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Review for J'Burgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

J'Burgh is a geat organization that provides young adults and graduate students with so many wonderful opportunities-community service, social programs, cultural opportunities, etc. I recently moved and am looking for something similar to J'Burgh in DC to provide the same thing.

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

The staff and volunteers are great! Everyone is welcoming and friendly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Board Member & I was a board member and an event attendee.

Review for The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Where do I begin? As I began college, I was encouraged by my parents to NOT get involved in Hillel. To them, Hillel was for geeks and pushed students into inflexible-excessive-religiousness. As every college freshman, I disregarded what my parents said and jumped into Hillel with both feet forward. I was a BBYO alum and was looking for the same experience in college. Hillel provided that mature youth group experience and so much more! I learned a great deal about myself, Judaism (both religiously and culturally), Israel, the world, and life through my involvement with the JUC. I was lucky enough to be involved as a student board member, a student intern, a member on the Board of Directors, a volunteer, and a member of a family. The experience I had at Hillel was incomparable! Friends of mine at other universities certainly did not have the experience I did. I grew in so many ways and can only attribute that to what I gained while being involved in Hillel during college and also in my post-college experience. Through everything—school, family stress, friends, and other typical co-ed drama, my Hillel family supported me and encouraged me to continue to pursue my dreams. Well, here I am only slightly more observant than I was when I walked into the Hillel JUC six years ago and pursuing a Masters degree in Community Planning in an Urban Planning and Regional Studies Program. I am pursuing this degree for many reasons, but one thing I realize is that for me, community came easily at home and while I was at school because of the JUC. For many, this comfort does not come around at all. Although I am now far from the JUC of Pittsburgh, I know that my wonderful experiences have shaped who I am today and the family I formed of staff, peers, and extended community members will always be a part of my life. Oh--my parents realized they were wrong as well!

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

wonderful! I gained so much perspective and advice from the staff and volunteers. I developed this surrogate family of parents and older siblings. It was more than I ever imagined. I am still close with staff and volunteers.

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

provide a valuable and inspiring Jewish exerience for all Jewish students at Hillel. Hillel could open so many doos for students jewishly, professionally, and emotionally.

Ways to make it better...

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

continued community and student-family support. Not enough community members realize what the JUC does for the greater community and many families of students do not realize what the JUC does for their child.

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

Continued understanding from each generation of Hillel students would make a huge impact on the Hillel of today. I think a greater understanding of what the previous generation of Hillelers experienced inspires the next.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Former volunteer & I was a student involved with the Hillel JUC as an Undergraduate. I also interned at the Hillel JUC as the Campus SuperStar Lead Intern for the first and second annual show. I served as a student member on the Board of Directors as well. Follwing grad.