Challenge no. 22 is to research my Jewish heritage going back at least four generations. While I have technically met the challenge (outlined below), there are still more goodies to uncover. I've learned that I have ties to South Africa, which I would have never known before this challenge. I've also learned of distant living relatives scattered around the country. I haven't contacted them yet, but I'm pretty sure the conversation will go something like this:
ME: Hi, my name is Noel and you are my distant cousin.
RELATIVE: You have great timing. I have all of these bags of money lying around and was just wondering what to do with them. Would you like to have some bags of money?
So, how this challenge has been met: On my father's maternal side, four generations takes me to the father of my great grandmother, Jan Schwartz. A handsome gentleman with good taste in hats:
This is written on the back of the photo:
I also know that my great-grandfather's father on this side was born in Russia around 1820. We have yet to figure out his name.
On my father's paternal side, four generations take me to a Mr. Abraham
Dubinksy of Kiev, Russia. My great grandfather's father. That is pretty
much all I know about him so far, but since he played a role in my
existence, I will assume that he was a strikingly handsome gentleman with a love for pie.
Once again I must heartily thank Mr. Kyle Williams, invaluable ancestry researcher extraordinaire. I look forward to whatever else we shall discover before this year is done.