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Mortgage Broker, Realtor


Please tell us about your career.

By profession, I am a Printing Production Engineer. But by the time I arrived in Israel, the digital age had arrived, and print engineering ceased to be relevant. I decided to change directions and studied to become a finance specialist, and spent eleven years working in the finance department at one of the leading insurance companies in Israel. In Canada, I continued to study, and now I am a licensed mortgage broker and realtor. Currently, I help people find a house, provide a complete service for buying and selling, as well as real estate financing. I feel that this work really helps people improve their lives. I believe it is very important to live in a comfortable and pleasant space in which to raise children. In addition, the purchase of real estate clearly improves one’s financial status.

Where is your family from?

My grandparents on both sides spoke Yiddish, and even though my parents and I were born in Kiev, our roots were in Ukrainian towns. For my grandmother, who raised me, it was extremely important that we had matzah in the house during Passover. But in Soviet times matzah was not so easy to acquire, so my grandmother baked her own. In our house there were special silver utensils – cutlery, wine glasses and a serving tray passed on from generation to generation — which for centuries have been used in the family during the Passover Seder. My Grandmother, despite all the difficulties of the time, was able to save those precious family heirlooms, and they still adorn the festive meal in our house. My parents were Soviet engineers. But my father was always interested in Judaism, as much as was possible in the Soviet Union. He was able to secretly listen to "Voice of America", from which people were able to learn about life outside of the Soviet Union. My father spoke Yiddish, and during the Soviet period he taught himself Hebrew, which proved to be very useful when we left for Israel in 1990.

How long ago did you emigrate? Why did you choose Thornhill?

We have lived in Thornhill since our arrival in Canada in August 2001. The choice was totally natural for us. First, my sister and her family moved in Thornhill in 1996. Second, the area is home to many Jews from the former Soviet Union and Israel, and it was comfortable for me and my children to be surrounded with that familiarity. My daughter was born in Israel, and we named her Esther - on the one hand, in honor of her grandmother, and on the other, in honor of the heroine of the Jewish people, Queen Esther. In Thornhill our children quickly made Jewish friends, which was very important to their development, and as a result, both our son and daughter found Jewish spouses.

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

I love walking, and I love to cook even more. I like when the house is full of friends and family, when all are gathered together around the table, and I'm happy to cook for them. Our house always had the smell of freshly baked biscuit, which was expertly baked by my grandmother. I took over this ability from her, as well as the ability to make a real mincemeat and gefilte fish. Given the opportunity to meet anyone, who would you choose? I would like to talk with Queen Esther. It’s no wonder my daughter is named after her. I have always been fascinated by the story of Purim and the heroism of Esther as a modest woman was so courageous, wise and brave, who managed to withstand the terrible plans of Haman, and to help her people. I would also want to talk with another amazing Jewish woman, Golda Meir, who is a native of Kiev. She never gave up, and her perseverance and charisma helped her achieve almost everything she struggled for, including becoming the first female Prime Minister of Israel.

When did you start to participate in JRCC programs? What do they mean to you and your family?

We have been subscribers of Exodus Magazine for many years, and are grateful for the existence of a publication that connects us to the Jewish community, through which we learn about life in our community and the Jewish world. What are your future plans? I often think that I am a fortunate woman: I was able to fulfill my dreams in many aspects of my life, including professionally. I wish myself, my family and all the Jewish people health, happiness, peace. If we think good, then, with G‑d’s help, it will come true.