People A-Z / Harlan C. AbbeyJournalist. Horseman. Author. 1930–2014OverviewHarlan C. Abbey was a newspaper sportswriter, author, newspaper editor, horse rider and racer and horse owner. Born in Cleveland, he developed an early passion for horses and worked as a...
People A-Z / Rabbi Israel Aaron1859–1912OverviewBorn on November 20, 1859, in Lancaster, Philadelphia to Moses Aaron, a German Jewish immigrant from Hesse-Darmstadt, Israel Aaron’s birth was recorded in Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia mohel records. Israel...
People A-Z / Max AbramovitzArchitect 1908–2004OverviewMax Abramovitz was born in Chicago in 1908, the son of working-class Romanian Jewish immigrants. He attended the University of Illinois and received a BS degree, in architectural engineering in 1929. At Columbia...
People A-Z / Selig AdlerHistorian and Author. Distinguished Professor. 1909–1984OverviewDistinguished Professor Selig Adler (1909-1984) chronicled the history of the Jewish community in Buffalo from the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century,...
Harold Arlen was a composer, singer, pianist, and arranger, but was most known for his Academy award winning musical and film compositions, many of which remain classics of American musical culture.
Hoist a Piece of History: Louis Greenstein and the Buffalo Flag, By Joey Duggan, Associate Historian at Preservation Studios, The Preservation Exchange.
Israel R. Lederman, Retailer and Volunteer, Dies at 90, Buffalo News, August 13, 2000
B’nai B’rith Girls formed as a girls youth wing of the local B’nai B’rith parent organization, supported by B’nai B’rith Women. It provided a whole range of social, educational, religious and service opportunities for Jewish girls in Greater Buffalo.
Reopening Proclamation, Ohr Temimin, Town of Amherst, NY, 2014. Courtesy of Rabbi Shmuel Shanowitz
Ohr Temimim, Peretz and Chaika Shuman and Ralph and Claire Kanel Banner, 2014. Photograph created by Rabbi Shmuel Shanowitz. Courtesy of Rabbi Shmuel Shanowitz.
Ohr Temimim, Family Dedication Plaques, New School Wing, 2014. Photograph created by Rabbi Shmuel Shanowitz. Courtesy of Rabbi Shmuel Shanowitz.
Ohr Temimim, Buffalo Jewish Federation plaque and entrance to the new school wing. Photograph created by Rabbi Shmuel Shanowitz. Courtesy of Rabbi Shmuel Shanowitz, 2014.
The Jewish Mothers Club began as an all-volunteer effort to help women and their families living on the East Side of Buffalo with childcare and temporary foster care. It was active from the early years of the twentieth century to the mid 1950s when it closed.
Back Row, L-R: Hedy Katz, Bella Rosenbers, Florence Krieger, [unidentified], Judy Rosenberg, [unidentified], Reneé Pleskin. Front Row, L-R: Ellen Lesser, Carol Sellers, Rabbi Marcus, Rabbi Furman, Rochelle Frankel, Helen Schmidt. Photograph created by Frederic...
A scene from the lake in the 1980s looking back to the old dinning room, before the new Joe House was built in the 1990s.
Coplon Paints, Oils and Glass Store, c. 1912, Coplon Collection, MM223, JBIC522lowres
People A-Z / Linda Brodsky, MDA specialist in pediatric swallowing and feeding disorders and a fair treatment and wage equalization activist. 1952-2014OverviewBorn in 1952 on Long Island, New York, Linda Brodsky graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1974 followed by...
Downstate investors buy Buffalo Jewish Federation Apartments, Buffalo Business First, August 14, 2019.
Jewish Federation Apartments sold to New York City firm, Buffalo News, August 14, 2019
Saving ‘forgotten cemetery’ Scouting project provides spark for cleanup of neglected hallowed ground at Beth Jacob
Saving ‘forgotten cemetery’ Scouting project provides spark for cleanup of neglected hallowed ground at Beth Jacob, Buffalo News, July 7, 2008.
In loving memory of Larry Levite, The Jewish Journal of Western New York, June 2017.
Uriah Z. Engelman, “The Jewish Population of Buffalo, 1938.” In Sophia Robison, ed., Jewish Population Studies, Conference on Jewish Relations. 1943.
New center targets refugee torture survivors, Buffalo Business First, June 18, 2014.
Jewish Family Service begins CEO search, Buffalo Business First, April 24, 2019
Jonathan D. Epstein, “Jewish Family Services expanding to second location near UB South Campus,” Buffalo News, April 29, 2020
Selig Adler, “Highlights of the History of Jewish Family Service,” Presented at the 1981 Annual Meeting of JFS, December 2, 1981, Westwood Country Club.
Neighborhoods / SuburbsThe suburbs are expansive and include Kenmore, Cheektowaga, Getzville, Amherst, Snyder, Williamsville, and Clarence and all stops in between.OverviewSince the 1950s, the main growth area of Jewish living in Greater Buffalo area has been the...
Neighborhoods / Humboldt-FerryEncompassing the East Ferry and Humboldt Parkway area, and the streets of East Ferry, Woodlawn, Wohlers, Roehrer, Glenwood Ave and Crestwood.OverviewAs the East Side began to decline, young first-generation American Jews moved uptown...
Neighborhoods / North BuffaloNorth Buffalo continues as an organizational home for several congregations even if its Jewish enterprise heyday has faded. In popular memory, Hertel Avenue stands out as a center of Jewish commercial activity and a culinary hub that was...
Neighborhoods / West SideThe Jewish West Side encompasses areas west of Delaware Avenue and includes Allentown, Richmond Avenue, Elmwood and Forest Lawn.OverviewThis broad area is not a single neighborhood but a series of scattered institutions including...
Neighborhoods / East SideThe Buffalo Jewish East Side centered on William Street and Jefferson, and the roads radiating around them stretching to Broadway.OverviewThe East Side holds a particular affection for many Jewish Buffalonians. This was the immigrant...
Neighborhoods / Delaware AvenueThe home of the downtown Jewish Community Center, and Temple Beth Zion, Delaware Avenue is a premier address in Buffalo.OverviewDelaware Avenue was known as Millionaires' Row from the 1880s to World War I, when many large mansions were...
Neighborhoods / DowntownDowntown is associated with commercial Jewish history and has connections to significant historical events as the site of a utopian address in 1825 and the location of the first synagogue established in Buffalo.OverviewFrom the pomp...
Front Row, L-R: Stephen Yonaty, Evie Weinstein, Howard Benatovich, DDS. Back Row, L-R: Mindy Ponivas, Ethel Melzer, Rita Goldman, Chana Kotzin, Bette Davidson, Jill Komm.
A multi-page program was created for this event – you can find it here.
Jewish Community Building featured in a multipage booklet, p.6. Jewish Federation for Social Welfare, 1937
The Rosa Coplon Jewish Old Folks Home: Orthodox Jewish Home for the Aged, Life Begins at 70, Fundraising Pamphlet, Courtesy of the Benjamin and Dr. Edgar R. Cofeld Judaic Museum, Temple Beth Zion, 1938.
Tracey Drury, “Weinberg Campus moves closer to becoming Elderwood at Getzville.” Business First, January 25, 2019.
Rosa Coplon Jewish Home and Infirmary, Buffalo, NY, midcenturymundane.com, November 23, 2011
Jewish Community Center, It’s your Center, 1955. Permission of the Jewish Community Center.
Agencies /Jewish Community Center /Jewish Fresh Air Camp and Camp LakelandOverviewCamp Lakeland opened as the Jewish Fresh Air Camp in 1910 under the auspices of the Young Women’s Jewish Benevolent Society. In the earliest days of the camp, this all volunteer...
Jewish Heritage plans bigger school campus, Buffalo Business First, February 11, 2013
Agencies / Jewish Community Center / Camp CenterlandOverviewCamp Centerland began as an extended summer option for young children at the Jewish Community Center known as Centerland. This program expanded in the period following World War II from a patchwork of day...
Jewish Heritage Day sets sights on religious high school, Buffalo Business First, Mar 8, 2013
Ohr Temimim expansion: The Shuman and Gellman Families Educational Campus, 2014. Photograph created by Rabbi Shmuel Shanowitz. Courtesy of Rabbi Shmuel Shanowitz.
A special profile by the Buffalo News in April 2017, featured 31 local WNY Holocaust-era Survivors.
Retired doctor to get award for helping Jewish organizations, Buffalo News, September 18, 2011
David G. Brown, pharmacist and proponent of Jewish education Jan. 3, 1937–Nov. 14, 2008, Buffalo News, November 15, 2008
Leonard S. Kaminker, Jewish community leader; April 26, 1923—April 1, 2012, Buffalo News, April 3, 2012
Rivke Klein Berkowitz, teacher, longtime advocate for Jewish education, Buffalo News, November 16, 2015
Congregation AABJ&D Honors Rabbi Alvin Marcus, Jewishlink.com, June 28, 2018
Kadimah School Readies New Home 2 Campuses Unite Under One Roof, Buffalo News, July 18, 2005
Beth Steinberg: Sharing school space has immense rewards, Buffalo News, July 21, 2014
Kadimah receives sizable donations, Buffalo News, January 22, 2015
Jonathan D. Epstein, A New Beginning for an Old School: A Model for Small Communities, Prizmah, Thought Leadership, Dec 18, 2019
Chana Kotzin and Marcy Katzman Lenard, Kadimah at 50, Timeline Wall Banner, 2009.
New Model Press Release: Kadimah Academy, Park School Announce Unique Partnership, Kadimah Academy, Park School, Buffalo Jewish Federation, March 18, 2019
“Rabbi Sara Rich Elected to Hillel Directors Cabinet,” Jewish Journal of Western New York, February 2021, p. 20.
