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  

12 people found this review helpful

As a parent of an active Hillel student volunteer, I have seen first hand the many ways that Hillel is making a difference in the local community and beyond. Hillel reached out to our daughter before she even arrived on campus as a freshman at Pitt. She suggested that we visit during orientation and the welcome feeling that we experienced and the feeling of being at home was one that continues every time we walk in the building! Hillel has made a tremendous impact on our daughters life- she is now a senior at Pitt and has been active in the student board. Through her invovlement I have watched her grow into dymanic leader and community volunteer. It would be hard to capture in a short review the many ways that Hillel has positively impacted our daughter. I am truly thankful that this organization is her home away from home and for the many wonderful staff and volunteers that make Hillel

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

attending first class programs and events.

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

friendly, helpful and cared about the mission of the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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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

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: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

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  

8 people found this review helpful

They have been very active on the college campuses in Pittsburgh, bringing in interesting speakers and being a positive advocate for Israel on campus. It is a really special organization and one in which the limelight should shine. Rena Becker

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

The staff and volunteers

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been active at Hillel Jewish University Center in Pgh for many years. The programs for the students are exciting and thought provoking. There is always something going on to keep the students informed and connected to Jewish life on campus and the Pittsburgh community. My husband and I have hosted many Shabbat dinners at Hillel and are involved in fundraising and "Campus Superstar"

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

seeing the committment of students to Jewish life at college and in the Pgh community

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

not do anything, everything is being done already!!

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

meeting and getting to know the students and the staff.

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

very devoted and committed.

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

build a larger building to house the many more students it could attract and have much more programing.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote.

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

keeping up with wonderful programs they already provide and continuing to raise funds for them.

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

It is a pleasure to be involed with our Jewish youth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I came to the Hillel as a curious freshman just looking for a place to make new friends, have fun, and to serve as an outlet for my passions in college. I wasn't sure if Judaism was really important to me, but I'd been involved with NFTY in high school, so it seemed like a good place to start. From Hillel, I learned the incredible value of connecting with other Jews on campus. My Hillel friends - now my best friends at Pitt - are role models to me. And they're interested in the same things I am: social justice, spirituality, and fun. At a confusing age, I found my own identity in the Hillel community. In a world where money is needed to put food in hungry mouths and bring about political change, that may seem like a luxury. But Hillel's programming taught me (and others) how to do those other things, and why we should. Social action programs like Cram Jam showed me effective fundraising techniques like raffles, prizes, and donation-friendly events. Friday night dinners and services make me stop and think about how lucky I am, and how I can share my fortune with others. Educational programs like Rabbi Schiff's discussion group on sex stimulate my thinking. Hillel molds the future Jewish leaders of America, and the world.

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

Increase communication between students and higher-up staff.

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

The chance to make new friends who "get" why Judaism is important to me. The chance to hone my own leadership and organization skills.

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

Mostly positive, optimistic role models. Even those that weren't taught the students life lessons about working through challenges, people skills, etc. But on the whole, they are some of the most patient and motivated people I know.

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

Guarantee the future of Jewish life in the Pittsburgh community.

Ways to make it better...

I'd gotten involved as a leader earlier on, rather than waiting until the middle of sophomore year.

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

Getting students TO programs for the first or second time . Once they're there, they have a great time, but branding Hillel as "cool" before students ever even go there is something Hillel has to work on.

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

Communication and continuity are the two biggest problems for Hillel but I think everyone there knows that, and keeps trying to overcome those challenges.

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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