Buffalo Snowstorm Doesn’t Stop Jewish Life


The “snow wall” as it descended into Western New York 11/18/14. The Jewish community was mainly on the clear side of the wall on the North towns, while the snow pounded into the South towns. Photo: Ellen Goldstein.

— by Ellen Goldstein

Jewish life in Buffalo is going on quite normally despite the record-shattering snowstorm that hit the city.

The Kadimah School of Buffalo and Temple Beth Zion’s PALS School have been closed, partly because of concern for safety on the roads, but both Jewish Community Centers remained open along with synagogues Young Israel of Buffalo, Beth Zion and the Conservative Temple Beth Tzedek.

The Jewish Community mainly lives north of the city of Buffalo, in the Erie county suburbs, as well as in the city itself, while the storm mostly hit the south of the city and its southern suburbs. Areas with many Jews living in them had between three and six inches of snow.

Rabbi Moshe Taub said that “no Minyan will be lost in Buffalo during this snowfall,” and spoke about the importance of continuing Jewish life after the recent terror attack in Jerusalem:

While Buffalo is being hit by a physical storm, the Jewish world was hit with an emotional one: The chilling images coming from Har Nof display Talleisim (prayer shawls) and Teffilin (phylacteries) stained with Jewish blood.

If America rightfully responds to terror through going about their daily lives, shopping, etc., then we as Jews, even in a blizzard, must respond to this act of terror through talis and teffilin. We shall don them in life, and in snow, as they donned them in death.

I implored my community first and for most to stay warm and safe, and in addition, to all who may have not donned teffilin in some time, to put them on today, and tomorrow. If in Israel they have not responded to these events by stopping to go to shul, then we in Buffalo, Philly and beyond shall respond by putting effort in trying to attend.


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