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October 31, 2009

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October 31, 2009

The Hillel JUC provides students in the Pittsburgh area a Jewish home away from home. With sensitivity, creativity and lot’s of humor the organization has managed to attract students from different Jewish experiences and background and enable all to have a place for personal and spiritual growth. From the first moment one comes into the building, it is clear that it’s a welcoming place – though this may be obvious to all who have experienced the Hillel JUC, this is not always the case and I credit the incredible staff and leadership. Over the past six years I have followed the activities, the innovation, the spirit and the growth – continue to do a great job. Yesher Co’ach

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

Seeing the facility, the programs, the atmosphere, the activites.

Ways to make it better...

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

Do more publicity

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

The innovation and creativity and the place for every person, no matter what their background is.

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

Open, Warm and Committed

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

Have a significant affect on many more people..

Ways to make it better...

There was an active Israeli Folk Dance group

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

Finding the resources to execute all of the ideas

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

You are doing an amazing job

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I've received the email newsletter for years and admired the breadth and depth of the activities and programs and resources. The website and emails are extremely well done. I've also attended a couple Jewish Faculty gatherings at the Hillel JUC building. They have been interesting, enjoyable, and very worthwhile.

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

Meeting other Jewish faculty members

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

Keeping in touch with Jewish life on campus

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

Helpful, friendly, knowledgable, proactive, creative

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

Offer many more programs, not charge for any events, attract more students, faculty, and community members to get involved

Ways to make it better...

The food was better.

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

Funding

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

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!

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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

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

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.

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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

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

As a mother of two college kids Friday dinner and services became a great source of socialization with peers. As a director of a HUD senior housing Hillel volunteers are part of helping us keep the Jewish tradition for our Jewish frail seniors and from time to time we take advantage of a volunteer helping with our IT needs.

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

Friendiliness and proffesionalism of services and customer services.

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

be the leader in cutting edge services and new areans of involvement of Jewish students in the Jewish Community and in the community at large

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

I remember being totally turned off by the Hillel organization when I went to school in Florida. For that reason I was totally amazed by what I saw in Pittsburgh. The amount of programing, the Friday night dinners with hundreds of students and services for all denominations, the interaction between staff and students. All these made me realize what had been so lacking in my own experience many years ago.

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

seeing the outreach that is made to Jewish students on campus who might otherwise get lost. It has taken advantage of its position to advance Jewish studies and awareness and build understanding of the conflict in the Middle East

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

I'm from out of town but each time I visited, the HIllel was buzzing - students every where - involved, active, interested, committed - and happy to be there. Can't help being impressed that these young students have such an inviting place to "hang" - one that encourages their Jewish Identity and culture.

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

the 2 Shabbat dinners I visited

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

a completely full room - full of students, full of spirit, full of life and love for being there.

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

Committed, educated, open minded, energetic, etc.

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

Serve more students! - REach out even more, help more grad level students, continue to be involved with students who graduate but remain in the area as a "home"....

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

The Jewish University Center (Hillel) and J'Burgh have excellent reputations in the Pittsburgh community for engaging large number of young Jews in a meaningful way. Two of their programs which are particularly well-known to the community at large are outstanding: In one program, students are matched up with local families. This has the dual benefit of connecting students to local families, as their own families are far away, and giving them the opportunity to engage in Jewish activities they might not otherwise experience. To my knowledge, this is the first program of its type in the country. Although it was just recently instituted, there is an exceptional number of college students paired up. The people I have spoken to who participate in this program have all given its positive reviews. In addition, the Friday night Sabbath dinner draws an extraordinarily high number of Hillel members and meets its goal of creating a college and 20-something community, while engaging the participants in meaningful Jewish activity. Both of these programs consistently get excellent feedback from the people involved. These programs are two of the biggest reasons I am a supporter of this organization.

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

I personally know many of the families who are paired up with college student. I have been to programs in which these groupings were present and have seen the bonding goes on among them as well as the Jewish engagement.

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

A few times a year they run an event called speed babysitting in order to match college students who are looking for work with families in the community who are looking for babysitters.

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

Incredibly professional and work hard to make the connection between the organization the Jewish community at large

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

Send all of its students to Israel, which is statistically proven to increase the odds of Jewish continuity many fold

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

Over the past few years while visiting friends and family I have seen Hillel grow to be not only a social focal point, but also a Jewish voice on campus and for the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. It is though Organizations such Hillel JUC that the Jewish community of the future depends.

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

were enthusiastic and committed to the goals of Hillel

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 26, 2009

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October 26, 2009

As an interested community member and university faculty member, I have attended several JBurgh events just to see what it is all about. I must say that I was most impressed with the enthusiasm and the attendance. They have attracted university types who no doubt would have no other opportunity to get together and would not take advantage of anything like this unless it was all organized for them. There is simply no other Jewish game in town for these young people. JBurgh has created a "buzz" on campus that is just great. The targeting of these young people is so essential and I am just thrilled that Pittsburgh has gotten JBurgh up and running to attract and appeal to this most important age cohort.

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

The staff is excellent. David Katz is an inspiring individual who devotes himself totally to building this organization. It is his personal mission to address the needs of the young professional and graduate student in Pittsburgh and he is succeeding

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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