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Jefferson Avenue Shul

  Lost      Demolition By Neglect
January 2, 2012
August 13, 2014
September 19, 2014

October 11, 2014
Melanie Shorey, David Torke


407 Jefferson Avenue Buffalo, NY 14204
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Ellicott Council District
SBL: 111.58-1-39
Erie County Property Info
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  • Dranreb NYS LLC (Elliott Dalfin), per City of Buffalo.
  • From David Torke: "Elliot Dalfin purchased the Shul at the city's tax foreclosure auction in October 2012 for $600 (six hundred dollars). He was the only bidder. Elliot splits his time between Buffalo and Brooklyn and controls a large number of rental properties in the city's Broadway Fillmore neighborhood using various LLC's. Currently one of his LLC's owns the Shul."
  • Ownership history per Erie County:
    • Saints Home Church of God 4/25/1960 (purchase date)
    • Greater New Hope Church 6/30/1982
    • Cadabey LLC 1/25/2013
    • Dranreb NYS LLC 8/8/2013

Physical Description

Moorish revival style yellow brick building with "onion" dome steeple.

Current Condition

Vacant and boarded. Extensive damage to brick at the top of the front (West) elevation.


Built in 1903. Designed by A. E. Minks & Sons, who also designed Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • DEMOLISHED October 11, 2014
  • October 11, 2014: Rabbi Drorah Setel and David Torke, activist and writer of fixBuffalo, chained themselves to the threatened Jefferson Street Shul at 7am this morning at 407 Jefferson Avenue.
  • Per David Torke, the building is scheduled for demolition starting 10/11/2014.
  • September 19, 2014: Imminent danger of demolition. City has notified owner to remove personal property from the building pending imminent demolition.
  • August 19, 2013: David Torke informs us of a "revitalization plan that's being developed". We'll update this page with details as we learn them.
  • October 2012: Elliot Dalfin purchased the Shul at the city's tax foreclosure auction for $600.
  • February 2012 - David Torke works on a community based preservation campaign and Tim Tielman has agreed to write the synagogue's National Register application
  • December 2011 - Housing Court Judge Patrick Carney issued an order to demolish

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Added 2013-01-08 • Last changed 2017-12-06