“Special Services Will Honor Military Personnel, Veterans,” The Buffalo News, Nov 3, 2001.
Bob Curran, Invitation from Jewish War Veterans Sparks Memories of Heroes, Friends, The Buffalo News, Mar 3, 1996.
Celia Slohm Bernstein, Buffalo News, October 17, 1989
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.
Junior Hadassah Elects Celia Slohm President, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Another Voice: U.N. resolution moves the peace process backward, Buffalo News, January 11, 2017
Buffalo Hadassah celebrates 90 years of service, Amherst Bee, May 04, 2011
Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival to offer diverse mix, Buffalo News, Jul 22, 2020
My View: Israeli hospital offers lesson in diversity, Buffalo News, August 3, 2020
Another Voice: Hadassah pushes forward new vision for women’s health, Buffalo News, May 12, 2019
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Plays at Kleinhans, 1960, Sattler’s and Hadassah, sponsored event. Pamphlet, Courtesy of Buffalo Hadassah.
Joel Spiegelman’s New Russian Chamber Orchestra, Hadassah Sponsored. Program Guide. 1978. Courtesy of Buffalo Hadassah.
Bnot Bee Line Newsletter, 1977. Courtesy of Buffalo Hadassah.
Buffalo Hadassah and The Zionist District, Trial and Error by Chaim Weizmann Book Dramatization, Front Cover of Program, 1950. Courtesy of Buffalo Hadassah.
Golden Book, Hebrew Benevolent Loan Association, FJP IM Collections, Courtesy of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies.
Hebrew Benevolent Loan Association, Pamphlet, Story of a Bank, 1985. FJP IM Collections, Courtesy of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies.
Hebrew Benevolent Loan Association, 50th Anniversary Booklet, 1947. FJP IM Collections, Courtesy of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies.
Buffalo: Crowds Brave Cold and Snow to visit Kever of First Rebbe Buried in the United States, The Yeshiva World, November 11, 2019.
Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, ”The First Chassidish Rebbe in the U.S.” Machberes: Inside The Chassidish And Yeshivish World, November 12, 2015
Anthony Cardinale and Dave Condren, “Forgotten Grave, Holy Site,” Buffalo News, March 18, 1999
Two hundred years later, Grand Island proclaims Mordecai Noah Day, Buffalo News, April 6, 2016
Waymark on Grand Island, NY, waymarking.com
Read More: History Panel at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, NY
Exhibition Pamphlet, “A City of Refuge” at the Benjamin and Dr. Edgar R. Cofeld Judaic Museum on the 40th Anniversary of Israel’s founding, 1988, p.1 Courtesy of the Temple Beth Zion, Cofeld Judaic Museum.
Gerald DeBruin, “Successful and Satisfied,” 2003, on his teacher Samuel Luskin.
“Clues to a Mysterious Key”, Buffalo Alumni Magazine, Spring 2014
Herbert Hauptman and Jerome Karle, Solution of the phase problem: 1. The centrosymmetric crystal. American Crystallographic Association: ACA monograph, 1953.
WNY Business Hall of Fame: Herbert Hauptman (1917-2011), Buffalo Business First, Oct 31, 2018
Herbert Hauptman would have turned 100 this month. Here’s why he’s important to Buffalo., Buffalo News, February 1, 2017
Nobel Prize Winner Remains Active at 90, Amherst Bee, February 28, 2007
Herbert Hauptman: The Nobel Laureate Who Won’t Stop Working, Living Prime Time, April 1998
Press Release: The 1985 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, October 15, 1985
Giacovazzo, “Herbert Hauptman.“(1917–2011). Nature479, 300 (2011).
William Grimes, “Herbert A. Hauptman, Nobel Laureate, Dies at 94.“ The New York Times. October, 24 2011
Nobel Laureate Remembered for Science, Art, Amherst Bee, October 26, 2011
Hauptman’s work allows us to tailor drugs to need, Buffalo News, December 14, 2011
Service Nov. 21 for Hauptman, Buffalo News, November 7, 2011
Remembering a modest genius; Herbert Hauptman’s pioneering work changed countless lives for the better, Buffalo News, Oct 25, 2011
What is Western New York Art?, Burchfield Penney
Drumlevitch’s Last Paintings Merge His Tragedy with History, Buffalo News, January 21, 1993
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Joseph Popiolkowski, A Closer Look: Curtis Hall, a mansion with historic roots, Buffalo News, March 6, 2018
Coplon Mansion / Alverno Hall / Curtis Hall, Buffaloah.com
Ann Holland Cohn, helped save downtown Jewish Center, Buffalo News, Mar 29, 2017.
Annual Award by Foundation is Family Affair, Buffalo News, October 4, 1994.
A New Name, Buffalo News, June 11, 1998.
Future of Jewish Community Center City Building to be Aired, Buffalo News, August 15, 1995.
