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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Judaism, Religion, Undergraduate Colleges, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

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

Programs: Provides religious, cultural and social services to students in the pittsburgh area.

Community Stories

122 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

11

Client Served

Rating: 4

provided great opportunities for me when I was a student at Carnegie Mellon. lots of spirit & a pleasant environment. great building!

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

9

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

9

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Wether it's running services or a program, the Hillel JUC does an excellent job making jewish life accessible to any student who comes by and makes it engaging.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh has broken the mold, bringing programs and opportunities for identity building out onto the campus where the students are, rather than waiting for the students to find them.

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh is one of the best Hillels in the country. Their director is terrific and they are at the forefront of student engagement.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved when I was brought by a friend to a Shabbat dinner, where more than a hundred kids were singing, praying, and eating together. It was a wonderful, emotional thing to watch. It made me know that this Hillel is very special and an organization I want to be part of.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on the Birthright trip in 2006, and afterward spent time at Hillel. I enjoyed exploring my culture and getting to know others like myself and participating in events related to my background. I would definitely recommend Hillel to others looking to explore their heritage in a welcoming environment that also has no fees.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hillel has always been very supportive of Jewish activities and events. Whether it is providing space or funding, they can always pull through to help you get an event together.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in Family Ties, which hooks teenagers with families. I was put with a really awesome family which allowed me to first of all have family dinners here at school, but second of all it actually become quite like a real family to me!

9

Former staff

Rating: 5

Hillel is an awesome organization. By providing a wide variety of opportunities, Hillel supports college-age students as they grow and explore their adult identity. Students can participate in a range of interesting activities which helps enrich their campus experience. From my experience, Hillel connects people and they make life-long friendships. They also enrich their campus community and strengthen the communities they move into after they graduate. Hillel changes lives, and has a powerful impact in the lives of so many people.

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Hillel JUC continues to be a leading Hillel within the Hillel family. As a sn executive w/Hillel I have been extremely impressed with the JUC's ability to engage jewish students on campus. Their creative programs combined with a 1st class staff and strong lay leadership board has enabled this Hillel to be one of the leading Hillel's in the US.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Hillel JUC offers so many options for students wanting to connect to their Judaism and their community. As director of the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry, I am lucky to have Hillel JUC students pack bags of food for our clients, host kosher food drives and be the beneficiary of a great Chanukah toy drive for our families. Our program was also a beneficiary from their Campus Super Star event. On a personal level, our family participates in the new Family Ties program. We could not have asked for a better match! My young daugthers have quickly bonded with Ashley and are looking forward to a long relationship thanks to the JUC!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had experience with the Hillel JUC as a student and later as a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon. I particularly enjoyed attending the Shabbat services and dinners. It was absolutely fabulous what a welcoming experience it was there for all denominations and for young Jews from all over Pittsburgh. They instituted a speed babysitting evening to help connect local families with college students willing to assist them which is just a great idea and very helpful for both the local community and the students. The administration was outstanding and dedicated. It is in my opinion vitally important to have this kind of place available for both the Jewish students in Pittsburgh but also for our community. We need more organizations which can facilitate interaction and celebration of Jews of all backgrounds and ages in a central location and across all levels of observance. This is something that Hillel does exceptionally well. Their weekly social events, speakers, kosher food preparation parties, coffees and website all work together to promote a vigorous, lively, nurturing and exciting atmosphere. Their programming and social events are key elements in making this happen and I always found their events to be pleasant, rewarding insightful and joyous. This is an organization truly worthy of support.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh was my first Jewish experience when I came to college, and it continues to be one of my most important. It's where I've gone for nearly all the major holidays in the past four years and it's where I've gone for all of my shabbat dinners as well. The Hillel JUC is a great place for students to congregate due to their excellent programming and opportunities, and has helped me meet and get to know countless other Jewish students from the Pittsburgh area. I hope that it is able to serve many more people in the future.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

