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Real estate agent


Tell us a little about your career.

I completed medical school in the former Soviet Union, and then worked for several years as a dental technician. But then our family immigrated to Canada, where I studied to become a real estate agent. I have been working in real estate for thirty-five years, selling both older houses in established neighborhoods and new homes in developments that are under construction. I love my job because it gives me an opportunity to interact with people. My clients tend to come back to use my services again themselves, and also refer their family and friends. I am always attentive to the needs and wishes of my clients, which, in addition to hard work, a patient and caring attitude toward people is the key to success in real estate.

Where is your family from?

My grandmother from my father's side was from Belarus, but my parents were born in Leningrad. I, too, was born in Leningrad. It was very difficult to observe Jewish tradition there, but my mother did her best to observe Jewish holidays - especially Passover and Rosh Hashanah. She always somehow secretly acquired matzah. She prepared extraordinarily delicious gefilte fish, a recipe which I inherited from her. It was not those fish cakes, which nowadays people call gefilte fish. Cooking gefilte fish the right way took the whole day. First, we went to buy it, trying to get the largest and most beautiful fish. Then we carefully cut it up into large pieces, including taking out the pulp. Then we cooked the minced fish meat. Then the real cooking began: on the bottom of the pot was packed onions and beets, and then in layers we placed pieces of fish that were laid with carrots. The apartment was filled with the smell of magic that wafted into the stairwell: Mom cooking gefilte fish! The feasting invited all the relatives and friends who enjoyed my mother's cooking. These holiday gatherings were for us a symbol of the Jewish community.

Why did you choose to live in Thornhill?

We arrived in Toronto in early 1976. At first we lived in the Bathurst and Steeles area, where the Russian-speaking community was concentrated. We later moved to Thornhill, where we live now. We chose this neighborhood due to the fact that there are a lot of familiar Jewish families, and schools where my children could learn together with their Jewish friends.

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

I have more than one hobby: I love classical music, and I love to read. But now most of my time is taken up by my work and my grandchildren.

If you were given the opportunity to meet anyone, who would you choose?

I always very much enjoy my talks with Rabbi Zaltzman. He has an amazing memory. We've been here for almost 40 years, and he remembers the names of my parents, who are no longer alive, and the names of all my family members and children. It never ceases to amaze me. After all, we have a huge Jewish community - how does he remember everyone? He gave Hebrew names for my children - my son and daughter and my granddaughter. He shares with us his plans to open new branches and which programs are planned for our community. I always found him very interesting.

What do JRCC programs mean to you and your family?

From the time the JRCC began to publish the Exodus Magaizne and the Jewish Calendar, I began to distribute them to support the publication in our community, and so people can learn about Jewish community life. I take part in the holiday programs and was invited to the wedding of Rabbi Zaltzman’s children, for which he has always invited the whole community so that people can experience a Jewish wedding. Many people had never experienced a traditional Jewish wedding before.

What are your future plans?

My plans are to continue my work, which today includes a new project - the construction of a complex of new buildings at Bathurst and Major Mackenzie. Also, my daughter is expecting her third child, so we all look forward to the emergence of a new member of our family and the Jewish community.