experience, I know that this is is not an easy trip to plan. There can be many obstacles along the way, beyond the language barrier on your journey to discover your own families’ heritage. Gil Travels’ expert travel agents have the experience to help guide you through the process!
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