A great, welcoming organization that came so far in my 4 years as a board member and Hillel organizer. It really provides something for everyone -- whether your interests are social justice, sports, Israel, volunteering, or just about anything else, it's really possible to find your niche and grow as a Jewish individual.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Hillel does an excellent job providing resources and support to Jewish students and campus organizations. In particular, the organization I work for has been able to fully fund Jewish programming for a number of years, helping to foster Jewish identity and participation in the students we represent. Recent economic conditions have caused some issues, but the organization as a whole runs very efficiently. Somewhat seperately, at least in the minds of students, Hillel has been the center of Friday Night observance for the Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, and Duquesne campuses, a fact that has allowed me to make friends across Pittsburgh and keep in touch regularly.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the honor and pleasure of serving as chair of the board of directors at the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh from 2006-2008. Prior to that, I served on the board for 6 years on various committees. Being able to see first hand the passion and commitment that the staff and volunteers have in communicating their mission to the community has been an amazing experience for me. I believe very strongly that our future as a Jewish community will be as a result of the connections made through the programs and work being done here.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am constantly looking at their programming calendar, marketing materials, and vision and learning from them. They have some of the best marketing materials in the Hillel world.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hillel JUC has been providing a Jewish community for Jewish college students for over 50 years. I have been on the board for 15 years and have seen seen our community grow dramatically through the help of great staff, a brand new building, and most importantly through the leadership of our students.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh offers an incredible array of programs and services for Jewish students. I am constantly inspired and impressed by their level of service to Jewish students and in creating Jewish community. They continue to be creative and push the envelope as a Hillel to connect students to their place in the Jewish story. Through programs like Campus Superstar they reach well beyond their building and delve deep into campus to make and impact.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being from Pittsburgh, Hillel JUC’ 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 away from my hometown, USY or Camp Ramah. I have been able to continue that Friday night experience while participating in Hillel JUC’s J'Burgh's East End Minyan. In addition, as a board member of Congregation Beth Shalom, I have witnessed the efforts Hillel JUC’s undergraduate division and J’Burgh’s graduate division, which they have successfully conducted outreach and partnerships with its neighboring congregations, such as Congregation Beth Shalom in Squirrel Hill. For many years, they have coordinated their undergraduate and graduate students to attend Beth Shalom’s High Holiday and weekly Shabbat services as well as work in the synagogue’s Religious School, Pre School, USY and Kadima. Hillel JUC and J’Burgh have ensured their students who are accustomed to having a family-style (meal) atmosphere on the High Holidays made possible. Beth Shalom families have welcomed students into their houses with open arms. In return, Beth Shalom has generously helped sponsor and attended Hillel JUC’s Shabbat dinners and fundraisers over the years. Hillel JUC’s and Hillel JUC J’Burgh’s students have made a positive impact on Beth Shalom’s programming, services and schools, and positive interactions with the congregation’s membership.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Friday night Sabbat dinners draw a high number of Univeristy students and is a wonderful opportunity for students from all of the local Universities to get to know one another thus increasing their opportunity to meet Jewish students. It creates a positive community experience for students who look forward to it on a weekly basis.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have been very active on the college campuses in Pittsburgh, bringing in interesting speakers and being a positive advocate for Israel on campus. It is a really special organization and one in which the limelight should shine. Rena Becker

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a mother of two college kids Friday dinner and services became a great source of socialization with peers. As a director of a HUD senior housing Hillel volunteers are part of helping us keep the Jewish tradition for our Jewish frail seniors and from time to time we take advantage of a volunteer helping with our IT needs.

