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Exploring the place of my family’s history

Rebecca Sereboff | Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 8:38 am

I was the child who walked into my fifth-grade family history project with a family tree rolled into a scroll that I had to rubber-band shut. It had everyone in my family on it — from my great aunt who came to the United States from Lithuania, to my cousin who was born in California, to my great-grandfather who was born in Ukraine. As I began to unravel the scroll and learn about the history of my ancestors, I was fascinated by just how many of my family members came from the former Soviet Union. Upon learning, earlier this year, that 2017 was the 30th anniversary year of the March on Washington for Soviet Jewry, I decided it was my responsibility to explore the place where my family had such a rich history.

And so I embarked in November on Ambassadors to Ukraine, a unique opportunity for BBYO members from North America, Europe and Israel to join our brothers and sisters in AJT (Active Jewish Teens, BBYO’s partner in the former Soviet Union) at its fourth annual International Conference, After spending a week in Ukraine with hundreds of Jewish teens from around the world, I walked away with a renewed passion for stewarding Judaism across the world and a deepened sense of Jewish pride.

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