B'nai Abraham Sanctuary


Cantor MichalWe are a warm, caring, inclusive Jewish congregation in downtown Butler, PA. Our membership is multigenerational and includes many interfaith families. In our services, we seek to blend the innovative with the traditional to reflect the plurality of our worshippers. We are a community of learners (Torah study, Hebrew and other classes, special programming) and "do-ers"(social action projects). Our onegs are to "die for!" Our religious school comprises instruction for grades K through Confirmation and beyond. We are led by our new, energetic Spiritual Leader, Cantor Michal Gray-Schaffer.


Chris Hood, Co-President Phil Terman, Co-PresidentCo-Presidents' Message

Pittsburgh.  Clarion.  Grove City.  Slippery Rock. Saxonburg.  Cranberry Township. Butler. Besides being communities in western Pennsylvania, these areas and others have another significant commonality:  all are residences to members of our B’nai Abraham Congregation

A community of communities, as it were:  a conglomeration of Butler residents who have been members for generations and “outsiders,” those of us who have moved into the area and, yearning for a community with whom we can share our Jewishness, have found a religious home in Butler.   The distance creates a challenge, to overcome the “travel” obstacle—and we all know about winter driving—yet, amazingly, and against the odds, our B’nai Abraham has remained, though small, alive and even, on occasion, thriving.  How many synagogues, in fact, can boast seven B’nai Mitzvahs in a single year? 

Further, how many synagogues can boast of a cantor/spiritual leader so vibrant and creative, particularly in her efforts to involve the synagogue—especially our younger members— in community activities and service? In an age when synagogues, along with other houses of worship, are diminishing, we have the moxie to grow even further.

We hope you will visit us often, both virtually and—especially—gracing us with your presence, at our services, events, Sunday school, and volunteer opportunities.

Our uniqueness, I believe, lies in our very diversity:  that we can be a home for Jews both inside and outside Butler, and that we can welcome the pluralistic nature of the Jewish experience. 

Chris Hood and Philip Terman

2014: April-May-June-2014-Bulletin Now On Line!


Join Our Adult Education Classes

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3/29 Saturday Shabbat Service, MANDATORY for Religious School students, 10 AM-12 PM

J-SERVE in Pittsburgh for Grade 6-12 students

**Mrs. Gallagher's Class will meet at B'nai Abraham 10-12:00 PM

4/4 Family Service & Oneg 7:30 PM

Model Seder 11 AM - 12:30 PM

Religious School 10 AM

4/11 Tot Shabbat 6:30 PM                             Shabbat Service 7:30 PM
4/14 First Passover Seder (Enjoy & be safe if you're traveling).
4/22 Passover Ends
** Services every Friday at 7:30 PM

Thank You to all who participated in this year's




"The Wizard of Shushan: a Parody of the Wizard of Oz"


We had a blast! Check out our photo page in the April/May/June Bulletin!


Our Potluck Dairy Dinner was, again, OUTSTANDING! Thank you to all who contributed a dish to share.


Our next community event will be our annual Model Seder held on Sunday, April 6 at 11 AM in our Social Hall. Admission is $5. We hope to see you there!


Please note


Unfortunately, our Torahs sustained some moisture damage in recent months. The story was carried by both the Butler Eagle and the Jewish Chronicle. You can check out the story in our upcoming Spring Bulletin, or click on the following links:





NO Regular Saturday Shabbat


Services For 2014


There will be no regular Saturday Shabbat Services in 2014. However, there will be two specvial Shabbat Services. They will be in addition to, not replacing, the Friday night services the evening before. These two
services are mandatory for Religious School students. Please mark them on your calendars now! They are March 29 and May 10 at 10 AM in the Sanctuary.

Services will be held every Friday night at 7:30 unless noted.