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Migratory Patterns and the Birds of Probizhna

By Eliyana Adler

Taking a detour from an academic conference, Penn State University scholar Eliyana Adler made a roots trip to visit the obscure village in western Ukraine from which, a century ago, her grandmother and her family had emigrated — twice. In this essay, Adler contemplates the experience, reflecting on the “odd phenomenon” of Jewish heritage travel and the impact of visiting physical spaces — and wondering about both their enduring presence and their eventual disappearance.

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