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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: Wednesday, April 10th at 5:30 pm in CBA social hall. We will be discussing Jewish Stories and Hebrew Melodies by Heinrich Heine. See below for details.
Kabbalat Shabbat Service at CBA: Friday, April 12th at 6:30pm. Please see below for details.
CBA Community Seder: We are currently SOLD OUT for our second night congregational/community Passover Seder.
CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group: The next Vintage Jewish Movie Group meeting will be Sunday, April 28th at 4:00pm. We will be watching the original 1937 film, The Dybbuk See below for more details.
Future Dates for Kabbalat Shabbat Services: May 24th, June 14th, July 12th and August 16th.
Please join us at the shul when the book club will be meeting to discuss our next book on Wednesday, April 10th at 5:30 at CBA. We will be reading the novel Jewish Stories and Hebrew Melodies by Heinrich Heine. (We will just be discussing the stories.) Copies can be purchased through book sellers on the internet.
Here is a summary of the book excerpted from Prakn Tragr:
This edition brings together some of Heine’s more important works on Jewish themes: the unfinished historical novel The Rabbi of Bacherach; a section of Heine’s Maidens and Women where Heine takes a different approach from many of his contemporaries on the question of Shakespeare’s Shylock and his daughter; and the famed Hebrew Melodies, where his prodigious talents as a lyric poet are trained on Jewish subjects.
Please RSVP to Shelly at if you plan to join us so that we can notify you of any time or location changes.
For those who like to read ahead, our May book will be Herschel’s Kingdom by Dan Jacobson. Date and time to be determined.
Please join us for our April Kabbalat Shabbat Service, Friday, April 12th 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!
CBA Second Night Passover Seder is SOLD OUT
We are currently SOLD OUT for our second night congregational/community Passover Seder to be held on April 20th. If you have purchased tickets and cannot keep your reservation, please contact Shelly, as there may be people on the wait list.
The next Vintage Jewish Movie Group meeting is Sunday, April 28th at 4:00pm (doors open at 3:30pm). We will be watching the original 1937 film, The Dybbuk, made by legendary filmmaker, Michal Waszynski.
Here is a brief plot summary:
Sender and Nisn are friends from their yeshiva days and now that they are both rising young men in their communities, with their first children on the way, they pledge that if their children are a boy and a girl the pair will be betrothed. But Nisn dies the night his son is born, just as Sender’s wife dies giving birth to Leah, their daughter. Nisn’s son, Khanan, turns up in Sender’s town, an indigent but brilliant yeshiva student who has begun dabbling in the darker mysteries of Kabbalah. When the prosperous Sender makes a profitable match for his daughter, the infatuated Khanan dies. But his spirit comes back to claim his promised bride by inhabiting her body. Overseeing all of this is a solemn mendicant with a lantern, clearly the prophet Elijah.
Please click HERE to watch scenes from the movie.
If you have any questions, or need more information about the Vintage Jewish Movie Group, please contact Marty.
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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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.