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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-10-18

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Dreams from page 10

"Opportunity just opened up for me,"
said Smolkin, who still maintains close
ties with the Russian Jewish community
and whose children, Sharon, 12, and
Isabella, 10 months, are learning to
speak Russian.
He and his wife, Inna, and their chil-
dren live in West Bloomfield and attend
Temple Israel and Chabad of Commerce.

"Too Many Choices"
Yuliy Osipov also knows the sting of
anti-Semitism. He was born and raised
in Baku, Azerbaijan, a primarily Muslim
country, where Jews were always the
scapegoats and certain professions were
denied them.
With the help of ITS, Osipov moved to
Southfield with his family in 1990 with
"no English and too many choices," he
said. "Here, if you want it, you can get it."
He had been enrolled in Polytechnic
University in Baku prior to his move to
the U.S. He was 17 when he arrived and
enrolled in Southfield-Lathrup High
School where he graduated one year later.
He attended University of Michigan-
Dearborn, where he earned a degree in
psychology in 1995, and immediately
enrolled in University of Detroit Mercy
to study law in the evenings so he could
work, which he did as a carpet salesman
and transportation manager.
A practicing attorney for the past
12 years, he opened his own law firm,
Osipov Bigelman PC, five years ago and
specializes in bankruptcy law. He's a cer-
tified bankruptcy attorney and teaches
bankruptcy law at U of D Mercy School
of Law. Osipov was selected by Super
Lawyers for the past few years.
He has a partner, Jeff Bigelman, (a
third- generation Russian Jew) and three
associates. The firm specializes in all
aspects of bankruptcy, workouts and
negotiations with the creditors as well as
business litigation (www.osbig.com ).
He remains active in the group Friends
and Refugees of Eastern Europe (FREE),
which connects Jews in a spiritual and
social sense. He and his wife, Tatyana,
and their children Lazar, 12, Sammy, 9,
and Ariella, 6, make their home in West
BlOomfield and belong to Temple Israel.

A Solo Trip
Erik Raykinstein's immigration expe-
rience is different than his friends'
He came to the U.S. in 1991 from St.
Petersburg, Russia, on his own at age
21. He flew to New York City for a rela-
tive's wedding and ended up living with
an aunt in Farmington Hills for eight or
nine months.
By the time he arrived in the U.S.,
Raykinstein had already earned a college
degree in economics and business law.
"I came here with no parents, no
money, no English:' he said. "I imme-
diately got to work doing miscellaneous

jobs I could find for $4.50 an hour. It
was enough to get by, but I asked myself,
`What do I want to do with my life?"'
After he picked up English, he went to
work in accounts receivables, followed by
a stint as a sales rep for a chemical com-
pany. "But I had always wanted to own
my own business:' he said. "I kept my
eyes open for opportunities."
Raykinstein also wanted to help other
immigrants like himself to get jobs and
a foothold in this new country. "I didn't
have much capital, though:' he said. "I
only had myself to bank on!'
He opened a cleaning company, and
his first two hires were Polish immi-
grants. "I found ways to improve on the
quality of services my clients were used
to getting," he said.
That was the birth of Southfield-based
P.I.C. Maintenance Inc., which he runs
with partner Roman Kuchersky. Now
in business for 20 years, the company
employs 100-150 people and provides
commercial cleaning and maintenance
services in seven states.
Through it all, he's remained close with
many of his Russian comrades. "We gath-
ered in the same places when we first got
here, at the JCC or different places in Oak
Park:' he said. "We're still friends today."
He lives in West Bloomfield with his
wife, Kristina, and children Eli, 7, and
Ari, 2. They attend Temple Israel.

"Solid Foundation"
Unlike most of his Russian friends, Dr.
Alex Kheynson moved to Northgate
Apartments from Moscow when he
was only 6 years old during the Jewish
migration of the late 1970s. His fam-
ily moved from Oak Park to Southfield
to West Bloomfield. He attended high
school at Walled Lake Western, then
Wayne State University and then the
New York College of Podiatry. He now
owns his own practice, Elite Podiatry, in
Farmington Hills.
Kheynson lives in West Bloomfield
with his wife, Viktoriya, and children
Arielle, 3 1/2, and Raphael, 2 1/2. They have
no synagogue affiliation.
"There is a relatively small Russian
community here he said. "We share
strong family ties, a solid foundation and
a strong work ethic. We watched our par-
ents do it. Now we do it — just knowing
that we can never quit."
All of these friends faced the chal-
lenges of starting over with nothing in a
new country, but all saw the opportunity
inherent in America. Nothing, not the
language barrier, not hardship, not even a
horrible economic downturn could stand
in the way of their dreams.
Gendelman sums it up nicely. "There
are doers and complainers in life," he
said. "You pick who you want to be. It's
all about attitude. Nothing could stop

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