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
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

J'Burgh provides a great range of programming for a demographic that is often forgotten about. Young adults get the opportunity to play sports, experience Jewish Learning opportunities, eat Shabbat dinners away from home, and build a network of contacts/friends in the Pittsburgh area. Grad Students and young professionals are looking for interesting things to do in a city. If those things are made available, retention of those individuals after they graduate and as they get older is more likely than if they are not connected to the community. I know a lot of people who look for programming like J'Burgh provides, and once they find it, they enjoy living in Pittsburgh a lot more than when they first arrived.

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

willing to do anything they could to get programs put together and get as many people involved as they could.

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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I was sent to work in Da 'Burgh for 6 month. When I moved there I knew absolutely no one in the city. David Katz (director of J'Burgh) was my first friend in town. Through J'Burgh I made friends and business contacts. I learned my way around the city and basically always had something to do that was both fun and stimulating. The program, while still fairly young, is growing every month and it continues to improve. At the end of my time in Pittsburgh, I returned home and soon found myself wishing that my city had a program like J'Burgh.

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

my time spent in Pittsburgh. The staff is energetic and motivated. They want you to have a great experience and it shows.

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

the variety of programming. One week we're playing kickball the next week we're at a museum. It was great.

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

outstanding! David Katz is amazing at what he does. He really is the backbone of the organization. I will say, though, that he also has a great support structure.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Being a graduate student is a very different experience from undergraduate. It is much harder to locate the Jewish community in your area, and to find a way to fit in. J'Burgh fills that for Pittsburgh Jewish Graduate students. It allows them to find their niche inbetween undergraduate and working young adults. Many people meet their spouses or really develop who they are during their graduate experience, so having that Jewish connection during this time is really important.

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

the range of people that J'Burgh brings together with different studies.

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

friendly and engaging.

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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4 people found this review helpful

J'Burgh has provided an opportunity for me to meet and interact with young Jewish adults in the Pittsburgh area that I may otherwise not meet. It has also provided me with an opportunity to be involved in the Jewish community at a transitional time in my life when i'm not living on a college campus and I don't have children in religious school. I appreciate the resources that are provided to give people in my position an opportunity to meet and interact with one another in fun and meaningful ways.

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

unparalleled.

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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5 people found this review helpful

The community of young, Jewish adults in my area is starved for something like J'Burgh. Not sure if we even have the resources to put something together like that here, but if we could get it together to organize something like that, i could see us most definitely modeling it after J'Burgh. All aspects of the programming seem well put together and reflect a positive light upon the Jewish community. I also think it would encourage more people my age to stay in town as opposed to moving to other, bigger cities...possibly to find a more suitable Jewish community to start their family in. In today's world of networking professionally and socially, i don't have a lot of time to get together with people my own age to do things other than go out to bars. J'Burgh seems to be doing a great job at providing those opportunities for young Jews...heard nothin but great things...keep up the good work!

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

strengthen the weave of the fabric of America's next great generation of Jews.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I know that J'Burgh makes a difference in the lives of our young community members. It is the bridge between the student life and adult life.

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

seeing its members at community events.

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

Ways to make it better...

more young people would take advantage of it.

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?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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I have been BEGGING my Southern California Jewish community to come up with something like this! I am so impressed with everything I have seen, heard and read about J'Burgh and the work they're doing. From concept to programming to fundraising, it's important work and an example that, hopefully, other Jewish communities all over will begin following soon!

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

The retention of Jewish professionals as ACTIVE members of the community, not dependent on them just needing a place to send kids to sunday school or have them bar mitzvahed like is so often the problem in other communities.

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

The wide variety of programs.

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

Professional, fun, interesting and incredibly helpful and informative.

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

Change the flow of Young Jewish Professionals feeling alienated in major cities across america and lead to a powerful, positive, Judaic force for cohesive communities based on shared common interest.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

J'Burgh provides Jewish young adults the opportunity to get involved in both the Jewish community and the greater Pittsburgh community. J'Burgh provides a comfortable atmosphere for religious study, cultural activities, athletic competition, and social events. This service makes Pittsburgh a city where young people want to live, raise a family, build a career.

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

$10 million dollars could provide J'Burgh with the opportunity to offer programs aimed at young adults that are unique. Providing unique access to guest speakers, cultural performances, etc. will attract a larger base of participation

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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4 people found this review helpful

I have been on J'Burgh's planning board since its inception. I am currently on the J'Burgh committee of the Hillel JUC board.

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

Seeing its tangible success. Meeting and hearing from the people involved and how J'Burgh has bettered their lives.

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

fully committed to creating a link between young Jewish professionals and graduate students in Pittsburgh and the rest of the community through programming and networking.

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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When I learned about the Hillel JUC and the J'Burgh project, I was so inspired that I wanted to become a Board member. Pittsburgh's Jewish community is vital to the continued growth and development of Pittsburgh as a wonderful place to live and raise a family and as a World leader. Through J'Burgh, we can keep bright, talented, young Jewish adults as part of our community. Investing in our youth is critical and J'Burgh is a model that works.

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

It is dedicated to the youth who are our future.

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

extremely dedicated and committed volunteers with a wealth of experience, energy, ideas, and get things done.

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

make an enormous contribution to the Pittsburgh and Jewish communities which will then have a termendous impact on our world.

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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