Buffalo’s first citywide celebration of Hanukkah took place in 1945. The Jewish Education Bureau and the Jewish Center were two sponsors of the event. The day’s activities included prayer led by Rabbi Gedaliah Kaprow of the Humboldt Orthodox Center. The menorah, the traditional Hanukkah candelabra, was lit by Temple Beth David choir members. Song, dance, and an art exhibit were also part of the festivities. The Buffalo Public Library even participated. Historical background to the Maccabean revolt was given by library staff member Ruth Zackem and the story was acted out by Temple Emanue-El Religious School students.
This year Hanukkah is celebrated from December 1 – December 9.
Local Hanukkah Events:
Learn about Hanukkah:
“Ways to Bring About Unity Held Slighted: 2,000 Attend Citywide Hanukkah Celebration.” Courier Express. November 26, 1945, page 16.
United Jewish Federation of Buffalo. People Who Need People: This Is Your Federation. Brochure located in the Ethnic Groups – Jews vertical file in the Grosvenor Room. (image source)