The Founding of NYANA: An Historical Overview

Publication Date: September 1998

Publisher: Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Joshua Friedland

Research Area: Culture and religion; Population and demographics

Keywords: Global Responsibility; Jewish Organizations; Immigration

Type: Report

Coverage: New York


The creation of the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA) was an historic event in the nearly two decade-long campaign by American Jews to rescue, resettle, and rehabilitate refugees from World War II. Established in 1949 to resettle Jewish displaced persons, European Jews left homeless at the end of the war, NYANA helped over 40,000 refugees to start their lives over in New York City by 1952. Having outlasted its original mission, over the next 50 years, NYANA had a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands upon thousands of Jewish and non-Jewish immigrants who settled in New York.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.75 no.1, Fall 1998.