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: 4 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

I have been to a few events with J'Burgh, and have enjoyed them all. I like how relaxed the environment can be at programs. Everyone is very friendly, and often hang out on their own or after events, such as after art shows or sports events. It is a great crowd of people.

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

meeting other Jewish young professionals that share my interests and who also love living in Pittsburgh!

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

Really nice. Very friendly and outgoing, and helpful. David Katz runs the organization. He's really cute.

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

Plan some awesome events, like take all it's members to Israel for a month long vacation and really promote Jewish identity.

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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9 people found this review helpful

I have enjoyed all of the events that I attended. I had a good time being part of the kickball team.

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

ways that cannot be expressed by words alone.

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

recommend an idea such as offering a free drink at the next event to anyone who fills out a quick hard copy version of this. If the person does not want to complete the survey, he/she does not get that free drink.

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

the chance at fun events to meet new people, with whom I still keep in touch.

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

sweet and caring people.

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

give a lot more to charity.

Ways to make it better...

an online fantasy football league was established.

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

the need to expand its region outside Allegheny County, even Pittsburgh itself.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I look forward to the upcoming events and hope that other ideas will be offered and then considered.

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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9 people found this review helpful

I am not involved in the daily activities as I am too old!!! I am involved in the Jewish University Center - Hillel.

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

by realizing the great work it does.

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

that it keeps young Jewish adults involved in Jewish and Pittsburgh life.

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

very dedicated.

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

better served the Pittsburgh community and help find jobs to keep these adults in our area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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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!

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

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

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

One thing I'd also say is that...

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.

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

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!

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

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

So wonderful. I felt included from my first event.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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

One thing I'd also say is that...

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.

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

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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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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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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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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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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