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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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Buffalo Pride Parade Water Stop at CBA: Sunday, June 2nd at 11:30 am. CBA supports the annual Pride Parade. Please see below for details.
CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group: The next Vintage Jewish Movie Group meeting will be on Sunday, June 2nd at 4:oo pm. We will be watching Gentleman's Agreement (1947). See below for details.
Sephard-ish Music Rehearsal at CBA: Tuesday June 4th at 7:00 pm. See below for details.
CBA Book Club Meeting: Monday June 3rd at 5:30 pm. We will be discussing The Trial by Franz Kafka, and also two of his short stories, The Metamorphosis, and In the Penal Colony. Please see below for details.
Kabbalat Shabbat Service at CBA: Sephardish Service at CBA Friday, June, 14th at 6:30pm. Please see below for details.
Future Dates for Kabbalat Shabbat Services: July 12th and August 16th.
CBA supports Buffalo Pride on Sunday June 2nd with a water stop on our front steps. We will have a table out in front of CBA with water for the walkers to give encouragement to those involved with the expression of Buffalo Pride. The Parade begins at Elmwood Avenue & Forest Avenue and ends at Elmwood Avenue & Allen Street.
CBA is also a part of the Buffalo Jewish Community LGBTQ inclusion task force committee, and will display a banner during the march. If you would like to help us distribute water to those marching in the parade, please RSVP to Shelly Kerker. Volunteers please report at 11:30 am. The parade and festival gets under way around noon, so beware of street closures around the shul.
The next Vintage Jewish Movie Group meeting will be Sunday, June 2, at 4:00 pm. Doors open at 3:30 pm. We will be watching 1947 Oscar winning film, Gentleman's Agreement, starring Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire, directed by Elia Kazan.
Here's a plot description from IMDB:
A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.
A gathering at Pano's Restaurant for dinner, drinks and discussion will follow the movie. Please contact Marty to RSVP for Pano's, or if you need more information about the Vintage Jewish Movie Group.
Please join us at the shul when the book club will be meeting on Monday, June 3rd at 5:30 in the CBA social hall to discuss our next literary works, The Trial by Franz Kafka, and also two of his short stories, The Metamorphosis, and In the Penal Colony. Copies can be purchased through book sellers on the internet.
Here is a summary of The Trial excerpted from Prakn Tragr:
This enigmatic story of Joseph K., who one morning at eight is inexplicably arraigned in his boarding-house by representatives of a mysterious court of which he knows nothing for a crime that is never specified, has become a parable of the modern era, though interpretations of what it means varies widely. The novel contains no Jewish references . . . yet it grapples stubbornly, even comically, with the issues of law and exegesis that are the warp and woof of Jewish tradition
Please RSVP to Shelly at if you plan to join us so that we can notify you of any time or location changes.
If you would like to read ahead, our July book will be A Walker in the City by Alfred Kazin.
CBA is excited to host another Sephard-ish musical Kabbalat Shabbat service on June 14th. But before we do, we are inviting the everyone to participate in an open rehearsal at CBA, Tuesday, June 4th at 6:00 pm, where you can listen, learn and sing along!
Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Marty Kerker if you are planning on coming to the rehearsal.
Additionally, you can listen to the new songs on CBA’s YouTube channel so that when you come to our Sephardic-style service on June 14th, you can hit the ground running! Click HERE. See you there!
Please join us for a Sephard-ish Shabbat Service, Friday, June 14th 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!
Thanks to all who participated in our first ever Sephard-ish Musical Shabbat service. It was a great success, and a joy to get together and sing these memorable songs.
To continue listening to the NEW Sephard-ish service songs, click HERE
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.
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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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***Note for all those who bike or take the bus: Bike racks are located on Elmwood across the street from the shul and the 20A bus going inbound and outbound has stops near the corner of Elmwood and Byrd Avenues.
Click here for a map with parking information. Please do not park in the Mr. Pizza or Panos lot - we want to be a good neighbor!
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:
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.