Creating opportunities for meaningful, purposeful and relevant Jewish exploration.

 
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LiNK Jewish Buffalo


LiNK Jewish Buffalo’s vision is for all Jews, their friends and life partners, and those exploring Judaism to have access to Jewish living and learning experiences that help them thrive; and to welcome all regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or ability.

The word link, means to connect – or – the relationship between two things. You will see in our new brand a small i, which represents you, the individual, who is always at the center of our work. The soft and rounded letters evoke an openness, a feeling of being surrounded by others (friends, community, the Jewish calendar, our ancestors) – and b’tzelem elokim – another one of our guiding values, that underscores how everyone has something of value to contribute and everyone has the right to belong. Our brand colors are warm and vibrant, and we hope conjure a sense of curiosity, an invitation to explore, ask questions and engage.

What has not changed — our mission, vision, and purpose: to serve you and your families through PJ Library, PJ Our Way/Middle School Engagement, the Buffalo Jewish Teen Initiative (in partnership with the JCC), Nickel City Jews, Adult Engagement and Learning, Women and Men Gathering, and Buffalo Israel Experience.

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Ongoing Gatherings & Experiences


2022 LiNK In-Person Gathering Guidelines

as of February 14, 2022

  1. All in-person gatherings will conform to Erie County DOH COVID guidelines.
  2. Advance registration will be required for all large events (over 30 participants).
  3. Each area of work that falls under LiNK (PJ Library, PJ Our Way/Middle School Engagement, Buffalo Jewish Teen Initiative, Nickel City Jews, Adult Engagement, and Immersive Experiences) will make decisions about when to hold in-person events indoors and whether masks should be required. Decisions will be made in consultation with constituents, volunteer leadership, the venues hosting each gathering, and the LiNK Chair.

About LiNK Jewish Buffalo


Our Vision

All Jews, their friends and partners of other faiths, and those exploring Judaism, have access to Jewish living and learning experiences that help them thrive.

Our Mission

LiNK Jewish Buffalo:

1. Engages and nurtures relationships with and among families and individuals at all stages of life;

2. Creates opportunities for meaningful and relevant Jewish exploration and learning; and

3. Supports and amplifies the work of synagogues and partner organizations.

Core Values

Several core Jewish values underpin our mission and are central to activating our vision:

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HAZON - VISION & INNOVATION

We are forward thinking and believe that Jewish living and learning can happen both inside of and outside of institutions. We facilitate new kinds of Jewish experiences; our work is iterative and continually improving.
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SAKRANUT - CURIOSITY

We encourage anyone to ask questions, explore, and seek depth and meaning in their Jewishness.
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ANAVAH - HUMILITY

We focus on building relationships and creating shared Jewish experiences that build and deepen connections.
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B’TZELEM ELOKIM – CREATED WITH THE SPARK OF THE DIVINE

We believe that everyone has something of value to contribute and everyone has a right to belong. We are inclusive of those raised inside Jewish community, those raised completely without Jewish community, individuals who are Jew-adjacent, and inclusive of all abilities, gender identities and sexual orientations.
Young Families
Young adults
Teens
Adults
Belonging

LiNK LEADERSHIP COUNCIL


LiNK Chair: Brenda Feldstein
LiNK Vice Chair: Marni Marciano
PJ Library Chair: Rebecca Freedman
PJ Library Vice Chair: Nikki Balsom
PJ Our Way/Middle School Engagement Chair: Sharon Nisengard
PJ Our Way/Middle School Engagement Vice Chair: Leah Hughes
Teen Engagement Chair: Hadar Borden
Teen Engagement Vice Chair: Donna Levy
Nickel City Jews Chair: Shiri Kester
Nickel City Jews Vice Chair: Eric Niles
Adult Engagement Chair: Ellen Weiss
Belonging Chair: Kirstie Henry
Belonging Vice Chair: Michelle Lawson

Professional Team


Miriam Abramovich

Miriam Abramovich

Chief Experience Officer

(she/her)

Miriam and her family called New York City, Boston, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh home before landing in Buffalo seven 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 family, at the gym, baking or traveling.

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Mike Steklof

Mike Steklof

Director of Jewish Experience

(he/him)

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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Robin Kurss

Robin Kurss

Director of Jewish Experience

(she/her)

Robin is a lifelong Buffalonian. She grew up in and has raised her three children in the Buffalo Jewish Community. Connecting people through the traditions and beauty of Judaism is an important part of her life and she often spreads this passion through cooking with children and adults alike. Robin loves to share generations of her family’s recipes in her monthly cooking column in the Jewish Journal of WNY. When not in the office, Robin can be found with her husband, FaceTiming with her out of town children and grandchildren, cooking, baking and reading.

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Susan Schwartz

Susan Schwartz

Jewish Educator

(she/her)

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

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Rabbi Ori Bergman

Rabbi Ori Bergman

Jewish Educator

(he/him)

Ori and family moved to Buffalo in 2017 with the goal of participating in the growth of the Jewish community. Ori’s passion is to actively engage with Jews of all backgrounds and using the wisdom of our Jewish heritage to inform our modern lives. He grew up in an Israeli home in nearby Toronto and loves any opportunity to talk about Israel. Ori’s pleasure is spending time with his family and you can find him out and about on his bike, meeting people for coffee or simply rolling around with his kids on the grass.

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Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum

Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum

Jewish Educator

(he/him)

Adam was born in Winnipeg, Canada, and grew up in Denver, Colorado.  After serving congregations in Livingston, NJ, and Charleston, SC, Adam moved to Buffalo in July 2020 to become the Rabbi of Temple Beth Tzedek.  He is grateful that his professional life enables him to teach, write, and make Judaism more accessible to others.  Adam adores his three children, is an avid baseball fan, and enjoys stand-up comedy.

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