Creating opportunities for meaningful, purposeful and relevant Jewish exploration.

Middle School


The Center for Jewish Engagement offers a multitude of living and learning experiences for Middle Schoolers (grades 5-8). Experiences are designed so that Jewish middle schoolers can see their friends while engaging in gatherings that build their knowledge, self-esteem, leadership and life skills, shape their identity and prepare them for high school. The Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning works in partnership with all Jewish youth programs in Buffalo and is guided by an extraordinary group of adult and middle school volunteer leaders.

Want to learn more about Jewish Middle School programming in Buffalo?  Reach out to us to meet over Zoom, for ice cream or coffee – we will come to you!

For more information contact Mike Steklof at mike@buffalojewishfederation.org.

The Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning is also part of PJ Our Way – the next chapter of PJ Library, for kids ages 8 ½-11. Every month, kids visit the PJ Our Way website to choose a book from a selection of four high-quality titles that have been reviewed by a panel of PJ educators, parents, and kids. On the Parent Blog, parents are invited to read about each book and find suggestions for family conversations.

Volunteer Leadership:
Brenda Feldstein, Chair
Sharon Nisengard, Vice Chair

Professional Leadership:
Mike Steklof, Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning

Upcoming Events


Jan 26

Virtual Camp Fair

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Feb 04
Feb 11
Feb 11
Feb 12

Shabbat ShaFamily

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Mike Steklof

Mike Steklof

Director of Jewish Experience

Mike experienced the best of Rochester, Albany, Louisville, and Cleveland before choosing Buffalo as his home. Mike loves Buffalo for its warmth, weather, and charm. He is energized by connecting those who share similar passions, creating meaningful experiences  and ensuring there is space for all to belong in Jewish Buffalo. Outside of the office, Mike can be found cooking savory vegetarian dishes, training for his next half marathon or walking the Ellicott Creek bike path.

mike@buffalojewishfederation.org