Our History

"We remember and honor those who came before us and are mindful of our responsibility to transmit this heritage to new generations." - from our mission statement

Temple Beth Tzedek was formed by a merger  of Temple Beth El of Greater Buffalo and Temple Shaarey Zedek, in June, 2008.   The latter had been formed by a merger, in 1968, of Temple Emanuel and Temple Beth David Ner Israel; both of  these synagogues had their origins in Buffalo in the 1930s.

Selected events from the history of Temple Beth Tzedek

Some history of Temple Beth El of Greater Buffalo
Some history of Temple Shaarey Zedek

Outstanding leaders

Rabbi Isaac Klein, z'l
Rabbi Samuel Porrath, z'l
Cantor Gerald DeBruin, z'l

From the Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo (part of the University at Buffalo archives)