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The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh

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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

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.