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Dunwoody Resident Junko Horvath has a Background in Two Hemispheres and Two Religions | People

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Dunwoody Resident Junko Horvath has a Background in Two Hemispheres and Two Religions

Dunwoody resident Junko Horvath has a background in two hemispheres and two religions. In both cases, she has found herself giving some of her financial resources to help others.
As a converted Jew since the late 1980’s, she has contributed to the Atlanta Jewish Federation, which benefits Jewish causes in Atlanta and Israel. Originally from Japan, she has given recently to the Japan America Society which benefits earthquake victims.
Horvath grew up Buddhist in a suburb of the Tokyo area. After graduating from a Japanese university, in 1988 she came to Georgia Tech to pursue a Masters in finance and accounting. During her time there, she met and fell in love with Stephen Horvath, an Emory student. Eight days after she graduated, the two were married in Highland Park, N.J., his hometown. Stephen is an Orthodox Jew, and in order for the two to wed, Junko needed to convert.
Junko and her mother didn't speak for three years. Upon the birth of her first daughter, the news of a grandchild overcame the silence between them.  Junko  named the child Yael, and she later discovered that the name of her grandmother, who had passed away before Junko was ever born, was Yae.
Both Yael and younger sister Adina want to go to medical school. Yael will be a college freshman this fall and Adina is 14. .
About 10 years ago, Junko decided to convert from Conservative to Orthodox Judaism, and her family also moved their synagogue membership to a more conservative congregation in Dunwoody, Congregation Ariel. The family looks forward to attending religious services together on Friday night and Saturday morning, as well as entertaining guests at Shabbat dinner on Friday and at Saturday lunch.
Junko’s first job in Atlanta was with Fuji Bank in 1990, which she started 11 days after her wedding. She now works with MV Financial Group based in Bethesda, Md., running the Atlanta office, located in Sandy Springs. She works with high net-worth individuals, foundations, endowments and business owners by giving them fee -based investment advice and financial planning. She says she is exhilarated by helping achieve each client's financial goals and securing their future she said.
An active member of the greater Atlanta community, she serves on the Grady Health System Board of Visitors, the Speakers Committee of the Buckhead Club and the Board of Do Jewish; and is a past treasurer of the Torah Day School of Atlanta. She is active in the Japan America Society of Georgia and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.