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



Be part of our amazing 2015 Production,

“Little Orphan Esther”!


Our ambitious production of "Little Orphan Esther" will have to be postponed until next year, due to all the cancellations of rehearsals because of cold/icy weather.  But not to worry - Cantor M is rewriting a Purimschpiel that will work with only one rehearsal.  You don't need to be able to sing or dance - just to read a part and be willing to dress up in your choice of costume.  We hope to see you at the single rehearsal this Sunday, details listed below.  A joyous Purim is a tradition at B'nai Abraham, and this year will be no different!

Reharsal: Sunday March 1, 1-5 PM

Friday March 6 Showtime!!!
6 Purim Dinner
7:30 Service
8 Purimschpiel,
“Little Orphan Esther”

Please call or e-mail Cantor M at shul to indicate your interest.


2015: January - February - March Bulletin Now On Line!


Join Our Adult Education Classes

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PLEASE NOTE!  We are experiencing an unusually cold and icy winter.  Please check with the synagogue or in your e-mails to find out about cancellations.

2/1 Tu Bish’vat Seder 11 AM-12:30 PM
Religious School 10 AM-12:30 PM
Confirmation Class/Ethan
2/6 Tot Shabbat Service 6:30 PM
Family Shabbat Service 7:30 PM
2/8 Religious School 10 AM-12:30 PM
2/13 Shabbat Service 7:30 PM
2/15 Religious School 10 AM
Confirmation Class/Ethan
2/20 Shabbat Service 7:30 PM
2/22 Board Meeting 10 AM
Religious School 10 AM
2/27 Shabbat Service 7:30 PM
3/1 Purim Carnival @ Rodef Shalom 11 AM
Purimschpiel Rehearsal 1:30 PM-5 PM
3/6 Shushan/Butler Purim Potluck Dinner 6 PM
Service/Purimschpiel 7:30 PM
3/8 Religious School 10 AM
3/13 Tot Shabbat Service 6:30 PM
Family Shabbat Service 7:30 PM
3/15 Board Meeting 10 AM
Religious School 10 AM
Confirmation Class/Ethan
3/20 Torah Shabbat Service 7:30 PM
3/21 MANDATORY Shabbat Service 10 AM-12 PM
3/22 Religious School 10 AM
Confirmation Class
3/27 Shabbat Service 7:30 PM
3/29 Religious School 10 AM
Confirmation Class/Ethan
Model Seder 11 AM-12:30 PM
** Services every Friday at 7:30 PM

Our New Torah Scroll!




NO Regular Saturday Shabbat

Services For 2014


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