Updated: Aug 2
Raisa Berovna Abramova (nee Rifkina) was born in Odessa, Ukraine.
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 marrying Lev Abramov, 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.