Creating opportunities for meaningful, purposeful and relevant Jewish exploration.

Buffalo Jewish Teen Initiative


In the fall of 2019, the Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning launched Buffalo Jewish Teen Initiative (JTI), offering a series of new living and learning opportunities to help Buffalo’s teens authentically encounter Judaism.  Experiences are designed so that Jewish teens can build their knowledge, self-esteem, leadership and life skills, and shape their identity.

Jewish Living + Learning Experiences for Teens


Mike Steklof

Mike Steklof

Director, Teen Engagement and Inclusion

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

Upcoming Events


Oct 07

Being Jewish in 2020

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Oct 08
Oct 14

Being Jewish in 2020

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Oct 14

Teen Leadership Fellowship

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oct 21

Being Jewish in 2020

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm