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About the calendar, CALONY and the NY Latvian community

New York City and the "tri-state" region - New York, New Jersey and Connecticut - surrounding it are home to a vibrant and energetic Latvian community. it is open to all who are interested in Latvia and in Latvian culture, education, sports and other social activities. Whether or not you grew up in the New York area or whether you have come here for longer or shorter stay, you are cordially invited to attend our community events and even become more deeply involved in the work of our community organizations.

The calendar and other information on this website are maintained by the Council of American-Latvian Organizations of New York - CALNY (in Latvian:  Ņujorkas latviešu organizāciju padome - ŅLOP). You are free to print this information out, quote from and distribute it to others, the only condition being that www.NYLatvian.org be cited as the source.

Notes about the calendar's content: To save space and avoid extraneous repetition the names of the most popular venues are links. These appear in maroon color and bold type. As you roll your mouse pointer over each link it will become underlined. When clicked on, a new page will open with the venue's full address, travel directions, and photos. For example the following are links: Yonkers Church and DV House.E-mail addresses of contact people are also provided in this way. If you click on the contact person's name, your computer's e-mail program should open a new message window, with the correct recipient e-mail address field already filled in. If you want only to view the e-mail address without invoking your e-mail program right click on the name and choose "properties".

Contact us!

Feel free to write to the webmaster, Marģers (pinnis@banet.net) to comment, submit events and point out errors.

The Council of American-Latvian Organizations of New York - CALNY

The Council of American-Latvian Organizations of New York - CALNY, founded 1950 is the umbrella organization for local Latvian community organizations. Its mission is to provide a forum for these organizations to coordinate the scheduling of their events and activities, as well as to promote the further development of the local Latvian community. Every year the CALNY organizes: the celebration of Latvia's independence day (November 18) with a ceremony and concert, Latvian Cultural days (at the end of January); theater performances; and other events. CALNY member organizatitions elect delegates to the CALNY annual meeting, which takes place at the end of March, and which elects the CALNY governing board and audit committee. The current president of the CALNY is: Baiba Pinnis tel. (914) 631-5725.

CALNY member organizations

The History of the CALNY calendar and this website

In ancient times, before there was the internet and e-mail, the CALNY board held meetings quite regularly, almost every month. An important point on the agenda was the compilation of a calendar of community events. After each meeting the CALNY board secretary would compile the information about upcoming events into a flyer, which was then distributed or sent by mail to CALNY board members and all organization representatives. In august of 2001 the events calendar began to be distributed by e-mail. It soon became clear that it would be worthwhile to send the calendar not only to organizations but to offer it to anyone interested in receiving and reading it. With this step, the CALNY events calendar not only continued to serve its original purpose of helping organizations avert scheduling conflicts, but took on a new mission of serving as an electronic bulletin board for the New York Latvian community at large. In January of 2003 the calendar became bilingual, written no longer only in Latvian but now in English as well. The calendar was also then sent to www.LatviansOnline.com so the information would be available on the internet. At the same time it became clear that it would be desirable to create a website devoted specifically to the needs of the greater New York Latvian community. After several months of development NYLatvian.org was launched on April 15 2003. On March 5, 2011 the NYLatvian page was created on Facebook.com. On November 27, 2012 the NYLatvian page was created on Draugiem.lv.

Latvian organizations, institutions and news sources outside the New York area

Information about Latvian, Baltic and other organization, institutions and news sources outside the New York area - be they in North America, Australia, Latvia, elsewhere in the Baltic and Europe, - may be found in a separate page on this site:
Latvian & Baltic - Organizations & Links.

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Latvia in New York

Please visit the website: www.latvia-newyork.org.

Mission of Latvia to the United Nations

Please visit the website: www.mfa.gov.lv/en/mission/?lv=1&org=UNN.

Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of New York

Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of New York is the largest Latvian community organization in New York and is also the largest local Latvian organization in the USA. It emplys two full time pastors and a volunteer deacon. Church services and other events take place in the congregation's five regions - Long Island, Yonkers, NY, New Jersey, and Inner city NYC (Manhattan & Brooklyn, NY. The Congregation also owns a rural property in the Catskill Mountains of New York which during the summer hosts a children's camp and other activities. Much more comprehensive information about the congregation may be found at its website: www.nydraudze.org. There you will also find a calendar of times and locations for church services, all of which may not appear in this (the NYLatvian.org) calendar.

The New York Latvian Catholic congregation, at its annual meeting on August 28, 2005.decided to dissolve due to declining membership.

Latvian Schools are in session from September to May or June

All four of the New York area Latvian schools operate under the auspicies of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of New York. Please visit www.NYDraudze.org and click on "Skolas" in the column on the left side of the home page for more information.

The Bronx School meets at the Yonkers Church on Saturdays from 09:15 to 13:45.For further information write: Laura Zamurs or call (516) 922-8338

The New Jersey School's information is available at: www.njskola.org or write: Ilze Kancāne, or Linda Zālīte.

The Long Island School is currently not active and the Brooklyn School has merged with the New Jersey school.

Latvian Scouts symbolLatvian Girl Guides symbol

Latvian Boy Scouts & Girl Guides

The New York Rīga 90th Latvian Boy Scouts and Zilais kalns 4th Girl Guides have two active groups. One usually meets about twice a month on Saturdays from 14:00 to 15:30 after Latvian school in Summit NJ (see above). The other meets a little less often on Saturdays after Latvian School at the Long Island Church (see above). For further information about the Latvian Boy Scouts write Reinis Sipols and for information about the Latvian Girl Guides write: Diāna Rudzīte, tel. (732) 549-0445. See the calendar (on the home page of this site) for dates of  events, & weekend and summer camps.

New York Latvian Concert Choir

The New York Latvian Concert Choir

The New York Latvian Concert Choir (NLK) is seeking singers for all voices. Contact Aija Pelše: e-mail aijap@yahoo.com, tel. (516) 319-9491 or Andrejs Jansons tel. (201) 944-1273. Rehearsals usually take place at the Yonkers church on Sundays from 11:15AM to 3:00PM.
Visit: www.NYLatvianConcertChoir.org.
Visit the page "New York Latvian Concert Choir" on Facebook: Facebook.

Latviešu Kultūras biedrības <i>Tilts</i> logo

Latvian Cultural Association Tilts

Please visit the website: www.Tilts.org.

Latvijas Nacionālā Operas Ģildes logo

Latvian National Opera Guild

Please visit the website: www.lnogASV.org.

Daugavas Vanagi emblem

Daugavas Vanagi New York Chapter

Please visit the page: DVNY.

New York Latvian Society

Please contact the Society's President: Kārli Salmiņu.

New York Latvian Federal Credit Union

Please call the office - tel. (631) 491-1481, Treasurer: Biruta Klausa.

Tautas deju kopa Jumis Tautas deju kopa Jumis

New York Latvian Folk Dance Group Jumis

The New York Latvian Folk Dance Group Jumis resumes rehearsals for the fall season, at the Estonian House. Warm-ups start at 7 PM, rehearsal at 7:30 PM. After the rehearsals participants usually linger for a while in the Estonian House bar/cafe. All ages and abilities are welcome to attend!.
Visit: www.Jumis.org
and follow the page "Jumis" on Facebook: Facebook.
If you have questions write to Vija Garvey vija.garvey@gmail.com.

Latvian Fraternities group of New York (K!K!Ņ!)

Please contact the Senior: Vilnis Vīksne, gers! tel. (718) 220-8191.

Latvian Sororities group of New York Ņujorkā (S!K!K!Ņ!)

Please contact the Senior: Ilze Bārs, daug!

