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