Anatol was born and raised in Moscow, he moved to Sydney in 1992 at the age of 31. Like many other Jews from the Soviet Union, he knew very little about the Jewish way of life, but feeling passionate about the community, he started weekly gatherings of newly arrived Russian speakers, mostly Jews, with the main goal of helping each other through the first most difficult months of settlement in the new country. It was the times when the Internet was still in its infancy and social media didn't exist. Through the word of mouth and with backing of Jewish Community Services, the so-called "Romanovs' Club" quickly became a place every new Russian-speaking Jewish immigrant must check. Hundreds of people received a warm welcome, psychological and practical help at the Club, which Anatol and his wife Faina ran for almost five years.
When Limmud FSU came to Sydney in 2016 Anatol and Faina enthusiastically joined a team of Kangarusski volunteers, helping with many little jobs underpinning a success of this large and important community event.
Two things lying at the heart of the Limmud movement stand high in Anatol's system of values: community and learning. Always learning himself, he complimented his Applied Mathematics and Computer Science degree with a master of Applied Finance. Inspired by the talent and strength of the Russian-speaking Jewish community, demonstrated at the Limmud FSU Australia conference in 2016, Anatol came up with the initiative to create a non-profit association, which would help the community to grow and learn faster. Russian-speaking Jewish Community Association Inc (RJA) was created with strong support of Kangarusski volunteers at the end of 2017. Anatol has been RJA President since inception.