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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.
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CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group: The Vintage Jewish Movie Group is meeting on Sunday, November 11th at 4:30pm. We will be watching A Serious Man (2009). See below for more details.
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at CBA: Friday, November 16th at 6:30pm. New starting this month, CBA is collecting non-perishable food items for community outreach. Please see below for details.
CBA Book Club Meeting: Thursday, November 29th at 5:30 pm in CBA social hall. We will be discussing See Under: Love by David Grossman. See below for details.
Annual Chanukkah Party and Sing-Along: Saturday, December 8th at 5:30pm. Please see below for details.
Future Dates for Kabbalat Shabbat Services: December 21, January 11th (Tot Shabbat), January 18th (Kabbalat Shabbat)
The Vintage Jewish Movie Group will be meeting on Sunday, November 11th. Doors open at 4:30, movie starts at 5:00pm. We will be watching the Coen Brothers Film, A Serious Man (2009).
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.
Watch the movie trailer here.
If you have any questions, or need more information about the Vintage Jewish Movie Group, please contact Marty.
Please join us for our November Kabbalat Shabbat Service, Friday, November 16th at 6:30pm. 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!
Also, new starting this month, Congregation Beth Abraham will be collecting non-perishable food items on a continuing basis to distribute to those less fortunate in our immediate surrounding community. Please bring a non-perishable food item to show your support!
Please join us at the shul when The Congregation Beth Abraham Book Club will be meeting Thursday, November 29th at 5:30 pm to discuss See Under: Love by David Grossman. It is available from various booksellers on the internet.
Here is a summary of the book excerpted from the magazine Prakn Trager:
This ambitious Hebrew novel is one of the most daring and resonant fictional treatments of the Holocaust that has appeared in any language. Its boldest move is to adopt the mode of magical realism in order to probe the violence done to language and meaning as well as to human beings by the perpetrators of genocide. At the center of the novel is a reverse Scheherazde story in which a Jewish concentration camp inmate longing for death, whose body perversely refuses to die, agrees to produce nightly installments of a story for the commandant on the condition that at the end of the telling the Nazi officer will try to kill him
Please RSVP to Shelly at if you plan to join us so that we can notify you of any time or location changes.
***For those who like to read ahead, our December selection is a collection of two short stories - The Jewish War and Victory by Henryk Grynberg – and our January selection is Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.***
Please join us for our annual CBA Chanukkah Party and oldies sing-along on Saturday, December 8 at 5:30 pm. We will start with Havdalah, followed by menorah lighting, nosh and sing-along celebration! BYOMC (Bring your own menorahs and candles!). Sing-along with musical accompaniment led by Marty Kerker.
If you'd like to make latkes, latke contributions will be happily accepted. We will re-heat them in the oven. Or just bring your appetites! Hope to see you there!
Please RSVP to Shelly if you plan to join us. Please indicate if you are planning to bring latkes or another food item when you RSVP.
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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.
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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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:
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 our Shabbat songs on YouTube or CD and follow along with the transliterations using the links below:
Click CBA on YouTube to listen to/learn our Shabbat songs online.
Click Here to download song transliterations.
Click here to Order a CD to play on your CD player.
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.