Dimitris Lempesis, “Gordon Bunshaft, Architecture”. Famous “corporate modernist.”
Spotlight: Gordon Bunshaft, ArchDaily, May 09, 2020
Carol Herselle Krinsky, Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, MIT Press, 1988.
Nicholas Adams, Gordon Bunshaft and SOM: Building Corporate Modernism, Yale University Press (November 19, 2019)
Oral History of Gordon Bunshaft Interviewed by Betty J. Blum. Complied under the auspices of the Chicago Architects Oral History Project. Ernest R. Graham Study Center for Architectural Drawings Department of Architecture. The Art Institute of Chicago. Copyright © 1990. Revised Edition Copyright © 2000, The Art Institute of Chicago.
Linda Brodsky ’74: In Memoriam, Bryn Mawr, March 17th, 2014
Linda Brodsky Obituary, American Medial Women’s Association
Linda Brodsky Obituary, Women MD Resources
Dr. Linda Brodsky, renowned pediatric ear, nose, throat surgeon, Buffalo News, Feb 14, 2014
Battle on Buffalo Run held July 22 as a Benefit for the Linda Brodsky Memorial Fund, American Medial Women’s Association, August 09, 2017
How Dr. Linda Brodsky has pulled us all up, Feminem.org, October 8, 2015
Harwood, John and Janet Parks, The Troubled Search: The Work of Max Abramovitz, Columbia University Press, 2004
Do_co,mo-mo is an online resource documenting mid-century building designs and their architects: Temple Beth Zion
Do_co,mo-mo is an online resource documenting mid-century building designs and their architects: Max Abramovitz.
Randy Kennedy, “Max Abramovitz, 96, Architect of Avery Fisher Hall, Dies: Architect of Avery Fisher Hall,” New York Times, September 15, 2004, Section B, p. 8.
Online resource for buildings designed by the Harrison-Abramovitz partnership in Buffalo: Remembering the Work of Architect Max Abramovitz, Buffaloah.com, April 6, 2017
Sportswriter Harlan Abbey Passes, Bloodhorse, September 13, 2014
Harlan C. Abbey, journalist, horseman, author, Buffalo News, September 10, 2014
Obituary Notice: Abbey, Harlan C., Buffalo News, September 9, 2014
Where Have All the Horses Gone? How Advancing Technology Swept American Horses from the Road, the Farm, the Range and the Battlefield,
Jonathan V. Levin, Where Have All the Horses Gone? How Advancing Technology Swept American Horses from the Road, the Farm, the Range and the Battlefield, McFarland & Company, 2017.
Jews in the Game Sports Panel, Channel 2 Sportscaster Stu Boyar moderates a panel of Jewish sports personalities including sports writers Harlan Abbey.
Susan Salk, “At 79 he quit riding OTTBs, but love endures,” Off Track Thoroughbreds, August 31, 2012.
Anne Neville, “Being put out to pasture is fine with them,” Buffalo News, Jun 10, 2010
A small marker was erected at Old Brith Sholem Cemetery at Pine Ridge in Cheektowaga in 1947, by Holocaust survivors as a memorial to Jews murdered during the Shoah (Holocaust). In 1972, the memorial was extended with the addition of a six-foot marble arch and the...
Buffalo-area synagogues merge, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, April 25, 2012
2 Jewish congregations weigh merger Beth Am, Sinai facing dwindling memberships, Buffalo News, Feb 22, 2012
An emotional shalom as synagogue ends—and begins Temple Beth El holds final service as historic congregation merges
An emotional shalom as synagogue ends—and begins Temple Beth El holds final service as historic congregation merges, Buffalo News, June 10, 2008
Synagogues ready vote for May 14 on merging Shaarey Zedek, Beth El affected, Buffalo News, Apr 10, 2008
Members vote to merge two temples, Buffalo News, May 16, 2008
Rabbi Succeeds Catholic Priest as Leader of Interfaith Ministry, Buffalo News, February 22, 1989
Time of change for Jewish community Shrinking numbers mean combining resources, Buffalo News, July 23, 2020
Honor Soviet Emigres, Buffalo News, July 22, 2020
Cantor celebrates 25 years with synagogue, Amherst Bee, November 21, 2012
Trailblazing cantor Barbara Ostfeld to be honored, Buffalo News, November 9, 2012
Cantors: American Jewish Women, Jewish Women’s Archive
Sisterhood’s Braille Group Received Grant, Buffalo News, August 12, 1990
Recollections by Rabbi Julius Kerman, father of Rabbi Daniel Kerman, recalling his childhood., American Jewish Archives
Rabbi Chaim Davidovich, Buffalo News, August 5, 1994
Edith Wattenmaker, Intermountain Jewish News, October 15, 2015
“Cantor celebrates 25 years with synagogue,” Amherst Bee, 2012
“Rabbi Perry Netter: Have a little patience when behind the wheel,” An op-ed piece published in the Buffalo News and authored by the first full-time rabbi of Temple Beth Tzedek, Rabbi Perry Netter, 2016.
Three Buffalo Jewish leaders to travel to Israel on solidarity mission, Buffalo News, Mar 25, 2016
Keith McShea,”Pittsburgh shooting victims honored at large Amherst event,” Buffalo News, Oct 29, 2018
Stephen T. Watson, Temple Beth Tzedek opens new sanctuary in Amherst, Buffalo News, November 4, 2018
Bringing the Outside Inside Your Home: The urge to introduce nature into décor goes beyond living walls — and pandemics
Alix Strauss, “Bringing the Outside Inside Your Home: The urge to introduce nature into décor goes beyond living walls — and pandemics.” New York Times, May 31, 2020.
“Death over Zoom: a rabbi reflects on a year of loss,” Forward, December 28, 2020
“Has Covid Finally Killed the Bnei Mitzvah Party?,” ejewishphilanthropy.com, November 19, 2020
“Another Voice: Impact of worldwide refugee crisis reaches WNY,” Buffalo News, Sep 15, 2015.
“Cleaning lot beside refugee homes helps Jewish Family Service care for ‘small United Nations’,” Buffalo News, October 9, 2016.
“WNY faith leaders raise unified voice against racism,” Buffalo News, June 13, 2020
“Walk Off Hunger takes on new format, continues through the week,” Buffalo News, October 5, 2020
“Concert to honor cantor killed in Flight 3407 crash,” Buffalo News, January 31, 2014
“My View: Ten years after tragedy, cantor’s presence felt,” Buffalo News, December 30, 2018.
Susan Wehle and Gunilla Kester, Songs of Healing & Hope
Remembering Susan Wehle, 3407memorial.com
“Another Voice: Slepian’s death leaves us lessons on civility,” Buffalo News, October 23, 2018
“Shir Shalom will mark retirement of rabbi” Buffalo News, June 28, 2013
“Cantor Arlene Frank and Robin Raphael: The celebration of “Purim” at Congregation Shir Shalom” Network of Religious Communities, April 22, 2020.
Innovating through Covid, “Shir Shalom holds Rosh Hashanah services at Transit Drive-In,” WIVB, September 19, 2020
Jonathan D. Epstein, “Rezoning hesitation by Planning Board delays projects in North Buffalo, West Side,” Buffalo News, Updated Sep 8, 2020.
Jonathan D. Epstein, “Group seeks to turn former North Buffalo church into home for foreign med students,” Buffalo News, Jan 15, 2019
Big Reveal: Conversion Plans for 1235 Hertel, Buffalo Rising, December 12, 2017
Partial demolition planned at former Hertel Avenue synagogue, The Buffalo News, September 4, 2018
Apartments eyed for Hertel Avenue religious property, Buffalo Business First, December 8, 2017
Onetime Hasidic synagogue on Hertel to become apartments, The Buffalo News, December 11, 2017
Dr. Joseph Manch’s career as an artist: Joseph Manch | Burchfield Penney
B’rith Israel Anshe Ames Synagogue / Faith of the Good Shepherd Chapel, James Napora, buffaloah.com
For a local author’s commentary, see the article by Dr. Ursula A. Falk, “Robert Briscoe, A Jewish Irishman: Highlights Taken From The Life of a Great Man Who Was Proud of His Religion.”
“Estate sale find leads to A.E. Minks Archive Project,” University of Buffalo UBNow, November 11, 2019
“Preservation Ready: Jefferson Avenue Shul,” Buffalo Spree, May 7, 2012
Congregation Shir Shalom Merger: “Two temples merging into Congregation Shir Shalom,” Buffalo News, Apr 25, 2012
Congregation Shir Shalom Merger: “Two temples become one; Transfer of Torah scrolls marks the merger of Amherst’s Temple Sinai and Temple Beth Am into the new Congregation Shir Shalom,” Buffalo News, Jul 2, 2012
Congregation Shir Shalom Merger: “Two temples unite? to create shared joy,” Buffalo News, Aug 7, 2012
Barbara Massis Obituary: “Barbara Massis Feb. 10, 1930—Sept. 30, 2005,” Buffalo News
Rabbi David Massis: “Rabbi David Massis, religious educator Jan. 2, 1921—Sept. 13, 2005,” Buffalo News
Building History: “History of The Saranac Synagogue: Congregation Achei Tmimim,” buffaloah.com
“Meyer Gorin Praised for Hebrew School Aid,” Buffalo Courier Express, Feb 20, 1961
Organizations / Hadassah of Greater Buffalo Greater Buffalo Hadassah is a local chapter of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, a Jewish women’s voluntary organization and the largest Jewish membership organization in the United States. As a...
