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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

J'Burgh is a great organization getting Jewish grads and recent grads together for tons of events from shabbat dinner to kickball. It empowers its members to plans events that want.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful programming provided by very passionate professionals. There was a group of participants who came to our synagogue for High Holiday services.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a recent graduate in the pittsburgh area J'Burgh has proven a great way to stay connected with the young Jewish community while moving away from the university setting.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a blast meeting young Jewish people in the Pittsburgh area! These are programs that are meaningful AND fun! J'Burgh is an outstanding program that I'm happy to have been a part of.

6

Client Served

Rating: 4

Great organization to meet friendly people with my age and interests. A variety of events- sports, movies, holiday gatherings with something for everyone. Very inviting.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Let's be honest...there were not many organizations in Pittsburgh which catered to young Jewish people. This is exactly what Pittsburgh needed. I have enjoyed myself more at J'Burgh events than all other local Jewish events in Pittsburgh combined. I am grateful for J'Burgh and excited for the next event.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This organization has great programming that is available to a wide array of interests. THe program has grown so much since under the leadership of David Katz

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization. Works hard to include everyone in the graduate/ young professional Jewish community in Pittsburgh and create a friendly environment.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

J'burgh has been incredibly supportive of Maimonides, the Jewish medical student organization at the University of Pittsburgh, throughout my time there. David Katz (who runs J'burgh) has reached out to us consistently and has helped us achieve more with the limited resources available to us. He has connected us to Jewish community leaders who have gone on to speak to the med student community, included the Maimonides students in J'burgh's annual High Holidays functions (including a delicious Break Fast meal), and helped us procure much-needed funding through various organizations in Pittsburgh. Maimonides would not be anywhere close to the organization it now is without J'burgh's proactive and enthusiastic approach! Ben Israel President, Maimonides MS-II University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great way to meet people in the area, especially if you are new. Lots of great activities and events.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Every J'Burgh program I have attended has been engaging, with a good mix of interesting people and a lot of fun. Keep it up!

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

While I was born in Pittsburgh, I have not lived here for a number of years, and recently returned for a job. I'm amazed at how open and friendly everyone is in J'Burgh. The organization continues to grow, which benefits all of the participants by extending their network of friends. I don't know of any other cities that place such value on their future leaders? J'Burgh is empowering their participants to take an active role in creating their Jewish environment and I commend this organization for doing that.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a college Senior who is looking to stay in Pittsburgh, I'm very excited about what J'Burgh has to offer. I know that immediately after leaving my Hillel Community, there will be an exciting group for me to participate in. We are lucky to have an organization in this city that allows young adults to celebrate their Judaism with their friends!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I moved to Pittsburgh from Cincinnati 1 year ago, and have been able to watch J'Burgh grow over the course of the past year. From BBQ's to hosting a Jew Eat? in my apartment, J'Burgh has helped me to build my personal Jewish community here in Pittsburgh!

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent program, a variety of activities, and very pleasant people to work with. My stay in this country (coming from Israel) is much bettered by the

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I joined J'Burgh a few weeks after I moved here from a different city. It was a wonderful way to be introduced to the Pittsburgh Jewish community, and everyone made me feel right at home. There are always fun things to do with the group from holiday celebrations and Shabbat dinners to parties and group outings to the theater and sporting events. Two of the highlights for me were seeing Topol in "Fiddler on the Roof" and Yitzchak Perlman in concert, but I enjoy every event I go to.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

I represent a local foundation that helps JUC with funds for its various programs. We were involved in the capital campaign and have continued our support and interest in the ongoing effort. A few of us have been on the board and are very well informed and knowledgeable about the program achievement. We also have two students in the program who have had good experiences.It truly has been reaching the older student while not missing a beat with the undergraduate.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

It's been great to experience a renewed focus on programming for Jewish post-undergraduates and professionals in Pittsburgh! The social and sporting events are a great way to interact with local Jews in what is otherwise a rather small community, where meeting Jews in our age bracket is not always so easy. In the past, the Pitt/CMU Hillel had not given much attention to anyone except undergraduate students; it promised a lot but never diverted enough resources. What is the point of trying to form a Jewish community if after you graduate the community ends? Finally now there is a full-time director for J'Burgh, and David Katz has shown that he is committed to doing an awesome job! Some things still lacking are better connections with the local Jewish community, more empowerment of others to volunteer to organize more events, and of course more funding for social events.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This has been a great group for me to make professional and social networking contacts. David does a great job.

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an essential program for many Jews throughout Pittsburgh. It has been a draw for many people who choose to attend graduate school here. I have always enjoyed interacting with the staff and students.