Russian Samovar

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
The samovar from Gene
The samovar from Gene

My parents, Isaac and Edith Donen, came to the United States from Russia in 1918. They rented a house on Grapal Street. I was raised in Rye, and my parents were among the founding members of the Community Synagogue. When I married my husband, Gene, he enjoyed learning about my family and knew how proud I was of my heritage. My parents and I both loved telling and sharing family stories. For an anniversary present early in our marriage, Gene bought me this genuine Russian samovar, made in the city of Tula. He found the samovar in a store in downtown New York City. Samovars are used to make tea, and a fire on the inside heats the water. I have always kept mine on display in my dining room, and it reminds me of my husband and my family.

Place(s): Russia, Rye, New York City
Year: 1918

– Gloria Donen Sosin

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