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The Greater Buffalo Jewish Community

The Buffalo area has approximately 18,000 Jewish residents and numerous Jewish attractions:

Local Synagogues

Amherst Synagogue
504 Frankhauser Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 565-1136 or 633-7251
Congregation Achei Tmimim
(formerly Saranac Synagogue)
85 Saranac Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14216
(716) 876-1284
Congregation B'Nai Shalom
1675 North Forest Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 689-8203
Kehillat Ohr Tzion
879 Hopkins Road
Amherst, NY
(716) 689-8739
Knesset Center
(Bais Haknesses Hagadol Lubavitch)
500 Starin Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14226
(716) 832-5063
Young Israel of Greater Buffalo
105 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 634-0212
Congregation Beth Abraham
1073 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
(716) 875-2188
Kehilat Shalom
4660 Sheridan Drive
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 631-3155
Temple Beth El of Greater Buffalo
2368 Eggert Road
Tonawanda, NY 14150
(716) 836-3762
Temple Beth Israel
905 College Avenue
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
(716) 285-9894
Temple Shaarey Zedek
621 Getzville Rd
Amherst, NY 14226
(716) 838-3232
Congregation Havurah
6320 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 883-1090
Temple Beth Am
4660 Sheridan Drive
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 633-8877
Temple Beth El
720 Ashland Avenue
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
(716) 282-2717
Temple Beth Zion
Sanctuary, Chapel, and
Cofeld Judaic Museum

805 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY
(716) 886-7150
Broder Center & Temple Office

700 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, NY 14226
(716) 836-6565
Temple Sinai
50 Alberta Drive
Amherst, NY 14226
(716) 834-0708
Chabad House - North Campus
Jewish Student Center
2450 North Forest Road
Getzville, NY 14068
(716) 688-1642
Chabad House - South Campus
3288 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 833-8334
Jewish Discovery Center
757 Hopkins Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 639-7600

Local Jewish Organizations
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo
       787 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209 - (716) 886-7750
    Affiliated with the United Jewish Communities, 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 Federation umbrella.

  • Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo
       Benderson Building - 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville, NY 14608 - (716) 688-4033
       Holland Building - 787 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202 - (716) 886-3145
    The Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo provides members with sports, aquatics, and fitness facilities, and activities and programs for students, individuals, and families of all ages. Membership is open to our whole community without regard to race, age, gender, religious preference, marital or economic status.

  • Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Buffalo
       2640 North Forest Road, Getzville, NY 14068 - (716) 689-8844
    The Bureau of Jewish Education is an agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo whose mission is to draw from our collective past to inspire, inform and advance our educational and cultural future.

  • Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo
       1050 Maryvale Drive, Room 464, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
    An agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo deals primarily in helping educate the community of Western New York on the Holocaust by (1) teaching the lessons of the Holocaust, (2) remembering the victims of the Holocaust, and (3) honoring the Survivors of the Holocaust.

  • American Jewish Committee - Buffalo/Niagara Chapter
       2640 North Forest Road, Getzville, NY 14068 - (716) 819-1213
    The AJC's Buffalo/Niagara Chapter was founded in the early 1940s and participates actively in combating anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry; works to reinforce American pluralism and the separation f church and state; strives energetically to strengthen the security of Israel; and works ceaselessly to enhance the quality of life in the Buffalo and Niagara region.

  • JBuff.com
    Information on many aspects of the Jewish community in Buffalo, compiled from various sources.

Places You Can Get Kosher Food
  • Wegmans Food Markets
    Beyond the normal national brands of Kosher foods that most every Wegmans stocks, a number of Wegmans locations have Kosher bakery items. The following Buffalo-area Wegmans locations also have a Kosher deli:
    • Wegmans Sheridan Drive - 5275 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221 - (716) 631-4300
    • Wegmans Alberta Drive - 675 Alberta Drive, Amherst, NY 14226 - (716) 831-6300

  • Tops Friendly Markets
    Tops stocks a number of national Kosher brands in a number of its stores.

  • Bert's Kosher Deli
    3 Talbert Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst, NY 14260 - (716) 645-2344
    Bert's is only open during the academic year.

  • Brown's Kosher Meats
    2111 Eggert Road, Amherst, NY 14226 - (866) 536-9399 or (716) 836-3370

There are a number of other businesses in the Bufflo area that provide Kosher options. If you keep a strict Kosher diet, you might want to visit the website of Young Israel of Greater Buffalo, which runs the Va'ad HaKashrut of Buffalo, and consult the list of supervised locations that is maintained by JBuff.com.

Places You Can Get Israeli Food
  • The Falafel Bar
    • 1009 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222 - (716) 884-0444
    • 3689 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY 14226

Annual Jewish Events in the Buffalo Area

In addition to the JLSA's events and the other events on our
list, there are, of course, events put on all the time by the organizations listed above. However, a few of the larger, annual events in the Buffalo area include:
  • Dosberg Speaker Series
    A project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, the speaker series brings to the Buffalo area some of the greatest minds and personalities in the Jewish world today.

  • Buffalo Jewish Film Festival
    Run by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, the festival includes filmsóboth new and oldóof Jewish interest from around the world.

  • Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto
    Held on the Toronto waterfront in late August or early September of each year, the festival attracts tens of thousands of people to celebrate new Yiddish culture. It features world-renowned klezmer bands, jazz artists, poets, singers, authors, actors, dancers and others in a variety of performances, workshops, demonstrations and participatory events.