U.s.n.a. Discontinues Relief Operations for Dp’s in New York City; New Agency Formed
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U.s.n.a. Discontinues Relief Operations for Dp’s in New York City; New Agency Formed

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Formation of the New York Association for New Americans, a new welfare agency organized by New York Jewish leaders to meet the relief, rehabilitation and adjustment needs of Jewish immigrants settling in the metropolitan area, was announced here today.

Announcement of the establishment of the new agency was coupled with an announcement from the United Service for New Americans that the latter agency would discontinue its direct relief and rehabilitation operations in the New York City area and would concentrate on its national resettlement program and migration services in all ports of entry.

The Association, the largest community DP welfare agency in the United States, will begin operations on July 5, with Mrs. David M. Levy, prominent communal and philanthropic leader, as president of the board. Other officers are: Mrs. Richard J. Bernhard and Mr. Samuel S, Schneierson, vice-presidents; Dr. I. Edwin Goldwasser, treasurer; Mrs. Myron S. Falk, Jr., secretary; and Mr. Arnold S. Askin, chairman of the executive committee.

Mr. Levy said that establishment of the New York Association for New Americans “will place for the first time since 1937, when Jewish refugees fleeing Hitlerism began reaching the United States, the responsibility for the welfare of those remaining in New York City In the hands of the New York Jewish community.”

Mr. Rosenberg, speaking in behalf of U.S.N.A. said that the 5,000 Jewish DP families in the metropolitan area now receiving financial or other aid from the U.S.A. would on July 5 become the wards of the local organization. The U.S.N.A. will continue its port and dock operations, meeting DP ships and planes in ports of entry throughout the country, as well as other ships carrying Jewish immigrants, and would continue to maintain in New York its national reception shelter at the Hotel Marseilles, where Jewish newcomers to the United States are processed for resettlement in all parts of the nation.

The board of the N.Y.A.N.A. at its meeting yesterday adopted a statement of policy emphasizing that the Association is designed to be a temporary agency. Its objective will be to avoid duplicating services being rendered in the fields of its activities by existing community agencies, and to integrate the services which N.Y.A.N.A. renders to immigrants with the services of the permanent agencies in the community.

The U.S.N.A. program has been financed by the United Jewish Appeal, which conducts a campaign far fund on behalf of refugees and displaced persons in Europe, Israel and the United States. The American services now separated into the two agencies, N.Y.A.N.A. and U.S.N.A., will continue t9 be financed by the U.J.A.

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