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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 (including last minute snow cancellations) please scroll down.
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CBA Annual Second Night Seder: Our annual CBA Second Night Seder will be held on Saturday night, March 31st at 6 PM in the CBA Social Hall. Please see below for details.
Jewish Renewal Service: Friday, March 23rd at 6:30pm. Services are held in the CBA social hall, and led by Dr. Yonina Andrea Foster, a seminary-trained Jewish Renewal Rabbi.
CBA Book Club Meeting: Thursday, April 5th at 5:30 pm in the Congregation Beth Abraham Social Hall on Elmwood Avenue. We will be discussing Whither?& Other Stories by Mordechai Ze'ev Feierberg.
April Kabbalat Shabbat Service at CBA: Friday, April 20th at 6:30pm, followed by kiddush and kosher dairy oneg in the CBA social hall.
CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group: Next showing to be announced.
Future Kabbalat Shabbat Dates are as Follows:
May 18th, Erev Shavuot starts May 19
Our annual CBA Second Night Seder is sold out. if you would like to be placed on the waiting list in the event there are any cancellations, please email Shelly Kerker.
Cantor Gelman and the CBA Band have recorded our Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat tunes for your listening and learning pleasure!
Now you can listen to the songs on YouTube and follow along with the transliterations using the links below:
Click CBA on YouTube to listen to/learn our Shabbat songs.
Click Here to download song transliterations.
Jewish Renewal Service Led by Dr. Yonina Andrea Foster Friday, March 23rd at 6:30pm
Dr. Yonina Andrea K. Foster, class of Amherst 1975, returned to live in Buffalo after an almost 42 year absence. She has rabbinic seminary training through ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and has led and co-led services in Maryland, before returning to Buffalo last July.
This Shabbat program will again draw upon the mystical tradition from which it arises, contemplation, and, songs, old and new. It is Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Sabbath before Passover. Come to ponder why you think it is so called and the miracles of freedom we will consider. What might prompt you to step into freedom, to make a great change in your life? Does the Holy Blessed One nudge you forward with an outstretched arm? Or did you think you had just fallen into it?
All are welcome. Your input and participation are desired. Yonina suggests bringing a cushion for additional comfort. Also bring your rhythm instruments, stories, songs, and thoughts about bringing light into the darkness, and into you, so through the next weeks and months you can re-imagine the light of Shabbat each day into spring
Please join us at the shul when The Congregation Beth Abraham Book Club will be meeting to discuss our next book Whither?& Other Stories by Mordechai Ze'ev Feierberg, on April 5th at 5:30pm. The book is available from various booksellers on the internet.
Here is a summary of Whither? excerpted from Prakn Trager: . . . Whither? Is a beautifully written account of intensely religious East European childhood and adolescence and the psychological breakdown that follows in the paralyzing wake of intellectual maturation. The traumatic loss of religious faith as the result of its head-on collision with modernity was the great leitmotif of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Eastern European Hebrew literature, and Whither? Is its most haunting fictional description.
Please RSVP to Shelly at if you plan to join us so that we can notify you of any time or location changes.
Please join us for our April Kabbalat Shabbat Service.
After services we will gather for Kiddush and a potluck oneg in the CBA social hall. Please bring a kosher dairy/non-meat dish or dessert to share and kindly label it if it contains nuts or other allergens.
We hope you can join us as we celebrate Shabbat in our historic synagogue. Contact Cantor Gelman or Marty Kerker if you are interested in playing an instrument. We will have small percussion items available to play, too. Directions and parking information can be found on the right side of this web page. This service is open to the community, so please feel free to bring your friends!
NEW! CBA Songs NOW On YouTube
Click CBA on YouTube to listen to/learn our Shabbat songs
Click Here to download song transliterations.
The CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group meeting will be announced in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned for more information.
If you have any questions, or need more information about the Vintage Jewish Movie Group, please contact Marty.
Do you have old photographs of our shul? An article clipped from a newspaper? Memories from a rite of passage that your family celebrated at CBA? A special story to share about CBA's past?
We are in the early stages of creating a CBA archives that would hold all of our legal and historical documents in one place, including our Articles of Incorporation and property documents, as well as your photographs, articles, and written memories. If you are interested in helping out with this project, please let us know by email.
Click cba_timeline.pdf to download a timeline of the shul's history, starting from its origins in 1919.
***Please stay tuned for an announcement of an upcoming Archive Project event in Spring 2018.***
Donate to CBA using PayPal or by check in the mail!
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.
If you prefer to donate by sending a check in the mail, our address is 1073 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY 14222. Please download/print our donor form and include it with your payment to let us know how to acknowledge your donation. Thank You!!!!
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CBA on the Move...
We continue to move forward with our building renovations with the completion of our new non-gender-specific, handicapped accessible bathroom. Now we have two functioning bathrooms in the area of the old kitchen!
Railings & More....
As you drive by CBA, take a look at our new hand railings, that look great, and add to the beauty and stability of our grounds. Pictured are Grant Golden and Deborah Goldman, who generously financed the project.
CBA is also in the process of adding handicap accommodations to our building. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Jim Carr, Building Committee Chairman, we now have an electric chairlift going down stairs into the social hall from the main entrance.
Our building renovations are moving forward at a rapid pace. The kitchen counters have been installed, drywall has been put up and the walls have been painted a bright beige.
And don't forget to take a look at our newly painted floor in the social hall, courtesy of Joel Kerker. A neutral stain-resistant paint was selected to match the surrounding area and keep the social hall looking bright and cheerful!
Thank you to all who contributed in 2017 to help make our building a source of pride and inspiration!
We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends
In the past year, CBA has benefited greatly from your time and talents - from the DIY'ers who have taken on the building repairs, to our daveners and musicians. At this year's Congregation Meeting, many new ideas for CBA activities and improvements were suggested. If you would like to help with Ritual, Programming, or Building DIY, please contact our volunteer coordinators: