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October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

amazing resource to the community! trips, activities, learning, guidance, advice. Staff is always there to help no matter what is going on in your life

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

learning, getting involved in the community, career and life guidance

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

the staff is generous, honest and always looking to help

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

the staff is generous, honest and always looking to help

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

I worked with this organization during my first year out of college. It was my first job and I couldn't have asked for a better first job. I was in charge of Freshman outreach. I was supposed to tell students about Hillel and Jewish Life at Pitt. It was incredible. My favorite memories were walking into a packed auditorium on the third floor for Shabbat dinner! We would have over 130 people present and the vibe and excitement in the room was magical. Students now have to pay for Shabbat dinner and that just isn't right. This is a phenomenal organization it should be able to give students everything they need, and money should not be the issue.

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

enthusiastic, caring, genuine, and most of all, they cared about the institution, because it is a great institution.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 7, 2009

Where do I begin? As I began college, I was encouraged by my parents to NOT get involved in Hillel. To them, Hillel was for geeks and pushed students into inflexible-excessive-religiousness. As every college freshman, I disregarded what my parents said and jumped into Hillel with both feet forward. I was a BBYO alum and was looking for the same experience in college. Hillel provided that mature youth group experience and so much more! I learned a great deal about myself, Judaism (both religiously and culturally), Israel, the world, and life through my involvement with the JUC. I was lucky enough to be involved as a student board member, a student intern, a member on the Board of Directors, a volunteer, and a member of a family. The experience I had at Hillel was incomparable! Friends of mine at other universities certainly did not have the experience I did. I grew in so many ways and can only attribute that to what I gained while being involved in Hillel during college and also in my post-college experience. Through everything—school, family stress, friends, and other typical co-ed drama, my Hillel family supported me and encouraged me to continue to pursue my dreams. Well, here I am only slightly more observant than I was when I walked into the Hillel JUC six years ago and pursuing a Masters degree in Community Planning in an Urban Planning and Regional Studies Program. I am pursuing this degree for many reasons, but one thing I realize is that for me, community came easily at home and while I was at school because of the JUC. For many, this comfort does not come around at all. Although I am now far from the JUC of Pittsburgh, I know that my wonderful experiences have shaped who I am today and the family I formed of staff, peers, and extended community members will always be a part of my life. Oh--my parents realized they were wrong as well!

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I would like more Hillels to have this same impact on its students.

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

wonderful! I gained so much perspective and advice from the staff and volunteers. I developed this surrogate family of parents and older siblings. It was more than I ever imagined. I am still close with staff and volunteers.

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

provide a valuable and inspiring Jewish exerience for all Jewish students at Hillel. Hillel could open so many doos for students jewishly, professionally, and emotionally.

Ways to make it better...

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

continued community and student-family support. Not enough community members realize what the JUC does for the greater community and many families of students do not realize what the JUC does for their child.

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

Continued understanding from each generation of Hillel students would make a huge impact on the Hillel of today. I think a greater understanding of what the previous generation of Hillelers experienced inspires the next.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

The JUC had a powerful impact on my life. It gave me the opportunity to be a leader on campus and in the community. Through event planning, fundraising, cooperation with on and off campus groups, I was exposed to a wide array of responsibilities and challenges. My time as a board member and member at large of the JUC was the most important part of my college experience. I am still friends with many of my JUC peers and learned valuable lessons which I took with me through the rest of college, law school, and now my life as a young attorney. I worked hard to make sure Jewish Student Life thrived in Pittsburgh and to offer great programming to all those who were interested and even those who were not!

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

Amazing. They always had time to talk to me about an event, a problem (school, personal, or with Hillel) and were understanding and patient. They enhanced my experience 10 fold.

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

Offer free Shabbat dinner every week and have 150 students every week show up like we did when I was a student. It could always have enough funding for all of the great programs and bring even better speakers and bigger events to Pitt.

Ways to make it better...

We could have eliminated the stigma that Hillel is a strictly religious organization. Those students who define themselves as secular didn't always understand that Hillel can be comfortable for everyone. We did a decent job at this but not enough.

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

Financial. Everyone knows how great Hillel is but it can only do as much as the funding allows it to do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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October 7, 2009

Hillel JUC made my college experience. From the moment I walked through the door my freshmen year, to the day after graduation when I walked out in tears, HIllel was my home. The long lasting friendships, the educational & religious experiences, are something I will never forget. Throughout my 4 years, I was over involved in Hillel. It gave me amazing leadership experiences that have helped me in my "adult" life. I bonded with the staff, who nurtured my growth both personally and professionally. There is no way I can say enough thanks for my experience at Hillel because it was indeed one of the most defining experiences of my life.

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

WHat I enjoyed most was the ability to grow and learn within the organization, to connect with others, to be mentored by amazing professional staff and to see the progress of the organization that I put my heart in for 4 years.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

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October 7, 2009

The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh was one of the key organizations and group of people that shaped my Jewish identity. There dedication to the Jewish student body is second to none and they have a created a community that everyone feels accepted. This stems from the 100% focus the staff has on developing and listening to what the students need. My experience with the JUC has inspired me to give back and be a role model in my local community. Any student who attends the University of Pittsburgh is extremely lucky to have a place on campus that can be their home away from home. The JUC is a special place and all the other Hillels in the country could learn a lot from how they do business.

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

inspiring and very thoughtful. The whole staff at the JUC is professional and has a very clear view of their mission. This is shows in how they carry out their work every day and the level of program they create.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 7, 2009

Loved Hillel JUC! Provided me with a great college experience that incorporated Judaism into my life. I enjoyed all the social and religious programming, especially Jewish holiday celebrations and weekly Shabbat dinners.

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Great! Very devoted to getting the students to be productive, active, and informed Jewish college students!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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October 7, 2009

The Hillel JUC was a vital, influential lifeline both during my college career and after. A home away from home, the staff worked endlessly and tirelessly to create a welcoming, pluralistic environment. From my first trip to Israel to my last Shabbat dinner, I grew in such ways that only the Hillel JUC made possible. Each staff member from the moment you walked in the door was there to greet you and provide you with all the support and resources needed. The Hillel JUC fosters relationships and creates leaders. I am proud to have served on the student board, to have had the privilege to contribute ideas and be given the capacity to see them through. The Hillel JUC is what all hillels strive towards but rarely accomplish: a place to explore one's culture, challenge one's identity and engage intellectually and spiritually with others. There's no better organization to facilitate and develop the future leaders of America.

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

Fabulous. Friendly. Capable. Supportive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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October 7, 2009

As a student at Pitt, I've never found a more welcoming place than Hillel. At first, I didn't want to be involved Jewishly, but then I got to meet the staff and spend time with the students. They welcomed me into the community and I have been going back ever since. It is difficult to attend to so many students with such a small staff. I think that they need more people working there.

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

helping design an organic urban farm in Pittsburgh. Through Hillel, we are starting a farm - without their help this would not be possible.

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

Seeing how whatever my idea is, they will help me to see it through.

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

incredibly thoughtful and welcoming. They are creative, energetic and can really get you excited about what is going on!

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

provide Jewish programming every week for every student who was interested.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

The Hillel JUC is a great organization that provides students with a home away from home as well as being an incredible resource for leadership and spiritual development.

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

as a student at Carnegie Mellon University. The Hillel JUC was incredibly important to me as a student, and as a first career after graduation!

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

the people, the programs, and the overall experience.

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

warm, caring, and passionate about Judaism.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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