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 energetic Spiritual Leader, Cantor Michal Gray-Schaffer.


Chris Hood, Co-President Phil Terman, Co-PresidentA Message from our Vice President Chris Hood & Board Member Phil Terman

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-Vice President

Philip Terman-Board Member





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1st Friday Family Shabbat Service 7p
9/8 Shabbat Service 7p
9/10 1st Day of Religious School        Welcome back kids!
9/15 Shabbat Service 7p
9/20 Erev Rosh Hashanah Service            6:45p Mincha; 7p Evening                  Oneg to follow 
9/21 Rosh Hashanah Service 9a           Tashlich Service 1p (Butler Memorial Park)
9/22 Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day Service 7p
9/24 Cemetery Service 11a                               (B'nai Abraham Cemetery)
9/29 Kol Nidre Service                             6:45p Mincha; 7p Evening
9/30 Yom Kippur 9a Morning Service    Mincha 5:30p. Closing service 6:30p Shofar blowing 7:25p                     Break-The-Fast Oneg 7:30p





For The High Holy Days!


We are thrilled to announce that joining us this year will be two phenomenal musicians;

Robin Hasenflug



Chuck Thompson



Robin will play Kol Nidre, Op. 47 (Bruch ) at about 7:15 PM at the beginning of our Kol Nidre Service. Please don't miss hearing those hauntingly beautiful notes of Kol Nidre floating over our congregation and throughout our sanctuary as Robin makes her cello sing.

This will be Robin's first time playing for us, and hopefully not the last.

Chuck will play throughout our Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre services. Chuck has played for us many times, and his musicianship enriches our holiday services immensely!


Thank you Robin and Chuck, for sharing with us your beautiful and prodigious musical talents!






Our New Torah Scroll!




Services will be held every Friday night at 7:00 unless noted.