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J'Burgh

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

JBurgh is always holding enjoyable events. David Katz is a great guy and knows how to organize a great event. The JBurgh sports teams are a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people. I have nothing bad to say about JBurgh.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great organization. I have enjoyed all experiences over the last year. GREAT, GREAT,GREAT. I'm not jewish but my girlfriend is an they make me feel so welcomed. She love it. And I love hanging out with everyone. Go Pens.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

J'burgh is a great organization. I became active with this program when I was a grad student at the University of Pittsburgh. After I graduated, I cont to participate because I feel that it is a great group to be involved in. I enjoy being around other Jews who are my age.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

J'Burgh is amazing organization, bringing together a wide cross section of Pittsburgh's young Jewish adults. Before moving to Pittsburgh I participated in other Jewish youth groups and organizations, but never found one that kept me coming back. J'Burgh not only kept me coming back but got me excited to the point that I began taking an active role in implementing social programming to connect with more people in town. The quality of programming, from Friday night dinners to Israeli movie nights and sports leagues, makes it easy to for first-timers to come and feel welcome. I've made friends for a lifetime and learned more about my heritage than I ever did in Hebrew school. Most importantly, J'Burgh has helped me see how Judaism will play a role in my life far beyond graduate school. It has helped me connect to a community outside of the classroom and provided a space for me to grow as a Jew and a young adult.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a really well-run group with a lot of fun activities and very diverse programming with something for a lot of different people.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Joined J'Burgh after I moved back to Pittsburgh following college. Great organization with great people involved. I am glad I joined and excited for future events.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.