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Anshe Zedek was originally founded as Ohev Zedek in 1925, otherwise known as the Hungarian Synagogue. Following a name change to Anshe Zedek, the congregation purchased 85 Saranac Avenue in 1931. In 1952 the shul changed its name to Congregation Ner Israel, and later merged with Temple Beth David.


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.



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