People A-Z / Marcus Flintrowitz
Soldier and Cigar Maker
Disagreements over religious practice within the congregation, led to a split and the formation of (old) Beth Zion, originally aligned with orthodoxy. By 1865, the newly named Temple Beth Zion was part of the American Reform movement within Judaism. In addition to seeing the birth of Reform Judaism in Buffalo, he also witnessed the expansion of the Buffalo community from a predominantly central European community to an array of Eastern European Jewish subcommunities from 1881 to 1924, when Jewish organizations and synagogues as well as the Jewish population expanded exponentially.
Marcus Flintrowitz died on April 9, 1882 at the age of 66 and is buried in the Old Beth Zion cemetery on Pine Ridge and, unusually, has two headstones. The original smaller headstone was erected after his death by his wife Anna Flintrowitz and their children, and the second larger and taller one, after her death. Both monuments bear the inscription: “A veteran soldier of the Mexican War.”
Maurice Sands, Buffalo Frontier Post no. 25, 80th Anniversary, 1929-2009, Collection of Jewish War Veterans, Buffalo Frontier Post no. 25, Benjamin and Dr. Edgar R. Cofeld Judaic Museum, Benjamin and Dr. Edgar R. Cofeld Judaic Museum, Courtesy of Temple Beth Zion.