Sally Gecel has honored her paternal grandmother Ester Hohnisch Gluck, who was born in Jaroslav, Poland, a thriving Jewish city that was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Gluck was the daughter of a fur merchant. She gave birth to seven sons, Gecel’s father being the eldest. The Nazis killed the middle five boys, and the youngest son walked to Siberia with his family. When Gecel met surviving family members in Haifa, Israel, she told them that she had visited Jaroslav in 1989 and visited the synagogue. The Communists had turned it into a school for art and architecture.