Humans of TE: Eugenia Gerstein

Humans of TE: One Story at a Time – #TEGivesThanks #ComeHometoTE

This November, Temple Emanuel gives THANKS to YOU, our community. Join us each day as we highlight a fascinating member of our community.

Eugenia Gerstein

“I have a son, Kirill who grew up from a child prodigy to a world renowned concert pianist. Kirill and I moved to Boston in 1994, because he got a full scholarship from Berklee College of Music at age 14. I moved with him as his mother and teacher, but my husband couldn’t move with us – only one parent was allowed to accompany Kirill. It took three and half years for my husband to join us in Boston. In 1994, I couldn’t know what would be ahead of me, what it takes to move to a new country, to a new culture, new language, and build a new life for myself and my family. I was lucky to meet many wonderful people, who understood what it takes to move from Russia to the United States.

In 1995, by pure accident I saw a Temple Emanuel ad about an accompanist position available at TE. I came to TE and found my community, my friends, and colleagues. It is very important to belong to a community, but for a new immigrant, it is essential. Working with the many choirs, ensembles, and teaching children has brought me close to many TE families over the past 25 years! The story of my family is a story of success in America.”