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J'Burgh

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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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

J'Burgh provides high quality programming to an audience who doesn't like their time wasted. J'Burgh's success comes from careful planning and investment in strong volunteer leadership. J'Burgh is having a clear impact on strengthening and securing Pittsburgh's Jewish community by helping young adults plant firm Jewish roots.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Was a great experience working with JBurgh....its a great organization that does great things for the community and their memebers

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Though I haven't personally been involved (and am not Jewish), I've watched as J'Burgh became a major part of my friend's life. This is a great organization, and all the more impressive for how recently it was created.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

J'Burgh has lots of great programs for little/no money, awesome people and good networking opportunities for young professionals in the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. Great for yinzers and out of towners alike!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

J'Burgh has done a great job programming fun and exciting activities for grad students and young adults. The programs are fresh and innovative. J'Burgh has really helped to improve the Jewish young professional scene in Pittsburgh.

4

Client Served

Rating: 1

Stop spamming me. If I didn't want to review the organization the first ten times I got an email then I wouldn't be leaving a bad review now. Give it a rest. This survey doesn't mean a darned thing.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

J'Burgh organizes fantastic social gatherings and shabbat and holiday programs. Their events are a great place to meet and socialize with graduate students and young professionals in the Pittsburgh ares. The environment is always warm and welcoming.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work in the Young Adult Division of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and we partner with J'Burgh fairly frequently on programs since the age ranges we serve often overlap. It's always a pleasure working with J'Burgh. They do a fantastic job coming up with hip, interesting programming, which is key when you're working with college students and young adults. Kudos to J'Burgh, and keep up the good work!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Although I have moved out of the Pittsburgh area, I have many friends who are still living there and very active in J'Burgh. Each of them speak very highly of the program and it appears to really add to their experience in the city. I am glad that it is there to support this age group and wish there was a similar program in the area I now live in.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

J'Burgh is a great organization. It has provided me with many opportunities to get involved with other Jewish young adults in a variety of programs and activities. There is no pressure to be more religious, with events ranging from sports teams, cultural shows, and cooking lessons. For those interested, holidays are celebrated in such way that interests my age group, such as a Megillah reading at a bar. As a graduate student, when I can't get home for the holidays, I know with J'Burgh, I can attend services and have a festive meal. With the wide variety of opportunities, there is truly something for everyone. It has created a close community in Pittsburgh for Jewish young adults!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An outstanding innovative program that is reaching a historically neglected population. The programming is varied so that there is something there for everyone. Well done.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a new member of the Hillel JUC Board I have been inspired by the impact of J'Burgh on the young-adult population so critical to the future of the Jewish community. J'Burgh is a creative program tailored to the unique needs and expectations of young adults as they make critical decisions regarding community and affiliation. It is a protoptype that should be used in many other demographic populations.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

J'Burgh is a great asset to the Pittsburgh community. The leadership of David Katz is outstanding. They participate in other community programs as a team.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Although I moved from Pittsburgh shortly after I became aware of J'Burgh, the organization has had a profound impact on my feeling part of the greater American Jewish community. There is no better opportunity for Jewish adults to celebrate their unique and evolving culture, and I hope that a similar organization forms in the Denver area soon! I think that J'Burgh is a terrific outlet for the great potential that Pittsburgh's Jewish young adults exhibit to make a positive impact, and I am honored to have been involved with them, even if for a short time.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

David Katz does a great job of getting as many people as possible involved and at the same time organizing a huge range of events.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Was Awesome. Met a lot of nice people. Had a great time. Was a great experience and I will continue to participate in their programs.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had an amazing experience being involved in J'Burgh for the past year+. I am mostly involved in the sports activities J'Burgh participates in. Win or lose its great to get together with young jewish adults like myself. I think David Kats is doing a fabulous job with J'Burgh. From shabbat dinners to kickball on mondays there are so many activities for a variety of people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

J'Burgh is meaningful but fun, well-run and seems to be very much "on the grow" -- the organizations offers a wide range of spiritual, cultural, political and intellectual activities, and is becoming more and more important to the young Jewish social scene of Pittsburgh! Please consider rewarding this up-and-coming organization with the recognition it deserves -- positive public relations can only serve to enhance the parts of its mission that are already going strong.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

J'Burgh does a great job reaching out to the Jewish graduate and young professionals in the Pittsburgh area. They provide great community oreinted events for people new to the area and those who are here for a predetermined amount of time for study and fellowships. The organization is very inclusive and welcoming and open to new ideas that make all feel wanted and comfortable. There are many opportunities provided by J'Burgh to participate in cultural events and lecture series in the Pittsburgh area. Also there are a number of events for professional and social networking that provide particapants with a way to create important bonds and connections in Pittsburgh.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.