Mark Your Calendar!
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.
Kabbalat Shabbat Returns for 5778: October 20th at 6:30 pm with an oneg to follow in CBA social hall.
Movie Night is Back in Full Swing: Sunday, October 22nd at 5:00 pm in the CBA social hall. We will be watching "The Boys of Second Street Park," with a gathering to follow at India Gate restaurant on Elmwood Avenue.
CBA Book Club Meeting: Thursday, October 26th at 5:30pm at The Lexington Co-op at 1678 Hertel Avenue. We will be discussing Descent by David Bergelson.
Future Kabbalat Shabbat Dates are as Follows:
November 17th, Joint service with Nickel City Minyan
December 15th, Hanukkah
May 18th, Erev Shavuot starts May 19
Please join us for our October Kabbalat Shabbat Services. Cantor Gelman will conduct our first monthly musical celebration of the New Year 5778 on Friday October 20th. After services we will gather for Kiddish 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!
After a brief respite, the movie group returns on October 22nd.
We will be kicking things off with a very bittersweet documentary, "The Boys of Second Street Park." Please note the later start time of 5:00 pm to accommodate those football fans who want to watch the Bills-Tampa Bay game in its entirety.
The film traces the parallel lives of a group of friends from a mostly Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, growing up and facing the realities of life during the idyllic 50's and into the turbulent 60's and 70s. Great story lines, accentuated with lots of nostalgia and songs from that era. You might say these stories are our stories. And if not of that generation, you will likely enjoy the film based on the human element and music alone. You can view the movie trailer here.
If you have any questions, or need more information about movie night, please contact Marty.
The Beth Abraham Book Club will be meeting on October 26th at 5:30, downstairs in the Synagogue social hall, 1073 Elmwood Avenue. We will be discussing Descent by David Bergelson. It is available through various internet booksellers. Here is a synopsis from the National Yiddish Book Center:
Descent is very much a modernist novel; emotional allusive, psychologically acute. Set in Russia and Ukraine, its story centers around a friend’s inconclusive investigation into the suicide of an idealistic young man. Its triumph is its evocative portrait of the generation coming of age just before the Revolution: dissatisfied, cut off from tradition, uncertain about the future.
All are welcome to join us! If you think you will be attending, please RSVP Shelly
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.
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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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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! Next up, installation of new flooring in the social hall and finishing touches to the kitchen.
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: