The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh

Rating: 4.87 stars   121 reviews

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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
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh is my favorite place on campus. It is warm and friendly. There are always people there who want to talk with you. I am a student and I have been very involved with Hillel since my early days as a freshmen in college. I love that we have Shabbat dinners every friday night, but I am sad to see that because they cost money this year, they are not as popular and vibrant as they were last year. Shabbat dinners are the highlight of my week, and I know many of my friends feel the same way. Everyone at Hillel hopes we can find a way to have the extremely active, and warm Shabbat dinners we once had. Other experiences I have enjoyed with Hillel are different events we have had, including when we saw Fiddler on the Roof downtown. That was a great night, and a very cultural experience! I feel that my connection with Hillel will continue to grow.

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

expanding my Jewish community, meeting great Jewish people, learning how to plan events, being involved in the campus community.

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

make sure that Shabbat dinners were free.

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

meeting Jewish students.

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

extremely kind, caring, and always available for the students. They are at every event and are always happy to be there!

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

host free Friday night dinners, which would be so much more inviting for Jewish students to attend. It could also send a lot of students on Birthright Israel!

Ways to make it better...

more students got involved. Often it is the same kids who go to events and plan events. But there are so many more Jewish kids on campus who should get involved!

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

that Shabbat dinners are not free. When they were free, so many more students came and the vibe was so lively. Friday night Shabbat dinners is where we do most of our advertising for events, so if more people come, they can be more involved.

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

Hillel is essential for Jewish Life on campus. The more active it is, the happier Jewish students will be on campus. Free and active shabbat dinners are essential to Jewish life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I was wandering near campus and happened in to see what was going on. While inside I caught part of a lecture, and spent a brief time looking at the art on the walls. Coming away from the building I felt there was life at the facility and that the whole project is imbued with high-quality.

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

they provide a warm and welcoming atmoshere. Also, the building is tasteful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I'm from Austin. My daughter began Carnegie Mellon University this August. During the first day of orientation we opted to attend the luncheon at the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh. I expected the food to be wonderful and I wasn't disappointed. What I didn't expect was to be greeted with such warmth and welcome from the staff of the Hillel and the other parents from all over the country. While I was there I signed my daughter up for the Chai Circle. As fate would have it, she became sick with the flu the first week of classes. She called the Chai hotline, and as promised, a jar of delicious and medicinal Chicken soup was delivered to her dorm. It gives me a much needed boost of motherly peace-of-mind to know my daughter has the multitude of resources via Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh.

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

they provide a much needed home base for Jewish university students to connect with other Jewish students, attend services and be involved with the Pittsburgh community.

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

the warmth and welcoming staff members

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Hillel supported me to help create a Jewish a cappella group at the University of Pittsburgh. From day one of the VoKols, there has been incredible support-emotional and monetary for any endeavor we have pursued as a group. Without a cappella, my college career would be MUCH less meaningful and I wouldn't have made nearly as many Jewish, life-lasting friendships.

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

seeing what Hillel does to support its students, faculty, and staff.

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 organization is a great way to connect college students to the community. Nice place to find some "nice Jewish kids" to babysit.

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

The kids connected to it.

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

Have more parties with the community.

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

Meeting current college students.

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

Very helpful.

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

Do so much more!

Ways to make it better...

The website was updated.

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

Finding jobs for its members.

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

It's a very nice group.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My Friend Ethel Corn told me that the Hillel JUC meant so much to her, espically after her husband Sam died. As a member of AEPi, we would work with project that supported JUC, but I never knew my efforts would help a friend. There are so many organizations that never reached their milestones, while the Hillel JUC exceeds theirs. Our continued support makes a difference

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

how my Friend (former co worker) was treated during the toughest time of her life

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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6 people found this review helpful

The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh is a wonderful inviting place where I have seen fabulous programs and events reach out to many students. From their Shabbat dinners which draw a ton of students, to cultural events, and student involvement in the community I continue to be impressed with all that Hillel offers.

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

the amazing students I have met and their passion to see Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh succeed and grow. The maturity and leadership of the students is refreshing to see. It is great to see them taking such active roles within their community of Hillel.

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

phenomenal. The staff demonstrates superior professionalism and does a fabulous job at provided an engaging and empowering atmosphere for the 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  

7 people found this review helpful

We came to visit our son at the Univ. of Pittsburgh on a cold and blustery February weekend. His usual Friday night routine, is to go to the Hillel Foundation, shared by Univ. of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon and Dusquene Universities. From the moment we walked in (and we were the only parents there that weekend), the warmth exuding from staff and students alike was exilarating. The students mixed together, regardless of their academic pursuits, their religious inclinations or where they lived or studied. It is unusual to find a campus environment where everyone is welcome, feels at home, and stays beyond mealtime to socialize. This is an institution that doesn't feel like an institution, and place where students can establish new friendships and explore meaningful issues without the worry of grades, and a home away from home. (They even send chicken soup, the best medicine there is, to students who are fighting the flu or a cold in the dorms or at home.) Such checking in on a student who feels 'under the weather',resonates with parents far from their kids.

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

On a winter weekend visit. My son experiences it throughout the week throughout the academic year.

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

Their warmth and unconditio0nal welcoming of students.

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

Exceptionally engaging and 'can do'positive attitudes.

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

Serve the students with ,more outreach, expand their social justice programs, expand their meal services to students, improve the lives of students throughout the universities in Pittsburgh.

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  

9 people found this review helpful

My son is a second-year student at the University of Pittsburgh. From the first time we visited during his junior year in High School, the Hillel JUC Of Pittsburgh played a role in our choices. They welcomed us as visitors that first time, and described a comprehensive program serving students that seemed hard to believe. Free Shabbat dinners, services of all kinds, and a really cool place to hang out (big-screen TV, game consoles, books, and everything else you can ask for). They told us if there was something we thought was missing, we could put together a proposal and it would be considered. Amazing! Once my son arrived at Pitt, Hillel continued to be as welcoming and nurturing as we thought they could be. From the Shabbat services and dinners to the "Chicken Soup Patrol" (they visit the students in the dorm and take them soup if they're sick) they made it just that much easier for me to be hundreds of miles away from him. He met lots of other Jewish students there, and formed friendships. Now in his second year his schedule is less conducive to regular visits, but he still spent Yom Kippur with his Hillel friends because he couldn't be at home, and that just gives you a good feeling. This is a first-class organization that focuses exclusively on the students' needs and fills a real gap in the life of a university student. As a parent, I'm very glad they're there!

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

their role in making my son feel welcome in Pittsburgh.

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

Talking with the staff.

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

energetic, dedicated young people who really care about making a difference.

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

reach out to even more members of the community and provide even more services.

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  

5 people found this review helpful

I recall attending Hillel dinners as an undergraduate student, and know that the same experience is important to many of my own students at the University of Pittsburgh. Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh is a stellar presence in our community. Keep up the great work!

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

great interactions with Linda Meyers!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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