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OUR MISSION

We are an educational and charitable interfaith organization of Russian-speaking Americans. We aim to develop the organizing power of our community, its successful integration in American civil society, advance immigrant rights, civic participation, and leadership development. We raise public awareness of our community and the achievements of its members and promote collaboration with other communities in the pursuit of a more just and fair society with equal opportunities for all.

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  RCCMB has a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. Your tax-deductible gift to us supports our events and activities, strengthens progressive voices in the Russian-American community, and helps advance its integration into the fabric of American civil society. We will gratefully acknowledge your contribution that you can make by regular mail or online -

via PayPal:

or via NYCharities.org:

Amount: $

Our mailing address:

244 Fifth Avenue, Suite 200, New York NY 10001.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

If  you are interested in volunteering for us, have fundraising experience and some knowledge of Russian community as well as general immigrant affairs, please write about yourself and your interests to rccmb@rccmb.org.

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OUR NEWS & UPDATES
RCCMB has concluded its 2013 series of meetings with elected officials in Northern Manhattan...
OUR EVENTS & CAMPAIGNS
We will be taking part in the annual Immigrants' Day of Action in Albany on March 5, 2014
OUR MEDIA FILE 
Read V Novom Svete, the flagship Russian Manhattan-based weekly, on our event at Columbia's Harriman Institute. 

     Welcome to the website of Russian-Speaking Community Council of Manhattan & the Bronx. We are an interfaith, grassroots community organization of new Americans whose native language is Russian. We aim to develop our community's organizing power and civic participation in American society.  We also aim to raise public awareness of the legacy of the movement for the freedom of migration and other human and civil rights movements in Russia and the former Soviet Union and their relevance today.  We are the only Russian-American organization currently engaged with other immigrant communities in the movement for comprehensive immigration reform.  We are a collective member of the New York Immigration Coalition, Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, and a founding member of the Coalition of Russian-Speaking Organizations for Civil & Human Rights.  We hope that your visit to this site will be only the beginning of our relationship.  We are looking forward to hearing from you at rccmb@rccmb.org.


On April 18, RCCMB President Dmitri Glinski met with NYC Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal to discuss the issues and concerns of Russian-speaking immigrant community in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx and collaboration with MOIA.

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RCCMB and our entire community mourn the passing of Dr. Jacob (Yaakov) Birnbaum (1926-2014), z'l, a selfless hero of the American movement for the freedom of emigration and religion in the USSR, founder and leader of Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (April 1964) and of the Center for Russian Jewry.  Not only all Jews who have been able to left the former Soviet Union and those who remain there, but also by implication all other ethnic and religious minorities owe whatever freedoms they have gained over the past 25 years to Jacob Birnbaum's tireless advocacy and prophetic fire. Since our beginning in 2011, Dr. Birnbaum was RCCMB's close friend and trusted advisor on many issues.  We expreass our heartfelt condolences and prayers go to his widow and another exceptional friend and supporter of our community, Freda Bluestone Birnbaum. 

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    Photos from the opening of our part-time midtown office and pro bono immigration consultation (the only such service currently offered by a nonprofit created and led by immigrants from former Soviet Union countries in Manhattan), held on April 9 with participation of a representative of New York City Mayor's Office for Immigrant Affairs.

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Dear friends, 

We are proud to announce the upcoming opening of two first-ever office locations of Russian-Speaking Community Council of Manhattan and the Bronx and American Russian-Speaking Association for Civil and Human Rights – in uptown and midtown Manhattan. In these locations, both of which are still temporary, RCCMB will begin providing direct services to our community, starting with pro bono consultations with immigration attorney and assistance with obtaining US citizenship (at this stage, on a part-time basis).

 

We are pleased to invite you to the opening of one of these two locations

and the launch of our immigration services:

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, AT 5-30 PM 

174 FIFTH AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR (Russian Bookstore 21)

 

Presentation by Elizaveta (Lisa) EISENBERG, J.D., Esq., member of American Immigration Lawyers Association

Political Asylum and Other Immigration Topics of Importance to Immigrants From FSU Countries

 

After the talk, those interested will be able to sign up for a consultation appointment free of charge.

 

We look forward to seeing you on this exceptional occasion.

As space is limited, please RSVP at rccmb@rccmb.org or by phone at 212-726-2082. 

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On March 5, we took part in the annual Immigrant Day of Action in Albany, advocating for the interests and needs of our community with our state officials. Our representatives met with State Senator Adriano Espaillat and other government officials.

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We mourn the tragic loss of lives in recent days of revolution in Ukraine where many of us or our relatives were born. We congratulate the Ukrainian people on the successful end to confrontation and violence, and wish peace, speedy rebuilding of people's lives and the economy, and real international assistance to the recovery of this great country. 

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On February 16, 2014, we held an event on the past and present of the Russian-American community in Northern Manhattan,   an evening of recollections and storytelling

in memory of Klara Kuchment (1918-2014),

founder and President of Self-Help Association of American-Russian Elderly (SHAARE),

dedicated volunteer, a champion of Israel, tireless fundraiser for people in need,

longtime resident and community leader of Northern Manhattan, grand-niece of Meir Dizengoff, the first Mayor of Tel-Aviv. Speakers at the event included: Dmitri Daniel Glinski, RCCMB President; Sylvia Riabichev, daughter of Klara Kuchment, and a poet; Andrew Gross, Political Advisor to the Deputy Consul General of Israel; Rabbi Igor Balsim; Vladimir Gutkin, chief of the Manhattan branch of American Association of World War II Veterans from Former Soviet Union; Sasson Akbashev, Cantor, Jewish Center of Kings Highway; Ilya Levkov, Director of Liberty Publishing House; and Anna Malkina, singer and Klara’s associate.

 

You're welcome to our online exhibit of Klara's memorabilia

 

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 HAPPY MLK DAY! 

On this occasion, we invite you to visit our special page on our joint conference of November 2013, with The Black Institute and other organizations, on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, first actions and statements in support of civil rights of Jews in Soviet Union and his role in the birth of the movement for the freedom of emigration from the USSR and of the present-day Russian-American community.

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