Until Sunday Dec. 15 at 19:30 Latvian American actress Laila Robiņš will appear in Richard Nelsons play Regular Singing, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003. Regular Singing is the last in Richard Nelsons series of plays, all set in the Apple familys home in Rhinebeck, NY and Ms. Robiņš has appeared in previous productions of all them. These are That Hopey Changey Thing (2010), Sweet and Sad (2011) and Sorry (2012). Performances of the play in which Ms. Robiņš appears, Regular Singing, will take place Dec. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 13 & 15, but it is possible to see also the three earlier plays in the series at the Public from Nov. 30 to Dec 15. For directions and tickets visit: www.publictheater.org. For a write-up of Regular Singing and Richard Nelsons earlier Apple family plays visit: www.tickets.publictheater.org/production/?prod=22255&perf=22452.
Until Friday Dec. 20 - Exhibit by Igor Ziko Waiting
for Boreas: North Wind in Estonian Landscapes,
at the Estonian House. Gallery open
Wednesday to Friday from 17:00 to 23:00.
Preview the paintings at www.igorzikoart.com/?page_id=795.
For directions visit: www.EstonianHouseNewYork.com.
Follow the event "Waiting for Boreas/Exhibition" on Facebook:
Thursday Dec. 12 at 19:00 - Viewing of film about, and performance by, distinguished dancer and choreographer Vija Vētra, at the Westbeth Artists Housing, 55 Bethune Street (@ 463 West Street), New York, NY, 1st floor Community room. A film will be shown, which was made last summer marking Vija Vētra's 90th jubilee and 70 years of creative work. She will also give a performance of poetry expressed in dance accompanied by flute, in memory of deceased Westbeth artists. For directions visit: www.WestBeth.org.
Saturday, Dec. 14 at 14:00 - Christmas Church service in Manhattan, in the chapel of the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. A Christmas celebration "Eglīte" will follow in the community rooms at Seafarer's. For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: www.sihnyc.org. All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit www.NYDraudze.org. Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.
Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10:00 - Church services followed by The Bronx Latvian school's
and the congregation's Northern district (Ziemeļu novada) "Eglīte" (Christmas celebration)
at the Yonkers Church.
Following the service there will be a program presented by Latvian school pupils, a visit by Santa Claus,
and holiday lunch with refreshments.
Follow the event "Jonkeru Latviešu Skolas & Ziemeļu Novada Ziemassvētku Eglīte" on Facebook: .
Visit the page "Jonkeru Latviešu Pamatskola" on Facebook .
Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 18:00 - Christmas
Eve Church services, at the Yonkers Church,
and at the Long Island Church.
Singing at the the
services at Yonkers will be the New York Latvian Concert Choir and at the Long Island
church soloists Laila & Lalita Saliņš.
Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 11:00 - Christmas Day Church services, at the East Orange Church.
Tuesday, Dec 31 - New Year's Eve Celebration at the Rota Lodge in the Catskills, 82 Rota Road, Elka Park, NY 12427. Visit the Rota Lodge web site www.RotaLodge.com. Follow the group "ROTA Lodge"on Facebook: .
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2014:
Sunday, Jan. 5, at 10:30 - Epiphany church service followed by the congregation's Long Island district (Salas novads) "Eglīte" (Christmas celebration), at the Long Island Church. Participating will be Madelēna Miniāte who will tell (in Latvian) about her experiences at the Garezers Latvian Summer High-School in Michigan, and Nikolais Star, who will talk about his Sveika, Latvija! trip this past summer. Participants are asked to bring a pot-luck lunch. In Latvian Epiphany (Jan. 6) is called "Zvaigznes diena" - "The Day of the Star".
Saturday, Jan. 11, at 14:00 - Members' social evening hosted by the New York Daugavas Vanagi at the DV House. Program will feature a Latvian sing along, socializing, lunch and refreshments. Information will follow. All are invited: DV members; potential members; and everyone who enjoys Latvian company.
