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Karen L. Zakalik Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0200-0042

Scope and Contents

This collection highlights the work of Karen Zakalik on several projects from 1996 to 1998. From June 1996 until December 1996, Karen Zakalik was the Publicity and Marketing Chairperson for a multi-event celebration of Bible Women by Elizabeth Swados (died 2016), a former Buffalonian and member of Temple Beth Zion, and an award winning composer, writer and director. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center, Karen Zakalik wrote and implemented a marketing plan to promote four events involving Elizabeth Swados’ concert-drama. The files included here document her processes, and the associated programs of events. Beginning June 1997 until October 1997, Karen Zakalik served as the Adbook Co-Chair for a Bonim [“Builders”] recognition evening at the Hillel Foundation of Buffalo. In this role she coordinated the production of a commemorative program book that documented the history of Hillel in Buffalo. Many of the materials she utilized, were drawn from outside of the organizations own records and provided a unique record. From June 1997 until November 2000, Karen Zakalik was a Committee Member for the Legacies Book of Life program for the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies. She worked on their introduction of a new endowment program, and that launched during the 1997 Jewish Community Book Fair. This collection highlights a small section of her community work, and more evidence of her lay leadership and professional work can be found in the Kadimah collection (ms209), Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies (ms227), Jewish Federation of Buffalo (ms225), Hillel of Buffalo and Jewish Community Center (ms204).


  • 1996-1998


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The personal papers of Karen L. Zakalik Papers, 1996-1998 are open for research. There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this collection.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Karen Zakalik is a graduate of the Simmons College School of Management in Boston where she received her Master of Business Administration for Marketing. From January 1988 until June 1990, Karen Zakalik worked for FWS/R&J Furniture Sales in Buffalo, New York where she worked on specialty advertisements for local publications. From July 1990 until May 2000 she was the Executive Director for the Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) located in Seacaucus, New Jersey and managed the production of ORIA’s quarterly magazine The Oriental Rug. She was the Managing Partner for the Vermont Partners and Plymouth-Albany Partners in Buffalo, New York. For over 6 years she held various roles within the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc 501(c) agency serving victims of domestic and intimate partner violence residing in Erie County, New York. More recently she has worked as Research Coordinator for the Multiple Sclerosis Consortium at the University at Buffalo. A Board Member for the Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County, from May 1995 until May 1998, Karen Zakalik was also actively involved in lay leadership at Kadimah School of Buffalo. From June 1995 to 2002, she served as an officer and Board Member, chairing the Marketing and Public Relations Committee from 1995 to 1999. This work was followed by roles as First Vice President from 1997 to 1999; and then the first female President from 1999-2001. In Spring 2001, she oversaw the capital and endowment campaign for Kadimah which was a highly successful campaign. Additionally, she served as an Executive Committee Member at Camp Centerland, a part of the Jewish Community Center located in Getzville. In addition she was active within the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, the Jewish Community Book Fair, Hillel and Temple Shaarey Zedek. Other activities included service on the Pro Zoo Board at the Buffalo Zoo and Co-chair of Wines in the Wild from 1999 and 2000.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 half manuscript box)


Papers documenting aspects of special activities held within the Jewish community in observation of community milestones and other organizational activities, as well as programs featuring prominent individuals originally from Buffalo.


This collection is arranged in one series as follows:

  1. Project Materials

Acquisition Information

Karen Zakalik donated her personal materials in 2012. The papers were arranged in June 2016 and it was deposited at the University Archives, Special Collections by the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project in June 2016. The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project was founded in late 2007 under the auspices of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Buffalo with a seed grant from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies. The Archives Project collects mainly 20th century documentation relating to the diverse histories, religious traditions and cultures of Jewish communities within the Greater Buffalo area of Western New York, encompassing the geographic areas of Erie and Niagara Counties and partners with the University Archives at the University at Buffalo to make these records accessible. The arrangement and description of the Karen L. Zakalik’s papers was made possible by funding obtained through the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies.

Accruals and Additions

Ongoing accruals are expected to this collection.

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Processing Information

Collection was processed by Chana Revell Kotzin in June 2016. EAD finding aid created by Archives Staff, July 2016.


Finding Aid for the Karen L. Zakalik Papers
Finding aid written by Chana Revell Kotzin.
June 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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