Creating opportunities for meaningful, purposeful and relevant Jewish exploration.

Buffalo Jewish Teen Initiative


The Buffalo Jewish Teen Initiative, a project of LiNK Jewish Buffalo, 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 email Mike Steklof.

Volunteer Leadership:
Jessica Cunningham, Middle School Engagement Chair
Amy Rosen, Jewish Teen Initiative Chair

Professional Leadership:
Mike Steklof, Senior Director, LiNK Jewish Buffalo

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Mike Steklof

Mike Steklof

Senior Director, LiNK Jewish Buffalo

(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.

Email Mike