B'nai Abraham Sanctuary


We are a warm, caring, inclusive Cantor MichalJewish 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-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





2018: July, August & September Bulletin Now On Line!



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7/6 First Family Shabbat 7pm
7/11 Class: Sh'ma Now 7pm
7/13 Schlepping Shabbat at Doerr's home 7pm
7/18 Book Club Meeting 2pm; Jewish Poets & Poetry
7/20 Shabbat Service 7pm
7/22 Congragational Annual Meeting in B'nai's Social Hall at 11 am
7/25 Book Club Meeting 2pm; The Dovekeepers
7/27 Shabbat Service 7pm
8/3 First Family Shabbat Service 7pm
8/8 Class: Sh'ma Now 7pm
8/10 Shabbat Service 7pm
8/15 Book Club Meeting 7pm; The Chosen
8/16 ANNUAL JEWISH HERITAGE NIGHT AT PNC PARK! Pirates vs the Chicago Cubs. Kosher BBQ 5:30pm-7:30pm; Game time 7:05pm. Click the link on this page for the new edition of our Bulletin for more details!
8/17 Shabbat Service 7pm
8/24 Shabbat Dedication Service for Lions Of Judah Wall Carving 7pm
8/31 Shabbat Service 7pm
9/7 First Family Shabbat Service 7pm
9/9 Erev Rosh Hashanah: Mincha 7pm, Evening Service 7:15pm. Oneg to follow
9/10 Rosh Hashanah Service 9am; Tashlich Service at Butler Memorial Park~1pm
9/11 Rosh Hashanah Second Day; Text Study in Library 10am
9/14 Shabbat Service 7pm
9/16 Cemetery Service 11am/FIRST DAY RELIGIOUS SCHOOL 10am-12:30pm
9/18 Kol Nidre: Mincha 6:45pm, Evening Service 7pm
9/19 Yom Kippur: Morning Service 9am, Mincha 5:15pm, Closing Service 6:15pm, Shofar Blowing 7:25pm, Break-the-Fast-Oneg to follow 7:30pm
9/21 Shabbat Service 7pm
9/23 Erev Sukkot: Picnic 5:30pm, Service 7pm, Kiddish & Oneg in the Sukkah/Religious School 10am-12:30pm
9/28 Shabbat Service 7pm
9/30 Religious School 10am-12:30pm




Congregational Picnic & Pool Party

will once again be graciously hosted by the the Meyer family.

-Date & Time TBA-


Mazel Tov


Larry Berg


being awarded the

Jean B. Purvis Community Cornerstone Award!


Jordan, Marni & Kayla Levin


Graduating from Butler Senior High School!


Zachary Doerr


his acceptance into the

Diller Jewish Teen Leadership Program!



To read more about these congregants' achievements, please read the latest edition of our Bulletin by clicking the link on this page, or clicking on the Bulletin link on our main tool bar.



Our New Torah Scroll!




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