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.
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April Kabbalat Shabbat Bat Mitzvah Service at CBA: Friday, April 20th at 6:30pm, followed by a pizza and dessert oneg sponsored by the family. Please see below.
CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group: Sunday, April 22nd at 5:00pm. Doors open at 4:30pm. We will be watching the German-Hungarian film, Gloomy Sunday. See below for more details.
CBA to Host Artist in Residence: Friday, April 27th 10:00am-3:00pm. Israeli artist, Asaf Elkalai guides a "photography caravan" to select Jewish locations through Buffalo beginning at CBA! Please see below for more details.
Future Kabbalat Shabbat Dates are as Follows:
May 18th, Erev Shavuot starts May 19
CBA Book Club Meeting: Thursday, May 31st at 5:30 pm in the Congregation Beth Abraham Social Hall on Elmwood Avenue. We will be discussing Jew Suss by Leon Feuchtwanger.
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 Order CD to play on your CD player.
Please join us in celebrating a Bat Mitzvah for one of our young members, with a pizza and dessert oneg afterward sponsored by the family. Please RSVP here if you will be attending so that the appropriate amount of food can be provided.
We hope you can join us as we celebrate this Shabbat and simcha in our historic synagogue. Directions and parking information can be found on the right side of this web page. All are welcome, this service is open to the congregation, no invitation is needed.
The CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group will be meeting Sunday, April 22nd at 4:30pm. We will be watching the German-Hungarian film, Gloomy Sunday (1999), a dreamy story of the love triangle between a pianist, a waitress and the Jewish owner of the restaurant in which they work. It is set in Budapest against the backdrop of WWII when, at the time, Germany was allied with Hungary and in the early phase of it's deportation of the Hungarian Jews, With lush cinematography and music, the film is as haunting as the legendary "suicide song" from which the title is derived.
From Variety: "The iconic ’30s song “Gloomy Sunday” gets a distinctive celluloid setting in this well-played, cleverly scripted pic in which music and character are inextricably combined. Despite the charged setting of WWII Hungary and Nazi-Jewish tensions, the movie is more a romantic love story woven round the memorable melody than a regulation war drama."
View the trailer here.
If you have any questions, or need more information about the Vintage Jewish Movie Group, please contact Marty.
Artist in Residence Program at CBA Friday, April 27th 10:00am - 3:00pm
Please join us at the shul when The Congregation Beth Abraham Book Club will be meeting to discuss our next book Jew Suss by Leon Feuchtwanger at 5:30pm on May 31st at CBA. The book is available from various booksellers on the internet.
Here is a summary of Jew Suss excerpted from Prakn Trager: In this sweeping historical novel about Joseph Suss Oppenheimer, the eighteenth century Court Jew, Lion Feuchtwanger weaves together factual accounts with literary imagination to create a telling portrait of the possibilities and perils of Jewish power and success in a non-Jewish society. Though the book later became the basis of a notoriously anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda film, Feuchtwanger’s 1925 novel is not only sympathetic to its Jewish characters, but offers an intriguing perspective on the possibilities for Jewish and non-Jewish coexistence in Germany and the Diaspora a short decade before the Nazi’s rise to power.
Please RSVP to Shelly at if you plan to join us so that we can notify you of any time or location changes.
Heads up: Our next book will be Summer in Williamsburg by Daniel Fuchs - one of three books his Williamsburg Trilogy. We will be meeting at CBA at 5:30 on June19th
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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:
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.***