by LINDA FRABL | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Art is All Around

family_siberfarbs3For a family educated in logic-based fields – computer scientist Andrew has a Ph.D. in physics, and wife Dushenka has a degree in mathematics – the Silberfarbs have a poetic approach to life. Describing their beloved PQ neighborhood near Adobe Bluffs Park, Dushenka admitted, “We love being able to watch the sun sink into the Pacific Ocean from Hilltop Park and the cool ocean breezes that come up the canyon.” Andrew added, “We also love seeing the hot air balloons in the evenings and the glorious sunrise over Black Mountain in the mornings.” Artistic and environmental beauty is something this family appreciates.


Parents: Andrew and Dushenka Silberfarb
Children: Sophie (7), Elena (5), Aidan (4), and new baby
Extended Family: Dushenka’s mother – Suzette Myers; Dushenka’s sister – Jeselle Myers
Community: Rancho Peñasquitos
Hometowns: Andrew – Irvine, CA; Dushenka – Albuquerque, NM
Occupations: Andrew – computer scientist; Dushenka – teacher and author
Favorite Spots in 92129: Rancho Peñasquitos Library, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, Hilltop Park


Andrew and Dushenka met while studying at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, known for its majestic, inspiring landscape. Having moved to San Diego from Massachusetts last July, the Silberfarbs have immersed themselves in their new surroundings by visiting museums, going on nature walks, bicycling, and attending live performances. Dushenka is no stranger to the arts, and even taught flamenco classes at the Stanford University Dance Department while the family was based there for a year.

family_siberfarbs2Now the family’s children – Sophie, 7, Elena, 5, and Aidan, 4 – express themselves artistically and athletically. All three enjoy ballet and piano, and the girls adore choir and art. In addition, Sophie and Aidan play T-ball, and Elena is constantly writing letters to her far-flung family and friends.

family_siberfarbs4The Silberfarbs also embrace their unique blended home, which includes Dushenka’s mother, Suzette, and Duschenka’s youngest sister, Jeselle, who is also the birth mother of Sophie and Aidan. Cognizant of multi-cultural living, the Silberfarbs have extended family members with various ethnicities, such as Spanish-Portuguese, German, Cambodian, and even Romanian. Their family meals reflect their diverse tastes, and they’ve been known to make homemade pita, falafel, baba ghanoush, hummus, tabouli, and even Persian ice cream.

As food lovers, the Silberfarbs are strict vegans who eat only organic foods. Dushenka proclaimed, “We make most of what we eat ourselves, including bread by grinding grain in our flour mill, crackers, juices, ice cream, and jam.” Every spring they plant pumpkin seeds and in the fall they harvest mature pumpkins for baking pumpkin pies, which go perfectly with their unusual Thanksgiving “turkey.” Andrew explained, “Every year we bake bread in the shape of a roast turkey as the centerpiece of our Thanksgiving table!” Check out the Silberfarb’s recipes at www.modelvegan.com.