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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 Book Club Meeting: Thursday, May 9th at 5:30 pm in CBA social hall. We will be discussing Heshel’s Kingdom by Dan Jacobson. See below for details.
Kabbalat Shabbat Service at CBA: Joint service with TBZ at CBA Friday, May 24th at 6:30pm. Please see below for details.
CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group: The next Vintage Jewish Movie Group meeting will be on Sunday, June 2nd at 4:oo pm. We will be watching Gentleman's Agreement (1947). See below for details.
Future Dates for Kabbalat Shabbat Services: June 14th (Sephardish), July 12th and August 16th.
Please join us at the shul when the book club will be meeting to discuss our next book on Thursday May 9th at 5:30 at CBA. We will be reading the novel Heshel’s Kingdom by Dan Jacobson. Copies can be purchased through book sellers on the internet.
Here is a summary of the book excerpted from Prakn Tragr:
This mature memoir . . . is a moving exploration of a late twentieth-century intellectual and family man in search of his ancestry in Lithuania. Jacobson, the master of a sharp, concise style, travels with a son to the land of one of his grandfathers in search of clues that will help him sort out the existential odyssey of a conflicted, contradictory man immersed in dark times.
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, we will be meeting on June 6th to discuss The Trial by Franz Kafka and also two of his short stories – Metamorphosis and In the Penal Colony.
Please join us for our May Kabbalat Shabbat joint service with Temple Beth Zion, Friday, May 24th 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!
The next Vintage Jewish Movie Group meeting will be Sunday, June 2, at 4:00 pm. Doors open at 3:30 pm. We will be watching 1947 Oscar winning film, Gentleman's Agreement, starring Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire, directed by Elia Kazan.
Here's a plot description from IMDB:
A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.
A gathering at Pano's Restaurant for dinner, drinks and discussion will follow the movie. Please contact Marty to RSVP for Pano's, or if you need more information about the Vintage Jewish Movie Group.
Thanks to all who participated in our first ever Sephard-ish Musical Shabbat service. It was a great success, and a joy to get together and sing these memorable songs.
To continue listening to the NEW Sephard-ish service songs, click HERE
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.
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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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***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.
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!
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:
Thanks to all members and supporters who brought in non-perishable food items to help fill the need in our immediate community. CBA has donated these items to The Friends of Night People food pantry on Wadsworth and Allen.
We will continue to collect non-perishable food items on an on-going basis to distribute to those less fortunate in our immediate surrounding community. Please bring a non-perishable food item to show your support!
New Sign Added to CBA Exterior...
CBA has new signage on the front door of our building. The new sign is a beautiful scroll design and showcases contact information for the shul. The sign was designed by Grant Golden and hung by Jim Carr (pictured).
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.