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-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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Religious School

1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29                            2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26                            3/5, 3/12*, 3/19**, 3/26
10a - 12:30p (*, ** See Below)


First Friday Family Shabbat Service 7:00p
1/9 Chai Mitzvah Adult Class 7p-9p
1/13 Shabbat Service 7:00p
1/20 Shabbat Service 7:00p
1/27 Shabbat Service 7:00p
2/3 First Friday Family Shabbat Service 7:00p
2/4 Chai Mitzvah Adult Class 4pm-6pm: JCC-PGH
2/10 Shabbat Service 7:00p
2/12 Tu B'shvat Seder 11a-12:30p
2/13 Chai Mitzvah Adult Class 7p-9p
2/17 Shabbat Service 7:00 p
3/3 Shabbat Across America Dairy Potluck Dinner 6 p and First Friday Family Shabbat Service 7:00p
3/10 Purim Service & Purimschpiel 7:00p. Festive oneg to follow!
3/12 *Purim Carnival at Rodef Shalom, Pgh.
3/13 Chai Mitzvah Adult Class 7p-9p
3/17 Shabbat Service 7:00 p
3/19 **J-Serv Pgh; Grades 6-12
3/24 Shabbat Service 7:00 p
3/31 Shabbat Service 7:00 p












Shabbat Across America

March 3, 2017

Please join us in the library for a delicious dairy potluck dinner at 6:00 PM, followed by our First Friday Family Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM.


Purim is almost here!

That means food and fun!

You will not want to miss our Purim Service and Purimschpiel at 7:00 PM.

This year Cantor Michal has once again come up with something really special for our Purimschpiel, which borrows its theme from the world renowned Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!

A Festive Oneg will immediately follow the Purminschpiel, featuring our first ever Oneg Contest (with Blind Judging)! A King or Queen of B'nai Desserts will be crowned in honor of Purim. Please prepare & share your best dessert!



Our New Torah Scroll!




NO Regular Saturday Shabbat

Services For 2016


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