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COJECO RSJ Symposium

New York Children Families

Vladimir Epshteyn

President of Metropolitan Russian American Parents Association (MRAPA)

Vladimir Epshteyn emigrated from the former Soviet Union to the United States in 1992 after he was released from KGB prison. Shortly thereafter, he became an active participant in all aspects of Russian-speaking community life. From 1992 until his retirement in 2008, he worked for The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. In 1994 he founded The Metropolitan Russian-American Parents Association—a nonprofit agency, where he is currently President. In 1994, Vladimir Epshteyn was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC). In 1998, Vladimir founded the Russian-American Voters Educational League—a nonprofit, nonpartisan for the political activation of Russian-speaking American citizens, where he is also President. In 2005 he was appointed to the board of directors of The New York Immigration Coalition and continues to be deeply involved in immigrant life movement. Vladimir Epshteyn holds a bachelor’s degree in electromechanical engineering from Leningrad Polytechnic University. He is married, has a son and three grandchildren.


Metropolitan Russian American Parents Association (MRAPA)
84-05 108th Street, #C4, Richmond Hill, NY 11418

Mission: Metropolitan Russian American Parents Association (MRAPA) is a 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1993 to help Russian-speaking émigrés acclimate to their new lives in the United States. To assist them, MRAPA developed a variety of programs for parents and their children, including people with special needs. The families are offered tutoring, various enrichment, recreational and cultural programs, and are connected with the community services that they may be having difficulty to access.