Sunday, Jan. 12, at 10:00 - Church service followed by the (annual)
Informative Meeting of the congregation's Northern
district (Ziemeļu novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of NY, at the Yonkers Church.
Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's Northern district committee and the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend.
Visit the Yonkers Latvian church page "Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church of New York Yonkers" on Facebook: .
Sunday, Jan. 12, at 14:30 - Church service followed by the (annual) Informative Meeting of the congregation's New Jersey district (Ņudžersijas novads) of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, at St Andrew Lutheran Church, 335 Reynolds Avenue, Parisippany, NJ 07054. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's New Jersey district committee and the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend. See www.NYDraudze.org. For directions visit the St Andrew site: www.ELCAAndy.org.
Sunday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 - Church service followed by the (annual) Informative Meeting of the congregation's Long Island district (Salas novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of NY, at the Long Island Church. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's Long Island district committee and the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend. See www.NYDraudze.org.
Monday Jan. 20 - Remembrance Day for the Defenders of the Barricades in 1991. After establishing a pro-independence government in Latvia in May 1990, the Soviet government in Moscow increased pressure to block Latvias peaceful mass movement toward freedom. In January 1991 the Soviet Union mobilized its security forces in an attempt to remove Latvias elected leaders. In response, people from all over Latvia brought trucks, tractors, and heavy equipment to Rīga to build barricades around the government buildings and parliament. The face-off culminated on January 20th when Soviet special forces initiated a gun battle and temporarily seized the Ministry of the Interior. Although several people were killed, the barricades held and pro-democracy forces prevailed to restore full independence in August 1991. (From the Latvian Institute www.li.lv.)
Saturday, Jan. 25 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan followed by the (annual) Informative Meeting of the congregation's Inner City district (Iekšpilsētas novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of NY, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's Inner City district committee and the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend. For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: www.sihnyc.org. All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit www.NYDraudze.org. Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.
Sunday, Jan. 26 - International (de jure) Recognition of the Republic of Latvia. This remembrance day was a holiday in pre-World War II Latvia. It marks the day in 1921 when the Council of the newly formed League of Nations decided to formally recognize Latvia as an independent country. The United States of America formally recognized Estonia's, Latvia's and Lithuania's independence on July 28, 1922. After the forces of the Soviet Union occupied Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in June of 1940 and annexed them to the USSR in August of the same year, most countries, including the USA, continued, at least symbolically, to recognize the Baltic States as independent nations, thus denying legitimacy to these forcible and illegal acts.
Sunday, Jan. 26 at 10:00 - Church services, followed, at 11:15 by the annual NY Latvian Culture Days program, at the Yonkers Church. Program will be in honor and remembrance of pastor Richards Zariņš (1913-2006) and will be presented by his son Dr. Bertrams Zariņš. There will be a reception following the program with hors d'oeuvres and wine. Admission $??, children under 14 free. Details will follow. Event organized by the Council of American Latvian Organizations of NY. For information write Baibai Pinnis or call (917) 270-4786.
Tuesday, Jan. 28 - "Draudzīgais aicinājums" ("The Friendly Appeal") Day. In 1935 Latvia's prime-minister Kārlis Ulmanis, on his name's day, issued the first annual "Draudzīgais aicinājums" charitable appeal for the benefit of Latvia's schools. Everyone was urged to remember the school of their childhood by donating to it books, works of art and money for the school's funds. Under Soviet occupation this campaign was banned but in exile Latvians continued to observe it. In 1994 the "Draudzīgā aicinājuma" appeal was revived in a Latvia which is once again free.
Sunday, Feb. 2, at 10:30 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the New York Latvian Federal Credit Union, at the Long Island Church. The meeting will take place in the church's social hall, downstairs. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. All credit union members and potential members are invited.
