The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh

Rating: 4.87 stars   121 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Religion

Location: Pittsburgh PA 15213 USA

Mission: The Hillel JUC is the focal point for more than 5,500 Jewish University students and young professionals in Pittsburgh. Our mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Together, we are building a new generation of Jewish leaders. Some call it Jewish life on campus. We call it... the future.
Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh

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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

provided great opportunities for me when I was a student at Carnegie Mellon. lots of spirit & a pleasant environment. great building!

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

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

reach out to more Jews on campus who have not taken advantage of it... plan more great programs throughout the year

Ways to make it better...

more Carnegie Mellon students were involved

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

The Hillel JUC provides students in the Pittsburgh area a Jewish home away from home. With sensitivity, creativity and lot’s of humor the organization has managed to attract students from different Jewish experiences and background and enable all to have a place for personal and spiritual growth. From the first moment one comes into the building, it is clear that it’s a welcoming place – though this may be obvious to all who have experienced the Hillel JUC, this is not always the case and I credit the incredible staff and leadership. Over the past six years I have followed the activities, the innovation, the spirit and the growth – continue to do a great job. Yesher Co’ach

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

Seeing the facility, the programs, the atmosphere, the activites.

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

Do more publicity

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

The innovation and creativity and the place for every person, no matter what their background is.

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

Open, Warm and Committed

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

Have a significant affect on many more people..

Ways to make it better...

There was an active Israeli Folk Dance group

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

Finding the resources to execute all of the ideas

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

You are doing an amazing job

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Where do I begin? The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh was literally a second home to me during my college years; I probably spent more time there than at my respective dorm or apartment in any given year. I served on the Social Justice committee as its head for two years as well as the Pitt student board, participated in the weekly activties, and interned for two years with Campus SuperStar. Not only did I make so many friends and become close with the staff, but I also became very well-connected with the LAY Board and the Pittsburgh Jewish Community. The amount of dedication by the staff and community is unmeasurable and has impacted so many Pittsburgh area students. From my experiences via Hillel, I grew a lot as a person and has served well for my professional life. In fact, I felt that my experience was so meaningful, I choose to work as the International Programs Coordinator at Hillel Uruguay from August 2008-August 2009 in order to help give other students a taste of what I was given during my time at the JUC. I was so lucky to have been given numerous opportunities throughout my 4 years with the JUC. I would be crushed if students now would not be able to access those same opportunities - please help Hillel JUC continue to make those experiences.

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

every way imaginable in four years. It not only impacted my college experience, but it also has had positive impacts on my professional life.

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

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

I really can't pinpoint just one thing. That's too difficult. But I will say that all of those experiences come from the people (staff, students, and lay board) that are involved.

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

amazing and I still maintain relationships today. Although I am not longer a student, I still am very well connected and receive benefits (such as help when I was searching for a job.)

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

continue to put on and even improve the great programs and provide the same services that I was lucky

Ways to make it better...

...can't come up with anything. There were many challenging moments, but that's when I learned a lot. I wouldn't change one detail.

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

funding. Obvious, but true.

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?

2009-9-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Hillel is such an important part of our community. Young adults come from all over the country and become part of our community through their involvement in Hillel. I enjoyed my time volunteering and helping young adults grow as Jews and as Pittsburghers.

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

reach so many more young Jewish adults...

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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9 people found this review helpful

The Hillel JUC has made a tremendous difference in the lives of Jewish students on campus in Pittsburgh. I helped to start an organization in the late 90's called Shalom Pittsburgh, which was dedicated to attracting and maintaining the young adult Jewish population in Pittsburgh. But addressing our college and graduate students was more than we could handle. Aaron Weil changed that with his dynamic, visionary leadership and constant to attention to the needs of the students, not the organization. As a result, the Hillel JUC has grown to serve a much wider population than anyone could have imagined. Well done!

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

listening to the students who address our Board meetings. I realize our future is in very good hands.

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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12 people found this review helpful

As a parent of an active Hillel student volunteer, I have seen first hand the many ways that Hillel is making a difference in the local community and beyond. Hillel reached out to our daughter before she even arrived on campus as a freshman at Pitt. She suggested that we visit during orientation and the welcome feeling that we experienced and the feeling of being at home was one that continues every time we walk in the building! Hillel has made a tremendous impact on our daughters life- she is now a senior at Pitt and has been active in the student board. Through her invovlement I have watched her grow into dymanic leader and community volunteer. It would be hard to capture in a short review the many ways that Hillel has positively impacted our daughter. I am truly thankful that this organization is her home away from home and for the many wonderful staff and volunteers that make Hillel

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

attending first class programs and events.

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

friendly, helpful and cared about the mission of the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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AS A BOARD MEMBER OF HILLEL JUC OF PITTSBURGH I FIND IT VERY REWARDING TO SEE THE GROWTH OF THIS ORGANIZATION IN THE PAST 6 YEARS SINCE OUR EXEC DIRECTO AARON WEIL TOOK OVER THE REINS. IT IS GREAT TO SEE ALL THE COLLEGE STUDENTS FROM 3 UNIVERSITIES ATTEND TO ENHANCE THEIR JEWISH WAY OF LIVING, OUR J BURGH WHERE WE HAVE I WONDERFUL LEADER IN DAVID KATZ BRING OUR 23-29 YEAR OLD TO GETHER FOR THEIR JEWISH EXPERIENCE.

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

EXCELLENT AND FAR SUPERIOR TO PAST STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

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

BE THE TOP HILLEL IN THE WORLD

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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As a student, Hillel has enhanced my college experience in ways that I cannot fully articulate. The feeling of community that comes along with an organization like Hillel is unique and extremely important for the lives of Jewish students at Pitt. Whenever I arrive at Hillel, I am greeted with warm smiles and friendly faces. I feel that I have returned home, to a place where I am understood and appreciated. Hillel is my home away from home.

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

further enhance the lives of Jewish students on campus. It could enable more kosher meals to take place.

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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2 people found this review helpful

This is my second experience as a board member. As a professor at a Catholic university in Pittsburgh, the draw to the JUC is compelling both personally and professionally. Given the demographics of my university, there are a surprising number of Jewish students at both the UG and Grad levels. It is important to help connect these students - whether they are native Pittsburgh-ers or by choice, to the thriving Jewish community.

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

unbelievably committed to the JUC (bd mtg attend. is well over 90%)!Since people choose (including the staff) how to spend time and resources, everyone works tirelessly to make sure that this impt. resource offers a meaningful entree into the J.community.

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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2 people found this review helpful

I've received the email newsletter for years and admired the breadth and depth of the activities and programs and resources. The website and emails are extremely well done. I've also attended a couple Jewish Faculty gatherings at the Hillel JUC building. They have been interesting, enjoyable, and very worthwhile.

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

Meeting other Jewish faculty members

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

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

Keeping in touch with Jewish life on campus

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

Helpful, friendly, knowledgable, proactive, creative

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

Offer many more programs, not charge for any events, attract more students, faculty, and community members to get involved

Ways to make it better...

The food was better.

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

Funding

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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