The journey of the Jewish diaspora has had an immense impact on the development of modern world politics, economics and culture. Many modern Jews can trace their roots back to distant lands far from their current home. These journeys permeate generations, passed down through treasured stories, objects and photographs. Where did your family's journey begin? What is your diaspora story? Share your journey below and include a family photograph, home video or image of a special heirloom that represents your own Story of the Jews.

Jane Axelrod

New York, NY, United States

M father’s parents came from Austria and Hungary at the turn of the 20th century. They met and married in New York. They lived a good life in Brooklyn after hard work and a struggle. My grandfather was always very proud of becoming an American Citizen and wore it like a badge of honor. He attended night school after work to learn English and my grandmother learned it too, though at home they read the Yiddish newspaper and attended yiddish theatre. Eventually my grandfather was able to build a small house for his family in Brooklyn near Kings Highway on E17th Street and it is still there today.

My Journey
Austria New York, NY, United States