Sunday, Feb. 2, starting after 17:00 - Super Bowl Party, at the Yonkers Church. Admission $20 (children under 16: free), which includes watching the Super Bowl on a big screen with projected TV, food, soda, wine and beer. Proceeds will benefit the work of the congregation's Northern region and the upkeep of the Yonkers church. All are welcome to join us. You don't have to be a sports fanatic or even understand American football to enjoy yourself at the party. But if you never learned what a "first down" is, and would like to know, then you should read: www.nfl.com/rulebook/BeginnersGuideToFootball. More detailed articles about various aspects of the game may be found at: www.nfl.com/rulebook. Whichever two teams that make it to the Super Bowl will play at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, NJ and kick-off time is approximately 18:30 EST. The singer - song writer Bruno Mars will perform at half-time. The party is organized by the NY Latvian Church - Northern Committee.
Sunday, Feb. 9, at 11:00 - Church service followed by the Annual Meeting of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, at the Long Island Church. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend. See www.NYDraudze.org.
Sunday, February 16 - Lithuania's Independence Day (1918).
For information on events please visit: www.nylithuanian.org.
Monday, February 24 - Estonia's Independence Day (1918), "Elagu Eesti!"
For information on events please visit: www.estonianhousenewyork.com.
From Thursday Mar. 13 to Saturday Mar. 15 - Yale Conference on Baltic and Scandinavian Studies at Yale University in New Haven, CT. For information visit: www.yale.edu/macmillan/balticstudies/ybss/index.html.
Friday Mar. 21 at ??:?0 - Concert by Latvia National Opera baritone Rihards Mačanovskis, at the Estonian House.. Information will follow. Organized by the Latvian National Opera Guild (LNOG), www.LNOGasv.org.
Saturday, Mar. 22, at ??:00 - Benefit Concert for the Latvia National Opera with LNO baritone Rihards Mačanovskis, at Priedainē NJ. Information will follow. Organized by the Latvian National Opera Guild (LNOG), www.LNOGasv.org. For more information and directions visit www.Priedaine.com.
Tuesday, Mar. 25 - National Day of Mourning in remembrance of tens of thousands of Latvians deported on this day in 1949 from their homeland to prison camps in Siberia by occupying Soviet forces. (See also June 14, July 4 and the first Sunday in December.)
IN INDIANAPOLIS, IN: From Friday Apr. 25 to Sunday Apr. 27 - Daugavas Vanagi USA annual Delegates Meeting & Vanadzes meeting,. For more information, please visit: www.daugavasvanagi.org.
IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: From Friday, May 2 until Sunday, May 4 - The American Latvian Association's (ALA) annual congress, Philadelphia, PA. For information visit www.alausa.org.
Saturday, Jun. 14 - National Day of Mourning
in remembrance of tens of thousands of Latvians deported on this day from their
homeland to prison camps in Siberia by occupying Soviet forces in 1941.
(See also March 25, July 4 and the first Sunday in December.)
Church services will be held at 19:00 at the Long Island Church.
IN BALTIMORE, MD: From Friday Jun. 20 to Friday Jun. 27 - Latvian Youth Seminar "2 x 2" (in Latvian "DivReizDivi"). For information visit: www.2x2Ligosim.org.
Līgo! Līgo! Happy Midsummer night - June 21, Līgo eve - June 23 & (St.) John's Day - June 24!
IN HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA: From Thursday July 3 to Sunday July 6 - The XIV Latvian Song Festival in Canada.
For information visit: www.latviansongfest.com/2014/.
Follow the "XIV Latviešu Dziesmu Svētki Kanadā /XIV Latvian Song Festival in Canada"on Facebook: .
Friday July 4 - In Latvia this is the National Day of Mourning for those who
perished in the Nazi Holocaust. Officially the day is called the
"Remembrance day for Jewish genocide victims" (in Latvian "Ebreju tautas genocīda upuru piemiņas
diena"). On this day in 1941 occupying Nazi-German forces burned down the
Great Choral Synagogue in Rīga. (See also March 25, June 14 and the first Sunday in December.)
In the U.S.A. this day is celebrated as Independence Day (declared in 1776).
