BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A generous gift from the foundation of a late
Western New York businessman has established the Samuel Friedman
Library in the Institute for Jewish Thought and Heritage (IJTH) at
the University at Buffalo.
Samuel Friedman, who owned several restaurants in Niagara Falls,
was very dedicated to his Jewish faith, according to his attorney,
Don Day. He established the Samuel Friedman Foundation to support
and strengthen Jewish educational initiatives and programs.
"Samuel was extremely generous, but shied away from publicity,"
Day recalled. "He would be absolutely thrilled to know of this gift
to UB because he believed very strongly in supporting educational
The foundation has given $100,000 to name the library, as well
as purchase books, journals, electronic media and other materials,
and to equip workspaces, storage and archival areas. Day said the
foundation hopes to promote awareness of Jewish history and
perspective through its gift, and hopes the initial funding of the
library will help encourage continued growth and enrichment of this
scholarly collection in years to come.
"We are giving to support UB's excellence in research, teaching
and outreach that will result in the IJTH becoming a world-class
center of scholarly activity," Day said.
Established in 2009, the IJTH is a multidisciplinary research
and academic degree-granting center that focuses on teaching and
scholarship on the critical role of the Jewish tradition within the
development of Western civilization. Three full professors, along
with adjunct and affiliated faculty members, teach an undergraduate
curriculum and a minor in Judaic studies.
"Books and exegesis are central to Judaism, from its sacred
texts to commentaries to contemporary academic scholarship," said
Richard Cohen, IJTH director. "We are very grateful for the
Friedman Foundation grant and welcome additional contributions and
library donations to strengthen our Judaica collection."
The Samuel Friedman Library collection will add to the UB
Libraries' already impressive collection of materials that are of
value to institute scholars and visitors. For example, Special
Collections houses the Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo,
containing synagogue records, local community records and the
personal papers of notable leaders of the Buffalo Jewish community,
including Donald S. Day, Dorothy Goldberg, Bernard Mandelkern,
Morton Merowitz, Haskell Penn and Milton Plesur. This material is
being collected and organized by the Jewish Buffalo Archives
Project, a collaborative effort of the Bureau of Jewish Education
of Greater Buffalo and UB Libraries. The UB Libraries also house
several Jewish book collections of note, among them a 1,800-item
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, a flagship institution in the State University
of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus.
UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests
through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional
degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a
member of the Association of American Universities.