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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, Saturday morning 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 Mitzvah Opportunity: CBA "Kiddush Club"
For our new, monthly Shabbat morning services we are inviting you to join the CBA "Kiddush Club" to help sponsor the kiddush luncheons following services. You can do this either as a one time or an automatic monthly contribution (please scroll down for details).
CBA Book Club Meeting: The next CBA book club meeting will be Thursday, March 5th at 5:30 pm to discuss The Pillar of Salt by Albert Memmi. Please see below for details.
NEW! CBA Hosts a Purim Parody-Sing Along Party: Sunday, March 8th at 6:00-8:00pm. Come Join the fun! Please see below for details.
Kabbalat Shabbat Service at CBA: March 20th at 6:30 pm. Please see below for details.
CBA Saturday Morning Shabbat Service: Saturday, March 28th at 10:00 am. Please see below for details.
The Vintage Jewish Movie Group: The next movie group meeting is Sunday March 29th at 4:00 pm. Please see below for details. Also, visit our Community page for detailed information on the upcoming Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival.
Future Dates for Shabbat Services:
Friday: 3/20, 4/17, 5/15, 6/19
Saturday: 3/28, (April, not scheduled), 5/2, 6/6
Please join us at the shul on Thursday, March 5th at 5:30 pm when the CBA Book Club will be meeting to discuss our next book The Pillar of Salt by Albert Memmi. Copies can be purchased through book sellers on the internet.
Here is a summary of the book excerpted from Pakn Treger:
Identity is this novel’s central theme. It tells of Alexandre, “a native in a colonized country, a Jew in an anti-Semitic universe and an African in a world conquered by Europe.”
Please RSVP to Shelly at if you plan to join us, so that we can notify you of any time or location changes.
***If you would like to read ahead, our next book will be Victoria by Sami Michael. The date is to be decided.***
Please RSVP to Shelly at if you plan to join us for the Purim Parody.
Please join us for Kabbalat Shabbat Services, Friday, March 20th 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!
Please join us for Shabbat morning services at CBA, Saturday, March 28th at 10:00 am followed by a Kiddush luncheon. Please let us know if you would like to join our volunteer group in helping lead services, read Torah, chant Haftarot, deliver Divrai Torah, and/or sponsor the Kiddush. (see further details below about our "Kiddush Club")
Visit our "Shabbat Learning" page on the website to learn how to daven our Shabbat morning services, 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, Shacharit, 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 Kiddush?
The next CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group meeting will be Sunday, March 29th. Doors open at 4:00 pm and the movie starts at 4:30 pm. We will be showing The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, a slapstick, French farce from 1973.
Here's a one line synopsis from IMDB -- "A bigoted Frenchman finds himself forced to impersonate a popular rabbi while on the run from a group of assassins - and the police."
Click HERE to view the trailer.
We will gather at the India Gate restaurant following the movie for dinner, drinks and discussion. Please contact Marty to RSVP or if you have any questions about the Vintage Jewish Movie Group.
***Also, visit our Community page for detailed information on the upcoming Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival.
Donate to CBA securely online using your credit card 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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Questions about Parking and Building Access ?
For All Events:
Please note that there are now two handicapped-only parking spaces in front of the Synagogue. Please let us know if you would like assistance with helping you from your car into the building and/or up and down the stairs. Email us at email@example.com
or call 716 435-0658
Click HERE for a map with parking information. Please do not park in the Mr. Pizza or Panos lot - we want to be a good neighbor!
***Note for all those who bike or take the bus: Bike racks are located on Elmwood across the street from the shul and the 20A bus going inbound and outbound has stops near the corner of Elmwood and Byrd Avenues.
Help sponsor future kiddushim for our new, monthly Shabbat morning services. You have a mitzvah opportunity to be a sponsor, co-sponsor or an ongoing member of our "Kiddush Club." Simply go to the Donate section on our home page and follow the prompts to contribute, as suggested below:
Full sponsorship in honor of someone special or in celebration of a simcha -- $136 (for approximately 20-40 people).
Half sponsorship with the synagogue or in tandem another member -- $68 (for approximately 20-40 people)
Participation in our "Kiddush Club" with an ongoing, monthly donation of $6, $12, or $18. Simply hit the button that says "Make This a Monthly Donation" and we'll take acre of the rest.
Click the "Donate" button, follow the prompts, type in the comments section that you would like to sponsor a full or half Kiddush with date/simcha/honoree details or "Kiddush Club" if making an ongoing monthly contribution. You of course have the option of entering a different amount or canceling at any time. Unless you choose to be anonymous, we will include your name in the CBA flyer that is handed out at services.
***We also need people who can help with the shopping for food and/or setting up the tables for Shabbat. Please contact Shelly if you are willing and able to pitch in. Your help is much appreciated!
We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends
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:
To learn the melodies of our "Sephard-ish" Kabbalat Shabbat services, click HERE
To access ALL the playlists on our YouTube Channel,
Do you have old photographs of our shul? An article clipped from a newspaper? Memories from a rite of passage?
If you have material to share or are interested in helping with our CBA Archives Project, please let us know by email. Click the cba.timeline to download a PDF of the shul's history, starting in 1919.