25 July 2014

24 July 2014



Dear Friends,

The Carpatho-Rusyn Society proudly presents the 2014 US tour of the folk group Kechera (Kecera).  This troupe is named after the mountain which overlooks Jakubany, the picturesque village of the ancestors of many of our Carpatho-Rusyn Society members.  Their spirited rendition of the customs and musical traditions of Jakubany has been featured numerous times on Slovak television.

On their first American tour, Kechera will be performing in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and possibly Washington, D.C. from September 17th to October 2nd.  However, we need your help to make the tour a success.  Since its members are mostly high school and college students, the group hopes for your generous support to cover some of the housing and transportation expenses. 

The rental of two vans costs $1,695.99 each and rental of the hall in Linden, New Jersey is $750.  Hanka Polansky-Janitor has made a very generous donation of $500.00 towards rental of the hall (djakujeme bars sumni Hanka).  Because of the distances between venues, the price of gasoline for travel will be a significant expense. 

We have found sponsors to cover room and board but we still need your help to make this tour a success.  Kechera will be very grateful for any assistance that you can offer.  All contributions will be personally acknowledged by the performers.  Please make your check payable either to:

Anna Sherry or The Carpatho-Rusyn Society.

Please write "Kechera" on the memo line of the check and send it to:

132 Hawthorne Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

To those of you who have already contributed, thank you for your generosity.  For those who would like to help this exciting group of young people bring Jakubany to America, we will be grateful for whatever contribution you feel you can make.

Please help us.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me either by email at masivak@aol.com or call me at

Thank you in advance for your support.

Most sincerely,

Maryann Sivak
(a.k.a. Marianka Vasilova)

13 July 2014

Carpatho-Rusyn Folklore Today in Transcarpathian Ukraine


Annual Meeting and Program
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 2 – 4:30 PM
Wayne Public Library, 461 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

After a brief business meeting and
discussion of New Jersey Chapter business,
we are pleased to announce that
Elena Boudovskaia, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
 Georgetown University, Department of Slavic Languages
will give a presentation entitled
"Carpatho-Rusyn Folklore Today in Transcarpathian Ukraine"

Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. 
For further information about the program, please send an e-mail to crsnewjersey@gmail.com or call Dorothy Bognar at (201) 891-4151.

01 June 2014

Slavjane Folk Ensemble in Concert June 14, 2014

Mark your calendars for the 38th annual Slavjane Folk Ensemble concert on June 14, 2014.  This year's concert will be held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School (OLSH) Auditorium, 1504 Woodcrest Avenue in Coraopolis, Pa., at 1:30 pm followed by a reception at Holy Ghost North Side Social Hall at 1430 Superior Avenue in Pittsburgh.

 Slavjane's group consists of 35 students ranging from age 5 to 19 from all over Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.  Featured in this year's show are songs, dances and musical selections from Russia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Carpatho-Rus.  Unique again to this year's show is a selection focused on early immigration of the Carpatho-Rusyns to America.  Costumes depict early settlers to the coal mining and steel mill industrial areas of Pennsylvania.  

The junior ensemble is sure to please everyone in the audience with their high-energy dancing and singing. To round out Slavjane's show will be the signature piece "Kozačko" in which boys display their athleticism and girls feature intricate steps and turns.

Join us for the reception at Holy Ghost North Side Social Hall where the dancing and singing continues. Entertainment will be provided by Orkestra Pobeda.   Delicious homemade ethnic food and pastries will be available for purchase as well as tickets for the sprawling Rusyn (Chinese) Auction.  

Event tickets may be bought in advance and will also be available at the door. Adult tickets are $10, student tickets are $5 and children 5 and under are free. Tickets to the reception only are $5. Please contact Jackie Righetti at 412-749-0675 or Dean Poloka at 412-877-9351 to order your tickets or for further information.  

Slavjane’s very accommodating “home” is Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church in McKees Rocks, Pa., where Father Frank Firko is pastor. The cultural program which receives financial consideration from the Greek Catholic Union is acknowledged by the Byzantine Catholic (Ruthenian) Archeparchy of Pittsburgh as an important organization of the Archeparchy.  Slavjane also has the continued endorsement of the Archeparchy as the official representative of Carpatho-Rusyn cultural and ethnic heritage in the U.S.

Slavjane looks forward to seeing you at their concert.

10 May 2014


C-RS Eastern PA Chapter


“DNA: Another Tool in the Genealogists Toolbox”
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 12 – 2:30 PM
 SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church
104 South Fourth St, Minersville, PA
Jim Huratiak will give a presentation describing his use of DNA in researching his family history. He tells how DNA can assist in helping find your ancestors.  Jim’s presentation will be accompanied by a slide show and DNA website demonstrations.

Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
 For further information about the program, please send an e-mail to shangp@rcn.com  or call Sharon Jarrow at 610-759-2628.

06 May 2014


Carpatho-Rusyn Society/National Capital Chapter
Carpatho-Rusyn Folk Culture Today in Transcarpathian Ukraine
and Chapter Annual Meeting

Saturday, May 31, 2014 -- 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library Meeting Room
7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia

Professor Elena Boudovskaia (Georgetown University) will discuss folk traditions in daily life among Carpatho-Rusyns in Subcarpathian Rus’ (Zakarpattia/Transcarpathia in Ukraine) as she observed and studied during several recent linguistic and ethnographic fieldwork trips.

The program will begin with a short chapter business meeting and the election of officers. Candidates nominated are: President: Christy Slifkey; Vice President: Pat Onufrak; Treasurer: Larry Brindza; Recording Secretary: Rich Custer.

All are welcome.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information: email
dcpresident@c-rs.org or call (703) 968-8192.

Directions to Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099:
 From I-66 (Either Direction):
Exit onto Rt. 7 West (Exit #66 to Tysons Corner).

Proceed through 3rd traffic light (Tysons Station Shopping Center) and turn at the second right beyond the traffic light.

From Rt. 7 East (toward Falls Church from Tysons Corner):
Pass over I-495.

Pass George Marshall High School on right.
Turn at the first left beyond the light at GMHS. (There is a left-turn lane but no traffic light for the library entrance.)

From Rt. 7 West (Towards Tysons Corner Mall from Falls Church):
Pass under I-66 to the third light (Tysons Station Shopping Center).

Turn at the second right beyond the traffic light.

From Rt. 123 (from either direction):
Exit to Rt. 7 east (towards Falls Church)

Pass George Marshall High School on right.
Turn at the first left beyond the traffic light. (There is a left-turn lane but no traffic light for the library entrance.)

From I-495:
Exit onto Rt. 7 east (Exit #47B towards Falls Church).

Pass George Marshall High School on the right.
Turn at the first left at the first turn-in beyond the light. (There is a left-turn lane but no light at this entrance.)

 The Carpatho-Rusyn Society is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to manifesting Carpatho-Rusyn culture in the United States and supporting Rusyn culture in the Homeland in east central Europe.  It works to educate Rusyns and non-Rusyns about Rusyn culture and history, and to support the development of Rusyn culture on both sides of the Atlantic.   As a membership organization, it boasts over 1,800 members worldwide who support the organization's work through their annual contributions of dues as well as voluntary contributions to funds that support Rusyn cultural development abroad as well as humanitarian aid for Rusyn communities in Europe.  For more information, please visit www.c-rs.org  Carpatho-Rusyn Society 915 Dickson Street Munhall, PA 15120-1929