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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 71 Collections and/or Records:

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America Niagara Falls Chapter Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 200.41
Overview The records of the Niagara Falls chapter of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, document both organizational and individual activities.

Ralph L. Halpern Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 200.20
Overview These are the personal papers documenting a segment of the life of local communal leader, Ralph L. Halpern. materials include speeches, and other material relating to his volunteer service in the Jewish community.

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 Archives of Greater Buffalo, Synagogue records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 150.5
Overview Synagogue records of the Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo. Records of Congregation B'rith Sholem (Pine Street Shul) and Temple Sinai include account books, record books, receipt and memo pads, photographs, deeds, correspondence, committee minutes, and bulletins.

Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo, Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo records

 Collection — Box: 1-28
Identifier: MS 150.1
Overview The Records of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo in the Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo. Included are the records of constituent agencies and member organizations of the Federation such as, the Bureau of Jewish Education, Jewish Family Services, the Jewish Community Center, Kadimah School of Buffalo, and the Rose Coplon Home. Records include minutes, committee reports, publications, correspondence, yearbooks, scrapbooks, and photographs.

Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo, Local Jewish Community records

 Collection — Box: 1-5
Identifier: MS 150.3
Overview Records of the Local Jewish Community in the Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo include cemetery records, local temple and shul records, and Jewish organizations. Also included are material pertaining to deported persons and refugee matters, and the papers of Max M. Yellen and Dr. Gerhard J. Falk and Dr. Ursula A. Falk.