Updated Edition Now Available: Handbook Paves Russian-Speaking Community's 'Road to Success'

Posted on Fri, Sep 16, 2005 at 9:30 am

(New York, NY) An informative book tailored specifically for Russian-speaking Americans entitled, The Road to Success: A Community Leadership Handbook, has been updated and is now available through LOREO, Local Russian-speaking Émigré Organizations, a project of HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Funding for the book came from a grant made to LOREO by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The book both guides and encourages Russian-speaking refugees who are seeking to become more involved with their community. Moving concisely through an impressive range of topics, it begins with general information on the basics, such as Naturalization and Voting, and moves on to provide guidance on advanced political ventures, such as 10 Steps to Starting a Nonprofit Organization and Public Speaking, and Building Online Communities, covering 10 separate topics in all.

“This book will help LOREO and HIAS fulfill their missions of helping this refugee community in becoming engaged and empowered members of American society,” says Marina Belotserkovsky, director of Russian communications and community outreach at HIAS. “We are pleased to get this groundbreaking book into the hands of people all over America who we know will use it to accomplish great things for their communities.”

As is discussed in the book’s introduction, the intention of the book is to address what is generally acknowledged to be the Russian-speaking community’s need to increase its level of activity in American civic society. As the community has grown to become one of the most educated and financially successful immigrant groups, the only obstacle now impeding its deeper involvement in American political life is the dearth of accessible information – a hole which the Community Leadership Handbook seeks to fill.

In this sense, the book fully embodies the mission of LOREO. HIAS founded LOREO to create, among Russian-speaking community-based organizations, a national network that would link separate groups and facilitate the sharing of knowledge and information.

The book is double-sided to include both Russian and English text. For a copy or more information, please send a written request to:

Attn: Gene Borsh
333 Seventh Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001

The books are free, but a nominal shipping charge will apply.