New York Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills summer program for July through August
For information and registration visit www.KatskiluNometne.org or www.NYDraudze.org and click on "Nometne". Registration will open in March.
Regular children's camp "NOMETNE" periods:
For children speaking Latvian:
1st period: from Sunday July 6 to Saturday July 19;
2nd period: from Sunday July 20 to Saturday August 2;
For children who speak little or no Latvian and need to learn it:
Language period: from Sunday August 3 to Saturday August 16.
"ĪKŠĶĪŠU" (" Little thumbs" For children ages 2-6 ) periods:
For children speaking Latvian:
A-week: will not take place;
B-week: from Sunday July 13 to Saturday July 19;
C-week: from Sunday July 20 to Saturday July 26;
D-week: from Sunday July 27 to Saturday August 2;
For children who speak little or no Latvian and need to learn it:
Language week: from Sunday August 3 to Saturday August 9.
Seniors week: from Sunday August 10 to Saturday August 16.
End of the Latvian & Baltic events calendar
Appeals, notices and news
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 archived programs visit: www.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.
Aid given in support of victims of the "Maxima" tragedy in Latvia
On Thursday November 21 at the "Maxima" big-box store in the Zolitūde neighborhood of Riga, Latvia, the roof collapsed onto shoppers and workers in the store resulting in the deaths of at least 54
According to press accounts, the government of Latvia has promised compensation of 10,000 Lats to the families of those killed and 5,000 Lats to those injured. The company Maxima (www.Maxima.lv) has promised to cover medical and rehabilitation expenses for all victims and to support children who were orphaned by the tragedy at the level of an average salary until they reach majority.
The Latvian Ev. Luth. Congregation of New York has established a fund to allow individuals and organizations in the USA to donate in support of the victims of this tragedy and their families.
You may send checks, payable to:
"Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of N.Y." (please write "Zolitude" or "Maxima tragedy" in the memo field) to:
4 Riga Lane
Melville, NY 11747,
or make donations electronically at www.nydraudze.org.
Those who have financial accounts in Latvia may donate through the site ziedot.lv ("ziedot" means "donate"). Visit: www.ziedot.lv/lv/project/1762.
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 exiles passport from Latvias 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 ancestors place of residence in Latvias 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:
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.
ADMISSIBILITY OF DUAL CITIZENSHIP
REGISTRATION OF CITIZENSHIP
EMBASSY OF LATVIA TO THE UNITED STATES Consular Section
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.
A new edition of Paceliet balsis! Slavējiet! the church hymnal is now available
The Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York has published a new edition of Paceliet balsis! Slavējiet!
(the title in Latvian means "Lift up your voices!") its popular Latvian church hymnal
whose first edition came out in 1972.
It contains 123 spiritual songs meant for use in schools and by young
people, with sections on order of church services and explanations. Published by
the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York and edited by pastor Juris Saivars. The
book has 188 pages and is bound in hard durable dark blue covers.
Dimensions: 6.5" x 4.5" x 0.7" (16.5cm x 11.5cm x 1.5cm).
The book may be purchased at the books stalls at the Yonkers Church and the Long Island Church.
You may also order the book from the Congregation's office. Cost: $10 + $4 shipping and handling for each book. Make checks payable
"Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of NY" and send to:
4 Riga Lane
Melville, NY 11747.
The Congegration offers discounts for purchasers of larger quantities. For information please write firstname.lastname@example.org or call tel. (631) 253-3943. Office hours may be found at www.NYDraudze.org in the section "Adreses" on the bottom of the page.
Support common Baltic interests!
Pressure from Latvian-Americans is still
needed to defend the interests of Latvia and Latvian-Americans before US
government bodies. The following organizations are taking the lead in this important work.
The American latvian Association (ALA) - www.alausa.org
The Joint Baltic-American National Committee (JBANC) - www.jbanc.org
and the Baltic-American Freedom League (BAFL) - www.bafl.com
Please visit: www.victimsofcommunism.org