Over the next six months I will be asking for help in tracing archival materials and stories regarding a range of Jewish businesses and professions, and intermittently over the next few weeks, I will compile responses I have received thus far. Although I am asking new questions this week, I still welcome comments and more, for earlier subject matters that I have already explored. I am still seeking information about the lesser-known synagogues of North Buffalo (not Emanu-el at this time, that will be a later separate call) and the Humboldt area, and I am also interested in tracing local Jewish butchers and local Jewish catering businesses. The Buffalo Jewish diaspora spreads far and wide, and I am sometimes amazed at how far some of your replies come from!
This week’s request is for pharmacists and pharmacies. There were a whole range of independent owned pharmacy businesses, small independent pharmacy chains and individual pharmacists that dotted Buffalo’s mainly neighborhoods, the outer ring suburbs (for example: Cheektowaga), and from where I sit now and write, here in Amherst. I have had the pleasure of meeting several pharmacists and learning about the independent and family run businesses that existed prior to the larger chains we have today (although that transition is interesting history too, as part of a changing Buffalo, and beyond). Were you a pharmacist or was a relative? The pharmacy school at UB also had a fraternity. Did you or a relative belong to it?
Intermittently, I will reproduce the list of collections we already have at the University Archives at the University at Buffalo, as one thoughtful reader has already responded about an existing collection, and been willing to add another piece of the puzzle to that collection.
If you have stories to share and more, please contact Chana Kotzin at: 716-204-5388, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also write to: Dr. Chana Kotzin at the 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. Many thanks to the Sull family for enabling the JBAP/BJE to run these bi-monthly requests which will help us fill in more details and corners of Jewish heritage in Greater Buffalo and Niagara Falls! Keep reading to see if you might be able to help with our business, professional, organizational and neighborhood queries from the past.