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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: J'Burgh is an initiative of the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh with support from Shalom Pittsburgh and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. It is designed to serve the needs of the approximately 2,500 Jewish graduate students and young professionals in their twenties living in Pittsburgh. Our mission is to bring together Jewish grad students, young professionals, and their friends to create opportunities for them to build a community together, celebrate their Judaism together, and network for professional opportunities and development. J'Burgh's goal is to provide a gateway for Pittsburgh's young Jewish adult population to explore and develop their personal Jewish identity within our city.

Results: It is estimated that there are 2,500 young Jewish adults between the ages of 21-29 years old, living in Pittsburgh. In our first full year of programming, we reached out to over 600 individual participants, and expect to have over 900 during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 900

Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh

Community Stories

140 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

JBurgh serves a vital role in the Pittsburgh region by bringing together young Jewish professionals through community events, social networking, and cultural programming.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

J'Burgh has been a fantastic group for my wife and me since moving back to Pittsburgh in 2007. We have connected with the young Jewish community through Friday night dinners (and had the privilage of hosting one!), gotten involved in volunteering, made new friends while taking part in citywide sports, and become involved in local synagogues through their support. We couldn't say enough good things about the group and David Katz in particular.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was reluctant to join J'burgh because of a bad overall experience at my collegiate Hillel. From the first time I met David Katz I was convinced, and have felt accepted and wanted at every event. The variety of activites and people involved is part of what makes the group great. David genuinely cares about the program as well as the members, and is an excellent leader for the group. Pretty much, J'Burgh flat-out rocks.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They have been a great organization that brings young people together with common interests. The activities are fun and unique to the interests of the participants.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have been to a few events with J'Burgh, and have enjoyed them all. I like how relaxed the environment can be at programs. Everyone is very friendly, and often hang out on their own or after events, such as after art shows or sports events. It is a great crowd of people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been to many J'Burgh events (seders, cookouts, athletic events, etc). Moving to a new city can be hard if you don't know people and J-Burgh is a welcoming community that hosts actually fun events for Jewish young adults, like poker games and international film festivals, and also important Jewish holiday dinners and Shabbat dinners. All in all, it's a great way to feel at home in Pittsburgh for Jewish young adults who recently moved there for work or grad school, and a good place to meet friends or even significant others.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

i take part in activitis of j'burgh, they are allways fun to take part in and help me maintain my jewish heriteg, for me and my kids as well

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Being from Pittsburgh, J'Burgh's programs have helped me reconnect with those I knew from my childhood but also meet new people in my age group as well. I have always been accustomed to a Friday night Shabbat experience (service, dinner, oneg, etc.) with those in my age group, whether it was through Hillel in college, USY or Camp Ramah. I have been able to continue that Friday night experience while participating in J'Burgh's East End Minyan.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed all of the events that I attended. I had a good time being part of the kickball team.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am not involved in the daily activities as I am too old!!! I am involved in the Jewish University Center - Hillel.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

J'Burgh has revolutionized the role of young adults in the ages of 21-29. Its work with UJF's Shalom Pittsburgh and Young Adult is remarkable. Thank you J'Burgh and keep up the good work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended movie nights and play on J'Burgh sports teams. Poker nights are fun, too. J'Burgh is a really cool organization. I'm glad my mom forced me to check it out. Good job, mom. J'Burgh is great!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being new to Pittsburgh last year, J'Burgh allowed me to get involved and meet people right away. The people are great and the various religious backgrounds allow you find something that fits for you. I like the Shabbat dinners best.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

J’Burgh has provided my daughter with wonderful opportunities in the Jewish community. I have seen her leadership abilities and overall confidence increase due to the benefits of this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great org. Really like the activities it organizes for the Jewish community in Pittsburgh. As a leader of an Israeli organization operating in Pittsburgh (Israel On Campus) - I appreciate the help we received from J'Burgh on different initiatives we had. Ziv

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Going to friday night dinner and services and various other events. It was very fun and I met a lot of people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

J'Burgh provides the missing link between Hillel on college campuses and Jewish organizations geared towards adult family life. The events ranging from holiday parties and Shabbat dinners to movie nights are a great way to meet other young Jewish professionals and grad students.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of J'Burgh for quite a while now, and I love being a part of such a wonderful group of people! David Katz is to be commended on organizing this ever-increasing group of Jewish professionals into trips, events, and holiday celebrations. I consider myself lucky to have gotten involved with J'Burgh when I first moved to Pittsburgh, because I was able to make friends much faster. In fact, some of my closest friends today are people I met through J'Burgh. The programs offered are always interesting and diverse; the events range from movies and plays to museums and lectures. J'Burgh truly is a great organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent organization! Friday night dinners are great! It was easy to work with David Katz when I had a dinner at my house.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dave Katz is a friendly and likable guy who does a fantastic job at developing and executing programs for Jewish young professionals and grad students, regardless of the flavor of their Judaism. He knows the community very well, and he's a pleasure to work with. J'Burgh should continue to flourish under his leadership.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The J'Burgh model is so unique. It targets an audience between college and married w/ children that is often overlooked. It has also made a strong connection between grad students in Pittsburgh and other young otherwise unaffiliated Jews. Its success should be duplicated in other cities!