9

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I remember being totally turned off by the Hillel organization when I went to school in Florida. For that reason I was totally amazed by what I saw in Pittsburgh. The amount of programing, the Friday night dinners with hundreds of students and services for all denominations, the interaction between staff and students. All these made me realize what had been so lacking in my own experience many years ago.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a teacher at Hillel JUC numerous times. Each time I am there, I am so very impressed with the level of learning that goes on among the students. In session after session, it is plain that Hillel JUC has stimulated a strong affiliation to and enthusiasm for Judaism on campus. Their wonderful building is a focal point for Jewish campus life, and a magnet for building community among a large number of young Jewish adults.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm from out of town but each time I visited, the HIllel was buzzing - students every where - involved, active, interested, committed - and happy to be there. Can't help being impressed that these young students have such an inviting place to "hang" - one that encourages their Jewish Identity and culture.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Jewish University Center (Hillel) and J'Burgh have excellent reputations in the Pittsburgh community for engaging large number of young Jews in a meaningful way. Two of their programs which are particularly well-known to the community at large are outstanding: In one program, students are matched up with local families. This has the dual benefit of connecting students to local families, as their own families are far away, and giving them the opportunity to engage in Jewish activities they might not otherwise experience. To my knowledge, this is the first program of its type in the country. Although it was just recently instituted, there is an exceptional number of college students paired up. The people I have spoken to who participate in this program have all given its positive reviews. In addition, the Friday night Sabbath dinner draws an extraordinarily high number of Hillel members and meets its goal of creating a college and 20-something community, while engaging the participants in meaningful Jewish activity. Both of these programs consistently get excellent feedback from the people involved. These programs are two of the biggest reasons I am a supporter of this organization.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

For my freshman year of college, I attended a small liberal arts school in central Pennsylvania. I was very disappointed in the Jewish life there and I decided to transfer out of the school. I looked at and toured a few other college, but none seemed to have a strong Jewish community that connected with both the students and the local community. When I stepped into the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh, I was overwhlemed with all of its offerings. It's a huge 3-floor building with an activity longue, an Israeli-style coffee house, a library and an all-purpose room. There's an entire staff dedicated to student and community involvement/opportunities. I was also impressed with the Shabbat Dinners. On average they had about 200 people; at my small college, I was used to 20 people at Shabbat Dinner. Since my time at Pitt, I have made many wonderful friends, joined many clubs (some Jewish based, some Israel based) and I have connected with the local Jewish communities on many frontiers. All of that was possible because of Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for 10 years now in various capacities, and it has proved to be rewarding in each of those capacities. Whether it was introducing me to a new campus, helping with my job search, or getting me to meet new Jewish people in our community, the Hillel-JUC has always done an incredible job of welcoming me and my peers.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been active at Hillel Jewish University Center in Pgh for many years. The programs for the students are exciting and thought provoking. There is always something going on to keep the students informed and connected to Jewish life on campus and the Pittsburgh community. My husband and I have hosted many Shabbat dinners at Hillel and are involved in fundraising and "Campus Superstar"

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to the Hillel as a curious freshman just looking for a place to make new friends, have fun, and to serve as an outlet for my passions in college. I wasn't sure if Judaism was really important to me, but I'd been involved with NFTY in high school, so it seemed like a good place to start. From Hillel, I learned the incredible value of connecting with other Jews on campus. My Hillel friends - now my best friends at Pitt - are role models to me. And they're interested in the same things I am: social justice, spirituality, and fun. At a confusing age, I found my own identity in the Hillel community. In a world where money is needed to put food in hungry mouths and bring about political change, that may seem like a luxury. But Hillel's programming taught me (and others) how to do those other things, and why we should. Social action programs like Cram Jam showed me effective fundraising techniques like raffles, prizes, and donation-friendly events. Friday night dinners and services make me stop and think about how lucky I am, and how I can share my fortune with others. Educational programs like Rabbi Schiff's discussion group on sex stimulate my thinking. Hillel molds the future Jewish leaders of America, and the world.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the past few years while visiting friends and family I have seen Hillel grow to be not only a social focal point, but also a Jewish voice on campus and for the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. It is though Organizations such Hillel JUC that the Jewish community of the future depends.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is the most dynamic organization I have ever been associated with. I am continually inspired by the students, whose reports are so enthusiastic, and by the creativity of the staff, who convert every challenge into an opportunity. All that's missing is more money.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have just joined the board and am so impressed with the fantastic environment at Hillel-JUC. What a wonderful home away from home for students. I have also joined Hillel's excellent program Family Ties, which is a great way for students to connect with the Jewish community.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just came back from visiting our freshman son at University of Pittsurgh. For the past two months I have been bugging him to go check out the Hillel, but of course he did not go. On Sunday this past weekend they had a wonderful brunch which we all went to, and my son had a great time. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, and the place is very warm, comfortable, and inviting. My son met some kids there that he already knew, and was impressed with the facility. I think he needed a push to go, but now he says he plans to go back on his own. He could go to Friday night Shabbat dinner, services, social events, or just to hang out and meet other Jewish kids. That brunch was a great idea!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Hi, I am a Jewish Pittsburgh resident. I have lived here most of my life and love the city we have. I have been involved with our local JUC in several capacities, but this time... My family and I have volunteered for a program called "Family Ties"...A new idea of connecting jewish students from out of the area with local families in the area. The connection is meant to be on any level that works. We have hosted our student once in our home and once in our neighborhood. Unfortunately,.. just last week, she was unexpectantly hospitalized. We were her contact family... We were able to let her parents who know that she was fine and in good hands. Somewhat of a weird introduction between the two families, but I look forward to meeting her parents one on one in the near future. Great idea for a new program....

