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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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

J'Burgh has revolutionized the role of young adults in the ages of 21-29. Its work with UJF's Shalom Pittsburgh and Young Adult is remarkable. Thank you J'Burgh and keep up the good work!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful programming provided by very passionate professionals. There was a group of participants who came to our synagogue for High Holiday services.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Every J'Burgh program I have attended has been engaging, with a good mix of interesting people and a lot of fun. Keep it up!

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an essential program for many Jews throughout Pittsburgh. It has been a draw for many people who choose to attend graduate school here. I have always enjoyed interacting with the staff and students.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

J'Burgh is a phenomenal initiative that not only provides quality programming for young Jewish adults, but it's also an effective means to create a vibrant young Jewish community in Pittsburgh. J'Burgh is a great way to learn what the Pittsburgh Jewish community has to offer.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

J'Burgh has filled an important gap in Pittsburgh's Jewish community. The time between college and married life is so important in the lives of Jewish young adults, and before J'Burgh existed, this category of people had nowhere to turn for a Jewish identity in Pittsburgh. Whether these people are graduate students studying at one of the many excellent universities in town or young professionals - single or newly married - they WANT to continue their Jewish identity but need a place to do it on their terms. They are looking for innovative programming, both Jewish-related and non Jewish-related. They are looking for friendships and relationships and networking opportunities. They do not fit into the college category anymore, but also may not fit into the community Federation category either. At J'Burgh, they find a perfect home - monthly potluck Shabbat dinners (East End Minyan), movie nights, sport leagues, Jewish holidays celebrations and meals, study opportunities, travel and service opportunities, and the list goes on and on. If these young adults do not have an organization like J'Burgh to turn to, they have the high probability of dropping off the Jewish identity radar screen, and may never come back. Therefore, their continued involvement is crucial to the future of our culture. All of the above sounds great in theory, but cannot be the least bit successful without the perfect leader. J'Burgh does, indeed, have this perfect leader in David Katz. He is one of the most dedicated leaders I know, and would do anything for the people he serves and the programs he plans. He is so kind and personable and makes anyone feel comfortably joining the group. He is always looking forward and planning innovative strategies to keep young Jewish adults engaged. The organization is extremely lucky to have such an outstanding leader. In summary, J'Burgh is an important organization in our Jewish community for so many people in the present moment and for the future of young Jewish population.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.