Big Child's Civics homework is giving me agida. There were two options, one for if you know the details of your family's immigration to the US (we don't), and one for if you don't (in which you assume your family emigrated in the mid-1800s and answer questions about their home country's political climate as of that timeframe). However, Israel didn't formally exist until 1948, the Gypsy Jews on my side didn't HAVE a home country, and I don't know as much about Sephardic history (re: his dad's side) to speak with any authority. So I basically had to e-mail the teacher and tell her "we're doing our best but we don't really fit in here." Which is a pretty good capsule-summary of Jewish history right there.