Biography of Rev. Israel Aaron


Aaron, Rev. Israel, D. D., Buffalo, was born in Lancaster, Pa., November 20, 1859. H-is father, Moses Aaron, a native of Hesse Darmstadt, was an officer in the Grand Ducal army of Hessia, and came to America about 1850. He engaged in the mercantile business in Philadelphia, and later moved to Lancaster, Pa., where he at times officiated as minister. He died in 1865. He left a wife (born Zetta Greenbaum) and three children. His wife's father was a farmer, stock raiser, small land owner and business agent for a landed proprietor. Rev. Israel Aaron was graduated from the Lancaster (Pa.) High School in 1875 and from the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) in 1880 as B. A. He received his rabbinical degree from the Hebrew Union College in 1883, and in 1887 that institution conferred upon him the honorary degree of D. D. Six months prior to his graduation Dr. Aaron was called to the pulpit of Achduth Ve Sholom Temple in Fort Wayne, Ind., which he served with distinguished ability until 1887, when he was called to Buffalo, where he has since resided. Soon after his arrival here he took steps for the erection of an edifice which would in every way represent the best elements of the Jewish population of the city, and in 1890 the handsome Temple Beth-Zion on Delaware avenue was built. It is one of the finest specimens of synagogue architecture in the country, and stands a monument to Dr. Aaron's energy and perseverance, for to him is largely due its construction. He was a member of its building committee. Dr. Aaron founded and organized the Sisterhood of Zion, whose objects were philanthropic and educational, and who maintains various classes for girls and boys in an excellently appointed house, which it built for its particular purposes He is a manager of the Jewish Orphan Asylum of Western New York at Rochester, N. Y., a member of the executive board of the Buffalo Good Government Club from the Twenty-first ward, and a member of the Masonic and B'nai Brith fraternities and other bodies. Since he first entered the ministry he has lectured extensively, particularly in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Canada, and in this field as well as in the church has won high honors. In June, 1897. he was invited to deliver a sermon at the queen's jubilee celebration at Hamilton, Ont., a distinction never before received by any American minister. He is a forcible exponent of the doctrines of Reformed Judaism, an eloquent orator, a student and a scholar, and one of the ablest rabbis on this continent. He was married in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Miss Emma Falk.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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