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Finding Aid for the Chabad of Buffalo and Torah Teminah School Papers, 1971-1994

MS 200.22

State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives

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Buffalo, NY 14260
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Finding aid prepared by Chana Revell Kotzin, June 2013.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by Karen Spencer, July 2013.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.

The arrangement and description of the Chabad of Buffalo and Torah Teminah School Papers was made possible by funding obtained through the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies and the Bureau of Jewish Education.

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Collection Overview

Title: Chabad of Buffalo and Torah Teminah School Papers, 1971-1994
Creator: Chabad of Buffalo, N.Y.
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 half manuscript box)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives
Abstract: Materials documenting aspects of work of Chabad of Buffalo with an emphasis on outreach work for Jewish students at University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College as well as the social and education life of a Chabad affiliated school, Torah Teminah, Amherst, NY.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, MS 200.22, Chabad of Buffalo and Torah Teminah School Papers, 1971-1994, University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Special Collections' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

Rabbi Moshe Gurary donated a small amount of material in the 2000s(?). The school’s administrative, photographic and other papers were initially surveyed under a grant from the DHP Documentary Heritage Program in 2009. The collection was arranged in June 2013 and it was deposited at the University Archives, Special Collections by the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project in June 2013.

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.

Terms of Access

The Chabad of Buffalo and Torah Teminah School Papers, 1971-1994 are open for research.


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.

Processing Information

Processed by Chana Revell Kotzin, June 2013.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Historical Note

The origins of modern Chabad-Lubavitch organization in the United States are traced to the early 1940’s when the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880-1950), appointed his son-in-law and later successor, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn (1902-1994), to head the newly-founded educational and social service arms of the movement. As of 2007 there were over 3300 Chabad linked institutions around the world. Chabad is an acronym of three words: Chochmah (Wisdom), Binah (Understanding), and Da’at (knowledge). Lubavitch is the name of the small town in the county of Mohilev (Imperial Russia) that served as the center of the Chabad Chassidism for four generations. Chabad is a Chasidic movement in Orthodox Judaism.

Chabad Lubavitch of Buffalo, known as Chabad of Buffalo, was established in 1971 by Rabbi Nosson Gurary and his wife Miriam starting from an apartment at Amherst Manor Drive. Since then it has grown into a two-center organization with buildings near the North and South Campuses of the University at Buffalo. The first student house, on Main Street, was located between Englewood and University, at 3293 Main, and expanded into a second building immediately adjacent to it. In suburban Amherst/Getzville, the Chabad House is located near the Ellicott Creek footbridge, opposite the Wilkeson and Spaulding dorms at 2501 North Forest Road, and close to the Jewish Community Center.

Chabad of Buffalo is currently run by Rabbi Avrohom and Rabbi Moshe Gurary, both of whom are sons of the original founders. Chabad House runs a range of programming for college students including Shabbat hosting, as well as a range of educational events and programs, including a summer camp for children, ‘Gan Israel”. During the 1980s and 1990s, Chabad, along with other Jewish organizations in Buffalo, was involved in aiding Soviet Jewish immigrants. From 1972 for the following twenty years, Chabad of Buffalo also offered classes on the campuses of the University at Buffalo in Jewish philosophy, traditions, practices and language. Chabad of Buffalo has at various points hosted local radio and television shows, a newspaper, Chabad Chronicle, annual festival events, adult bar mitzvah ceremonies, and provided counseling services including those at the Attica Correctional Facility. It has ongoing summer programming at the Chautauqua Institution. Before 2008, Torah Temimah Day School of Buffalo (which was founded during the 1970s by Chabad of Buffalo), ran intermittent full day schools at various locations around Buffalo. It merged with Jewish Heritage Day School (JHDS) in 2008 to form Ohr Temimim. While the original JHDS was initially affiliated with the Torah U’Mesorah Jewish Day School network, Ohr Temimim is now affiliated with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

Chabad of Buffalo holds an annual (giant) Chanukah Menorah lighting event and invites a range of individuals to light the first flame each year.

Scope and Content Note

Chabad of Buffalo and the Torah Teminah School collection include clippings, school photographs, flyers and booklets for anniversary events, as well as a range of anniversary booklets. Jewish year dates are also included on some materials.


This collection is arranged by type of material and then chronologically.

Container List

Box-folder Contents
1.1 Chabad of Buffalo, Torah Teminah School, Class photographs, 1980-1983
1.2 Chabad of Buffalo, Torah Teminah School, Class photographs, 1990s
1.3 Chabad of Buffalo, Torah Teminah School, Newspaper clippings, 1970s-1990s
1.4 Chabad of Buffalo, Chabad Student Center, 1973 1984 1994 undated
1.5 Chabad of Buffalo, Invitations and flyers to special events and festivals, 1980-1982 1985-1986 1988-1989
1.6 Chabad of Buffalo, Anniversary event booklets (18th and 25th), 1991 1996
1.7 Chabad of Buffalo, Annual Chanukah menorah candle lighting, undated

Includes a photograph of Dr. Herbert Hauptman (Nobel Prize winner and University at Buffalo researcher).

1.8 Chabad of Buffalo, Newspaper clippings, 1984 1989

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.


Bureau of Jewish Education (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Jewish Buffalo Archives Project
Torah Teminah School, Buffalo, N.Y.


Jews--New York (State)--Buffalo (N.Y.)--Archives
Jews--New York (State)--Buffalo (N.Y.)--Education
Jews--New York (State)--Buffalo (N.Y.)--Social life and customs
State University of New York at Buffalo--Archives


Black-and-white photographs
Clippings (information artifacts)
Color photographs

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