Nearly 400 new immigrants arrived in Israel from Ukraine during the first three months of 2014, compared to about 200 in the same period a year ago, according to JNS..org news service. 100 of them were from Odessa, home to about 30,000 Jews and the city from whence Klara Rasputnis emigrated back in 1917. In researching “Klara’s Journey,” I found she confronted threadbare armies, famished beggars, violent protesters and her own hunger. Today, those Jews from Odessa can return to a Jewish homeland. “The immigrants’ choice to come to Israel on the eve of Passover and build their home and their children’s future has symbolic meaning,” Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said. “Klara’s Journey,” an historical novel. Available wherever books are sold.