Creating opportunities for meaningful, purposeful and relevant Jewish exploration.

Adult Engagement + Learning

The Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning offers a multitude of learning opportunities and classes for adult learners of all ages and levels. Contact Susan Schwartz directly for information about upcoming Hebrew classes, Intro to Judaism, Mussar cohorts, and Wise Aging groups. Or, reach out to explore creating a new learning opportunity through The Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning.

Jewish Living + Learning Experiences for adults


Specifically designed for working moms of young children, you will increase awareness of self through a Jewish lens, build confidence to be the best parent that you can be, and engage in conversation to help build positive relationships personally and professionally.

Sundays @7:30 PM beginning March 1, 2020

Middah of the season

Each season we will explore 2-3 middot through text study, stories and experiences, as well as provide practices you can take home. *For anyone who has taken an Introduction to Mussar course or participated in a Mussar group (locally or elsewhere).

1 Sunday per season @ 1 PM beginning October 27, 2019

Living a Jewish Year

A year-long program to guide Introduction to Judaism graduates from the past five years through a substantive experience emphasizing how a celebration of Jewish time can help integrate Judaism into the natural rhythms of life. Experience living the Jewish Calendar!

Monthly @ 4:30 PM beginning October 27, 2019


Season of Mussar I guides you in an exploration of your soul traits as you find and strengthen your balance for leading a fulfilling life in worldly and spiritual matters.  You will become equipped with tools of Jewish spiritual practice that are centuries old to purify and elevate your soul.

Mondays @ 5:30 PM beginning March 16, 2020     CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


Season of Mussar II is the continuation of A Season of Mussar I.  At this higher level, more advanced Mussar practices are added to the program, including Chesbon Ha’Nefesh, which involves both the daily recitation of a phrase and keeping a journal.

Mondays @ 5:30 PM beginning September 9, 2019   CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


A new cohort for women in their late 40s/ early 50s.  You may be sending kids off to college, recent ’empty nesters’ or just looking to meet with women in the same age cohort, this group will help you bring more joy, gratitude and spirit to your lives through discussions, guided medications and sharing of life stories!

Beginning Spring 2020

Wise Aging

A program from the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, Wise Aging is a self-guided discussion group that focuses on using and celebrating our collected wisdom and experiences through a Jewish context.

Monthly meetings Tuesday evening or Wednesday afternoon beginning September 17, 2019

Introduction to Judaism

In collaboration with the Buffalo Board of Rabbis & Cantors, this course is for couples considering intermarriage, individuals interested in conversion or learning more about Judaism, and Jews wishing to learn more about their religion and history.

Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM beginning January 29, 2020


For beginners interested in learning the Hebrew alphabet, grammar and vocabulary.  You will start reading prayers for Shabbat, synagogue services and traditional blessings. 

Wednesdays @ 7:15 PM beginning September 11, 2019     CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


For students who already know the Hebrew alphabet and can read several Hebrew words and phrases.  You will be taught additional Hebrew prayers for Shabbat and holidays. 

Wednesdays @ 5:45 PM beginning September 11, 2019   CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

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 grandchildren, with her guitar leading Shabbat services, or on a kayak exploring the inner harbor.

Upcoming Events

Feb 26

Advanced Hebrew

5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Feb 26
Feb 26

Intro to Judaism Spring 2020

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Feb 26

Beginning Hebrew Spring 2020

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mar 04

Advanced Hebrew

5:30 pm - 6:45 pm