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


The turnout for "Schlepping Shabbat" at Cantor Michal's was wonderful!  We are now gearing up for our Annual Congregational Picnic at the Meyer's house.  Check your bulletin for more details, or contact the synagogue. 


2014: July-August-September-2014-Bulletin Now On Line!


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8/8 Tot Shabbat 6:30 PM: regular service 7:30 PM
8/17 Congregational Picnic 2 PM @ Meyer’s
8/22 Shabbat Service 7:30 PM
9/5 Shabbat Service 7:30 PM
9/7 First Day Religious School, 10AM -12:30PM
9/12 Tot Shabbat 6:30 PM, Regular Service 7:30 PM
9/19 Shabbat Service 7:30 PM
9/24 Erev Rosh Hashanah Service 7:30 PM
9/25 1st Day Rosh Hashanah Service 9 AM
9/26 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service 10 AM
  Shabbat Shuvah Service 7:30 PM Special Liturgy
9/28 Cemetery Service 11 AM
** Services every Friday at 7:30 PM

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:







On Thursday, May 29, we were visited by a sofer, who assessed the damage to our Torahs & began the work of repairing them. He graciously agreed to open his work to the community-both B'nai Abraham congregants & the larger community-during the hour of 7 to 8 PM, when he was open to questions.  Many congregants enjoyed this unique experience.



NO Regular Saturday Shabbat

Services For 2014


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