B'nai Abraham Sanctuary

Butler Interfaith Gathering & Vigil

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM


Congregation B'nai Abraham

519 North Main Street, Butler, PA  16001


A time to come together to mourn the loss of the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 27, 2018, and to stand in solidarity with us and our neighbors.





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: October, November & December Bulletin Now On Line!



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10/4 Kabbalah Class: 2 pm
10/5 Simchat Torah 7pm
10/7 Religious School 10-12:30 PM
10/11 Kabbalah Class: 2 pm
10/12 Shabbat Service 7pm
10/14 Religious School 10-12:30 PM
10/17 Class: Sh'ma Now 7pm
10/18 Kabbalah Class: 2 pm
10/19 Shabbat Service 7pm
10/21 Religious School 10-12:30 PM
10/25 Kabbalah Class: 2 pm
10/26 Shabbat Service 7pm
10/28 Religious School 10-12:30 PM
11/1 Butler Interfaith Gathering & Candlelight Vigil at B'nai Abraham at 7:00 PM. PLEASE SEE NOTICE TO THE LEFT ON THIS PAGE.                           Kabbalah Class CANCELED
11/2 Shabbat Service 7pm
11/4 Religious School 10-12:30 PM
11/8 Kabbalah Class: 2 pm
11/9 Shabbat Service 7pm
11/11 Religious School 10-12:30 PM
11/14 Class: Sh'ma Now 7pm is cancelled
11/15 Kabbalah Class: 2 pm
11/16 Shabbat Service 7pm
11/18 Religious School 10-12:30 PM
11/29 Kabbalah Class: 2 pm
11/30 Shabbat Service 7pm
12/2 Religious School 10-12:30 PM
12/6 Kabbalah Class: 2 pm
12/7 Shabbat Service 7pm
12/9 Religious School 10-12:30 PM
Chanukah Luncheon 11-12:30 PM
12/12 Class: Sh'ma Now 7pm
12/13 Kabbalah Class: 2 pm
12/14 Shabbat Service 7pm
12/16 Teachers meeting 9:30 AM
Religious School 10-12:30 PM
12/21 Shabbat Service 7pm
12/28 Shabbat Service 7pm





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.