Creating opportunities for meaningful, purposeful and relevant Jewish exploration.

 

Built upon a foundation of engagement principles, the mission of The Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning is three-fold: 1) to engage and nurture relationships with individuals and families; 2) to create opportunities for meaningful, purposeful and relevant Jewish exploration, and, 3) to amplify the good work of partner agencies and synagogues.

New Projects

My Grown Up and Me

Join us for this fall for a monthly Sunday morning gathering of infants and toddlers (ages newborn – 3 years old) and their loving grown-ups (parent, grandparent, nanny or friend). My Grown Up and Me gatherings will feature PJ Library books, songs, rhymes, puppets and...

Mussar for Couples

Mussar, a Jewish spiritual practice, provides tools for living a more balanced life. This Jewish learning experience is designed for couples where one partner identifies as Jewish and the other partner identifies within a different faith. Mussar for Couples will be...

Mussar for Moms

Mussar, a Jewish spiritual practice, provides tools for living a more balanced life. If you are a working mom in your 30s or 40s, you probably have more on your 'to-do' list than time!  But, many have found that taking time to reflect, be more mindful and grateful,...

THE CENTER FOR JEWISH ENGAGEMENT AND LEARNING BOARD:


Chair: Stacey Block

At-large members: Hadar Borden, Leah Blum, Laurie Criden, Gretchen Gross, Jonathan Epstein, Jonathan Freirich, Ralph Halpern, Robin Raphael, Sheri Rodman, Harvey Sanders, Blaine Schwartz, Ted Steinberg, Ellen Weiss, Shelly Yellen. Immediate Past President: Michael Berger

Staff


Miriam Abramovich

Miriam Abramovich

Division Director, Jewish Engagement and Learning

Miriam and her family called New York City, Boston, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh home before landing in Buffalo five years ago. Miriam values raising her two children in this warm and tight-knit community. Her professional passion is engaging with individuals and finding ways to help them access Jewish tradition, Jewish values, and Jewish time - in powerful and transformative ways. When not in the office, you can find Miriam with her kids, at the gym, baking or traveling.

miriam@buffalojewishfederation.org

Nicole Bard

Nicole Bard

Director, Young Adult and Young Family Engagement

Nicole Bard ventured to Buffalo from Rockland County, New York to attend the University at Buffalo, and now calls the Nickel City home. She is deeply committed to building meaningful relationships that pivot around Judaism with both young adults and families with young children. Nicole can often be found exploring the Buffalo food scene, in a ceramics studio, or spending time outdoors. 

nicole@buffalojewishfederation.org

Cindi Mikulik

Cindi Mikulik

Director, Yad B’Yad

Cindi Mikulik grew up in Buffalo, returning back after completing her education. She has enjoyed teaching in many diverse Jewish settings over the years. In her role with The Center, she has taken on the responsibility of removing barriers to Jewish gatherings, traditions, learning, and life cycle events for everyone. Cindi loves spending time with her daughter, caring for her cats, studying Jewish texts, traveling, and meeting new people.

cindi@buffalojewishfederation.org

Susan Schwartz

Susan Schwartz

Director, Adult Engagement

Susan’s Buffalo roots run deep. She has strong connections to individuals and families across multiple generations in Jewish Buffalo, and also a strong and personal connection to Israel. Susan is a master Jewish educator who finds great joy in learning about people’s personal Jewish stories, and facilitating connections with others who share similar interests. When not in the office, you can find Susan with her granddaughter, with her guitar leading Shabbat services, or on a kayak exploring the inner harbor.

susan@buffalojewishfederation.org

Rob Taylor

Rob Taylor

Hebrew High Manager

Rob is a proud father and educator and the newest member of our team. Rob is an avid triathlete and runner, competing in both Ironman distance triathlons and the Boston Marathon. This drive to compete and complete endurance events carries over to his everyday life to provide the best that he can for his students, family and friends. As an educator and Jewish leadership professional, Rob finds deep meaning in helping guide teens to access Judaism in relevant ways.

rtaylor@buffalojewishfederation.org

Evie Weinstein

Evie Weinstein

Administrator

Evie, retired Executive Director of the Bureau for Jewish Education, is passionate about Jewish learning. Even through her retirement, she has continually worked on designing curriculum for The Mussar Institute and spends time mentoring new Jewish professionals. Evie finds great joy in spending time with friends, camping, walking on the beach, and being with her four grandchildren.

evie@buffalojewishfederation.org