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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 Vintage Jewish Movie Group Has Been Rescheduled for March 10: The next Vintage Jewish Movie Group meeting is Sunday, March 10 at 4:00pm. We will be watching The Last Suit. Please see below for details.
CBA Book Club Meeting: Thursday, March 28th at 5:30 pm in CBA social hall. We will be discussing Mori Sa'id by Hayim Hazaz. See below for details.
Sephardic-Style Musical Shabbat Service at CBA: Friday, March 29th at 6:30pm. Please see below for details.
Future Dates for Kabbalat Shabbat Services: March 29, Aprril 12th, May 24th, June 14th, July 12th and August 16th.
Join the fun at a special Shushan Purim Shabbat service and Spiel, Friday March 22nd at Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. Purim Shabbat Service starts at 7:00 pm followed by CBA's Dr. Grant Golden's Purim Spiel at 8:00pm - 9:00 pm. Dress up and celebrate! A lively oneg will follow in the Fink Auditorium. Hope to see you there!
Please join us at the shul when The Congregation Beth Abraham Book Club will be meeting to discuss our next book on Thursday, March 28th at 5:30 pm. We will be discussing Mori Sa'id by Hayim Hazaz. Copies can be purchased through book sellers on the internet.
Here is a summary of the book excerpted from Prakn Tragr:
Hazas was at his best a marvelous storyteller who looked deep into the Jewish soul. (In this book), a novel set in the 1940’s in a Yemenite neighborhood of Jerusalem and revolving, often comically, around the opposed poles of everyday life and the kabbalistic messianism of Yemenite religious tradition, he is at his very best.
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 next selection is Jewish Stories and Hebrew Melodies by Heinrich Heine, which we will meet to discuss Tuesday, April 9th at 5:30 pm at the shul. Watch our website for further information.
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.
To listen to the NEW songs for our upcoming Sephard-ish service, click HERE
Please join us for our March Sephardic-style Kabbalat Shabbat Service, Friday, March 29th 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!
***Congregation Beth Abraham is collecting non-perishable food items on a continuing basis to distribute to those less fortunate in our immediate surrounding community. Please bring a non-perishable food item to show your support!
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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:
CBA Giving Back
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.