In this second bi-monthly essay, I wanted to reach out to readers in order to find out more about Kosher butcher businesses. We would love to compile a full list of businesses and addresses, names of owners, and connections to Jewish caterers as well as memorabilia from both groups. This is a significant area that remains under-documented in the archives. Perhaps you, or your grandmother, mother or father shopped at a kosher butcher’s shop on the East Side, on Broadway, on Elmwood or Hertel Avenue? Was there a particular kosher butcher that your family frequented? Perhaps you remember specific Jewish caterers and their signature dishes? We’d love to know these answers and other thoughts you have. You can reach Chana Kotzin at: 716-204-5388, and email her at email@example.com or write to: Bureau of Jewish Education, 2640 North Forest Road, Suite 400, Getzville, NY 14068. As we gain more information and stories, these will be shared in the Buffalo Jewish Review.
Through the Jewish Buffalo Archives project, 65 collections are now available for use. The collections are a unique source of local and regional Jewish history from 1847 to the 2015. The listing in this article is organized in alphabetical order by organization name and family last name. The archives collections include Jewish agencies, Jewish Day schools, Jewish organizations past and present, and individual and family papers. There are many cross-over connections, for example the David and Minnie Coplon papers include information about the Rosa Coplon Home, and Weinberg Campus, Temple Beth El and Temple Beth Zion, Jewish Masonic organizations, Jewish Country Clubs, braille materials, business images and personal Coplon Family materials that span the globe! Temple Beth El includes information about local, national and international Jewish organizations, in addition to all aspects of synagogue life.
The Archives are located at the University at Buffalo in Capen Hall on North Campus at 420 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260 and you can call them directly at: 716-645-2916 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Normally you can visit the Archives from Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. While no appointment is necessary, it will reduce your wait time for box retrieval if you plan ahead. Please note that the archives are occasionally closed, so use the contact information above to confirm your visit.