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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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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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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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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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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3 people found this review helpful

I have been a teacher at Hillel JUC numerous times. Each time I am there, I am so very impressed with the level of learning that goes on among the students. In session after session, it is plain that Hillel JUC has stimulated a strong affiliation to and enthusiasm for Judaism on campus. Their wonderful building is a focal point for Jewish campus life, and a magnet for building community among a large number of young Jewish adults.

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

That I have witnessed first hand how it stimulates young adults to go out and make a difference in the community. It doesn't just serve an "end-user:" it creates new volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

Our daughter, a sophomore honors student at PITT benefits from Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh. There she meets her friends, celebrates Jewish life, enjoys communal meals and knows she has a safe place if she is having any issues as a Jewish student on campus. Hillel's presence is an active voice for assuring that the campus responds with sensitivity to issues of Jewish Concern. It is a place where students convene for social action and for interfaith activity.

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

support for my daughter

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

assure they have more permanent financial resources

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

its warm, accepting and outreach efforts

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

warm and gracious

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

welcome students with shabbat meals, festivals and transportation to social action projects every week

Ways to make it better...

more students were matched with local families for holidays. There were a few where their family pair did not show up to the meet and greet.

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

the many campus activities that compete for the students time and attention.

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

Hillel is a great place, great team and great commmunity organizing mechanism

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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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My most recent encounter with the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh came through a moment of great silliness. I am a professor of history at CMU and was invited by Hillel to take one side in the annual "Great Hamantaschen Debate" in spring 2008. The debate question is which is the better holiday food, the hamantaschen or the latke? I argued on behalf of the hamantaschen. To my surprise, as I was preparing I discovered that this odd event actually has a deep and rich history in American academia, and I found myself neglecting some of my other work to write up the pro-hamantaschen ideas that began popping into my mind like popcorn in the week or two before the event. I was actually laughing alone at my computer. The night of the event was a real eye-opener for me. I was shocked at how many students attended the event. I was delighted to see how comfortable they felt, how good the food was, and what good spirits everyone was in. It was a lovely event, plus I won the debate. I am impressed that Hillel's activities range from the more traditional religious activities to something fun like this. My only constructive feedback would be to include some fruit or vegetables with dinner on the Great Debate night. A dinner of fried potato pancakes and baked pastry got a little heavy pretty fast!

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

holiday merriment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Amazing organization for the students as well as the community. We always attend their babysitting program and their Campus Superstar program. When Jewish student come to Pitt, I always suggest JUC and I have only heard good things about it.

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

expand educational and community service initiatives.

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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1 person found this review helpful

Unlike other Hillels, JUC does not simply serve college students. With its high school and young adult programming, Hillel JUC now truly serves a wide, incredibly vulnerable swath of Pittsburgh's Jewish community. Its close relationships with local synagogues and organizations allow its staff to provide programs and services that far surpass other Hillels, whose focus may be limited to their respective campuses. I cannot emphasize enough the profound impact Hillel JUC has on Pittsburgh's Jewish community, or how grateful we are that its staff is so dedicated to Pittsburgh as a whole.

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

The dedication of its staff and lay leadership. More than other agencies, Hillel JUC's leadership is singularly focused on finding new and innovative ways to fulfill its mission.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I worked in planning and funding with Hillel JUC and had an opportunity to meet regularly with the Director and President. Hillel JUC is an amazing organization. It is wonderful to walk through the building to see all of the student run programss and to feel the buzz of energy that exists there. JUC provides great resources to students. The activities that are run inside and outside of the building are wonderful, spanning across universities and religous affiliations. Hillel JUC has been recognized nationally and by several of the universities that they serve as a top notch organization. Most telling is a Friday night at the building when three different services are going on and dinner is filled to capacity and beyond!

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

extremely dedicated and passionate to serving this population and contributing to Jewish continuity.

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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