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   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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KLARA KUCHMENT / КЛАРА КУЧМЕНТ

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     Klara Kuchment (nee Dizengoff, 1918-2014) was a distinguished leader of the Russian / Russian-Jewish immigrant community in Washington Heights and citywide.  Born in Mogilev-Podolsk, Ukraine, she was a grand-niece of Meir Dizengoff, one of the founders and first Mayor of Tel-Aviv.  In Soviet Union, she belonged to the world of arts and worked at a theater for 14 years. She immigrated to the US in 1978 and soon won recognition as a tireless volunteer, community organizer, and fundraiser for the needy in Israel.  She was affiliated with the Jewish Association of Services for the Aged (where she led the activities of the Washington Heights branch of JASA-Share, Association of Older Jewish Immigrants from the USSR), Bnai Zion Foundation, and UJA-Federation of NY.  She was honored by Israel's Minister of Health and Tel Aviv's municipal department of absorption and awarded Golda Meir Award by Bnai Zion Foundation in 1989 (see photos below).  After JASA-Share folded down, she founded an independent nonprofit, Self-Help Association of American-Russian Elderly (SHAARE) that she led until her death. RCCMB was privileged to have Klara among our close friends and advisors.  She took part in our events and co-signed a petition in the fall of 2013 calling upon elected officials in the area to set up a regular liaison to the Russian immigrant community in one of their offices.  Klara's leadership represented an important thread in the tapestry of our communal experience, and we gratefully remember her while building upon her work and her spirit to serve our community.

 

 

 

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