Synagogues / Anshe Lubavitz
Anshe Lubavitz was founded as a Hasidic Shul that incorporated in 1890 with many of the members originally hailing from Russia. The congregation initially met in their homes, but by 1911, they built a large synagogue at 113 Pratt Street on Buffalo’s East Side and thereafter Anshe Lubavitz became known as the Pratt Street Shul.
Several family names are associated with the congregation including Barkun, Bernstein, Dickman, Raiken, Rosokoff, Schiller and Slater, some of whose names were gleaned from the incorporation documents. Jacob Rosokoff led the congregation’s President for more than a quarter of a century. Moses Bear served as the synagogue’s long serving secretary. His daughter, Anna Bear Brevis, became a distinguished educator and administrator in the Buffalo school system from the 1920s. She also wrote articles and pamphlets, most notably for the United Synagogue of America. Mendel Loeb Gilden, trained as a mohel, shochet and a cantor in Russia, moved to Buffalo in 1902 and served as its religious leader for two decades. He was followed by Cantor Perez Freedman until the 1940s when the synagogue closed like many on the East Side as congregants moved to North Buffalo and the suburbs. As a result of these trends, Anshe Lubavitz merged with with Ahavas Achim to form Ahavas Achim-Lubavitz and relocated to a new purpose-built building on Tacoma Avenue, near Hertel Avenue designed by Jack Kushin.
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