J'Burgh

Rating: 4.82 stars   141 reviews

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Location: 4607 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15213 USA

Mission: J'Burgh is an initiative of the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh with support from Shalom Pittsburgh and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. It is designed to serve the needs of the approximately 2,500 Jewish graduate students and young professionals in their twenties living in Pittsburgh. Our mission is to bring together Jewish grad students, young professionals, and their friends to create opportunities for them to build a community together, celebrate their Judaism together, and network for professional opportunities and development. J'Burgh's goal is to provide a gateway for Pittsburgh's young Jewish adult population to explore and develop their personal Jewish identity within our city.
Results: It is estimated that there are 2,500 young Jewish adults between the ages of 21-29 years old, living in Pittsburgh. In our first full year of programming, we reached out to over 600 individual participants, and expect to have over 900 during the 2009-2010 academic year.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 900
Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh

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Rating: 4 stars  

JBurgh serves a vital role in the Pittsburgh region by bringing together young Jewish professionals through community events, social networking, and cultural programming.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Finding an employee and attending Friday night services/dinners, volunteering, etc.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more volunteer activities

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

J'Burgh has been a fantastic group for my wife and me since moving back to Pittsburgh in 2007. We have connected with the young Jewish community through Friday night dinners (and had the privilage of hosting one!), gotten involved in volunteering, made new friends while taking part in citywide sports, and become involved in local synagogues through their support. We couldn't say enough good things about the group and David Katz in particular.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways: as a member of the group, as a host of a community Friday night minyan, as a participant in events and services

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the connection to a religious community within a social setting.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, hard-working, and in-touch with the needs of the community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Offer aliyah to Israel for more people, have a dedicated office/event facility, have a scholarship program.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend at events

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding and growing leaders like David Katz.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I was reluctant to join J'burgh because of a bad overall experience at my collegiate Hillel. From the first time I met David Katz I was convinced, and have felt accepted and wanted at every event. The variety of activites and people involved is part of what makes the group great. David genuinely cares about the program as well as the members, and is an excellent leader for the group. Pretty much, J'Burgh flat-out rocks.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fun sports teams, holiday gatherings, education offereings

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

First rate. David Katz is a great leader, learning and evolving in his role as he continues to do excellent work on the job.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

They have been a great organization that brings young people together with common interests. The activities are fun and unique to the interests of the participants.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the variety of activities the group makes available to the participants. They are fun and creative.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

I have been to a few events with J'Burgh, and have enjoyed them all. I like how relaxed the environment can be at programs. Everyone is very friendly, and often hang out on their own or after events, such as after art shows or sports events. It is a great crowd of people.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting other Jewish young professionals that share my interests and who also love living in Pittsburgh!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Really nice. Very friendly and outgoing, and helpful. David Katz runs the organization. He's really cute.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Plan some awesome events, like take all it's members to Israel for a month long vacation and really promote Jewish identity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I've been to many J'Burgh events (seders, cookouts, athletic events, etc). Moving to a new city can be hard if you don't know people and J-Burgh is a welcoming community that hosts actually fun events for Jewish young adults, like poker games and international film festivals, and also important Jewish holiday dinners and Shabbat dinners. All in all, it's a great way to feel at home in Pittsburgh for Jewish young adults who recently moved there for work or grad school, and a good place to meet friends or even significant others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

finding a young Jewish community of friends and activities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not sure

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know the people

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

happy, laid back, and eager to get to know me.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

replicate itself in 100s or 1000s of cities in the US/internationally.

Ways to make it better...

don't know

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

advertising

One thing I'd also say is that...

N/A

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

i take part in activitis of j'burgh, they are allways fun to take part in and help me maintain my jewish heriteg, for me and my kids as well

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always kind and wanting to help

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Being from Pittsburgh, J'Burgh's programs have helped me reconnect with those I knew from my childhood but also meet new people in my age group as well. I have always been accustomed to a Friday night Shabbat experience (service, dinner, oneg, etc.) with those in my age group, whether it was through Hillel in college, USY or Camp Ramah. I have been able to continue that Friday night experience while participating in J'Burgh's East End Minyan.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have always been accustomed to a Friday night Shabbat experience (service, dinner, oneg, etc.) with those in my age group, whether it was through Hillel in college, USY or Camp Ramah. I have been able to continue that Friday night experience while participating in J'Burgh's East End Minyan.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I have enjoyed all of the events that I attended. I had a good time being part of the kickball team.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ways that cannot be expressed by words alone.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

recommend an idea such as offering a free drink at the next event to anyone who fills out a quick hard copy version of this. If the person does not want to complete the survey, he/she does not get that free drink.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the chance at fun events to meet new people, with whom I still keep in touch.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

sweet and caring people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give a lot more to charity.

Ways to make it better...

an online fantasy football league was established.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the need to expand its region outside Allegheny County, even Pittsburgh itself.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I look forward to the upcoming events and hope that other ideas will be offered and then considered.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I am not involved in the daily activities as I am too old!!! I am involved in the Jewish University Center - Hillel.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by realizing the great work it does.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it keeps young Jewish adults involved in Jewish and Pittsburgh life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

better served the Pittsburgh community and help find jobs to keep these adults in our area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

J'Burgh has revolutionized the role of young adults in the ages of 21-29. Its work with UJF's Shalom Pittsburgh and Young Adult is remarkable. Thank you J'Burgh and keep up the good work!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

David Katz is wonderful to work with and brings J'Burgh to new levels!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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