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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

J'Burgh helped welcome me to Pittsburgh and I'm super grateful to them for making the transition enjoyable and friend-filled. Thanks to J'Burgh, I've met interesting people I otherwise wouldn't have met, and attended far more Jewish events than usual. I feel like I've rediscovered my Jewish roots.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

J'Burgh is an amazing organization that has done wonders for me as young Jewish professional in Pittsburgh. The organization has tons of events and truly cares about the Jewish community and Jewish learnings. I could not be happier.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have time after time been disappointed by Jewish organizations that do not know what to do with 20-somethings. There is a large gap in the Jewish world between college students and adults looking to involve their small children in Judaism, and J'Burgh serves to fill that gap. This organization has introduced me to other people who are at similar places in their lives and allowed me to have a Jewish outlet to socialize and worship.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

J'Burgh has provided me with some great experiences in a variety of ways. My family is all from Philadelphia, so making it home for the High Holidays is difficult. J'Burgh was able to help me find a place to go and they held an excelent break fast as well. On top of that, J'Burgh provides a wide variety of social and service activities that are always a lot of fun

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Client Served

Rating: 5

J'Burgh provides a unique social and Jewish experience for young professionals and graduate students in Pittsburgh. J'Burgh fills a need for the Jewish community as well as the city of Pittsburgh. I have enjoyed playing on the sports teams and a lot of the other programming. I have met a lot of great people through this organization that I would not have otherwise met.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have found this organization to be wonderful! The staff is attentive to member needs, especially when partnering with other Jewish organizations in the community. Moreover, the programming has proven to be fun, interesting, and a pleasure to be a part of. From religious events on Friday nights and the High Holidays to Pittsburgh Pirates games, movie nights, and museum outings J'Burgh is a great asset to the Pittsburgh Jewish Community and a model for Non-Profit and Charities in general.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

amazing organization! provides a variety of social, educational, and spiritual activities to the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. softball, kickball, jewish learning, weekend activities and much much more!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hillel JUC was a vital, influential lifeline both during my college career and after. J'Burgh was a fantastically run program; an essential player in my life as a transitioned from college to post-grad. The director was key in creating a cultural and social atmosphere, filling the program with engaging activities. From the bowling team to outings in Pittsburgh, J'Burgh truly created an adult social group, fulfilling my intellectual, spiritual and social needs

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated with J'Burgh on various sports teams. In addition, I have used J'Burgh to connect with the Jewish community and engage my Judaism. Last week, I joined together with about 40 other grad students and young professionals to go to Yom Kippur services and then a breakfast. It's nice to have a family here.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

J'Burgh is a much needed and innovative program. It provides a Jewish social scene to young professionals and grad students in their 20's. Having participated in similar programs in other cities, I've come to realize that J'Burgh is special because it really has created a community, while most other programs for Jewish young professionals serve more exclusively as "meet markets" for singles and eventually become dominated by the 35-45 age group.

7

Client Served

Rating: 4

J'Burgh has been a great way for me to get in touch with young professionals in Pittsburgh. I'm very glad I've found the organization - I've used it to attend dance performances, holiday events, movies, etc. I'm always impressed by how many people turn out and the quality events. Thank you very much!

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Pitthilleldude 10/06/2009

J'burgh is at the crest of the wave of "next generation" Jewish organizations that are creating virtual communities for twenty-somethings. While the programs are currently modeled for Pittsburghers, there is every reason to believe that this model could be replicated across the country. One thing is for sure...if one wants to get a glimpse of what the American Jewish community may look like in 15-20 years, J'burgh is the place to take a sneak peak. Many of today's trends will become tomorrow's institutions.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

It is a very nice way to meet people. There are nice activities and nice events. It is a nice Jewish group.