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 (including last minute snow cancellations) please scroll down.
***Don't forget to check out our "Community" page to find out more about special Jewish cultural events taking place around Buffalo!***
February Kabbalat Shabbat Service at CBA: Friday, February 23rd at 6:30pm, followed by kiddush and kosher dairy oneg in the CBA social hall.
CBA Book Club Meeting: Thursday, March 8th at 5:30 pm in the Congregation Beth Abraham Social Hall on Elmwood Avenue. We will be discussing Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen.
CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group: Information for March movie group to-be-determined. Stay tuned for more details.
CBA Annual Second Night Seder: Our annual CBA Second Night Seder will be held on Saturday night, March 31st at 6 PM in the CBA Social Hall. Please see below for details.
Future Kabbalat Shabbat Dates are as Follows:
May 18th, Erev Shavuot starts May 19
Please join us for our February Kabbalat Shabbat Service.
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!
Please join us at the shul when The Congregation Beth Abraham Book Club will be meeting to discuss our next book – Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen - on March 8th at 5:30. The book is available from various booksellers on the internet. Please note that this book is close to a thousand pages, so it would be wise to get it as soon as possible.
Here is a summary excerpted from Prakn Trager:
An extraordinary love story of epic proportions, this novel, filled with humor, is set in Geneva in the mid-1930’s. Its protagonist, Solal, an idealist who works as Under-Secretary General of the League of Nations, invariably finds himself making choices that pit his personal against his national interests.
Please RSVP to Shelly at if you plan to join us so that we can notify you of any time or location changes.
Heads up: Our next book will be Whither?& Other Stories by Mordechai Ze'ev Feierberg, which we will be meeting to discuss on April 5th at 5:30pm.
Our annual CBA Second Night Seder will be held on Saturday night, March 31st at 6 PM in the CBA Social Hall. There will be music, Kosher for Passover food, and lots of matzoh! The cost is $30 per person.
If you’d like to attend, send your reservation to email@example.com with your name, email address, phone number, and the number of people in your group. Then, either mail a check to us at Congregation Beth Abraham 1073 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222, or use the paypal option on this page. You will not be registered until we receive your payment.
Reservations are first come, first served. Seating is limited, so get your reservations in soon!
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.***
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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Questions about Parking?
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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!
Railings & More....
As you drive by CBA, take a look at our new hand railings, that look great, and add to the beauty and stability of our grounds. Pictured are Grant Golden and Deborah Goldman, who generously financed the project.
CBA is also in the process of adding handicap accommodations to our building. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Jim Carr, Building Committee Chairman, we now have an electric chairlift going down stairs into the social hall from the main entrance.
Our building renovations are moving forward at a rapid pace. The kitchen counters have been installed, drywall has been put up and the walls have been painted a bright beige.
And don't forget to take a look at our newly painted floor in the social hall, courtesy of Joel Kerker. A neutral stain-resistant paint was selected to match the surrounding area and keep the social hall looking bright and cheerful!
Thank you to all who contributed in 2017 to help make our building a source of pride and inspiration!
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: