January 7, 2006
Dear Reunion Participants:
As some of you may know, I have been working with Mimi on organizing Day
Trips to shtetls near Czernowitz and a trip to Transnistria. I am
writing to update you on where things stand and to ask for some
important additional information.
Making these arrangements in Ukraine takes much more time than many of
us are accustomed to so if this e-mail sounds slightly pressured, it is
because much remains to be done in the coming four months. Therefore:
1 Even if you have previously replied to Mimi’s survey, I would like you
to confirm that you are planning to attend the Reunion and also if you
are going to be accompanied by a spouse, friend, other family member,
etc. This information is critical in order to plan the number of
minivans or buses we require.
2. As you know from the preliminary program, we are planning a GROUP
WALKING TOUR OF THE CENTRE OF CZERNOWITZ on Friday AM, May 19th.
3. However, we are also planning WALKS TO OTHER AREAS OF THE CITY (to
see former homes, schools, businesses, places of interest, etc) on
Saturday May 20th. To facilitate this, it has been suggested we set up a
large map of the city at our social get together at the Chernomosh Hotel
on Thursday evening May 18th. We can divide the map into three or four
sections and have corresponding sign-up sheets for those interested in
walking their chosen sections.
4. I am looking for four volunteers, familiar with the city who would be
willing to spend from 9 – 12:30 on Saturday leading the above walks.
5. I have been in touch with a number of guides in Czernowitz who have
agreed to work with us, setting up day trips. They are in the process of
preparing itineraries based on the shtetl names you gave us earlier.
However, some shtetl names could not be located by them or by me.
Presumably, the names have a different Ukrainian spelling. I need the
correct spelling and suggest you use MAPQUEST <www.mapquest.com> to
check it and send it to me as soon as possible.
Try entering the spelling of the shtetl name as you know it and see if
it turns up the current spelling. Check the shtetl location on the
Mapquest map (designated by a red star). If it is where you expected it
to be, you are probably ok.
6. In our earlier survey, only eight participants expressed a definite
interest in visiting Transnistria. Eleven others were uncertain. I need
a firm commitment as to who wants to go (including names of spouses,
friends, children, etc. who will be accompanying you) as we must arrange
the appropriate size bus or minivan(s).
For those wanting to go to Transnistria, I also need you to check the
correct spelling of the places you are interested in seeing (as
explained in 5 above) and let me know.
As indicated in earlier e-mails, visiting Transnistria will involve an
overnight stay and will probably also require a visa to enter Moldova. I
am hoping to have more information about this in the near future.
Looking forward to hearing from you.