The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh

Rating: 4.87 stars   121 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Religion

Location: Pittsburgh PA 15213 USA

Mission: The Hillel JUC is the focal point for more than 5,500 Jewish University students and young professionals in Pittsburgh. Our mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Together, we are building a new generation of Jewish leaders. Some call it Jewish life on campus. We call it... the future.
Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Wether it's running services or a program, the Hillel JUC does an excellent job making jewish life accessible to any student who comes by and makes it engaging.

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

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

the community. The reason I keep coming back is because of the people there who I've created bonds with.

Ways to make it better...

The organization had more money for its programs. Allot of program ideas have been hindered by the time it takes for Hillel JUC to gather the money for it. it would be amazing if it had the funds to instantly throw together a program.

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

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

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: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh has broken the mold, bringing programs and opportunities for identity building out onto the campus where the students are, rather than waiting for the students to find them.

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

The opportunity to meet and interact personally with many different students.

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

Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh is one of the best Hillels in the country. Their director is terrific and they are at the forefront of student engagement.

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

absolutely stellar professionals with a strong vision for Jewish life.

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 became involved when I was brought by a friend to a Shabbat dinner, where more than a hundred kids were singing, praying, and eating together. It was a wonderful, emotional thing to watch. It made me know that this Hillel is very special and an organization I want to be part of.

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

Watching Jewish students from around the county find a home away from home in Pittsburgh. Hillel provides a safe, educational, supportive Jewish place for students to congregate for all different reasons.

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

Watching the impact of our strong Board leadership on the facility and programming offered at Hillel.

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

Extremely competent, creative, experienced, and compassionate to the students.

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

Expand programming into the community; include other campuses that have a Jewish student body but not enough to have their own Hillel on campus; offer free Shabbat dinners and other programming that is badly needed; hire an additional Jewish professional.

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: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I went on the Birthright trip in 2006, and afterward spent time at Hillel. I enjoyed exploring my culture and getting to know others like myself and participating in events related to my background. I would definitely recommend Hillel to others looking to explore their heritage in a welcoming environment that also has no fees.

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

The welcoming environment, the shabbat dinners and all of the events

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

Diverse and always fun

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Hillel has always been very supportive of Jewish activities and events. Whether it is providing space or funding, they can always pull through to help you get an event together.

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

It facilitates networking of Jewish students in a way that is enjoyable to them. I have made many good friends through working with Hillel and run many successful events.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I was in Family Ties, which hooks teenagers with families. I was put with a really awesome family which allowed me to first of all have family dinners here at school, but second of all it actually become quite like a real family to me!

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

the program Family Ties

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

They kind of just did it, helped out here or there but then just let it go.

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

All nice people

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

Probably give free meals again to college kids.

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

Hillel is an awesome organization. By providing a wide variety of opportunities, Hillel supports college-age students as they grow and explore their adult identity. Students can participate in a range of interesting activities which helps enrich their campus experience. From my experience, Hillel connects people and they make life-long friendships. They also enrich their campus community and strengthen the communities they move into after they graduate. Hillel changes lives, and has a powerful impact in the lives of so many people.

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

the energy, creativity and excitement of the students involved. They strengthen their leadership skills and then share their learning.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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9 people found this review helpful

The Hillel JUC continues to be a leading Hillel within the Hillel family. As a sn executive w/Hillel I have been extremely impressed with the JUC's ability to engage jewish students on campus. Their creative programs combined with a 1st class staff and strong lay leadership board has enabled this Hillel to be one of the leading Hillel's in the US.

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

attneding one of their premier out rich progarms to the community - Campus SuperStars

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

is watching the excitement with the students

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

motivated, enagaging and happy

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

make my life easy

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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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The Hillel JUC offers so many options for students wanting to connect to their Judaism and their community. As director of the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry, I am lucky to have Hillel JUC students pack bags of food for our clients, host kosher food drives and be the beneficiary of a great Chanukah toy drive for our families. Our program was also a beneficiary from their Campus Super Star event. On a personal level, our family participates in the new Family Ties program. We could not have asked for a better match! My young daugthers have quickly bonded with Ashley and are looking forward to a long relationship thanks to the JUC!

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

being matched with an awesome student through the Family Ties program.

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

very genuine and caring. They want to help out and make the JUC a great experience for the entire community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-12-01

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