Latvian books

Where to buy Latvian books

Book stalls

At the Latvian Ev. Luth Church of New York and at the Daugavas Vanagi chapter of New York book stalls operate at times when some other larger event takes place at the same location. These sell new as well as used books, CD's and other cultural items. It is suggested that you inquire of the managers when their stall will be open. If you are looking for something specific, then you can ask if they have what you are looking for. If you have books to donate, please ask if the manager can accept them.
Book stalls operate:
at the Yonkers church, manager Gunta Semba, tel. (914) 762-7379;
at the Long Island Church, manager Biruta Klausa; and
at theDaugavas Vanagi House, manager Vilnis Vīksne, tel. (718) 220-8191.

Saulaine book barn

(in Latvian "Saulaines grāmatu klētiņa"). The "Saulaines grāmatu klētiņa" is a part of the St. John's Church congregation in Toronto camp Saulaine (see  www.campsaulaine.com) All books have been donated, all work is done by volunteers and all donations and proceeds benefit the maintaining of Camp Saulaine. We can ship orders anywhere! Please send us your book and author want lists. we have thousands of books! Please conatct Kristīne Stivriņa stivrins@hotmail.com, tel. (705) 424-6226.

American Latvian Association

The American Latvian Association publishes books as well as sells them. Visit: www.alausa.org.

Amazon.com

See the right side column on the pages of this site for advertisements for Latvian books and other items. You can search the Amazon.com site for many more products from, about and by Latvia and Latvians.

New York Public Library lion

The collections of the New York Public Library has a wealth of materials about Latvia, Latvians, the Baltic and Balts

Please visit the Library's website: www.nypl.org.

ALA Kultūras vērtību krātuve DV namā.

ALA Ethnographic and Cultural collection at Priedainē in New Jersey

Please visit the page: COLLECTION.

The Ball in honor of Latvia's 90th Anniversary was a great success!
Thank you to all participants!

The ball took place Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 at 19:00 at the 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street (at Fifth Avenue just north of Rockefeller Center), New York NY. It was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations, the Honorary Consulate of Latvia in New York and the Council of American-Latvian Organizations in New York. Here are few photos.

Group photo of the Latvia's 90th Anniversary Ball 11-23-2008 Polonaise at the Latvia's 90th Anniversary Ball 11-23-2008 Polonaise at the Latvia's 90th Anniversary Ball 11-23-2008

Appeals, notices and news

DV House program survey

Free form survey about what you would like to see at the Daugavas Vanagi House.

Thanks to all who came to the Christmas Fair at the Daugavas Vanagi (DV) House in the Bronx on Saturday, December 6th. We were very happy to see not just our “old friends” but also those visiting the DV House for the first time. We would like to see you again in our midst; therefore we are asking for your suggestions as we are creating the 2015 DV House program.

Some questions to start the discussion:
A) What kinds of events would you like to see organized at the DV House?
B) What days of the week and at what times of day is it most convenient for you to come to events there?
C) Do you use Twitter? Draugiem.lv? Latviesi.com? Google+? If there is interest we will try to update the NYLatvian page on these social media more often.
D) Please tell us your thoughts on any question or concern to help create a more exciting, interesting and attractive New York Latvian community!

To participate in the survey (please respond by Friday Dec. 19):
1) Send an e-mail to: DV@NYLatvian.org
2) Or on Facebook – Join the group www.facebook.com/groups/nylatvian.org/, find the post “Free Form Survey”, and add your comments.
Thank you for your thoughts!

The DV House has a parking lot and is accessible from Manhattan, Brooklyn and elsewhere by Subway lines: 4 Subway 4, D Subway D, 1 Subway 1, A Subway A, and via Metro North Railroad's Hudson Line from Grand Central Terminal. Details and a map are on the DV House page.
Visit the page "Daugavas Vanagi Latvian Assn New York" on Facebook: Facebook.

Latvia's Radio 1 2a gs latvietis

A half-hour long radio program (in Latvian) about Latvians living abroad is broadcast Sundays at 13:00 (Latvia time).

Starting Nov. 11, 2012, Sundays at 13:00 (Latvia time) Latvijas Radio 1 broadcasts a half-hour long program "21.gs.latvietis" ("The 21st century Latvian") featuring interviews on various topics with Latvians who, for various reasons choose to live outside their homeland.

For a description (in Latvian) and list of past broadcasts visit:
 http://lr1.latvijasradio.lv/lv/lr1/raidijumi/21.-gadsimta-latvietis.

For all archived programs visit: http://LR1.LatvijasRadio.lv then choose "Arhīvs", then in the field "Atslēgvārds" (Keyword) type: "21. gadsimta latvietis" and click on "Meklēt" (Search). A list of archived programs giving date of broadcast and topic will be displayed. Click on "Ķlausīties" to listen.
Latvian Passport

As of Oct. 1, 2013, many Latvians abroad are allowed to hold dual citizenship.

Until now, Latvia's laws did not permit Latvian citizens to simultaneously be citizens of another country. In the years following the restoration of Latvia's independence in 1991, an exception was made to allow Latvian citizens in exile, and their descendents, who had acquired the citizenship of their countries of residence, to reclaim their right to Latvian citizenship without renouncing the citizenship of their home countries. But to take advantage of this exception one had to reclaim the right to Latvian citizenship by mid 1995. In the case of minors, their parents had to apply on their behalf. After 1995 this opportunity was no longer available.

On May 9, 2013 the Latvian Saeima (Parliament) adopted changes, effective October 1, 2013, to the laws to allow dual citizenship and most Latvians living in the USA and other countries may be eligible to apply for and receive Latvian citizenship while retaining other citizenship they may hold.

The following information is posted here as a public service and in order to interest those who may be eligible to take advantage of this opportunity, but please note that only information received directly from government sources may be considered authoritative. Please contact the Consular Department of the Embassy of Latvia in Washington DC to get the latest instructions before proceeding with any application. Visit www.latvia-usa.org.

Information from the EMBASSY OF LATVIA

INFORMATION REGARDING THE PROCESS OF REQUESTING LATVIA CITIZENSHIP AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2013

In order to request Latvian citizenship you first need to select one of the categories which justifies your eligibility for citizenship because different rules apply for each category: 

1. Exiles (those who were forced to leave Latvia between June 17, 1940 and May 4, 1990 due to foreign occupation) and their descendants who were born (and will have been born) by October 1, 2014 Latvia citizenship can be requested by those who were citizens of Latvia on June 17, 1940 and whofled occupation and left Latvia between June 17, 1940 and May 4, 1990, and for this reason did not return to Latvia, as well as their descendants, who will be born by October 1, 2014. Dual citizenship is allowed with any other country! 

2. At the time of your birth at least one of your parents was a citizen of Latvia In this case dual citizenship is allowed for those who are citizens of the member states of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), NATO or if you are a citizen of Australia, Brazil or New Zealand (children are eligible for dual citizenship with any country, but at age 25 will have to make a choice). 

3. You are an ethnic Latvian or Liv In requesting citizenship based on your ethnic origin you will be required to pass a language exam in Latvia. You are allowed to maintain dual citizenship with any other country! 

List of documents which must be submitted: 

1. Application letter with a request to grant you Latvian citizenship (form will be available on the Embassy of Latvia website) 

2. An identifying document (passport or other ID) 

3. Birth certificate (for those born in the U.S. the birth certificate must be certified with an Apostille authentication from the state in which the document was issued) 

4. Marriage certificate or divorce decree (U.S. issued documents must have an Apostille authentication) 

5. Birth certificates of children (for those born in the U.S. the birth certificate must have an Apostille) 

6. Documents that support your eligibility for citizenship (see below) 

7. Fee for the processing of documents. 

Documents that prove your eligibility for citizenship as an exile or as a descendent of an exile: 

1. The exile’s passport from Latvia’s first period of independence or other document that affirms citizenship of Latvia on June 17, 1940. 

