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Consecration at Buffalo


The dedication of the new Synagogue at Buffalo took place on Friday, the 26th of July, by the Rev. S. M. Isaacs, of New York, as previously announced; the whole proceedings went off with general satisfaction, and the sum of six hundred dollars was collected from the audience, although no especial effort was made to effect this. As a mark of their sense of the disinterested services of Mr. I., the congregation, at their special meeting on the 29th, passed the following resolutions, which we insert as requested:

“At a meeting of several members of the Synagogue, Beth El ,of Buffalo, held on the 29th instant, the President of the congregation, M. Moritz, Esq,. was called to the chair.

“The Chairman briefly stated the object of this meeting, when, on motion, a Committee was appointed to draft resolutions expressing the feelings of the members of this congregation towards the Rev. S. M. Isaacs, and also towards the congregation, ‘Gates of Prayer’ of New York. The Committee then retired, and upon return, offered the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted:

Resolved, are the thanks of this congregation are justly due to and are hereby tendered to the Rev. S. M. Isaacs, of New York, for the alacrity with which he responded to an invitation extended to him, to direct the ceremonies of dedicating our Synagogue, in this city; for the excellent manner in which he conducted the whole affair; and for the very erudite and eloquent discourse delivered by him on the occasion.

Resolved, That the thanks of this congregation are also due, and are hereby tendered, to the congregation ‘Gates of Prayer’ of New York, for their permission so graciously accorded to the Reverend gentleman to visit this city; for their generosity in kindly granting us the loan of several ספרים and appurtenances for our use on the occasion of the late consecration, and for their kind feelings as evinced and expressed by their letter to us of the 21st instant.

Resolved, That copies of these resolutions, duly authenticated, be transmitted to the Rev. S. M. Isaacs, and also to the congregation ‘Gates of Prayer’ of New York.

Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be published in the Asmonean and Occident.

Alexander Grunwald,
[Signed,]         Abraham Jacobs
Solomon Philips
William C. Sylvester, Secretary.

“Buffalo, July 19, 1850.”