Community Partners

Buffalo Jewish Federation

2640 North Forest Road
Getzville, NY 14068
716-204-2241
Rob Goldberg – CEO & Executive Director
Leslie Shuman Kramer – President

www.buffalojewishfederation.org

The Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo leads and empowers individuals to come together as a community committed to the vitality of the Jewish people under the umbrella of federation fund raising. Together with community partners and agencies, the Federation develops and implements the community’s directions in meeting the needs of Jews and ensuring their creative survival.

Buffalo Vaad of Kashrus

49 Barberry Lane
Williamsville, NY 14221
716-534-0230
Rabbi Eliezer Marcus- Regional Director
Michael Paskowitz – President
bvkkosher@gmail.com

www.bvkkosher.com

Chabad House of Buffalo

2450 North Forest Road
Getzville, NY 14068
716-688-1642
Rabbi Moshe Gurary

www.chabadbuffalo.com

Chabad House offers a wide range of educational, social and religious programs through workshops, classes, lectures, guest speakers and concerts. At the State University of New York at Buffalo, Chabad rabbis teach 21 accredited courses. Chabad Houses are open every Friday night for services and Shabbat meals, as well as on Saturdays and every Yom Tov. There is no membership fee required to come to Chabad House.

Department of Jewish Thought

712 Clemens Hall – University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
716-645-3695
jewish-studies@buffalo.edu
Dr. Sergey Dolgopolski – Chair

www.jewishstudies.buffalo.edu

Hadassah

2640 North Forest Road
Getzville, NY 14068
716-688-5260
buffalohadassah@gmail.com
Elaine Kellick & Annette Magid – Co-Presidents

Hebrew Benevolent Loan Association

2640 North Forest Road in FJP offices
Getzville, NY 14068
716-204-0542
Judith Katzenelson Brownstein – President
www.wnyhbla.org

The Hebrew Benevolent Loan Association is designed to loan money, interest free, to any Jewish person from Western New York in need of temporary aid. When the HBLA was founded in 1897, Buffalo was flocked with Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe, many fleeing pogroms. They followed their relatives, who were also struggling for existence. The newly arrived immigrants did not want charity. They wanted only to become self-sufficient. For over 100 years, the HBLA has been a source of support to help in times of stress, to make vital family purchases and even to start and sustain businesses. Today, the HBLA continues its work providing financial assistance to those in need, especially when other resources are not available.

Hillel of Buffalo

Campus Center of Jewish Life
520 Lee Entrance/UB Commons
Suite #101B
Amherst, NY 14228
716-616-0083
Rabbi Sara Rich – Director
Dr. Jeffrey Lackner – President

www.hillelofbuffalo.org

Hillel’s mission is to ensure a vibrant Jewish environment for our local college students and the larger Buffalo Jewish community. It is a place to socialize with friends and connect with our Jewish heritage. The Hillel year is full of activities to engage our minds, spirits, well being and creative interests. Please join us for our popular Shabbat Services and Dinners (if from the Buffalo community, please when possible, make a reservation so we can plan accordingly). We strive to enrich Jewish life and thus make certain a strong Jewish future.

Holocaust Resource Center

2640 North Forest Road
Getzville, NY 14068
716-634-9535
Elizabeth Schram – Director
Ann Marie Carosella – President

www.hrcbuffalo.org

The Center’s mission is to remember the victims, honor the survivors and educate the community. Served by a non-sectarian Board of Directors, its activities are designed to heighten public awareness and knowledge of the Holocaust. Teacher training, trips to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, special programs and exhibits and a Speakers Bureau are offered. A resource library of posters, videos, books and teaching materials is maintained. Book boxes containing age-appropriate classroom libraries are loaned to area middle schools and high schools. A high school course on the Holocaust is taught each semester via Distance Learning. Testimony of local survivors is videotaped for inclusion in the Center’s library. The Resource Center sponsors an annual Arts and Writing Contest for students in grades 8-12 and co-sponsors Buffalo’s annual Yom HaShoah observances.

Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, Inc.

Benderson Family Building
2640 North Forest Road
Getzville, NY 14068
716-688-4033

Holland Family Building
787 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209
716-886-3145

Richard Zakalik – Executive Director
Alon Kupferman – President

www.jccbuffalo.org

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo operates two state-of-the-art sports, aquatics and fitness facilities. Membership is open to all members of the community without regard to race, age, gender, religious preference, marital or economic status. In addition to fitness programs, the JCC offers a wide range of social and cultural programs for all ages including after school care, vacation camps, a computer lab, adult services and the Jewish Repertory Theatre. The JCC also offers a Nationally Accredited (NAEYC) Early Childhood program for children ages 18 month through pre-K.

Jewish Discovery Center

757 Hopkins Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
831 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY 14221 (office)
716-639-7600
716-632-0467
Rabbi Heschel Greenberg
Rabbi Laizer Labkovski

www.jewishdiscovery.org

The Jewish Discovery Center provides Jewish education for the entire community with a full range of classes for adults on all levels, from beginners to the advanced. The center also sponsors Shabbatons for the family, the Jewish Art Calendar, a weekly television program, a weekly faxed Torah message, programs for children and seniors, and many other educational and social events for Jews of all ages and backgrounds.

Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County

70 Barker Street
Buffalo, NY 14209
716-883-1914
Molly Short Carr – CEO
Blaine Schwartz – Chair

www.jfsbuffalo.org

Jewish Family Service is a social service agency designed to strengthen, preserve and promote the well-being of families, children and individuals. They provide comprehensive assistance and guidance to enhance participation in community life, family affairs and spiritual practices. They offer many services to our community including mental health treatment programs, career development services, adoptive services, Kosher Meals on Wheels and gambling recovery. Services are confidential and are available to all residents of Erie County, regardless of age, sex, race or religious affiliation.

Jewish Federation Apartments

275 Essjay Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
716-631-8471
Kathleen Haggerty – Property Manager
Shawn Frier – President

Jewish Federation Apartments is an apartment building offering subsidized residences to meet the particular needs of elderly (age 62+) and mobility-impaired adults (age 18+) and their families. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, the goal of the building is to enable tenants to live as active members of the community in a safe and affordable setting. Located on a four-acre suburban site, the six-story building contains a total of 150 individual apartments.

Jewish Federation Cemetery Corporation, Inc.

2640 North Forest Road
Getzville, NY 14068
716-204-2246
Deborah Pivarsi – Director
Charlotte Gendler – President

www.jfedbflo.com

The Jewish Federation Cemetery Corporation has been given ownership and maintenance responsibility by the boards of certain cemeteries whose organizations have disbanded or whose directors have died or moved elsewhere. The corporation provides security and upkeep for those cemeteries and has plots available for purchase by members of the community.

Kadimah

Reneé Lehner – Administrator
Hallie Keren – Board Chair

www.kadimah.org

For more than 60 years, Kadimah Academy has been providing an excellent secular and Judaic education to Jewish students from throughout Western New York. Students and teachers come from diverse Jewish observance and cultures, forming a family whose members respect one another because of their differences – not in spite of them. By focusing on the individual gifts and needs of each student, our teachers cultivate a caring family of learners who are committed to responsible citizenship, the performance of mitzvot, and support for the State of Israel and its people.

In September 2019, Kadimah shifted its focus and direction in recognition of changed demographics and finances. Rather than operating our own school, we have partnered with The Park School of Buffalo, a century-old private, independent, progressive school in Amherst, N.Y., in an innovative venture that is unique in North America. Through the Kadimah Scholars at Park School program, our students are now full Park students, where they learn Hebrew and Judaic Studies from former Kadimah teachers both during the regular school day and through supplemental “club” periods on two days after-school, while also participating fully in activities, clubs and sports at Park. Our students and faculty pray every morning, celebrate Shabbat and the holidays, and even share our religion and culture with the entire Park community, which has welcomed us with open arms.

