provided great opportunities for me when I was a student at Carnegie Mellon. lots of spirit & a pleasant environment. great building!
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
Where do I begin? The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh was literally a second home to me during my college years; I probably spent more time there than at my respective dorm or apartment in any given year. I served on the Social Justice committee as its head for two years as well as the Pitt student board, participated in the weekly activties, and interned for two years with Campus SuperStar. Not only did I make so many friends and become close with the staff, but I also became very well-connected with the LAY Board and the Pittsburgh Jewish Community. The amount of dedication by the staff and community is unmeasurable and has impacted so many Pittsburgh area students. From my experiences via Hillel, I grew a lot as a person and has served well for my professional life. In fact, I felt that my experience was so meaningful, I choose to work as the International Programs Coordinator at Hillel Uruguay from August 2008-August 2009 in order to help give other students a taste of what I was given during my time at the JUC. I was so lucky to have been given numerous opportunities throughout my 4 years with the JUC. I would be crushed if students now would not be able to access those same opportunities - please help Hillel JUC continue to make those experiences.
Hillel is such an important part of our community. Young adults come from all over the country and become part of our community through their involvement in Hillel. I enjoyed my time volunteering and helping young adults grow as Jews and as Pittsburghers.
The Hillel JUC has made a tremendous difference in the lives of Jewish students on campus in Pittsburgh. I helped to start an organization in the late 90's called Shalom Pittsburgh, which was dedicated to attracting and maintaining the young adult Jewish population in Pittsburgh. But addressing our college and graduate students was more than we could handle. Aaron Weil changed that with his dynamic, visionary leadership and constant to attention to the needs of the students, not the organization. As a result, the Hillel JUC has grown to serve a much wider population than anyone could have imagined. Well done!
As a parent of an active Hillel student volunteer, I have seen first hand the many ways that Hillel is making a difference in the local community and beyond. Hillel reached out to our daughter before she even arrived on campus as a freshman at Pitt. She suggested that we visit during orientation and the welcome feeling that we experienced and the feeling of being at home was one that continues every time we walk in the building! Hillel has made a tremendous impact on our daughters life- she is now a senior at Pitt and has been active in the student board. Through her invovlement I have watched her grow into dymanic leader and community volunteer. It would be hard to capture in a short review the many ways that Hillel has positively impacted our daughter. I am truly thankful that this organization is her home away from home and for the many wonderful staff and volunteers that make Hillel
AS A BOARD MEMBER OF HILLEL JUC OF PITTSBURGH I FIND IT VERY REWARDING TO SEE THE GROWTH OF THIS ORGANIZATION IN THE PAST 6 YEARS SINCE OUR EXEC DIRECTO AARON WEIL TOOK OVER THE REINS. IT IS GREAT TO SEE ALL THE COLLEGE STUDENTS FROM 3 UNIVERSITIES ATTEND TO ENHANCE THEIR JEWISH WAY OF LIVING, OUR J BURGH WHERE WE HAVE I WONDERFUL LEADER IN DAVID KATZ BRING OUR 23-29 YEAR OLD TO GETHER FOR THEIR JEWISH EXPERIENCE.
I AM A BOARD MEMBER OF THE PITTSBURGH JUC HILLEL AND HAVE BEEN FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS AND HAVE SEEN ITS GROWTH IN THIS TIME TO ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AGENCIES IN PITTSBURGH. AND NOW THAT WE HAVE ADDED J'BURGH TO OUR AGENDA IT HAS PROVEN TO BE MUCH BETTER. I WAS A MEMBER OF THIS SAME BOARD 30 YEARS AGO AND THE DIFFERENCE IS DAY AND NIGHT. YEARS AGO COLLEGE STUDENTS DID NOT WANT TO ATTEND HILLEL. BUT NOW WITH THEIR PROGRAMING AND THE ENTHUSIASIM THE BULIDING IS BEING USED. J'BURGH HAS BEEN FANTASTIC FOR COLLEGE GRADS AND YOUNG JEWISH POFESSIONALS IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA. THERE ARE 2500 JEWISH ADULTS IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA AND WEHAVE ABOUT 900 INVOLVED WITH J'BURGH. THIS HAS BEEN DONE THRU HARD WORK OF OUR HILLEL DIRECTOR, AARON WEIL AND J'BURGH DIRECTOR DAVID KATZ. ALSO THE OFFICERS AND BOARD OF JUC HILLEL ARE TO BE COMMENDED FOR WORKING SO HARD TO MAKE SURE OUR MISSION IS FULFILLED.
As a student, Hillel has enhanced my college experience in ways that I cannot fully articulate. The feeling of community that comes along with an organization like Hillel is unique and extremely important for the lives of Jewish students at Pitt. Whenever I arrive at Hillel, I am greeted with warm smiles and friendly faces. I feel that I have returned home, to a place where I am understood and appreciated. Hillel is my home away from home.
This is my second experience as a board member. As a professor at a Catholic university in Pittsburgh, the draw to the JUC is compelling both personally and professionally. Given the demographics of my university, there are a surprising number of Jewish students at both the UG and Grad levels. It is important to help connect these students - whether they are native Pittsburgh-ers or by choice, to the thriving Jewish community.
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.