Sarah Kleban Caplan and Morris Moishe Yitchak Caplan were Aaron Caplan’s parents. They were born in Russia in the 1860’s, approximately, and died in America in the 1930’s, approximately. They are buried in the Adath Jeshurun cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Abe cannot testify to the truth of these stories—only that as he sat under the dining room table on Saturday nights he heard the Aunts and Uncles telling them. The Caplan Family lived in a small village called Volochisk on the Zbruch River not far from the Black Sea in the Ukraine section of Russia.
When our ancestors were forced to leave their homes in the shtetls in Eastern Europe, they were also forced to leave behind their beloved synagogues. At one time there were easily hundreds of these (typically all-wood) synagogues. Most have since been destroyed and the few that remain have been neglected and abandoned. Fortunately there are
Sarah Lederman Caplan’s Mother in Russia, c1880 (?). Her father’s name was Yitzchak Moishe. (Not to be confused with her father-in-law, Morris Moishe Yitzchak Caplan!) Family lore tells us that the lady was around 30 years old when the photo was taken.