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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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J-Fed PJ Library Tot Shabbat at CBA: Friday, January 11th at 5:45pm. Please see below for details.
Kabbalat Shabbat Services at CBA: Friday, January 18th at 6:30pm. Please see below for details.
CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group: The next Vintage Jewish Movie Group meeting is Sunday, January 27th at 4:00pm. We will be watching The House of Rothschild. Please see below for details.
CBA Book Club Meeting: Tuesday, February 12th at 5:30 pm in CBA social hall. We will be discussing Love and Fate, by Vasily Grossman. See below for details.
Future Dates for Kabbalat Shabbat Services: February 15th, March 22nd (Joint service and Shushan Purim Spiel at TBZ downtown), March 29th (Sephardic-style service at CBA).
Please join us for a special Tot Shabbat Service, Friday, January 11th at 5:45pm, sponsored by the Buffalo Jewish Federation PJ Library. This service is especially for families with children between the ages of 2-8 years old, but all are welcome. We will have a brief Shabbat service and sing Shabbat songs for children, followed by a Kosher juice Kiddush in the social hall. Cookies and other refreshments will be available. Please let us know if your child has any nut allergy or other food allergies.
Volunteers are needed to read stories to the kids. Please contact Cantor Gelman or Marty Kerker if you are interested in helping out. 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 for our January Kabbalat Shabbat Service, Friday, January 18th 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!
Also, new this season, Congregation Beth Abraham will be 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!
Please join us at the shul when The Congregation Beth Abraham Book Club will be meeting to discuss our next book on Tuesday February 12 at 5:30 pm. We will be discussing Love and Fate, by Vasily Grossman. Copies can be purchased through book sellers on the internet.
Here is a summary of the book excerpted from Prakn Tragr:
The structure of Life and Fate is similar to that of Tolstoy’s War and Peace: the life of a whole society is evoked by means of a large number of different sub-plots centered around one family. It is a broad but accurate portrayal of life in Russia from the pre-Revolutionary period, the Second World War, and under Stalinist rule.
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 Mori Sa’id by Hayim Hazaz, which we will meet to discuss in March at the shul. Watch our website for further information.
The next Vintage Jewish Movie Group meeting is Sunday, January 27th at 4:00pm (doors open at 3:30pm). We will be watching The House of Rothschild.
Here is a plot synopsis:
This take on the famed Rothschild family, a prominent European banking clan with Jewish roots, was in part a Hollywood effort to combat swelling tides of anti-Semitism during the 1930s. After patriarch Mayer (George Arliss) establishes the business, his five sons, led by Nathan (also played by Arliss), rise to significant heights, despite being dogged by a powerful politician (Boris Karloff). Meanwhile, Mayer's daughter (Loretta Young) falls for a handsome officer (Robert Young).
If you have any questions, or need more information about the Vintage Jewish Movie Group, please contact Marty.
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).
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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:
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.