I have been told that my father’s ancestors fled Harasta (a suburb of Damascus) in the 1830s because of Moslem attempts to convert Jews and Christians. Abraham and Markil arrived in our ancestral town of Dumbraveni, Soroki, Russia (now Moldova) and were given the surname Harast.
— In 19th century America it became Arost.
I have researched successive generations. Is there some way you can suggest to learn about their life in Harasta?
Thank you for all your work,
Molly Arost Staub