Amazing, entrepeneurial, well run and managed organization. Constantly pushing the envelope to try new and innovative ideas. As a volunteer in one of their programs to "adopt" local college students, I see firsthand that Hillel JUC tries not only to engage Jewish college students, but to encourage their involvement with the greater community.
My daughter Danielle is a Freshman at the University of Pittsburgh. She and some new friends found their way to Hillel JUC the very first week of school. They attended Friday night services and enjoyed a delicious dinner surrounded by fellow Jewish students. It was a nice way for her to feel comfortable in her new surroundings. This was the first year Danielle was away from home for the Jewish holidays. Again, she joined new friends and attended High Holy Day services. She told us she felt good about observing the holidays and less homesick. For these reasons, my husband and I feel so fortunate that the Hillel is so accessible to Danielle and a spiritual home away from home. We are now supporters of the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh and appreciate the importance of it's presence!!
There is a saying that "If you build it, they will come." Well, this is not always true. But in the case of the Edward and Rose Berman JUC, the new facility, combined with an incredibly talented staff, is truly a wonderful destination and connection place for Jewish undergraduate and graduate students. The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh is a dynamic organization that uniquely serves multiple universities in Pittsburgh. Quality programming and excellent staff (and student) leadership make Hillel JUC an important part of the univeristy experience in Pittsburgh.
Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh gave my daughter the opportunity to organize, with 3 other young women, a Jewish a capella group. This was a goal she had set for herself for her Freshman year. The Hillel intern shared the same desire and Vokols was born!
I have joined their chicken soup club which gives me a little peace of mind as a Jewish mom that if my son becomes ill, they will bring him chicken soup and let me know how he is doing. We haven't needed it yet, but I feel good knowing it is available.
My daughter was welcomed to Hillel even before she began studying there. She was given a tour and introduced to a number of staff members and students. When she began her studies she was encouraged to come for Shabbat meals and programs, and an opportunity to participate in the student board. She is now about to become the Student Board president, and I couldn't be prouder. Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh is helping to create the next generation of Jewish Leadership.
My daughter is a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University. We went to the luncheon hosted at Hillel JUC during orientation and were very warmly received. We were given a tour and were able to see the services available to the students. I was very impressed with the offerings and I know that it gave my daughter a ready made group of friends with similar interests.
I've been a proud supporter of this organization since its renaissance in the beautiful and welcoming new building situated between Pitt and CMU. The presence of the Hillel JUC in Pittsburgh has made a huge difference in Jewish life on our campuses. Students are now choosing Pittsburgh universities because such a great Hillel exists here. They are finding Jewish friends and meeting Jewish families. It's a win for the students and for Jewish continuity in Pittsburgh.
The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh was one of the key organizations and group of people that shaped my Jewish identity. There dedication to the Jewish student body is second to none and they have a created a community that everyone feels accepted. This stems from the 100% focus the staff has on developing and listening to what the students need. My experience with the JUC has inspired me to give back and be a role model in my local community. Any student who attends the University of Pittsburgh is extremely lucky to have a place on campus that can be their home away from home. The JUC is a special place and all the other Hillels in the country could learn a lot from how they do business.