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  

8 people found this review helpful

J'Burgh provides high quality programming to an audience who doesn't like their time wasted. J'Burgh's success comes from careful planning and investment in strong volunteer leadership. J'Burgh is having a clear impact on strengthening and securing Pittsburgh's Jewish community by helping young adults plant firm Jewish roots.

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

Replicate in other communities.

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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6 people found this review helpful

Was a great experience working with JBurgh....its a great organization that does great things for the community and their memebers

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

helpful and dedicated to their cause

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Though I haven't personally been involved (and am not Jewish), I've watched as J'Burgh became a major part of my friend's life. This is a great organization, and all the more impressive for how recently it was created.

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

helpful and enthusiastic.

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: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The emails concerning this award have gotten excessive. Please stop sending so many as it has already become such an irritant that it came up during a dinner party tonight. Of 6 people who were there 4 were getting the emails. We looked on Facebook and counted 8 emails, each of which generates an email to our accounts. And combined with the regular emails that come into our boxes about this award it equals ALOT! This is not the only occurrence of too much email from J'Burgh. A kickball event that didn't get advertised in time generated 4 emails in one day!!!! I can see that it would be difficult to plan these events and gatherings and still work full time at some other job. I assume that Mr. Katz volunteers or this is his part time job. But perhaps he needs to calm down with the emails. At this point all you are doing is alienating people and they will stop looking at your emails altogether or putting them in the junk mail folder. If you want people to read and absorb your emails limit them to TWO A MONTH. They will have far more impact than sending them every single day, several in a day.

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

It fills a void which other Jewish agencies are not filling.

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

Send participating staff to training sessions that would give them an idea of scheduling, planning, and how to communicate with their members.

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

Some very fun events, some are extremely well done (others not so much but there's much to learn!)

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

Generally very enthusiastic.

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

reach every Jew 20 to 40 out there in Pittsburgh and Western PA and stop assimilation of Jews and intermarriage.

Ways to make it better...

The staff were better versed in non-profit work and had a better idea of how to reach out to the community.

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

The barrage of email is an indication of the lack of experience of the staff.

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?

2009-9-01

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Hi YaelW, Just to clarify J'Burgh's e-mail policies. We currently send out one e-newsletter a week, on Monday or Tuesday, and facebook messages no more than once a week, as needed. The reason we have been sending out so many messages about this contest is that #1 the contest ends this Friday, and #2 we strongly feel that this is a worthwhile endeavor and have already begun to see the results of the unbelievable reviews we have been receiving. In regards to facebook, 4 messages about kickball were sent out, this was due to an error that occured and a message we received saying that the message was not sent. Little did we know it would be sent out 6 hours later. My sincere apologies for this, I promise you we are very cognisant of the amount of e-mails and facebook messages we are sending, exactly for the reasons you mention above. Thank you for your review, and if you would like to discuss further, please feel free to call me 412-621-8875 ext. 107 David

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

J'Burgh has lots of great programs for little/no money, awesome people and good networking opportunities for young professionals in the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. Great for yinzers and out of towners alike!

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

Meeting new people and sharing experiences with other people like me who I had no idea existed in Pittsburgh.

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: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

J'Burgh has done a great job programming fun and exciting activities for grad students and young adults. The programs are fresh and innovative. J'Burgh has really helped to improve the Jewish young professional scene in Pittsburgh.

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

great. David has done an excellent job.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Stop spamming me. If I didn't want to review the organization the first ten times I got an email then I wouldn't be leaving a bad review now. Give it a rest. This survey doesn't mean a darned thing.

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

figure out how to not email everyone in creation about some silly award

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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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

J'Burgh organizes fantastic social gatherings and shabbat and holiday programs. Their events are a great place to meet and socialize with graduate students and young professionals in the Pittsburgh ares. The environment is always warm and welcoming.

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

diversity of programs and people who attend them.

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

friendly, fun, and engaging.

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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I work in the Young Adult Division of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and we partner with J'Burgh fairly frequently on programs since the age ranges we serve often overlap. It's always a pleasure working with J'Burgh. They do a fantastic job coming up with hip, interesting programming, which is key when you're working with college students and young adults. Kudos to J'Burgh, and keep up the good work!

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

working with David Katz. He's easygoing and completely professional.

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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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Although I have moved out of the Pittsburgh area, I have many friends who are still living there and very active in J'Burgh. Each of them speak very highly of the program and it appears to really add to their experience in the city. I am glad that it is there to support this age group and wish there was a similar program in the area I now live in.

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

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

that it supplies my friends still living in Pittsburgh with the opportunity to perform mitzvot while interacting with others their age and having fun.

Ways to make it better...

it had been in place longer (that way I could have taken advantage of all it has to offer)!

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?

2009-4-01

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