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Thornhill - Photographer

I am a photographer by profession, specifically in the field of advertising business. I started in 2000 working at a modeling agency, where I prepared portfolios for models. It is very important that the picture reflect the individuality of the model – to paint the person in a favorable light both literally and figuratively. There is much skill in lighting and composition that goes into it. The knowledge and skills I have accumulated are now being applied to my current field of event photography – weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays and corporate parties. In addition, I create original family albums with unique covers, which have become very popular in our community.

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

My parents are from the city of Chisinau in Moldova. In 1990 my family moved to Israel. I emigrated to Canada in 2008, and have lived in the Toronto area since 2011, settling in Thornhill.

Why did you choose this area?

I chose this neighborhood because it is an area that is home to a large Jewish community.

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

Like most Jewish boys in Eastern Europe, I studied music quite seriously growing up, learning to play the piano. My love of music continues to this day, and, when possible, I enjoy playing guitar and keyboards. I also have a passionate interest in the work of the author and artist Alexander Rosenbaum, whom I knew personally. I have an exclusive collection of recordings of his performances and concerts, of which I am very proud. Thanks to the love of his work, I learned to play guitar.

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

Without hesitation my answer is the Lubavitcher Rebbe. His story and personality are so unique. He became the leader of our generation during a dark time – after the tragedy of the Holocaust, when those who survived for the most part moved away from Judaism. It was a time of total assimilation and, in the Soviet Union, complete domination of communist ideology. With the revolutionary activities of the Rebbe, Judaism not only survived in the Soviet Union, but also blossomed all over the world. The Rebbe sent emissaries to all corners of the globe, wherever Jews lived, and there began to develop Jewish communities. There are hundreds of testimonies about miracles that happened through the Rebbe’s blessings – among them hundreds of childless parents, absolutely hopeless, who were able to have children because of his blessings.

Do you participate in JRCC programs?

I started participating in JRCC programs as soon as I arrived in Toronto. I try to attend as many programs as I can, and would encourage others to do the same – because you can always learn something useful and interesting.

What are your future plans?

My future plans include the development of my business. In addition, I would like to make more frequent visits to Israel, where my relatives live.