Introducing Victor Seletsky

Written by Rachel Kohn on . Posted in Young Professionals Spotlight

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Victor Seletsky, 37, who also goes by his Hebrew name Gavriel, is an enthusiast. He’s enthusiastic about learning Torah, regularly attending multiple shiurim (classes) per week; he pursues opportunities to help others and enjoys building genuine connections with new people; and he loves his work as a software developer. Learn more about this Kiev-born resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, below.


Describe yourself in five words or less.

Warm, friendly, loyal, dependable, and creative.

What do you love about your community?

I love the heartwarming kindness that is radiated by people of the community, the compassion and willingness to help others. I also love the Kollel [of Greater Washington] faculty, who bring their passions and expertise into the learning journey.

What is the most gratifying aspect of your work?

There are so many gratifying aspects associated with my work as lead programmer that it is difficult to pick just one!

My current job offers what I feel is most important in my life at this time: creativity, challenge, and balance of time. On the one hand, I have to be creative and find new solutions and change things for the better. My work is not only interesting but also beneficial to other people, and I feel that makes all the difference.

At the same time, I work with a team of knowledgeable professionals who continually challenge me. In the words of Theodore Isaac Rubin: “Happiness does not come from doing easy work, but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

When I do not work, I usually either read, learn Torah, hike, or just run.

Something most people don’t know about me is _________.

I’m a fairly good ice skater. I was born in Ukraine and I have been skating from a young age.

What are you looking for when you date?

I am looking for a compassionate woman, with unshakeable loyalty to Torah and mitzvot, who wants to share a journey and build a family, to achieve mutual goals.

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I’m generally not an adventurous type of person — ice skating is usually about as adventurous as I get — but that did not stop me from taking the New York Zipline at Hunter Mountain. Truth be told, while waiting on the platform for my turn I was definitely more nervous about the distance I had to go to the next mountain peak about four miles away rather than the 600 foot drop below.

Ziplining was so exhilarating and liberating. It’s amazing how approaching fear can really make all the difference in living life — sometimes you just need to put yourself out there and try.

Happiness is…?

An attitude and appreciation of life’s journey as a whole, not just based on what you achieve and acquire.

Interviewed by Rachel Kohn