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Jewish Buffalo History Center

Jewish Buffalo stories are local, national and international. They are part of the breadth of Jewish life in America and in Greater Buffalo over the last two centuries. The Jewish Buffalo History Center website is a community portal for sources and stories about Jewish Buffalo. As an evolving space for the explorations of our region’s diverse Jewish histories and heritages we welcome your participation as we will be regularly adding new content.  Please connect with us to share your stories, photographs, and more!


Your donation to the Jewish Buffalo History Center enables us to develop new content based on research and outreach in order to continually expand our knowledge and appreciation of Jewish living in Greater Buffalo over more than 170 years.

Jewish Buffalo History Center - Temple Sinai 1960s

Temple Sinai, Congregational Seder, 1960s. Courtesy of Congregation Shir Shalom.

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Celia Slohm (Bernstein) with hat marked in red, Junior Hadassah Conference Meeting, 1928. Courtesy of Buffalo Hadassah.

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Jewish Community Religious School Class, May 23, 1943, Jewish Community Building. Courtesy of Getelle Rein.


Jennifer Patrick, Chair
Marjorie Bryen, President
Rob Goldberg, Staff


Howard Benatovich, DDS
Marc Brown
Sue Freed
Charlotte Gendler
Mark Goldman
Ethel Melzer
Ezra Rich
Carol Schmeidler