Life Story for
Raisa “Raya” Alexandrovna Raskin was born on July 28, 1947, in Moscow, Russia. She grew up and was educated during the height of the Cold War era in Soviet Russia. In 1967 she married Evgeny Golod, and her daughter Marina was born in 1969.
In 1980 Raya and Marina were permitted to immigrate to Israel during the brief thaw in the Cold War during the 1980 Moscow Olympic games. Raya did not see her family again until after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989. In Israel, Raya and Marina settled in Bnei-Brak where Raya worked in one of Israel’s leading electronic components companies. Also in Israel, she completed a course in cosmetology and hairstyling, a vocation that became her calling. For several years she worked in a trendy hair salon in the heart of Tel Aviv.
In the late 1980s Raya moved to Cologne, Germany. Her years in Germany were filled with extensive travel in Europe, the USA, and Israel. In the mid-1990s, to be closer to her parents and sister who had immigrated to the USA from Russia, Raya moved to Detroit, Michigan, and in 1997 settled in Arizona to be near her daughter Marina who had lived in Arizona since 1995.
In Arizona, Raya quickly acquired a barber’s license and worked in various hair salons in the East Valley. However, being an employee did not satisfy her entrepreneurial spirit and drive, and in 2009 Raya opened her own barbershop in Tempe, AZ, the “All Family Barber Shop.” Raya loved being self-employed and the barbershop became the hub of her personal, professional, and social life where she developed long-lasting connections with her loyal customers. After her grandchildren were born, she was affectionately called “Baba Raya” by Naomi and Henry and rest of the family. She enjoyed watching them blossom into happy teenagers.
Every Sunday, for many years, Raya prepared a traditional Russian Jewish lunch, complete with chicken soup that was a must dish for Henry. Baba Raya never missed a opportunity to pass on life lessons, sharing her wisdom, experience, and principles with her grandchildren.
Raya is survived by her daughter Marina Golod Akins, son- in-law W. H. Akins III, grandchildren Naomi and Henry Akins, sister Sonja Perchikovsky, niece Anya Filanovsky, and nephew Ilya Perchikovsky.
In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in Israel in Raisa Raskin’s memory. This may be done through the Jewish National Fund Tree Center at http://www.jnf.org/jnf-tree- planting-center. Certificates may be mailed to the Akins residence at 3108 So. Hansen Circle, Tempe, AZ 85282.