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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High Holiday Services at CBA: Begins Sunday, September 9th at 6:30pm, please see below for full schedule.
CBA Book Club Meeting: Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 pm in the Congregation Beth Abraham Social Hall on Elmwood Avenue. We will be discussing Besides and Other Stories by Uri Nissan Gnessin.
CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group: The Vintage Jewish Movie Group is back in full swing starting October 7th. We are showing The Third Half. Please see below for details.
Future Dates for Kabbalat Shabbat Services: October 26, November 16, December 21
All services are led by Cantor Irwin Gelman in a warm, inclusive participatory setting. All are welcome and tickets are not required. 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, please contact Irwin Gelman or Marty Kerker.
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 about Yom Kippur stories in the social hall, Mincha starts at 4:50 pm, Neilah at 6:20 pm- Break fast to follow
***Please see our Community page for information on the Community S'lichot Service.
Please join us at the shul when The Congregation Beth Abraham Book Club will be meeting to discuss our next book at 5:30 pm on September 26th at CBA. The book is Besides and Other Stories by Uri Nissan Gnessin. It is available from various booksellers on the internet.
Here is a summary of the book excerpted from Prakn Trager:
Gnessin was the great modernist of Eastern European Hebrew renaissance, the virtuoso master of a Hebrew prose whose ruminative complexity and associative jumps, situated within the minds of his characters, have much in common with stream-of-consciousness writing. These characters, young Jewish intellectuals adrift in pre-revolutionary Russia, are thoroughly modern in their loneliness and isolation.
Please RSVP to Shelly at if you plan to join us so that we can notify you of any time or location changes.
***Our October meeting will be on October 26th at 6:30 and we will be reading The Yeshiva by Chaim Grade.
The Vintage Jewish Movie Group is back in full swing in October! We will meet on Sunday, October 7th. Doors open at 4:30, movie starts at 5:00pm. We will be showing The Third Half (2012).
Here's a synopsis from the IMDb:
Determined to build the best football club in the country, Dimitry hires the German coach, Rudolph Spitz, to galvanize his rag tag team but - when the first Nazi tanks roll through the city and Rebecca, the beautiful daughter of a local banker, elopes with his star player, all Dimitry's plans must change.
Click here to view the trailer.
If you have any questions, or need more information about the Vintage Jewish Movie Group, please contact Marty.
Please join us for a special presentation by Howard R. Wolf, Emeritus Professor and Senior Fellow (English, UB), author of a novel (Broadway Serenade), a play (Home at the End of the Day), travel essays (Far-Away Places), and many other books. Howard will read from a series of "mourning letters" for his father, written in South Africa, where he was a Fulbright Scholar in 1988 and more recently for his brother who passed away in August.
These letters were for Howard a form of “shivah” and their reading is meant to evoke a lively discussion of the Jewish traditions of mourning, both ancient and modern. The program will include musical accompaniment (secular and sacred) by Marty Kerker and will take place at Congregation Beth Abraham, 1073 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY on Sunday, October 14 at 7:30PM. Light refreshments will be served.
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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.
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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:
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.
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.***