Remembering Faina Rapoport
Faina Rapoport was 45 years old when she died on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. A computer programmer for Accenture (a global professional services company that provides consulting services in digital, technology, and operations), Rapoport worked as a consultant to Marsh & McLennan, the corporation that had offices on eight floors (93-100) of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. When American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower between the 93rd and 99th floors, the individuals on these floors were killed, including Rapoport.
A Russian by birth, Raina Rapoport had only been in the United States for seven years when her life was taken. She and her husband, Yuriy, an engineer, and their two children (Alex and Elena) immigrated to the United States in 1994 to escape religious persecution and settled in Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, where a community of Russian Jews lived.
By all accounts, Rapoport loved the United States. When she arrived, she was 38 years old and her children were 18 and 12. While they attended school, she studied English and eventually obtained employment in her field of computer programming while her husband worked as a construction inspector.
Fifteen years have passed since 9-11 and we must never forget Faina Rapoport, a woman who lost her life in the country she sought asylum in to avoid religious persecution, by terrorists who didn’t respect religious freedom. While visiting New York City recently, I was at the Memorial Plaza that honors the lives of those who were lost on 9-11. The rain pouring down seemed like tears from above. May Faina Rapoport and all the victims of 9-11 rest in peace.