The M&M Story
I never though it would end up this way… We met in May 2012 During Limmud FSU, the only informal Jewish educational weekend for RSJs in US, where I was a part of volunteers’ crew & organizing committee. Of course, you never think that you can meet your other half this way. I was thinking, ok, just another guy, hitting on me… And I had no idea what Misha was thinking. After Limmud was over, we started dating and after four months he proposed.
Limmud is probably the best Russian Jewish weekend of the year. I’ve been going every year. That year, 2012, I was going to give a lecture on modern art and my passion towards art in general. I was focused on the lecture and quite nervous as public speaking is probably my most painful pursuit. While I am there anyway, of course, I can be looking around for someone special. But the pressure I put on myself with the lecture took its toll and my attempts at socialization were limited. During many walks down many crowded hallways, I saw a friend I met just once – he happened to be sitting next to someone as well. It was an excellent opportunity to say hello and combine business and pleasure. She was nice, but appeared to be in a relationship. Later that day, she saw me and we hung around. It turned out that she was not in a relationship. My lecture was a good experience, but that weekend turned out to be quite significant…
Both of us came to LimmudFSU 2013 (which was one week before our wedding) as part of a tradition we both have already established. Already three of us, came to LimmudFSU 2014 as a bigger family. For us, Limmud is no longer just a weekend of learning and digging into our “Jewishness”. Limmud is our beginning! The beginning of us as a couple and beginning of us as a family. Without it we would not have found each other and there would be no little Samuel and M&M story to share.
Marina, Misha and Samuel Zurakhinsky