We 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.
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
|3||First Friday Family Shabbat Service and Oneg, 7:30p.m.|
|5||Religious School, 10a.m.
|10||Friday Night Shabbat Service, 7:30p.m. (Saturday 5/11 service CANCELLED)|
|12||Religious School, 10a.m.|
|14||Festival of Shavuot begins at sundown|
|17||CONGREGATION SHAVUOT SERVICE, 7:30p.m. with FESTIVE ONEG TO FOLLOW (DINNER CANCELLED)|
Last Day of Religious School, 10a.m.
Picnic, 12 PM Social Hall
|24||Fourth Friday Food for Shabbat-Traditional Service and a special Oneg sponsored by Ruth Ralston in memory of her mother, Ida Oklin Strauss 7:30p.m.|
A Festive Dairy Oneg
(Cheesecake & Fruit)
To welcome Cantor Michal back from her surgery
will replace the Shavuot Dairy Dinner
on Friday, May 17
Following the Shavuot Service
at 7:30 PM
When: Sunday, 5/19 at 12 PM (immediately following Religious School)
Where: Social Hall
Sunday, June 2
9:30 AM Board Meeting
11:00 AM Congregational Meeting-All are welcome and invited to attend!
B'nai Israel Cemetery, Penn Hills
Needs eight volunteers for decorating
Jewish War Veteran's graves
for Memorial Day.
When: Tuesday, 5-21-13 from 10-12:00pm
Call:412-992-5209 to sign up
Cantor Michal has been teaching and using a new melody to our Oseh Shalom prayer. You can listen to this song performed by Nava Tehilah, the Israeli group who wrote the tune