Cemeteries / Beth Jacob CemeteryCemetery Map
Cemeteries / Forest Lawn CemeteryForest Lawn Cemetery Map
Cemeteries / Elmlawn Memorial ParkJewish Cemetery Sections within Elmlawn Memorial Park
Cemeteries / Pine Ridge CemeteriesJewish Cemetery Sections within Pine Ridge
Cemeteries / White Chapel Memorial ParkJewish Cemetery Sections within White Chapel Memorial Park
Organizations / Ohr TemimimOhr Temimim is a Chabad affiliated day school for children from nursery through 8th grade that grew out of a merger of the Jewish Heritage Day School and Torah Temimah Day School in 2008. In 2014, the school underwent a major expansion of...
Organizations / Holocaust Resource CenterThe Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, teaches the lessons of the Holocaust, remembers the survivors and victims of the Holocaust and promote social justice, civic responsibility, and human rights through documentation and...
Organizations / Kadimah SchoolThe Kadimah School of Buffalo was incorporated on August 17, 1959 and began its first school year with 15 students. Over the years it expanded to more than 200 students from K-8th, and rented homes at both Jewish Community Center sites,...
Organizations / Hillel Foundation of BuffaloHillel of Buffalo at the University of Buffalo is a campus student organization that serves Jewish student communities in Greater Buffalo. In 1946, it was founded as a part-time Councillorship supported by the local B’nai...
Organizations / Jewish War Veterans, Buffalo Frontier Post # 25Jewish War Veterans of America Post 25 was founded in 1929 as a local post of Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV). The post held annual commemorative events on Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Yom HaShoah,...
Organizations / MikvahThe Mikvah (also known as the Buffalo Ritualarium) in Amherst, NY opened in 2000. Fundraising and its construction began in 1998. It suceeded the Kenmore Mikvah, located at 1248 Kenmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY.OverviewA mikvah (מִקְוֶה Hebrew for...
Gemilath-Chasodim (Acts of Loving Kindness) known as the Hebrew Benevolent Loan Association (HBLA) was founded in 1897 and incorporated in 1898, to provide interest-free loans to Jews in need.
Agencies / Buffalo Jewish FederationThe Buffalo Jewish Federation can trace its history back to 1903, when several fundraising and social service volunteer-led organizations came together in order to coordinate their work for the benefit of community members and...
Agencies / Jewish Community CenterThe Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo was an outgrowth of a movement started in 1891 by the Sisterhood of Zion. From Zion House to the Jewish Community Building operating in the heart of Jewish community of east side...
Agencies / Jewish Family ServiceJewish Family Services of Western New York grew out of a number of different organizations but it traces its beginnings back to July 15, 1863 and the formation of the Hebrew Union Benevolent Society. In 1903, that organization merged...
Agencies / Foundation for Jewish PhilanthropiesThe Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies traces its history back to a meeting of community leaders at Zion House in March 1911. At this time they created a nonprofit charitable organization to hold bequests and other...
Agencies / Weinberg Campus and Rosa CoplonOpening in 1915 as the Daughters of Israel Jewish Old Folks Home to care for Yiddish speaking elderly men and women, it was renamed The Rosa Coplon Jewish Old Folks Home: Orthodox Jewish Home for the Aged in 1924. Expanding...
People A-Z / Gordon BunshaftArchitect 1909-1990OverviewGordon Bunshaft was born in 1909 in Buffalo, to parents David and Yetta, who were first cousins, from a small village in what is now Ukraine. The couple emigrated to the United States in 1908, first to Boston...
People A-Z / Ann H. Cohn1926–2017OverviewAnn Cohn née Holland, was born on June 2, 1926. Growing up in Kenmore, through the Depression in the first “suburb” of Buffalo, she came of age during the Second World War. The Holland family were affiliated with Temple Beth...
People A-Z / David Coplon1882-1976OverviewDavid Hascal Coplon emigrated to the United States as a child with his family. Born in Shavl, Lithuania on January 18, 1882, he and his family were part of the mass movement of Jewish immigrants who came to the United States...
People A-Z / Seymour DrumlevitchArtist 1923–1989OverviewBorn in Brooklyn in 1923, Drumlevitch attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan. He later studied at the New School for Social Research in New York, taking art classes at the Cooper School of Art...
People A-Z / Marcus Flintrowitz Soldier and Cigar Maker (c.1816-1882) Overview Marcus Flintrowitz was born in Kraków, and came to Buffalo in 1846 and initially worked as a barber. Soon after, he enlisted for service in the Mexican-American War on February 6, 1847...
People A-Z / Louis GreensteinArchitect 1886-1972OverviewLouis Greenstein was born in 1886 in Buffalo at a time of significant Jewish immigration into the city. As a professional architect, he created commercial, religious, civic and residential designs that followed...
People A-Z / Herbert Hauptman, Ph.D.Mathematician. Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry, 1985 1917–2011OverviewHerbert Aaron Hauptman was born in New York City, New York on February 14, 1917. He attended the City College of New York where he earned a Bachelor of Science...
