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: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I had experience with the Hillel JUC as a student and later as a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon. I particularly enjoyed attending the Shabbat services and dinners. It was absolutely fabulous what a welcoming experience it was there for all denominations and for young Jews from all over Pittsburgh. They instituted a speed babysitting evening to help connect local families with college students willing to assist them which is just a great idea and very helpful for both the local community and the students. The administration was outstanding and dedicated. It is in my opinion vitally important to have this kind of place available for both the Jewish students in Pittsburgh but also for our community. We need more organizations which can facilitate interaction and celebration of Jews of all backgrounds and ages in a central location and across all levels of observance. This is something that Hillel does exceptionally well. Their weekly social events, speakers, kosher food preparation parties, coffees and website all work together to promote a vigorous, lively, nurturing and exciting atmosphere. Their programming and social events are key elements in making this happen and I always found their events to be pleasant, rewarding insightful and joyous. This is an organization truly worthy of support.

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

bringing together students from all over Pittsburgh very effectively.

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

keep up the good work and try to get more faculty and community involvement.

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

the outstanding positive atmosphere and the depth and breadth of programming is remarkable.

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

the kind of people you would want to meet anytime anywhere.

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

invest it wisely and use the income to continue their weekly programming to increase their role as a focal point of interdenominational activities much to the enjoyment of several generations of Jewish students and families in Pittsburgh.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to participate more often.

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

funding and maintaining the high standard of leasership and service.

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

open, free social events are the lifeblood of this organization. The website is great and might be expanded to include a social forum in a JUC facebook-like format.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh was my first Jewish experience when I came to college, and it continues to be one of my most important. It's where I've gone for nearly all the major holidays in the past four years and it's where I've gone for all of my shabbat dinners as well. The Hillel JUC is a great place for students to congregate due to their excellent programming and opportunities, and has helped me meet and get to know countless other Jewish students from the Pittsburgh area. I hope that it is able to serve many more people in the future.

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

terms of feeling better connected to a Jewish community away from home.

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

The people that I've met.

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

Incredibly helpful and able.

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  

2 people found this review helpful

A great, welcoming organization that came so far in my 4 years as a board member and Hillel organizer. It really provides something for everyone -- whether your interests are social justice, sports, Israel, volunteering, or just about anything else, it's really possible to find your niche and grow as a Jewish individual.

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

the number of attendees. When I joined the organization there were less then a dozen of us. By the time I graduated four years later, we had literally hundreds of attendees at our events!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Hillel does an excellent job providing resources and support to Jewish students and campus organizations. In particular, the organization I work for has been able to fully fund Jewish programming for a number of years, helping to foster Jewish identity and participation in the students we represent. Recent economic conditions have caused some issues, but the organization as a whole runs very efficiently. Somewhat seperately, at least in the minds of students, Hillel has been the center of Friday Night observance for the Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, and Duquesne campuses, a fact that has allowed me to make friends across Pittsburgh and keep in touch regularly.

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

Shabbos dinners. They are big; they are tasty, they are fun. It certiainly the central Jewish event on campus, and the best place to let Jewish Students know what is going on.

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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2 people found this review helpful

I had the honor and pleasure of serving as chair of the board of directors at the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh from 2006-2008. Prior to that, I served on the board for 6 years on various committees. Being able to see first hand the passion and commitment that the staff and volunteers have in communicating their mission to the community has been an amazing experience for me. I believe very strongly that our future as a Jewish community will be as a result of the connections made through the programs and work being done here.

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

Endow all of the staff positions and Shabbat dinners and be able to spend less time on fund raising and more time on its mission.

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  

2 people found this review helpful

I am constantly looking at their programming calendar, marketing materials, and vision and learning from them. They have some of the best marketing materials in the Hillel world.

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

create experiences and relationships with students that combine their individual passions with their Jewish identity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Hillel JUC has been providing a Jewish community for Jewish college students for over 50 years. I have been on the board for 15 years and have seen seen our community grow dramatically through the help of great staff, a brand new building, and most importantly through the leadership of our students.

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

witnessing tentative Jewish freshman own their Jewish identity and become leaders while in college.

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  

2 people found this review helpful

The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh offers an incredible array of programs and services for Jewish students. I am constantly inspired and impressed by their level of service to Jewish students and in creating Jewish community. They continue to be creative and push the envelope as a Hillel to connect students to their place in the Jewish story. Through programs like Campus Superstar they reach well beyond their building and delve deep into campus to make and impact.

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

The staff is excellent and due to their dynamism and energy they are making an impact on Jewish life everyday.

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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2 people found this review helpful

Being from Pittsburgh, Hillel JUC’ J'Burgh's programs have helped me reconnect with those I knew from my childhood but also meet new people in my age group as well. I have always been accustomed to a Friday night Shabbat experience (service, dinner, oneg, etc.) with those in my age group, whether it was through Hillel in college away from my hometown, USY or Camp Ramah. I have been able to continue that Friday night experience while participating in Hillel JUC’s J'Burgh's East End Minyan. In addition, as a board member of Congregation Beth Shalom, I have witnessed the efforts Hillel JUC’s undergraduate division and J’Burgh’s graduate division, which they have successfully conducted outreach and partnerships with its neighboring congregations, such as Congregation Beth Shalom in Squirrel Hill. For many years, they have coordinated their undergraduate and graduate students to attend Beth Shalom’s High Holiday and weekly Shabbat services as well as work in the synagogue’s Religious School, Pre School, USY and Kadima. Hillel JUC and J’Burgh have ensured their students who are accustomed to having a family-style (meal) atmosphere on the High Holidays made possible. Beth Shalom families have welcomed students into their houses with open arms. In return, Beth Shalom has generously helped sponsor and attended Hillel JUC’s Shabbat dinners and fundraisers over the years. Hillel JUC’s and Hillel JUC J’Burgh’s students have made a positive impact on Beth Shalom’s programming, services and schools, and positive interactions with the congregation’s membership.

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

I have always been accustomed to a Friday night Shabbat experience (service, dinner, oneg, etc.) with those in my age group, whether it was through Hillel in college away from my hometown, USY or Camp Ramah. I have been able to continue that Friday night experience while participating in Hillel JUC’s J'Burgh's East End Minyan. In addition, as a board member of Congregation Beth Shalom, I have witnessed the efforts Hillel JUC’s undergraduate division and J’Burgh’s graduate division, which they have successfully conducted outreach and partnerships with its neighboring congregations, such as Congregation Beth Shalom in Squirrel Hill. For many years, they have coordinated their undergraduate and graduate students to attend Beth Shalom’s High Holiday and weekly Shabbat services as well as work in the synagogue’s Religious School, Pre School, USY and Kadima. Hillel JUC’s and Hillel JUC J’Burgh’s students have made a positive impact on Beth Shalom’s programming, services and schools, and positive interactions with the congregation’s membership.

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

Ways to make it better...

mixers at Hillel JUC J'burgh to get to know people better

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 month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The Friday night Sabbat dinners draw a high number of Univeristy students and is a wonderful opportunity for students from all of the local Universities to get to know one another thus increasing their opportunity to meet Jewish students. It creates a positive community experience for students who look forward to it on a weekly basis.

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

Watching the students grow and change through their involvement

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

knowledgeable and interactive

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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