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Dr. Mike Steklof, Interim Campus Director

From his early career directing youth programs and camp at the Louisville JCC through his current leadership role overseeing LiNK Jewish Buffalo at the Buffalo Jewish Federation, Mike brings a wealth of experience to the Interim Campus Directorship at Hillel of Buffalo.


Mike has a Doctorate in Jewish Education from Gratz College, a Master’s in Jewish Instructional Education from Gratz College and a Master’s in Women’s Studies from the University at Albany and has participated in numerous prestigious professional development fellowships including the Merrin Teen Professional Fellowship with the JCC Association, the Created Equal Fellowship with the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Conflicts of Interests Certificate Program with the iCenter for Israel Education.


Beyond his professional pursuits, Mike finds joy in long-distance running, savory vegetarian cooking, and leisurely walks along bike paths.  His dedication to Jewish Buffalo extends to community involvement as the board secretary for the Buffalo Vaad Hakashrus and active memberships in Temple Beth Tzedek and Kehillat Ohr Tzion.




Macie Clawson, Director of Engagement

Hailing from the great plain of Nebraska, Macie earned a BA from The University of Kansas in 2020, with a double major in Political Science and Jewish Studies through KU's Honors Program. Deeply involved in campus life, Macie served as a KU Hillel intern for three years and was a member of the Dole Institute of Politics Student Advisory Board and the KU Arabic Club. During her junior year Macie spent a semester at Tel Aviv University. Like more and more students engaged with Hillel, Macie did not have a traditional Jewish upbringing and only connected to Judaism in an authentic way when she arrived to college. Through her Hillel experience, Macie embarked upon an unexpected journey of learning and finding her place in the Jewish community. She strives to create the welcoming space for others that was so instrumental for her.


She moved to Buffalo in 2020 to be Hillel of Buffalo’s second Springboard Fellow. After completing the fellowship the summer of 2022, Macie spent a year working part time at Jewish Family Services of WNY, attending grad school, and interning at BestSelf Behavioral Health.

Currently Macie is pursuing a Master of Social Work degree from Daemen University, with an anticipated graduation in 2024. With an ardent commitment to weaving together the threads of engagement, Jewish learning, and holistic wellness, Macie wants Hillel of Buffalo to feel like a space where all students will feel welcome, supported, and celebrated for their Judaism.


Beyond work and school, Macie loves to cook for friends and family, look at pictures of dogs, pet dogs, talk about dogs, and is an avid long distance runner.


Board of Directors


Iris Danziger - President

Laura Hemlock - Vice President

Max Medwin - Treasurer

Richard Ridenour - Secretary

Marc Adler - Immediate Past President


Dr. Philip Glick

Dr. Jeffrey Goldberg

Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein

Dr. Jeffrey Lackner 

Chloe Komorowski

Mac Neuwirth

David Oestreicher

Noah Rifkin

Stephen Yonaty

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