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





2016: April-May-June Bulletin Now On Line!


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4/1 First Family Shabbat Service 7:00p
4/3 Youth Group Bowling 1-3 PM
4/8 Shabbat Service 7:00p
4/17 Model Seder 11a-12:30p
4/18 Shabbat Service 7:00p
4/22 Cancelled: Shabbat Service 7:00p
4/24 Passover Break
4/29 Shabbat Service 7:00p
1/31 Religious School 10 am-12:30 pm
5/6 First Family Shabbat Service 7:00p
5/13 Shabbat Service 7:00p
5/15 Rabbi Shalom Hammer 10a Students & 11a Adults
5/20 Shabbat Service 7:00 pm
5/29 Sring Break
6/3 First Family Shabbat Service 7:00p
6/4 MATILDA at CLO in Pgh.-Youth Group. Show 8p Preceded by Dinner at a downtown restaurant, time & place TBA
6/10 Shavuot Service; Confirmation Jordan & Marni Levin
6/17 Shabbat Service 7:00 pm
6/24 Shabbat Service 7:00 pm


Israeli Rabbi Shalom Hammer

will visit Congregation B'nai Abraham

Sunday, May 15

Two Sessions:

10 am for Religious School Students

11 am Adult Program

Nosh provided (bagels, juice, coffee)


"What Are We Fighting For?: Israel's Struggle For Survival"



Our New Torah Scroll!




NO Regular Saturday Shabbat

Services For 2015


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