Parents of the Year
YCQ is pleased to salute Natalie and Shalom Rakhminov, an outstanding couple who serve as true role models, as loyal Torah Jews, devoted parents, active participants in the school and community, and dedicated עוסקים בצרכי ציבור.
Natalie Nektalov was born in 1989 to Leon and Ester Nektalov who had immigrated to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union. She grew up in Hollis Hills and later moved to Forest Hills. Natalie was enrolled in YCQ in 1994 as one of the first students of Bukharian descent to attend the Yeshiva. Her joining the YCQ family was the beginning of an influx of Bukharian families into the Yeshiva. Natalie graduated YCQ in 2003 and continued her education at HANC from which she graduated in 2007. In 2010, Natalie and Shalom were married. They lived in Kew Gardens Hills until recently when they moved back to Forest Hills.
Shalom Rakhminov was born in Uzbekistan in 1984 and immigrated to the US in 1994 with his family. Unable to obtain a formal Torah education, Shalom received basic Torah training from his parents and grandparents. It was as a collegiate at Long Island University where he studied pharmacy from 2004 to 2010, that Shalom developed a strong connection to Yiddishkeit. As president of LIU’s Hillel, he organized many educational lectures and events for the students.
Besides their satisfaction with their careers: Shalom as a pharmacist and Natalie as a professional “mom,” Shalom and Natalie feel accomplished with their involvement in their shul and participation in various Jewish causes such as Chazaq and Emet to which they contribute generously.
Natalie is very busy with YCQ’s PTO – where she was a key organizer of the Adina Paknoush Sefer Torah Campaign and successful Challah Bake held last spring. Natalie is in her second year as a member of YCQ’s Board of Trustees where she is actively involved in the discussions and volunteers for various projects.
The Rakhminovs have five lovely children: Baruch in grade 4, Leah in grade 2, Shoshana in kindergarten, as well as future STUDENTS OF YCQ, Avital and Zecharia.
May they continue to see much hatzlacha in all their endeavors and may they continue to be a blessing to Klal Yisrael.