‘No One Remembers Alone’ recounts the story of a family of Russian Jews in America

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Pictured in this 1905 picture taken in Odessa are Abram Spiwak's sisters.

The story of a family of Russian Jews who emigrated to the New World at the turn of the 20th century is recreated in a visual biography — titled “No One Remembers Alone: Memory, Migration, and the Making of an American Family” — on exhibit at the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale Oct. 30-Feb. 1, 2015.

Drawing on six years of archival and genealogical research and interviews with dozens of family members, curator Patricia Klindienst follows the lives of two young lovers, Abram Spiwak and Sophie Schochetman, from Czarist Russia to America, as Abram creates a plant nursery and Sophie runs a high-end dress shop. One by one, they bring Abram’s sisters and their families out of Eastern Europe and found what is now a sprawling American family.

“No One Remembers Alone” depicts the immigrant family at a turning point in history, telling a story that could belong to millions of American Jews.

The opening for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, Oct. 30, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the center, 80 Wall St. Klindienst will deliver the Friendlaender-Krohner Lecture at 5:30 p.m. A reception will follow. Events are free and open to the public.

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