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an interested community member and university faculty member, I have attended several JBurgh events just to see what it is all about. I must say that I was most impressed with the enthusiasm and the attendance. They have attracted university types who no doubt would have no other opportunity to get together and would not take advantage of anything like this unless it was all organized for them. There is simply no other Jewish game in town for these young people. JBurgh has created a "buzz" on campus that is just great. The targeting of these young people is so essential and I am just thrilled that Pittsburgh has gotten JBurgh up and running to attract and appeal to this most important age cohort.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 1

stop spamming. get callie1975@gmail.com off of your list. NOW. I've unsubscribed and still got emails. I never asked to be on it in the first place and would like to know how my email ever did get on the list.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the parent of a University of Pittsburgh freshman, and I attended a brunch at JUC Hillel during Family Weekend. It was such a nice event. The Board members were so friendly to my husband and I and my daughter. I am amazed at the commitment these Pittsburgh residence have to Hillel. Not only were they preparing omletes for everyone that morning, but they let us know that their commitment extends to helping young Jewish adults with all aspects of life in Pittsburgh. They said they are there to help with career advice and finding interships for the students. My daughter was given some of the Board members cards to call if she ever needs anything. She has already enjoyed meeting the family she was matched with in the Family Ties Program. We have another student at a different college, and there is nothing like this sense of community there. The commitment at JUC of Pittsbugh is amazing.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Outstanding outreach for Jewish students. Parents are reassurred that their children have a "Jewish" home when they are away at college. Students find a place where they can be around others like themselves. Friday night dinners are a spectacular hit, especially for first year students.

2

Former staff

Rating: 5

The Hillel JUC has proven over a number of years that creating meaningful relationships with students from a variety of backgrounds makes a real difference to their lives. The significant difference that the Hillel JUC makes to students is in no small part due to the care and respect that is shown to every student that comes into the building. Each student matters to the staff and leadership of the JUC. At a time when a perceived sense of student apathy is rife, the values of inclusivity and social justice set the Hillel JUC apart as a beacon of excellence and hope.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a parent of a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, my husband and I have been very happy with the support Hillel offers our son. They have a welcoming Shabbat dinner on Friday nights. This year he is participating in their Host Family program. He preferred celebrating the High Holidays with a family instead of with a group of students and they matched him with a warm family who have subsequently invited him to Shabbat dinner in their home. We are so happy that our son has an "instant community" his first time living away from home.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that has helped us bridge the gap of our daughter going to college 2000 miles away this fall. Helped us plan a long distance celebration for her birthday. We have signed up for the "chicken soup" service if she needs it. Great opportunity for her to meet other kids in a relaxed setting. We are very grateful for the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

this is very warm and inviting group. My son is a pitt student and has found a real home at Hillel, especially with social events.