Established June 19, 1952, the Circassian Benevolent Association was launched by members of the Circassian Diaspora who found refuge in the United States following the Bolshevik Revolution, World War I and World War II. Our original founding fathers trace their roots to the Soviet Union, though our community grew significantly in the late 1960s when we were joined by ethnic Circassians from Syria who were originally displaced during the Russian-Circassian War of 1763 – 1864.
As laid out in our organization’s Constitution, the Circassian Benevolent Association was established in order to:
“… study and foster all matters pertaining to the welfare of the Circassians in America… and to strengthen the cooperative ties among the Circassians wherever they may be to preserve and nurture the Circassian heritage.”
Today, our organization serves a local community estimated at about 5,000. Our volunteer organization proudly manages a community campus located at 383 Oldham Road in the Township of Wayne in the State of New Jersey.