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.
Thursday September 14th, 5:30 pm The Book Discussion Group will meet in the Congregation Beth Abraham Social Hall to discuss, The Garden of Finzi-Contini by Georgio Bassani. (Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not be watching the film based on the novel as previously planned).
***ATTENTION ALL MOVIE GOERS: MOVIE NIGHT SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH IS POSTPONED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR AN OCTOBER DATE TBA.***
Saturday, September 16, 8:30 Community Selichot Service and Rabbinic Reflections, at Congregation Shir Shalom.
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Wednesday, September 20th, 6:30 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah begins.
Thursday, September 21st, 9:30 am First day of Rosh Hashanah
Friday, September 22nd, 9:30 am Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
Friday, September 29th, 6:30 pm Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre Service
Saturday, September 30, 9:30 am Yom Kippur morning service and 5:00 pm evening service
***Please note there will be no Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service in September due to the High Holiday schedule***
The CBA book club will meet on September 14th at 5:30 pm in the Congregation Beth Abraham Social Hall at 1073 Elmwood Avenue. We will discuss The Garden of the Finzi-Contini by Giorgio Bassani. (Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not be watching film based on the novel as previously planned).
From 100 Greatest Works of Modern Jewish Literature: Bassani describes the lives of the Finzi-Contini, a wealthy and exclusive Jewish Ferrarese family in the period immediately before the Second World War, when Mussolini’s racial laws had come into effect. Against this back ground relationships develop among a group of Jewish students, including the Finzi-Contini children, while their aristocratic parents refuse to confront the external events.
The book can be ordered online for as low as $3.00 for a used copy. All are welcome to join us! If you think you will be attending, please RSVP Shelly
***In addition, we are going to be meeting during the break on Yom Kippur, when we will be discussing short stories by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. Copies of the stories will be provided. No need to RSVP.***
Coming up: The next book for October will be Descent by David Bergelson. More details to be announced.
After a brief respite, the movie group returns on September 17
with the documentary "The Boys of Second Street Park." Please note the later start time of 5:00 pm is to accommodate those football fans who want to watch the Bills-Carolina game in its entirety.
We'll be kicking things off with a very bittersweet documentary, "The Boys of Second Street Park." The film traces the parallel lives of a group of friends from a mostly Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, growing up and facing the realities of life during the idyllic 50's and into the turbulent 60's and 70s. Great story lines, accentuated with lots of nostalgia and songs from that era. You might say these stories are our stories. And if not of that generation, you will likely enjoy the film based on the human element and music alone. You can view the movie trailer here.
If you have any questions, or need more information about movie night, please contact Marty.
Come Join Us for High Holiday Services!
Much like our monthly Kabbalat Shabbat services, we encourage everyone to participate. If you would like to do a reading in English or in Hebrew, help us with ark openings, sounding the Shofar, dressing and carrying the Torah, or aliyot, please let us know what you would be willing to do by contacting Cantor Gelman. Yasher koach and much thanks, in advance!
If you have any questions, please contact the synagogue. Hope you can join us!
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.
Donate to CBA using PayPal 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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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! Next up, installation of new flooring in the social hall and finishing touches to the kitchen.
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: