Faith and Family Matters

Vacations from school usually mean trips to see close family members and friends who live far away. For example, many people go to places like Florida or Israel in order to visit their grandparents. I have never been lucky enough to take a big trip in order to visit my grandparents; I have been even luckier.

Ihad known that my mother lived in Russia until the age of 11, but I had never known any of the details. So when I began to write the application essays in the spring for the Samberg Family History Program, she told me her story about leaving Russia. She and her mother, father, brother and grandmother had only 10 days to prepare for their departure (other families had several months); they arrived in America with only two suitcases per person.