Jefferson Avenue Shul


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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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  • Hirui Bereket, purchased from Dranreb NYS LLC (Elliott Dalfin) on February 8, 2017.
  • 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
    • Hirui Bereket 2/8/2017

Physical Description

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

Current Condition

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


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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