Designed by architect Max Abramovitz, Buffalo’s Temple Beth Zion is a complex consisting of four interconnected buildings: the Sisterhood Chapel, The Rabbi Joseph L. Fink Auditorium, the Benjamin and Dr. Edgar R. Cofeld Judaic Museum, and most prominently, the “cupcake-like” Sanctuary. Identified by its scalloped poured concrete walls adorned with Alabama limestone, the Sanctuary dominates the building grounds. The building’s massive walls angle outward toward the sky at 15 degrees, in the form of arms held in prayer, and each of the ten scallops (on either side) represent the ten commandments. The west entrance is distinguished by colorful stained glass windows and a large overhang, covering part of the expansive concrete landscape. Architecturally, the Sanctuary is the most significant building of the complex, representing the most innovative use of materials, construction technique and Brutalist representation.