Jacobs, Kurt, Richard. Soldier, Military Intelligence Service, WWII, “Ritchie Boy”.
People A-Z / Rabbi Isaac Klein1905–1979OverviewRabbi Isaac Klein (1905-1979) was born in a village in Czechoslovakia on September 8, 1905. He migrated to the United States in 1920. Studying at the Elchanan Yeshiva (now part of Yeshiva University) he earned a...
People A-Z / Kurt KleinHumanitarian, public speaker, former refugee, US Military Intelligence Service officer, “Ritchie Boy.” 1920-2002OverviewBirth and Emigration to the USA Kurt Klein was born in Walldorf, near Heidelberg, in Baden, Germany to parents, Alice and...
People A-Z / Samuel S. Luskin1882–1959OverviewSamuel Luskin was a music teacher, composer and performer in Buffalo from 1911 to 1957, originally a Jewish immigrant from Russia. Born in Horka, Mogilev in 1882 to Leon and Fannie Luskin, the Luskin family fled Russia...
People A-Z / Milton MilsteinArchitect 1911-1993OverviewMilton Milstein was born in Brooklyn in 1911, trained at the School of Architecture at Syracuse University, and was granted a license to practice in 1942. He was made a fellow of the American Institute of...
People A-Z / Mordecai Manuel NoahJudge, Writer, Utopian and Proto-Zionist. 1785–1851OverviewMordecai Manuel Noah was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 19, 1785 to Manuel Noah, a Revolutionary war hero and Zipporah Phillips a descendent of Dr. Samuel Nunez,...
People A-Z / Rabbi Joseph RabinowitzRabbi Eliyahu Yosef Rabinowitz, Linzer Rebbe from Buffalo 1856–1910OverviewPine Ridge is the site of an ohel (tomb) for Rabbi Joseph Rabinowitz (b. ca 1856; d. Buffalo, November 14, 1910). Due to the proximity of the Ohel in...
People A-Z / Cecil WienerSuffragette, Judge, Social Welfare Professional. 1874–1960OverviewCecil B. Wiener was a woman of many “firsts” over a working life of more than fifty years. Born in 1874, Cecilia Bertha Wiener, known as Cecil, was the daughter of Magnus...
The Rajah, Program Booklet, Young Women’s Club of Temple Beth El, 1924, courtesy of Carol Schmeidler.
The Rajah, Program Booklet, Young Women’s Club of Temple Beth El, 1924, courtesy of Carol Schmeidler.
Temple Beth-El School Dedication, 1961, Temple Beth El Collection, Courtesy of TBZ Cofeld Judaic Museum.
Memorial Issue of Bulletin on the death of Dr. Joseph L. Fink, 1964, TBZ Collection, Cofeld Judaic Museum, permission of Temple Beth Zion.
TBZ Sisterhood, Celebrates Israel's 40th Anniversary, 1988, TBZ Collection, Cofeld Judaic Museum, permission of Temple Beth Zion.
Service honoring Donald Day on his Election as Chairman of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1980, TBZ Collection, Cofeld Judaic Museum, permission of Temple Beth Zion.
Program for the Dedication Service of the Stained Glass Windows and Ritual Objects in the New Temple, TBZ Collection, Cofeld Judaic Museum, permission of Temple Beth Zion.
Your Neighbors Faith program leaflet, 1963, TBZ Collection, Cofeld Judaic Museum, permission of Temple Beth Zion.
Temple Beth Zion Institute on Judaism and Interfaith Service, 1961, TBZ Collection, Cofeld Judaic Museum, permission of Temple Beth Zion.
Text of Speech by Dr. Joseph L. Fink on the Humanitarian Hour, 1942, TBZ Collection, Cofeld Judaic Museum, permission of Temple Beth Zion.
Temple Beth Zion’s 75th Anniversary Booklet, 1939, TBZ Collection, Cofeld Judaic Museum, permission of Temple Beth Zion.
TBZ Collection, Temple Beth Zion Troop 7 Boy Scout Yearbook, 1938, TBZ Collection, Cofeld Judaic Museum, permission of Temple Beth Zion.
Memorial Service of Rabbi Louis J. Kopald, 1931, TBZ Collection, Cofeld Judaic Museum, permission of Temple Beth Zion.
Humboldt Orthodox, First Minutes, Aug 19, 1940, courtesy of Cofeld Judaic Museum, Temple Beth Zion, Buffalo, NY.
Humboldt Orthodox, members, 1950s, courtesy of Cofeld Judaic Museum, Temple Beth Zion, Buffalo, NY.
Humboldt Orthodox, inventory compiled by Alan Ehrlich, 1960, render as courtesy of Cofeld Judaic Museum, Temple Beth Zion, Buffalo, NY.
Humboldt Orthodox, Ball, 1949 courtesy of Cofeld Judaic Museum, Temple Beth Zion, Buffalo, NY.
