Raisa Abramova



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✦ Basics

NameRaisa Berovna Abramova (nee Rifkina)
Age45 in 1918
EthnicityAshkenazi Jewish (with roots in Ukraine)
OccupationNewspaper Editor
✦ About

Raisa Berovna Abramova (nee Rifkina) was born in Odessa, Ukraine. She is Sam's mother. She is less strict than her husband, Lev, but she can be quite demanding at times, although she is much more understanding of Sam than Lev usually is. 

Growing up, she was the youngest of her parents' 5 children and as such, was babied through her formative years. She is a sensitive person who always thinks of the worst possible outcome. As such, she can be quite the worrywart.

After having a whirlwind romance and marrying Lev, she and Lev decided to immigrate to America due to the pogroms rocking Ukraine in the 1890s.

Raisa and Lev settle on the Lower East Side and become newspaper editors and writers for a number of Yiddish newspapers. 

In the USA, she is also known as "Raisa Abramov" to avoid confusion, since "Abramova" is the feminine version of "Abramov" and there are no gendered last names in English. 

Read more about Raisa Abramova here on our website: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/raisa-abramova

✦ Appearance

Raisa is around 155 cm tall.

✦ Likes
Healthy food that isn't too greasy (she's not a fan of Feingold's but since her husband and son are, she has to agree with eating there sometimes)
Yiddish Theatre music
Writing and editing newspapers, with an eye for detail and proof-reading
Making sure Sam is happy and that his father didn't push him too hard - she thinks Lev is too extreme sometimes although she generally agrees that Sam needs to be pushed harder to succeed
✦ Dislikes
When Lev gets too stubborn and starts disregarding what Sam really wants
Unruly, disrespectful people who might be dangerous or criminal; she can be quite wary of people she doesn't know and tends to assume the worst
Dangerous situations and people
Being in the same room as when Lev and Sam argue
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✦ Backstory

Find out more by reading our graphic novel, "Sam in New York"! 

Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York

Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948

You can read more about the themes in "Sam in New York" here on our site:


✦ Relationships
Sam AbramovHer son. She loves him but is also very strict towards him, though not as strict as Lev. She wants Sam to be happy, although she thinks he needs to follow a set of rules in order to stay "on the right path."
Lev AbramovHer husband. They were deeply in love when they were young, but as they got older, they started drifting apart due to a number of factors (stress, over-work, boredom, etc.) However, they do love talking about Sam and what they can do to make sure he is "on the right path." Sam is their favorite topic of discussion (for better or for worse), other than work! 

✦ Trivia
● Raisa started out as a pretty idealistic and romantically-minded woman, but now, she is pragmatic, pessimistic, and overly-paranoid about certain things, due to her shrinking social circle as she gets older. Outside of her husband and son, she has few friends, since she's always working and has no time to socialize anymore. 
● She used to love Lev for his convictions and opinions, but now, she finds them a bit tiring. She thinks he's too hard-headed, too stubborn, and unwilling to see the larger picture at times. 
● Raisa hopes Sam will find a way to do what he loves while still being able to live independently. Although she does a lot of things for Sam and kind of spoils him at times, she ultimately wants him to stand up on his own two feet. 
● Raisa has always been concerned about the types of friends Sam keeps. She is always worried about him being "led down the wrong path." As a child, she disliked it when Sam had friends who swore, got into trouble at school, were rude, etc.

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