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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August Kabbalat Shabbat Service at CBA: Friday, August 17th at 6:30pm, followed by kiddush and kosher dairy oneg. Please see below.
CBA Book Club Meeting: Wednesday, August 22nd at 5:30 pm in the Congregation Beth Abraham Social Hall on Elmwood Avenue. We will be discussing The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner by Isaac Goldemberg.
CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group: The Vintage Jewish Movie Group is on hiatus for the summer months. Please stay tuned for more details.
Future Dates for Kabbalat Shabbat Services: High Holiday services in September (see below for schedule), October 26, November 16, December 21
Please join us for our August Kabbalat Shabbat Service, Friday, August 17th 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!
Volunteers Needed for High Holiday Services
It's time to start thinking about how you can contribute to High Holiday services at CBA. If you would like the honor of reading from the Torah, reading the haftorah, blowing the shofar or participating in other readings and High Holiday duties, then we would like to hear from you!
The High Holiday schedule is as follows:
Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 9th at 6:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 10th at 9:30 am
Tashlich: Hoyt Lake, Delaware Park, Monday at 5:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Tuesday, September 11th at 9:30 am
Kol Nidre: Tuesday, September 18th at 6:30 pm
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, September 19th 9:30 am (includes Yiskor), 2:00 pm Break with discussion in the social hall
6:20 pm Neilah- Break fast to follow
Please put in your requests now before it's too late. You can email your response with any questions to Marty Kerker or Irwin Gelman.
Please join us at the shul when the Congregation Beth
Abraham Book Club will be meeting to discuss The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner by Isaac Goldemberg, Wednesday, August 22nd at 5:30pm at CBA. The book is available from various booksellers on the internet.
Here is a summary of the book excerpted from Prakn Trager:
This groundbreaking novel by a Peruvian poet, playwright, and writer has as its protagonist a mestizo child – part Jewish, part Indian – estranged from his larger-than-life father. Goldemsberg masterfully uses a pastiche of narrative techniques . . . to ponder the fate of immigrant Jews to South America in the early part of the twentieth century.
Please RSVP to Shelly at if you plan to join us so that we can notify you of any time or location changes.
The Vintage Jewish Movie Group is currently on hiatus for the summer months. We will be back in a few months. Please stay tuned for more details.
If you have any questions, or need more information about the Vintage Jewish Movie Group, please contact Marty.
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 here to Order a CD to play on your CD player.
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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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.***