Beginnings in Buffalo, NY

Harold Arlen Exhibition / Beginnings in Buffalo, NY Born on February 15, 1905, at 389 Clinton Streeton the East Side of Buffalo the joy of Arlen’s birth was overlain with family tragedy. For Joseph–as Harold was first named–struggled to survive and his twin brother,...

The Jewish East Side

Harold Arlen Exhibition  /  The Jewish East Side Along the streets of Jefferson, Pratt, Spring and William and the surrounding highways bounded by Michigan and Fillmore, Clinton and Broadway, dense networks of Jewish family and friends formed the “The Jewish East...

Abbey, Harlan C.

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...

Bunis, Anne

Born in Russia in 1901 as Anna Wiener to parents, Morris and Dora Wiener, Anne as she would become, arrived in Rochester as a six-year old immigrant child. As the eldest of eight children, she left school at the end of eighth grade. Dreams of becoming a designer were put aside, even as she was creating and sewing her own clothing from her early teens.

Aaron, Rabbi Israel

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...

Abramovitz, Max

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...

Musical Influences

Harold Arlen Exhibition  /  Musical Influences Both Celia and Samuel Arluck lived within Orthodox Judaism and infused their family home with these traditions. As Cantor of the Clinton Street synagogue (Beth Jacob), Samuel also had a Jewish communal role. It was his...

A City of Entertainment

Harold Arlen Exhibition  /  A City of EntertainmentFrom the 1900s to the late 1920s, music, performance, and film were changing in Buffalo as they were across America. Vaudeville and Burlesque were still popular forms of entertainment, but popular song and dance bands...

Performer and Arranger

Harold Arlen Exhibition  /  Performer and Arranger By the age of 18, Arluck had established himself as a full-time performer. He changed his first name to Harold listing himself in the Buffalo City Directory in 1923. In 1924, he published his first piece of music with...

From NY to Hollywood

Harold Arlen Exhibition  /  From New York to Hollywood Harold Arluck settled in New York City in the late 1920s in an era known as the Jazz Age (1920s-1930s) also defined by musicologists as the Golden Age of Song (1920s-1940s). At just 23, Harold had more than a...

Remembering Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen Exhibition / Remembering Harold Arlen The Buffalo beginnings of Harold Arlen remained with him throughout his life. Commentators and musicologists assessed Arlen as a complex and “complete” composer, who created songs of outstanding cultural resonance...

Harold Arlen Exhibit Sources

Arlen Biography Chana Revell Kotzin, Ph.D.General Articles and Books Woody Backensto, “Who were the Buffalodians?” The Record Changer, Vol 13, January 1954, p. 7, p.14. Jacqueline Bassan, From Shul to Cool: The Romantic Jewish Roots of American Popular Music, New...

Adler, Selig

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,...

Arlen, Harold

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.

Brodsky, Linda MD

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...

Bunshaft, Gordon

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...

B’nai B’rith Girls

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.

Jewish Mothers Club

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.

Cohn, Ann H.

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...

Suburbs

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...

Humboldt-Ferry

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...

North Buffalo

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...

West Side

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...

East Side

East Side

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...

Delaware Avenue

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...

Downtown

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...

BJE Staff May, 2010

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.

Life Begins at 70, Fundraising Pamphlet

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.

Jewish Fresh Air Camp and Camp Lakeland

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...

Camp Centerland

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...

Ohr Temimim expansion, 2014

Ohr Temimim expansion: The Shuman and Gellman Families Educational Campus, 2014. Photograph created by Rabbi Shmuel Shanowitz. Courtesy of Rabbi Shmuel Shanowitz.

Kadimah at 50

Chana Kotzin and Marcy Katzman Lenard, Kadimah at 50, Timeline Wall Banner, 2009.

Buffalo Frontier Post no. 25, 80th Anniversary, 1929-2009

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.

Exhibition Pamphlet, “A City of Refuge”

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.

The Holocaust Memorial at Pine Ridge

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...

Hadassah of Greater Buffalo

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...

Elmlawn Memorial Park

Cemeteries  /  Elmlawn Memorial ParkJewish Cemetery Sections within Elmlawn Memorial Park

White Chapel Memorial Park

Cemeteries  /  White Chapel Memorial ParkJewish Cemetery Sections within White Chapel Memorial Park

Ohr Temimim

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...

Holocaust Resource Center

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...

Kadimah School

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,...

Hillel Foundation of Buffalo

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...

Jewish War Veterans Buffalo Frontier Post #25

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,...

Mikvah

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...

Buffalo Jewish Federation

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...

JCC

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...

Jewish Family Service

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...

Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies

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...

Weinberg Campus and Rosa Coplon

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...

Coplon, David

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...

Coplon, Rosa

People A-Z  /  Rosa CoplonFounder, Lay Leader, Volunteer 1855-1920Overview Rosa Berman was born in 1855 in Shavl in Eastern Europe, then part of the Russian Pale of Settlement, and now a part of Lithuania. In 1878 she married Samuel Coplon, a skilled glazier, and...

Drumlevitch, Seymour

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...

Flintrowitz, Marcus

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...

Greenstein, Louis

Greenstein, Louis

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...

Hauptman, Dr. Herbert

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 R.

Jacobs, Kurt, Richard. Soldier, Military Intelligence Service, WWII, “Ritchie Boy”.

Klein, Gerda Weissmann

People A-Z  /  Gerda Weissmann KleinHumanitarian, Holocaust Survivor, author, public speaker and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree. 1924-2022OverviewFrom Bielsko to Volary Gerda Weissmann (later Klein) was born in Bielsko, Poland, on May 8, 1924. Growing up into a...

Klein, Dr. Rabbi Isaac

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...

Klein, Kurt

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...

Luskin, Samuel

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...

Milstein, Milton

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...

Noah, Mordecai Manuel

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,...

Rabinowitz, Rabbi Eliyahu Yosef

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...

Wiener, Cecil

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...

Memorial Issue of Bulletin, 1964

Memorial Issue of Bulletin on the death of Dr. Joseph L. Fink, 1964, TBZ Collection, Cofeld Judaic Museum, permission of Temple Beth Zion.

Service Honoring Donald Day, 1980

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.

TBZ Program for the Dedication Service

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.

Humboldt Orthodox, Inventory

Humboldt Orthodox, inventory compiled by Alan Ehrlich, 1960, render as courtesy of Cofeld Judaic Museum, Temple Beth Zion, Buffalo, NY.

Temple Sinai, 1954

L-R, Cantor Sternberg, Louis Bunis, Rabbi Ira Eisenstein, Rabbi Nathan Gaynor and Harold Axelrod.

Anshe Zedek

Anshe Zedek

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...

Chabad House of Buffalo

Chabad House of Buffalo

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...

Sol Messinger

Sol Messinger

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,...