B'nai Abraham Sanctuary


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 progCantor Michalramming) 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-President

A 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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3/2 Purim Service & Purimschpiel 7pm with a festive oneg to follow!
3/4 Religious School 10am-12:00pm NO ASSEMBLY
3/9 Shabbat Across America         Dairy Potluck Dinner 6pm, Social Hall. Family Shabbat Service 7pm, Sanctuary. RSVP'S TO THE SHUL ARE REQUIRED!
3/11 J-Serve JCC Squirrel Hill Pgh. 8:30am-1:30pm               NOTE: Mrs. Gallaher's class will meet at shul for their regular class from 10am-12pm NO ASSEMBLY
3/16 Shabbat Service 7pm
3/18 Chabad Program 10am       Religious School 10am-12:30pm
3/23 Shabbat Service 7pm
3/25 Religious School 10am-11am   Model Seder 11am
3/30 Erev Pesach NO SERVICE.     Enjoy  your seder!
3/31 1st Day of Pesach



Purimschpiel & Purim Service 3/2 at 7 pm!

Our festive oneg will feature our second Dessert Contest

(with blind judging)! A King or Queen of B'nai Desserts will be crowned in honor of Purim. Please prepare and share your best dessert!


Shabbat Across America Dairy Potluck Dinner 3/9 at 6pm followed by our Shabbat Service at 7 pm.

RSVP'S to the shul are required!





Our New Torah Scroll!




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