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All of our services and events at CBA are open to the community. While we do not have regular weekly or daily services, we hold a musical Friday service once a month, High Holiday services in the Fall and host events throughout the course of the year. For details on upcoming events and services, please scroll down.
New! CBA Saturday Morning Shabbat Services: Saturday, October 26th at 9:30 am. Please see below for details.
The Vintage Jewish Movie Group is back: Sunday October 27th at 5:00 pm (doors open at 4:30). We will be showing The Human Resource Manager. Please see below for details.
CBA Book Club Meeting: The next CBA book club meeting will be Monday, October 28th at 7:00 pm to discuss The Second Scroll by A.M. Klein. Please see below for details.
Future Dates for Kabbalat Shabbat Services: November 15th, December 20th, January 24, 2020.
We are pleased to announce the return of Shabbat morning services to Congregation Beth Abraham, Services will be held once a month, beginning October 26 at 10:00 AM. Several members of our congregational family are volunteering to help lead services, read Torah, chant Haftarot, deliver Divrai Torah, and sponsor what promises to be Buffalo's best oneg! If you would like to learn more about our Shabbat morning service and how it correlates to the new siddurim, please visit the "Shabbat Learning" page on our website, There you can find audio and visual reference material that will help you learn and/or master the prayers and components of the service; Preliminary, Shachrit, Torah and Musaf.
Additionally, if you are observing Yahrzeit, we urge you to contact the Synagogue for an honor (doing an English reading, receiving an aliyah, opening the ark or lifting, dressing, carrying the Torah). And If you have a simcha or other occasion to celebrate, what better way than by hosting or contributing to the oneg? All in all, we are excited to open this new chapter in the life of the Synagogue and hope you will be be able to join us in the renaissance of Congregation Beth Abraham as it continues to move forward.
After a brief hiatus the vintage Jewish movie group is back with our next film group screening -- Sunday October 27th. We'll kick off 5780 with a 2010 film from Israel, The Human Resources Manager, a heart-warming, life-affirming comedy. Doors open at 4:30 so we have some time to schmooze and nosh before the film. The film starts promptly at 5:00 pm.
Here is a brief description from YouTube:
The Human Resources Manager of Jerusalem's largest bakery is in trouble. He is separated from his wife, distanced from his daughter, and stuck in a job he hates. When one of his employees, a foreign worker, is killed in a suicide bombing, the bakery is accused of indifference, and the HR Manager is sent to the victim's hometown in Romania to make amends. Far from home, on a mission to honor a woman he didn't even know but has somehow grown to admire, the HR Manager rediscovers his own humanity and his ability to truly care for human resources.
Click here to view the trailer.
India Gate on Elmwood Avenue is open again, so we can resume going thereafter the film for dinner and drinks. RSVP's not required, but helpful and appreciated.
If you have any questions, or need more information about the Vintage Jewish Movie Group, please contact Marty.
Please join us at the shul on Monday, October 28th at 7:00 pm when the book club will be meeting to discuss our next book, The Second Scroll by A.M. Klein. Copies can be purchased through book sellers on the internet.
Here is a summary of the book excerpted from Wikipedia:
The Second Scroll is a 1951 novel by the Jewish-Canadian writer A. M. Klein. Klein's only novel was written after his pilgrimage to the newly founded nation of Israel in 1949. It concerns the quest for meaning in the post-Holocaust world, as an unnamed narrator, a Montreal journalist and editor, searches for his long-lost uncle, Melech Davidson, a Holocaust survivor, in post-war Italy, Morocco, and Israel. Klein's novel parallels the biblical story of the Exodus from Egypt, with the modern Jewish immigration to Israel after the war being compared to the original Exodus story.
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CBA appreciates your financial support of our temple and we are happy to offer the convenience of online donations. In addition to our annual appeal to cover our operating costs, the "Little Shul on Elmwood" needs your financial help with our continuing renovations and accessibility improvements. Please note that if you make a donation of $18 or more, you will automatically be considered a member unless you choose to opt out and inform us accordingly. Membership requires no further financial or time commitment, although both are much appreciated.
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CBA has benefited greatly from the time and talents - of our volunteers who have taken on responsibilities from the building repairs, to our daveners and musicians. If you would like to help with Ritual, Programming, or Building improvements, please contact our volunteer coordinators:
Thanks to all members and supporters who have brought in non-perishable food items to help fill the need in our immediate community. We will continue to collect non-perishable food items on an on-going basis to distribute to those less fortunate in our community. Please bring a non-perishable food item to show your support!
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