Temple Sinai, 14th Annual Convention of the Reconstructionist Federation of Congregation and Fellowships
L-R: David Busch, Cantor Alan Edwards, Ruth Goldman, Muriel House, Rabbi Gaynor, Edith Goldstein, Shale Freidman and Morris Sobel, 1960s.
L-R: Leonard Goodman, Harold Axelrod, Center: Judith Kaplan Eisenstein, Edith Goldstein, Martin Wolpin, and Leon Siegel.
Nate Finkelstein, standing on left (with a badge on his arm) was a troop leader during the 1960s
L-R, Cantor Sternberg, Louis Bunis, Rabbi Ira Eisenstein, Rabbi Nathan Gaynor and Harold Axelrod.
L-R: Lester Gross, Rabbi Nathan Gaynor, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, and Louis Bunis, 1954.
Temple David-Ner Israel, Fundraising Leaflet for new sanctuary, Courtesy of Temple Beth Tzedek.
Temple David-Ner Israel, Fundraising Leaflet for new sanctuary, Courtesy of Temple Beth Tzedek.
Tom Nusbaum, Congregation Havurah: The First Twenty-Five Years 1972-1997, courtesy of Congregation Havurah, with permission of Tom Nusbaum and Terri Katz Kasimov.
Synagogues / Anshe ZedekAnshe 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...
Organizations / Chabad House of BuffaloChabad House of Buffalo began as an outreach program to college age students at the University at Buffalo campuses and Buffalo State College in the early 1970s. It continues that mission today.OverviewIn 1971 Rabbi Noson Gurary...
In the run up to WWII and the Holocaust, thousands of Jews fled Nazi Germany, Austria and Czech Sudetenland. Sol Messinger was born in Berlin in 1932. On May 27, 1939, Sol Messinger, fled with his parents onboard the SS St. Louis. The ship tried to dock in Havana,...
Synagogues / Congregation HavurahCongregation Havurah was founded in 1972 as a lay-led fellowship allied with Reform Judaism. It is located in Williamsville, NY, and has a high holiday annual retreat in Chautauqua, NY.OverviewIn 1972, a new style of congregation...
Synagogues / Congregation Shir ShalomIn 2012, Temple Sinai and Temple Beth Am merged to form Congregation Shir Shalom, the world’s first jointly constituted Reconstructionist-Reform congregation. The new congregation selected the synagogue and school complex of...
Synagogues / Humboldt Orthodox ShulThe Humboldt Orthodox Shul formed in 1940 and was also known as the Glenwood Avenue Shul. Located in the Humboldt area of Buffalo, it was led by Rabbi Gedaliah Kaprow for much of its history.OverviewHumboldt Orthodox Center was...
Synagogues / Temple Beth AmFounded in Amherst, NY during the mid-1950s as the “Suburban Congregation,” Temple Beth Am built its home in Williamsville, NY in 1959. In 2012 it merged with Temple Sinai to form Congregation Shir Shalom. OverviewTemple Beth Am,...
Congregation Beth Abraham, Merged Memorial Board of Congregation Beth Abraham and Temple Beth Israel
Synagogues / Temple Beth David-Ner IsraelTemple Beth David-Ner Israel at 500 Starin Avenue was a merger of two congregations from two streams of Judaism: Conservative and traditional.OverviewThe fusion of a synagogue associated with Conservative Judaism and a...
Synagogues / Temple Beth ElTemple Beth El, founded as Congregation Bethel was the first synagogue to be established in Buffalo in 1847. Soon after its formation it changed its name to Temple Beth El. The congregation moved several times within the city, eventually...
Synagogues / Temple Beth TzedekTemple Beth Tzedek was established in 2008 through the merger of two existing synagogues associated with Conservative Judaism: Temple Beth El and Temple Shaarey Zedek. Initially located in the former Temple Shaarey Zedek synagogue in...
The first and largest Reform synagogue in Western New York, Temple Beth Zion began as an orthodox congregation when it formed in 1850.
Synagogues / Temple SinaiFounded in 1952 in Amherst, NY, Temple Sinai was the first suburban and the first Reconstructionist synagogue in Greater Buffalo. In 2012 it merged with Temple Beth Am to form the world’s first jointly constituted Reconstructionist-Reform...
Synagogues / Temple Shaarey ZedekPart of the stream of Conservative Judaism, Temple Shaarey Zedek formed in 1968 through a merger of two North Buffalo synagogues: Temple Emanu-El and Temple Beth David-Ner Israel. It committed itself to a suburban home in Getzville,...
Synagogues / Young Israel of Greater BuffaloYoung Israel of Greater Buffalo began as an informal orthodox minyan in 1973 and formally incorporated in 1974. It built its synagogue on Maple Road in 1979 and has retained this congregational home over the entirety of...
Chana Kotzin, “The Jefferson Ave. Shul and the search for East Side Memories,” Buffalo Jewish Review; February 10, 2012, p. 9.