Congregation Beth Abraham
1073 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo NY 14222
Congregation Beth Abraham has been an active shul in the city of Buffalo since 1922. While for much of its history CBA was recognized as Orthodox, it reinvented itself as a fully egalitarian Conservative synagogue in the 90's. To learn more about CBA, its history and who we are today,
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CBA PJ Library Shabbat (In Person Only)
Friday, February 3rd at 5:30 pm
CBA Kabbalat Shabbat (Hybrid)
Friday, February 3rd at 6:30 pm
(Following PJ Library Shabbat)
CBA Torah Study Group (Zoom)
Tuesday, February 7th at 7:30 pm
CBA Book Club (Zoom)
Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30 pm
Vintage Jewish Movie Group
Sunday, February 5th at 3:00 pm (note change in time)
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Friday, January 13 at 6:30 pm
Please join us for fun for the whole family with the PJ Library Tu B'shvat Shabbat, Friday, February 3rd at CBA! (This special service will take place before our regularly scheduled Kabbalat Shabbat service).
Sing Shabbos songs, light the Shabbat candles and enjoy story time with PJ Library! The service will conclude with Kiddush and Motzi, followed by a pizza oneg. Bring the grandkids, all are welcome!
Our next Friday Night Service on February 3rd at 6:30 pm in-person and on Zoom.
All those who are vaccinated and boosted are welcome to attend in-person at the shul. Masks may be worn at your discretion. Please refrain from attending services if you have not been vaccinated.
Services will be led by Cantor Irwin Gelman with musical accompaniment by Marty Kerker and Roberta Levine. Kiddush and Motzi will be in the sanctuary. There will be small dessert oneg in the social hall following services.
To join us on Zoom, please use the following link:
Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 pm
The CBA Book Club will meet Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30 pm to discuss Kaddish.com by Nathan Englander. (The “doors” will open at 7:15 pm for some pre-discussion “schmoozing”).
Copies can be borrowed from the library or purchased through book sellers on the internet.
If you want to attend and have not signed up for the book club previously, please RSVP to Shelly at email@example.com and she will send you the location details.
Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 pm
The Vintage Jewish Movie Group will be meeting on Sunday, February 5th at 4:00 pm. For details about the film, please contact Marty to get on the Vintage Jewish Movie Group email list.
CBA Torah Study Group
Tuesday, Februrary 7 at 7:30 pm
Take a journey through the Torah – the touchstone of the Jewish people.
The CBA Torah Discussion Group will be meeting on Tuesday, Februrary 7th at 7:30 pm on Zoom, to discuss the parsha Be-shallach, in the book of Exodus, which recounts the seminal event of the Jewish people – the liberation of the Israelites from the bonds of slavery in Egypt.
We will be referencing the chapter in our book A Year With The Sages by Rabbi Reuven Hammer which starts on page 81, and the Torah portion which can be found in numerous sources on the internet.
This group is meant for people who are interested in learning about the greatest book of the Jewish people. It is appropriate for beginners and also for people who have more knowledge to share. Come to just listen and or come to share your thoughts.
If you want to attend, and have not signed up, please RSVP to Shelly at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Dates for Future Services
Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 6:30 pm
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Parking and Building Access
Great news -- we now have a stairlift inside the building providing access to all 3 levels, from the basement up into the sanctuary! We also plan on purchasing a ramp to make it easier to navigate the steps outside the front entrance.
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Please note that there are now two handicapped-only parking spaces in front of the Synagogue. Please let us know if you would like assistance with helping you from your car into the building and/or up and down the stairs. Email us at email@example.com or call 716 435-0658
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Brand New Building Improvements
The CBA Board of Directors is pleased to share updates on the many building enhancements made within the past year.
New windows were installed on the south side of the building, and all trim around the windows was painstakingly cleaned and painted.
We introduced a custom railing on the mechitza level to provide safety and stability, while still keeping with the traditional style of the shul.
Our social hall now has a lending library with a collection of various fiction and non-fiction Jewish literature. Books can be borrowed and read at leisure. There is also a table of free books for All to take!
In addition, a new big screen is mounted in the sanctuary to help make our hybrid services more engaging for those who attend in-person, by helping them to see the speakers in the Zoom audience.
More recently, we had new carpet installed throughout the sanctuary, staircase and landings, and reupholstered the chazzan chairs on the bima, both in a navy-blue color that fits with the traditional look and feel of the shul.
We could not have made these necessary building improvements without the generous financial contributions of our congregation and members.
Thank you for your support!
Enjoy CBA's New Lending Library
We are proud to open up our Congregational Lending Library, located in the CBA Social Hall. We have an eclectic collection of books, donated by individuals all over the Buffalo area, and they are ready for check out.
The selections include: Torah commentary, Holocaust study, fiction, history, and much more.
In addition, we have a table set up with give-away books. Please visit and help yourself.
We hope this new addition to CBA will encourage discussion and education among our members.
If you have any questions about the library or would like to check out or donate books, please feel free to contact Madalyn Fliesler.
CBA Community Outreach
CBA is a warm and welcoming community that cares about the well being or our congregants, friends and neighbors. We are initiating an outreach to members of our community, who may be feeling isolated and alone, and would appreciate a friendly phone call or assistance with accessing helpful services to get them through difficult times. If you or someone you know is experiencing a hardship, and is in need of a helping hand,
please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends
If you would like to help with Ritual, Programming, or Building improvements, please contact our volunteer coordinators: