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  

7 people found this review helpful

While I was born in Pittsburgh, I have not lived here for a number of years, and recently returned for a job. I'm amazed at how open and friendly everyone is in J'Burgh. The organization continues to grow, which benefits all of the participants by extending their network of friends. I don't know of any other cities that place such value on their future leaders? J'Burgh is empowering their participants to take an active role in creating their Jewish environment and I commend this organization for doing that.

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

Seeing how much people interact and enjoy being with one another at events.

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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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8 people found this review helpful

As a college Senior who is looking to stay in Pittsburgh, I'm very excited about what J'Burgh has to offer. I know that immediately after leaving my Hillel Community, there will be an exciting group for me to participate in. We are lucky to have an organization in this city that allows young adults to celebrate their Judaism with their friends!

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

having a home away from home to celebrate Jewish holidays.

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: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I moved to Pittsburgh from Cincinnati 1 year ago, and have been able to watch J'Burgh grow over the course of the past year. From BBQ's to hosting a Jew Eat? in my apartment, J'Burgh has helped me to build my personal Jewish community here in Pittsburgh!

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

making new friends!

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: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Excellent program, a variety of activities, and very pleasant people to work with. My stay in this country (coming from Israel) is much bettered by the

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

Sukkot, Yom Kipur break the fast meal and many more

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Ways to make it better...

The list is long: Hiking, cooking, lectures

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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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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

It's been great to experience a renewed focus on programming for Jewish post-undergraduates and professionals in Pittsburgh! The social and sporting events are a great way to interact with local Jews in what is otherwise a rather small community, where meeting Jews in our age bracket is not always so easy. In the past, the Pitt/CMU Hillel had not given much attention to anyone except undergraduate students; it promised a lot but never diverted enough resources. What is the point of trying to form a Jewish community if after you graduate the community ends? Finally now there is a full-time director for J'Burgh, and David Katz has shown that he is committed to doing an awesome job! Some things still lacking are better connections with the local Jewish community, more empowerment of others to volunteer to organize more events, and of course more funding for social events.

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

friendly and excited about making J'Burgh even better.

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

find dedicated space in a building and have more social events.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

J'burgh is really great. When I moved here from Cincinnati for grad school I didn't know that there was a place for me to hang out and interact with other Jewish young adults my age. I've met dozens of new friends through J'burgh and David Katz, the director, really made me feel comfortable in the community. I attend as many events as I can...the Jewish Law Students group has had a bunch of great events and the sports events and high holidays were very fun and intimate.

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

Interacting and meeting lots of young Jewish adults...including my girlfriend.

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the Steelers fans hadn't complained when the Bengals beat them fair and square...its tough rooting for any team other than the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Fun, friendly and original. J'Burgh is a must-have in Pittsburgh! They had a nice Soukkot party and the organization is good.

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

Organize huge forums in Pittsburgh, bringing many prominent jewish people from around the world.

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: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I enjoy all the activities, networking, and social interactions at J'Burgh. I found the staff to be very welcoming and i would recommend it to my friends. This organization helps form relationships between young Jewish professionals

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

Welcoming and started dialogue with me as soon as i came to my first event.

Ways to make it better...

there were more individuals in graduate school who share similar experiences like mine

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I moved to Pittsburgh last year and did not know a single soul. After I joined J'Burgh, my social circle expanded instantly. The organizer, David Katz, is extremely friendly, mindful and innovative, constantly integrating new ideas and new people into all sorts of events: movies, shows, sports, recreational activities, dinners, etc. The connections and friendships that I have made are sustaining and so wonderful. It has also really made me feel welcome and comfortable in finding a place in the Jewish communities of Pittsburgh. Truly a life-saving program and awesome time!

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

Meeting new people and discovering many common interests and activities to participate in. Building a social network of not only Jewish individuals, but people in general.

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

The friendships and networking to meet more and more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

J'Burgh is awesome. The organized events range from Shabbat dinners to concerts to sports events. The events are lots of fun, and people are very friendly. David, the organizer, has been doing a great job, since the very beginning. Thanks J'Burgh!

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

the great stuff and the good organization of events.

Ways to make it better...

events could be organized more frequently.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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