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Jewish Buffalo Archives Project

 Organization

Historical Note

The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project (JBAP) is a collaborative initiative of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Buffalo and the University Archives in the University Libraries of the University at Buffalo. The goal of the JBAP is to comprehensively document a mid-size American Jewish community in its near entirety, building a Jewish community archive for scholars, researchers, journalists, educators, genealogists and others to explore this heritage.

The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project collects and preserves documentation relating to the diverse histories, religious traditions and cultures of Jewish communities within the Greater Buffalo and Niagara area of Western New York. All materials collected by the JBAP are available for research through the University Archives within the University at Buffalo. Oral histories record the recollections of a broad array of individuals to preserve the collective stories of our diverse community.
Found in 26 Collections and/or Records:

Arnold and Ruth Fernandez Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 210
Overview Arnold and Ruth Fernandez papers, document Temple Beth Zion’s Brotherhood’s and Sisterhood’s administrative and its members’ synagogue activities.

Jane V. Fischman Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS 200.02
Overview Personal papers documenting aspects of Jewish youth culture. Material includes programs, newspaper clippings, essays, invitations, and ephemera relating to Temple Beth El, Jewish Community Building, sororities and fraternities, Park School Buffalo, and Camp Kawagama in Ontario.

Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 227
Overview Organizational papers documenting the early beginnings of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies forerunner, the development of Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies services, and samples of special projects developed within affiliated agencies.

Charlotte E. Gendler Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS 200.09
Overview Personal papers documenting aspects of Jewish community in Buffalo and Niagara Falls collected by Charlotte E. Gendler. Material includes minutes, newsletters, programs, photographs, and newspaper clippings relating to Temple Beth David-Ner Israel and other institutions.

Jill Hamilton Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 200.34
Overview Personal papers documenting aspects of the final few years of an independent Temple Sinai, and merger talks with Temple Beth Am, to form a new combined Reform and Reconstructionist congregation, Congregation Shir Shalom.

Hebrew Benevolent Loan Association Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 200.44
Overview Organizational papers documenting aspects of the work and history of the Hebrew Benevolent Loan Association originally known as Gemilut Chasidim [Acts of Loving Kindness] and its work in the development of the Buffalo Jewish community through interest free loans.

Hillel of Buffalo Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 228
Overview The records of Hillel of Buffalo, the center of Jewish life on campus, documents organizational, religious, and cultural activities of students in the greater Buffalo area.

Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 205
Overview Papers documenting aspects of the work of the Holocaust Resource Center, and predecessor committees associated with the Jewish Federation. An additional series documents refugee aid, and the Haven-Buffalo Jewish Club 1933, a German-Jewish Refugee social club formed in 1933.

Individual and Community Memorabilia Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 200.33
Overview Papers documenting aspects of the Jewish community in Buffalo and Niagara Falls through family and organizational donations.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Buffalo Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 200.07
Overview Personal and organizational papers documenting aspects of Jewish community in Buffalo collected and created by Jane Fischman, Renata Lefcourt, and Muriel Selling. Material includes newspaper clippings, newsletters, a scrapbook, displays and photographs.