Kadimah Academy remains a separate, independent nonprofit organization, chartered under New York State Religious Corporations Law, with a new focus on providing scholarships to Jewish students to attend Park, and to support the program through continual fundraising, marketing, recruitment, alumni relations and community engagement. Our mission is to ensure that Jewish education in Western New York is supported and strengthened in the future, while we maintain our goal of developing the future leaders of tomorrow’s Jewish community.

Ohr Temimim School

411 John James Audubon Parkway
Amherst, NY 14228
716-568-0226
Rabbi Shmuel Shanowitz – Principal
Jonathan Gellman – President

www.ohrtemimimschool.com

Jewish Heritage Day School is a private coed elementary and middle school that combines general and religious studies in a single full-day program. The guiding principle of the school is that children receive a comprehensive education in Jewish thought and customs, instilling within them a deep appreciation and love of Judaism. Jewish Day School graduates consistently excel in high school and college and go on to achieve professional success while maintaining their strong commitment to Jewish tradition.

Weinberg Campus

2700 North Forest Road
Getzville, NY 14068
716-639-3311
Robert Mayer- President & CEO
Kenneth Rogers- Chairman of the Board of Directors

www.weinbergcampus.org

Weinberg Campus is located on 130 beautiful acres in the Town of Getzville, NY USA. The Campus is designed to provide the widest array of services to help families successfully manage aging. Weinberg Campus accommodates different needs by providing the widest array of options, all housed on a beautiful campus, that includes the following: Forest Creek Commons Apartments, The Meadows Apartments, Garden House, for the Memory impaired and other frailties, Dosberg Manor – Adult Care Facility and Assisted Living Program, Rosa Coplon Living Center – short-term rehabilitation services, skilled nursing facility, and long term home health care. The Campus also provides adult day health care and social day programs for the memory impaired. The Total Aging in Place Program provides Medicaid managed long-term care, allowing participants to remain at home with support.

Congregations

Chabad House of Buffalo

2450 North Forest Rd.
Getzville, NY 14068
716-688-1642
Rabbi Moshe Gurary – Director

www.chabadofbuffalo.com

Congregation Beth Abraham (Conservative)

1073 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
Marty Kerker – President

www.congregationbethabraham.net

Congregation Shir Shalom (Reform/Reconstructionist)

4660 Sheridan Drive
Williamsville, NY 14221
716-633-8877
Rabbi Alexander Lazarus-Klein
Cantor Arlene Frank
Joanne Marquisee – Executive Director
Bruce Corris – President

www.shirshalombuffalo.org

Congregation Havurah (Reform)

6320 Main St., Williamsville, NY 14221
Bernard Schenkler, President
Enid Edelman, Membership Chair
716-689-8059
info@congregationhavurah.org

www.congregationhavurah.org

Kehillat Ohr Tzion (Modern Orthodox)

879 Hopkins Rd
Williamsville, NY 14221
Rabbi Ori Bergman
Jeff Schapiro – President

ohrtzion.org

Kehillat Ohr Tzion is a modern, Orthodox synagogue offering separate seating with daily morning and evening services including Shabbat and all holidays. They are committed in all respects to Halakhah, Jewish law, and to actively learning and teaching Torah, Talmud and a variety of other subjects.