2. A written statement that theperson fled Latvia to escape occupation (information on what this statement will requirewill be on the Embassy of Latvia website) 

3. Descendants of exiles must provide documents confirming their relationship to the exile. 

Documents which prove your eligibility of acquiring citizenship based on the fact that at the time of your birth, one of your parents was a citizen of Latvia: 

1. A document proving that citizenship of the country which does not allow dual citizenship has been renounced (children under the age of 18 do not have to renounce the citizenship of another country) 

2. A document proving that you are not a citizen of another country. This document must be submitted only by those who are requesting citizenship based on being a Latvian citizen on June 17, 1940 or their descendants. 

Documents that confirm the eligibility of acquiring citizenship based on ethnic origin: 

1. Document that confirms your ancestor’s place of residence in Latvia’s territory between 1881 and June 17, 1940. 

2. Documents proving your relationship to this ancestor 

3. Documents confirming your ethnic background (if you cannot prove yours, then documents confirming that of your parents or grandparents, for example, passports, birth/marriage certificates etc.) 

4. Document confirming that you have passed the language examination in Latvia. 

Documents can be submitted in person to the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, D.C. or can be mailed to the Embassy. Submitted documents must be originals or authenticated copies of documents. Documents issued by the U.S. must have an Apostille authentication. 

The Embassy will make copies of the originals and send the originals back to you. The fee for the return of documents via the U.S. Postal Service registered mail is $10.00; for return by Federal Express: $30.00(money order only, made out to the „Embassy of Latvia.”). If you submit copies of documents, they must first be notarized; second, they must have an Apostille affixed by the Office of the Secretary of State. Documents should be sent to: Embassy of Latvia, 2306 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008. 

Your citizenship application and supporting documents will be forwarded to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs in Latvia, which is the authority responsible for citizenship matters. Your documents will be processed in: one month for children of citizens of Latvia; in 4 months for exiles, in one year for ethnic Latvians and Livs. In case all necessary documents have not been submitted in their entirety, the process of granting citizenship can be extended. 

For additional questions please see the Embassy of Latvia website: www.latvia-usa.org. Taking into account the large number of inquiries regarding the acquisition of Latvian citizenship, we are advising that responses to questions submitted by e-mail may take longer than usual. 

This information was prepared on September 19, 2013 and may change once regulations issued by the Cabinet of Ministershave been approved!!!

Information from the CONSULATE OF LATVIA IN NEW YORK

Since our last email update we have received some updated information from the Embassy in Washington D.C. that could be of interest to you.  There have also been some changes to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs website links that now include information in English for those who need it. Please read on below this quick update from the Embassy in D.C.

Due to large numbers of inquiries regarding dual citizenship received at the Latvian Embassy, at this time we are sending out only general information regarding who is eligible for the dual citizenship and guidelines for the application process.

More information is available at the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs website:
www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/citizenship/registration-if-citizenship/

If you submit documents to the Embassy, you have to include a money order for 60 USD (payable to the Embassy of Latvia) - the fee for document forwarding to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs.

Add to your money order 10 USD for mailing back your original documents with USPS certified mail or 30 USD - for Federal Express.

CITIZENSHIP
www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/citizenship/

ADMISSIBILITY OF DUAL CITIZENSHIP
www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/citizenship/dual-citizenship/admissibility-of-dual-citizenship.html

REGISTRATION OF CITIZENSHIP
www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/citizenship/registration-if-citizenship/

EMBASSY OF LATVIA TO THE UNITED STATES – Consular Section
www.mfa.gov.lv/en/usa/consular/

Please note, the Consulate of Latvia in New York cannot process any applications or approve any official documents for citizenship applications. This is all handled by the Embassy in D.C.

Consulate of Latvia in New York
Mr. Daris G. Delins - Honorary Consul
Tel: 1-646-230-0590
Fax: 1-646-230-0591
E-mail: info@latvia-newyork.org
Home page: www.latvia-newyork.org