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Faina Rapoport

New York, New York

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A Grateful Refugee

Faina Rapoport carried a mental portrait of New York City for years. It was a means of survival while she and her family waited to hear from the United States goverment about whether they qualified for the refugee program. Her family, Jews from Moscow, wanted to escape religious persecution.

In 1994, New York City was no longer a painting in the gallery of Mrs. Rapoport's mind. It became real — the family received refugee status. They were free to worship as they pleased.

They settled in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, a bustling Russian Jewish community near Coney Island.

Mrs. Rapoport, a computer programmer, studied English, while her husband, Yuriy, a civil engineer, became a construction inspector.Their children, Alex, 25, and Elena, 19, attended school.

Soon Mrs. Rapoport, 45, learned enough English to pursue a job. Eventually, she became a computer programmer at Accenture at the World Trade Center. Her salary helped buy a condominium near the beach.

The job also let her see two things in her mental portrait of the city: Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. "I know my mother is still happy about coming to America," Elena Rapoport said. "She accomplished things that she never would have been able to do in Russia. No one misses Russia."

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I love You my Fainochka so much. I miss you every day yours husband Yuriy. 11-11-2020

I love You so much Fainochka.Yours husband Yuriy.

As I stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.

In memory....

Dear Lenachka,

I wish you love, peace, happiness and strength. You are a great friend, and I hope that you will be able to find strength, patience and look ahead to the future. You are a very intelligent and bright young woman, and you will succeed in life. I wish you all the best. Love, Katya :)

St. Pius X High School in Houston, TX printed over 3000 hospital-type wrist bands, each with the names of one of the victims. I am wearing your mother's band.

My father, too, was an immigrant and was proud to be an American, as was your mother.

Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers on 9/11.

Joyce Galiette

May God Bless you and watch over you forever more.

DEAR GOD SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON THIS WONDERFUL WOMAN...FAINA RAPOPORT AND MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE WITH GOD AND HIS ANGELS..GOD BLESS HER LOVING FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS..GOD BLESS AMERICA..NEW YORK AND THE GOOD PEOPLE WHO LEFT RUSSIA...STAY CLOSE..PRAY..AND NEVER FORGET 9/11/01..MAY GOD AND HIS ANGELS GREET YOU AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN...AMEN

Dear Alex,
It has been six months since your mother passed away. Please accept my condolences.
We have been really close when you used to work here with me by my side. It made me feel really sad and pretty shaken up when i saw your mom's picture. It felt even more worse, because it was your mom. I did get to meet her once and she seemed very dear and nice. We used to talk about different things in life, but the subject of loosing someone so dear and close to you never came up....