Temple Beth Tzedek (Conservative)

1641 North Forest Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Rabbi Moshe Silberschein
Cantor Mark Spindler
Andy Gewurz – President
Kim Jones – Administrator
716-838-3232

www.btzbuffalo.org

Temple Beth Tzedek is the largest Conservative congregation in Western New York, with roots dating back to the mid-1800s. It was formed by the June 2008 merger of Temple Beth El of Greater Buffalo – itself the oldest Conservative synagogue between New York and Chicago – and Temple Shaarey Zedek – itself the product of a 1968 merger of Temple Emanuel and Temple Beth David Ner Israel, both dating to the 1920s. A thriving, fully egalitarian member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism with over 550 families, Temple Beth Tzedek today serves a broad constituency from across the region, across the religious spectrum and across generations. TBT offers weekly Shabbat services on Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon), High Holy Day and festival services, and twice-daily minyans in the morning and evening. We also offer Junior Congregation, Tot Shabbat and a range of other family-oriented programming, as well as an afternoon religious school, the Gesher School, in partnership with another local synagogue, and an array of youth group activities through Machar, Kadimah, and USY. Additionally, we feature a wide range of social, community service, and educational programs, through our various committees and our active Sisterhood and Brotherhood auxilliary organizations, as well as through classes with Rabbi Perry Netter and initiatives of our Board of Trustees. Our nationally acclaimed Kesher initiative, in particular, provides assistance and outreach to members of the congregation and even the broader community who struggle with frailty, illness or disability or who have suffered a personal loss. The synagogue also houses the Sara Brooks Judaica Shop and our Amdur-Klein Library, which boasts the largest collection of Jewish books and materials in Western New York.

Temple Beth Zion (Reform)

Sanctuary: 805 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209
Religious School and Offices:
700 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, NY 14226
716-836-6565

Rabbi Jonathan Freirich
Cantor Penny Myers
Jeff Clark – Executive Director
Julie Dressler Weinberg – President

www.tbz.org

Founded in 1850, Temple Beth Zion is Buffalo’s largest congregation. All are welcome into membership. The Temple offers Erev Shabbat and Shabbat morning worship, High Holy Day and festival worship at its facilities. Family Erev Shabbat is conducted monthly. Kabbalat Shabbat is conducted at 6:00 p.m. during the summer. A number of committees dealing with social programming, social action, education, finance and worship are open for participation and temple auxiliaries include Brotherhood, Sisterhood, NFTY-affiliated young people’s society and junior youth groups. The temple sponsors programming for all members, including inter-faith families and senior adults. It has a library, gifts shops and the Benjamin and Dr. Edgar R. Cofeld Judaic Museum. The museum was established to document, celebrate, explain and interpret all aspects of the Jewish experience for all generations and houses over 1,000 Judaic artifacts dating from the tenth century to the present. The temple’s Aaron and Bertha Broder Center for Jewish Education on Sweet Home Road offers a lifelong program of Judaic and Hebraic instruction. The preschool (PALS) offers programs for parents and children at the Sweet Home Road facility. The Religious School is geared to students aged 4 through 18. Sunday and midweek classes are conducted at both locations. Adult education and Cultural programs are open to the entire community.

Temple Beth El (Reform)

720 Ashland Avenue
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Rabbi Ellen Franke
Cantorial Soloist Barry Rose
William Bell – President
716-282-2717

www.niagarafallstemple.com

Temple Emanu-El (Reform)

124 Bank Street
Batavia, NY 14020
585-343-7027
Stan Schumann – President

The Family Shul (Unaffiliated)

757 Hopkins Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Rabbi Heschel Greenberg
Rabbi Laizer Labkovski
716-639-7600

Young Israel of Greater Buffalo (Orthodox)

105 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Rabbi Eliezar Marcus
Richard G. Berger – President
716-634-0212

www.yibuffalo.org

Founded in 1973, a family-oriented Orthodox synagogue offering daily morning and evening services including Shabbat and all holidays. Kiddush is served Shabbat morning and home hospitality is available for Friday night dinner and Shabbat lunch. There is an active NCSY youth group for grades 4 through 12. Adult education classes are offered in Torah, Talmud and a variety of other subjects. Its building contains a library and is located within walking distance of UB’s North Campus. The Rabbi is available to the community for counseling and to answer questions regarding religious law and practice.