Creating opportunities for meaningful, purposeful and relevant Jewish exploration.

Buffalo Jewish Teen Initiative

The Buffalo Jewish Teen Initiative, a program of the Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning, offers a series of experiences to help Buffalo’s teens (grades 8-12) authentically encounter Judaism.  Experiences are designed so that Jewish teens can build their knowledge, self-esteem, leadership and life skills, and shape their identity.  The Buffalo Jewish Teen Initiative works in partnership with all Jewish youth programs in Buffalo and is guided by an extraordinary group of adult and teen volunteer leaders.

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

For more information find us on Instagram or contact Mike Steklof at

Volunteer Leadership:
Hadar Borden, Chair

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

Jewish Living + Learning Experiences for Teens

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.

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