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: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have attended movie nights and play on J'Burgh sports teams. Poker nights are fun, too. J'Burgh is a really cool organization. I'm glad my mom forced me to check it out. Good job, mom. J'Burgh is great!

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being on sports teams. It's fun to get to play organized sports again.

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include people into their early 30's. I'm not looking forward to placing out in 2 years.

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

get real uniforms for the J'Burgh softball team. Fund a poker trip to Las Vegas. Hey, if we all wear J'Burgh shirts that's good publicity.

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we could win a championship. Maybe this season will be our time!

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mom, you were right. J'Burgh is awesome

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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7 people found this review helpful

Being new to Pittsburgh last year, J'Burgh allowed me to get involved and meet people right away. The people are great and the various religious backgrounds allow you find something that fits for you. I like the Shabbat dinners best.

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my social life. I moved to Pittsburgh for a PhD program and have had a difficult time meeting people to socialize with outside my department. J'Burgh has been great!

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

So wonderful. I felt included from my first event.

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I'm shy and sometimes it's difficult to approach people. Maybe if there is a buddy system where someone who has been with J'Burgh for a while can go with me to my first event.

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I have more friends now than I ever dreamed of having. Thanks J'Burgh

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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7 people found this review helpful

J’Burgh has provided my daughter with wonderful opportunities in the Jewish community. I have seen her leadership abilities and overall confidence increase due to the benefits of this organization.

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As a parent, it is wonderful to see my daughter enjoying being back in Pittsburgh so much. Much of this is due to J’Burgh. I am hoping the organization continues and will help my son become interested in wanting to move back, as well.

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

I have enjoyed getting to work with David Katz. He knows he has my full support.

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

buy stock in it and retire. With more funds this organization has the potential to grow and achieve so much.

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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7 people found this review helpful

Great org. Really like the activities it organizes for the Jewish community in Pittsburgh. As a leader of an Israeli organization operating in Pittsburgh (Israel On Campus) - I appreciate the help we received from J'Burgh on different initiatives we had. Ziv

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

collaborating on Israeli-Jewish activities in Pittsburgh

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Nothing to add here.

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

The willingness to help and the awareness of the needs of different groups in Pittsburgh

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

Professional and passionate

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

Help Pittsburgh maintain its Jewish young adults in Pittsburgh

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Nothing to add here.

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

Nothing to add here.

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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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3 people found this review helpful

Going to friday night dinner and services and various other events. It was very fun and I met a lot of people.

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

Make it easier for people to attend events, and more integrated events

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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8 people found this review helpful

J'Burgh provides the missing link between Hillel on college campuses and Jewish organizations geared towards adult family life. The events ranging from holiday parties and Shabbat dinners to movie nights are a great way to meet other young Jewish professionals and grad students.

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

the diverse group of people that are attracted to the events. I am always meeting new people at every event.

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

amazing. David Katz cannot be commended enough for his commitment to making J'Burgh a success.

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

reach out to even more young Jewish adults in the Pittsburgh community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have been a member of J'Burgh for quite a while now, and I love being a part of such a wonderful group of people! David Katz is to be commended on organizing this ever-increasing group of Jewish professionals into trips, events, and holiday celebrations. I consider myself lucky to have gotten involved with J'Burgh when I first moved to Pittsburgh, because I was able to make friends much faster. In fact, some of my closest friends today are people I met through J'Burgh. The programs offered are always interesting and diverse; the events range from movies and plays to museums and lectures. J'Burgh truly is a great organization.

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

The fact that the board is always thinking of new events and programs to do. We're given a lot of cool opportunities to learn with scholars, hear top lecturers, etc. and that is due to the work of J'Burgh's staff/board.

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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7 people found this review helpful

Excellent organization! Friday night dinners are great! It was easy to work with David Katz when I had a dinner at my house.

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

getting to meet other Jewish 20-somethings in Pittsburgh

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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7 people found this review helpful

Dave Katz is a friendly and likable guy who does a fantastic job at developing and executing programs for Jewish young professionals and grad students, regardless of the flavor of their Judaism. He knows the community very well, and he's a pleasure to work with. J'Burgh should continue to flourish under his leadership.

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

the events and programs I have attended, all of which have been outstanding.

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

Expand it, include more bigger-picture programming.

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

Its ability to help me network within my community.

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

Extremely effective and forward-thinking.

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

Be the best organization of its kind in the world, and get some genuinely great work done.

Ways to make it better...

I had been naturally better at softball.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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3 people found this review helpful

The J'Burgh model is so unique. It targets an audience between college and married w/ children that is often overlooked. It has also made a strong connection between grad students in Pittsburgh and other young otherwise unaffiliated Jews. Its success should be duplicated in other cities!

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

seeing how young professionals have made new connections in Pittsburgh. I think this will have a long-term benefit to our region as more people may become interested in staying in Pittsburgh.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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