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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

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

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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

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

J'burgh is really great. When I moved here from Cincinnati for grad school I didn't know that there was a place for me to hang out and interact with other Jewish young adults my age. I've met dozens of new friends through J'burgh and David Katz, the director, really made me feel comfortable in the community. I attend as many events as I can...the Jewish Law Students group has had a bunch of great events and the sports events and high holidays were very fun and intimate.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fun, friendly and original. J'Burgh is a must-have in Pittsburgh! They had a nice Soukkot party and the organization is good.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I enjoy all the activities, networking, and social interactions at J'Burgh. I found the staff to be very welcoming and i would recommend it to my friends. This organization helps form relationships between young Jewish professionals

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I moved to Pittsburgh last year and did not know a single soul. After I joined J'Burgh, my social circle expanded instantly. The organizer, David Katz, is extremely friendly, mindful and innovative, constantly integrating new ideas and new people into all sorts of events: movies, shows, sports, recreational activities, dinners, etc. The connections and friendships that I have made are sustaining and so wonderful. It has also really made me feel welcome and comfortable in finding a place in the Jewish communities of Pittsburgh. Truly a life-saving program and awesome time!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

J'Burgh is awesome. The organized events range from Shabbat dinners to concerts to sports events. The events are lots of fun, and people are very friendly. David, the organizer, has been doing a great job, since the very beginning. Thanks J'Burgh!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

J'Burgh is a GREAT non-profit in Pittsburgh. It has connected my family with the larger Pittsburgh Jewish community in unique ways that are important to us since we live in Westmoreland County.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My J'Burgh experience has so far been relatively limited but I have been struck at how mature the organization is considering its youth. The group is essentially run by a single capable person and is funded by Hillel and the Pittsburgh Jewish Community. David, the group's leader, does a great job at including graduate students from all of the universities' various programs. This is no small feat as Pittsburgh is fortunate to have two major research universities with extensive programs. The events are fun and welcoming as well as casual and professionally valuable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Allegheny County (home of Pittsburgh) is generally a horrific setting to meet people: everything is podular so people drink in their local bars verses meeting up at a central point, the population is predominantly middle-age or older, and most of the young people are transients who come for school and then bail. JBerg is one of the few organizations that manages to break this and attract young Jewish people form all parts of the county. The events, both secular and Jewish, have become are a great way to meet other post-college-yet-still-young Jewish people who live in the county..

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Client Served

Rating: 5

J'Burgh offers awesome social, cultural, and educational opportunities to people like me, a graduate / professional student without a lot of time and money to spare. I find myself doing things I haven't done much before, like celebrating Shavuot, going to Friday night services, and signing up for Jewish learning classes, because J'Burgh makes it fun and easy. Plus, as someone who lives pretty far away from family, I really value J'Burgh giving me somewhere to go and a group to celebrate with on the bigger holidays.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

J'burgh helps me to find new contacs and friends among jewish students. I am a new immigrant and had no family or friends when I came to Pittsburgh about a year ago. J'burgh offers different activites about every two weeks (sometimes more often e.g. during holidays). I try to attend most of them but sometimes cannot because I work late shifts...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a young adult, moving to a city where I had no friends or family was a daunting experience. Luckily, soon after arriving in Pittsburgh I found J'Burgh—and with J'Burgh, I found community. I love watching how activities such as Shabbat dinners, cultural events, and sports teams bring naches to everyone involved.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I just moved to town and have attended two events in the last week! I have met alot of new people from all over the city and have really enjoyed myself in the process. I intend to continue coming to J'Burgh hosted events.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a pleasure to work with David the J'Burgh director several times in the past year and I think that he and the organization are doing a great job keeping the Jewish student community tight and active. The cooperation with the CMU Israel on Campus student organization is very good and I hope it continues!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent organization well organized, very pleasant atmosphere. Love way of doing thing Would not miss it. I wish there was more activity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have just moved to Pittsburgh and Jburgh has provided me a great new home. They offer a plethora of activities from Friday night minyans and dinners to Softball and Kickball teams. It has been a great way to meet people in a new city. Even more so, as a young married couple, my wife and I often feel excluded from traditional, organized Jewish social, cultural, and religious life. However, Jburgh provides meaningful programs and a wonderful outlet for young-Jewish adults.