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Information Technology Specialist & TDSB Candidate - North York


Where is your family from, and how long have you live in Ontario?

Before the war, my paternal grandparents moved to Uzbekistan from the Belarusian city of Pinsk. I was born and raised in Tashkent, where I lived until I was 29. There was a large Jewish community in Tashkent, but, for obvious reasons, Jewish communal life was absent. If there was any Jewish activity, it was done in secret, "underground". I only remember how once a year, always at night, I would come home and there would be a bearded Jew who came to bring us matzah. I also remember my grandparents speaking to each other in Yiddish. We emigrated to Ontario in 1984, and have lived in North York since 2001. 

Why did you choose to live in North York?

My house is situated on a wonderful, quiet, winding street, which is surrounded by a picturesque park. In the area there are many Jewish families from the former Soviet Union, among whom I have many friends. In addition, it very close to the JRCC’s main centre. What place in Toronto could be better? 

What do you do in your free time? Do you have any hobbies?

I love music, collecting CDs. I also enjoy birdwatching, and there are many varieties of birds in the area. I also like to photograph them, and I have gathered a collection of interesting images. Another of my more serious hobbies is the history of war. But the most important thing for me is to participate in public and political life of Canada, which I spend a lot of time ever since moving to Canada. Currently, I am involved in a campaign to become a Toronto District School Board member, representing York Centre. 

If you were given the opportunity to meet anyone, alive or dead, who would you choose, and why?

I would choose Stephen Harper. I admire the Prime Minister of Canada incredibly! Of all the world leaders in modern history, he is the most reliable and sincere friend of the Jewish people and Israel. 

Do you participate in JRCC programs?

The value of the JRCC’s programs for our community cannot be overstated. In the coming weeks I plan to celebrate the High Holidays with residents of 4455 Sheppard St. and 485 Patricia Ave.

What are your future plans?

My immediate plans are to focus on the upcoming TDSB election campaign. If I am elected, I am going to fight for the improvement of the quality of education, as well as for the fact that Jewish and other faith-based schools have such rights, as well as improving public school