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.
Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat Service: Friday, December 15th at 6:30pm.
Hanukkah Celebration and Sing-Along: Sunday, December 17th at 5:00pm, we will gather in the social hall for candle lighting, latke eating, and oldies sing-along.
CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group: Monday, December 25th at 4:00 pm in the CBA social hall. We will be watching "The Matchmaker.” with a gathering to follow at Tokyo-Shanghai restaurant on Elmwood Avenue.
CBA Book Club Meeting: Thursday, December 28th at 2:00 pm in the Congregation Beth Abraham Social Hall on Elmwood Avenue. We will be discussing The Rise of David Levinsky by Abraham Cahan.
Jewish Renewal Service Led by Dr. Yonina Andrea Foster: This independent service will be held Friday, December 22, 2017 at 6:30pm. Please see below for complete details.
Future Kabbalat Shabbat Dates are as Follows:
May 18th, Erev Shavuot starts May 19
Please join us for our December Kabbalat Shabbat Service.
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!
Please join us on December 17th at 5:00 for latkes, Hanukkah songs, and an “oldies” sing along - musical accompaniment by Marty and Yonina. Bring your own menorahs and candles, and if you like to cook, latke contributions will be gladly accepted. We will re-heat them in the oven. Or just bring your appetites. Hope to see you there!
We always strive to follow the "traditions" of our people,
so next up for December is our annual film and Chinese food combo on Christmas day, Monday, December 25, at 4:00.
Following the movie "The Matchmaker," we'll head down the street to Tokyo-Shanghai Bistro, 494 Elmwood Avenue, for dinner and schmoozing.
For last year's film, we delved into the magical realism of the Israeli film, “My Lovely Sister" and we'll follow that up this year with another quirky Israeli film,“The Matchmaker.” Ultimately it's a bittersweet (but mostly uplifting) coming of age story that takes place in Haifa during the summer of 1968. On the two primary Internet review sites, Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB, the film received scores of 88% and 73%, respectively and was nominated in seven categories for the Israel Awards of the Academy,including Best Picture. It won for best Actor and Actress.
All are welcome and as always, there is no charge, but please RSVP if you also plan on coming to Tokyo-Shanghai after the film. They will need a projected headcount so they can set an area aside that will suit our needs.
If you have any questions, or need more information about the Vintage Jewish Movie Group, please contact Marty.
Exciting News Flash -- we will soon have a new addition to our Jewish film watching experience – a movie theater style popcorn popper (courtesy of Yonina Andrea Foster). We plan on breaking it in on the 25th, so there will be even more reason to be a part of the festivities!
Our book choice for December is The Rise of David Levinsky by Abraham Cahan.
Considered one of the 100 Greatest Works of Modern Jewish Literature, The Rise of David Levinsky is described as follows:
Its story of a young yeshiva bockhur who immigrates to New York and becomes a wealthy businessman while losing his Jewish soul, is still the classic account of Jewish assimilation in the United States. Cahan, better known as the influential and outspoken editor of the Daily Forverts, for decades America’s leading Yiddish newspaper, wrote only this single work of fiction, but it was enough to put him in the Jewish literary hall of fame.
The meeting will take place December 28th at 2:00 pm in the CBA social hall. Please RSVP to Shelly if you plan to attend. Please include your phone number so that we can contact you if we need to reschedule.
Heads up: Our book choice for January is Moonglow by Michael Chabon. Watch this website for details about the book and the time and place we will be meeting.
Dr. Yonina Andrea K. Foster, class of Amherst 1975, returned this summer to live in Buffalo after an almost 42 year absence. Ms. Foster is welcoming you to share in Jewish Renewal at Congregation Beth Abraham’s building on Elmwood Avenue, Friday night, December 22. All are welcome. The Shabbat program will draw upon tradition, song, contemplation, and the mystical tradition it arises from, with a mix of more contemporary tunes that reﬂect the themes of Shabbat. 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
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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!
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!
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.
In January we will have outside railings leading from the sidewalk to the front entrance, courtesy of Grant Golden and Deborah Goldman.
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:
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 January, date to-be-determined.***