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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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Kabbalat Shabbat Services at CBA: Friday, December 21st at 6:30pm. Also new this season, CBA is collecting non-perishable food items for community outreach. Please see below for details.
Annual Chanukah Party and Sing-Along: Saturday, December 8th at 5:30pm. Please see below for details.
CBA Book Club Meeting: Wednesday, December 19th at 5:30 pm in CBA social hall. We will be discussing The Jewish War and The Victory, by Henryk Grynberg See below for details.
CBA Vintage Jewish Movie Group: The next Vintage Jewish Movie Group will meet Tuesday, December 25th at 4:00 pm, doors open at 3:30 pm. Please see below for details.
Future Dates for Kabbalat Shabbat Services: January 11th (Tot Shabbat), January 18th (Kabbalat Shabbat)
Please join us for our annual CBA Chanukkah Party and oldies sing-along on Saturday, December 8 at 5:30 pm. We will start with Havdalah, followed by menorah lighting, light dinner and sing-along celebration! BYOMC (Bring your own menorahs and candles!). Sing-along with musical accompaniment led by Marty Kerker.
If you would like to make latkes, latke contributions will be happily accepted. We will re-heat them in the oven. Or just bring your appetites! Hope to see you there!
Please RSVP to Shelly by Wednesday, December 5th, if you plan to join us. Please indicate if you are planning to bring latkes or another food item when you RSVP.
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 Wednesday, December 19th at CBA. We will be reading two short stories, The Jewish War and The Victory, by Henryk Grynberg which are available in one book. Copies can be purchased through book sellers on the internet.
Here is a summary of the book excerpted from Amazon:
This epic tells the story of a Polish Jewish family struggling against nearly insurmountable odds. In The Jewish War, the family of a young Jewish boy hides with his family throughout the country during WWII. The Victory picks up the story as the Red Army advances and the boy fights to reclaim his Jewishness amidst the horrors of the past and the choices of an agonizing present.
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 January selection is Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman. We are scheduled to meet and discuss this book on January 31st.
Please join us for our December Kabbalat Shabbat Service, Friday, December 21st 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!
The next Vintage Jewish Movie Group is meeting Tuesday, December 25th at 4:30 pm, doors open at 3:30 pm. We will be watching Everything is Illuminated, based on the novel by Jonathan Safron Foer, directed by Liev Schrieiber and starring Elijah Wood.
Here is a plot synopsis:
A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local.
You can view the movie trailer here.
The movie will be followed by a discussion and gathering at Tokyo Shanghai Bistro. Please RSVP if you plan on attending as reservations are required for the restaurant.
If you have any questions, or need more information about the Vintage Jewish Movie Group, please contact Marty.
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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.