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About Us

Center For Jewish Life is an innovative, inclusive, Jewish outreach organization dedicated to fostering a vibrant and engaged Jewish community in Buffalo.
We unite Jews of all ages, backgrounds and degrees of observance as we explore together – through study, dialogue and experience – the beauty and splendor of Jewish life, ideas and values.
Regardless of your Judaic background and observance, your faith in G-d or current life situation, we offer a nonjudgmental atmosphere for you to learn about your heritage and spiritual rich Judaism.
                                                 Anshei Lubavitz build in 1911
Chabad/Lubavitz has been serving the Buffalo Jewish Community since the 1880's, Anshe Lubavitz incorporated in 1890 and built a large synagogue at 113 Pratt Street on Buffalo’s East Side.
Rabbi Laizer & Chani Labkovski have been serving the Buffalo Jewish Community since 1995, the Center for Jewish Life - Chabad was founded in 2021. Our mission was inspired by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, a leader who cared for every Jew.
CJL’s many programs and services strive to ensure Jewish continuity by providing opportunities for every Jew to participate in Jewish life – to ask questions, to learn, to find joy and discover their heritage, and/or to seek guidance or assistance.
Our success over the years has been made possible by the many people in the community who have chosen to partner with us and support our many activities and community services, sharing the rewards for all we do.
We invite you to join us for a program, be in touch with us, and partner with us in offering these vital services that help ensure the future of our community, now and into the next generation.
There is no charge to become a member at CJL although donations are appreciated.
The CJL has created
  • A close, tight knit community where people feel for one another and are looking out for the welfare of the other community members
  • A center which provides resources for parents, spouses, children and neighbors to learn about Jewish traditions
  • A system to help people experience spiritual growth and renewal through joining one of our programs or one on one instruction with the rabbi – a subject of their choice at a time of their choosing.
Over the years we have developed several organizations, and Center For Jewish Life serves as the umbrella for these organizations, which include:
Center For Jewish Life is the home of
  • Kosher Meals on Wheels
  • Chai Hebrew School
  • Chai Early Childhood center
  • The Family Shul
  • YJP
  • Chai Teens
  • CJL also provides resources for life-cycle events, addiction intervention, crisis and marriage counseling and referral services and any need you may have.
My personal goal is to meet EVERY Jew who lives or works in Buffalo for coffee (or tea or a glass of water).
What Now?
Fill out the form below to remain in contact with Center For Jewish Life and to schedule a “let’s get to know each other” coffee with Rabbi Laizer.

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