Synagogues / Anshe Zedek
Anshe Zedek was originally founded as Ohev Zedek (Lovers of Righteousness) in 1925, by Hungarian born Jews. The congregation met at 141 Crestwood Avenue which also housed the school they founded, and run by Hyman Weinstein. During the 1930s the school had 150 pupils attending its Sunday School and 80 students in its Hebrew School. In its new form of Anshe Zedek (People/ Men of Righteousness) it purchased 85 Saranac Avenue in 1931. This building was originally constructed as a Methodist Church in 1919, but was a Masonic Temple by 1930. Since 1931 it has functioned as a synagogue, Hebrew School and Talmudic Academy at various points of its history, sometimes simultaneously. It is currently the congregational home of the Saranac Shul also known as Congregation Achei Tmimim.
Rabbi Chaim Davidovich, Anshe Zedek’s long time religious leader, arrived in Buffalo in 1927 from Hungary. He assumed the leadership of the synagogue in 1930, leading it until 1945, when he relocated with his family to Denver, Colorado for health reasons. During his time in Buffalo, Rabbi Davidovich also served as a Jewish chaplain at Attica State Prison, and as a chaplain at local hospitals. He was an active member of the orthodox Rabbinical Council during the 1930s. He and his wife Rose moved to Israel in 1968. Rabbi Davidovich was succeeded by Rabbi Chaim Weinstein who changed the name of the Congregation name to Ner Israel.
Rabbi Chaim Davidovich
Rabbi Chaim Davidovich, Buffalo News, August 5, 1994
Edith Wattenmaker, Intermountain Jewish News, October 15, 2015
- Selig Adler and Thomas E. Connolly, From Ararat to Suburbia: The History of the Jewish Community of Buffalo. Philadelphia, JPS: 1960.
- Clipping, “Will Observe Anniversary: Congregation Anshe Zedek Plans banquet on Sunday,” Buffalo Evening News, c. 1932. For assistance with access to this article, please contact the Buffalo State College Archives.
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