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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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have been to a few events with J'Burgh, and have enjoyed them all. I like how relaxed the environment can be at programs. Everyone is very friendly, and often hang out on their own or after events, such as after art shows or sports events. It is a great crowd of people.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed all of the events that I attended. I had a good time being part of the kickball team.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am not involved in the daily activities as I am too old!!! I am involved in the Jewish University Center - Hillel.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended movie nights and play on J'Burgh sports teams. Poker nights are fun, too. J'Burgh is a really cool organization. I'm glad my mom forced me to check it out. Good job, mom. J'Burgh is great!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being new to Pittsburgh last year, J'Burgh allowed me to get involved and meet people right away. The people are great and the various religious backgrounds allow you find something that fits for you. I like the Shabbat dinners best.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

J’Burgh has provided my daughter with wonderful opportunities in the Jewish community. I have seen her leadership abilities and overall confidence increase due to the benefits of this organization.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Going to friday night dinner and services and various other events. It was very fun and I met a lot of people.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of J'Burgh for quite a while now, and I love being a part of such a wonderful group of people! David Katz is to be commended on organizing this ever-increasing group of Jewish professionals into trips, events, and holiday celebrations. I consider myself lucky to have gotten involved with J'Burgh when I first moved to Pittsburgh, because I was able to make friends much faster. In fact, some of my closest friends today are people I met through J'Burgh. The programs offered are always interesting and diverse; the events range from movies and plays to museums and lectures. J'Burgh truly is a great organization.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The J'Burgh model is so unique. It targets an audience between college and married w/ children that is often overlooked. It has also made a strong connection between grad students in Pittsburgh and other young otherwise unaffiliated Jews. Its success should be duplicated in other cities!

6

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

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.

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

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.

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.

7

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.

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.