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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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 4

provided great opportunities for me when I was a student at Carnegie Mellon. lots of spirit & a pleasant environment. great building!

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Where do I begin? The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh was literally a second home to me during my college years; I probably spent more time there than at my respective dorm or apartment in any given year. I served on the Social Justice committee as its head for two years as well as the Pitt student board, participated in the weekly activties, and interned for two years with Campus SuperStar. Not only did I make so many friends and become close with the staff, but I also became very well-connected with the LAY Board and the Pittsburgh Jewish Community. The amount of dedication by the staff and community is unmeasurable and has impacted so many Pittsburgh area students. From my experiences via Hillel, I grew a lot as a person and has served well for my professional life. In fact, I felt that my experience was so meaningful, I choose to work as the International Programs Coordinator at Hillel Uruguay from August 2008-August 2009 in order to help give other students a taste of what I was given during my time at the JUC. I was so lucky to have been given numerous opportunities throughout my 4 years with the JUC. I would be crushed if students now would not be able to access those same opportunities - please help Hillel JUC continue to make those experiences.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a student, Hillel has enhanced my college experience in ways that I cannot fully articulate. The feeling of community that comes along with an organization like Hillel is unique and extremely important for the lives of Jewish students at Pitt. Whenever I arrive at Hillel, I am greeted with warm smiles and friendly faces. I feel that I have returned home, to a place where I am understood and appreciated. Hillel is my home away from home.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hillel has always been very supportive of Jewish activities and events. Whether it is providing space or funding, they can always pull through to help you get an event together.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in Family Ties, which hooks teenagers with families. I was put with a really awesome family which allowed me to first of all have family dinners here at school, but second of all it actually become quite like a real family to me!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had experience with the Hillel JUC as a student and later as a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon. I particularly enjoyed attending the Shabbat services and dinners. It was absolutely fabulous what a welcoming experience it was there for all denominations and for young Jews from all over Pittsburgh. They instituted a speed babysitting evening to help connect local families with college students willing to assist them which is just a great idea and very helpful for both the local community and the students. The administration was outstanding and dedicated. It is in my opinion vitally important to have this kind of place available for both the Jewish students in Pittsburgh but also for our community. We need more organizations which can facilitate interaction and celebration of Jews of all backgrounds and ages in a central location and across all levels of observance. This is something that Hillel does exceptionally well. Their weekly social events, speakers, kosher food preparation parties, coffees and website all work together to promote a vigorous, lively, nurturing and exciting atmosphere. Their programming and social events are key elements in making this happen and I always found their events to be pleasant, rewarding insightful and joyous. This is an organization truly worthy of support.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh was my first Jewish experience when I came to college, and it continues to be one of my most important. It's where I've gone for nearly all the major holidays in the past four years and it's where I've gone for all of my shabbat dinners as well. The Hillel JUC is a great place for students to congregate due to their excellent programming and opportunities, and has helped me meet and get to know countless other Jewish students from the Pittsburgh area. I hope that it is able to serve many more people in the future.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being from Pittsburgh, Hillel JUC’ J'Burgh's programs have helped me reconnect with those I knew from my childhood but also meet new people in my age group as well. I have always been accustomed to a Friday night Shabbat experience (service, dinner, oneg, etc.) with those in my age group, whether it was through Hillel in college away from my hometown, USY or Camp Ramah. I have been able to continue that Friday night experience while participating in Hillel JUC’s J'Burgh's East End Minyan. In addition, as a board member of Congregation Beth Shalom, I have witnessed the efforts Hillel JUC’s undergraduate division and J’Burgh’s graduate division, which they have successfully conducted outreach and partnerships with its neighboring congregations, such as Congregation Beth Shalom in Squirrel Hill. For many years, they have coordinated their undergraduate and graduate students to attend Beth Shalom’s High Holiday and weekly Shabbat services as well as work in the synagogue’s Religious School, Pre School, USY and Kadima. Hillel JUC and J’Burgh have ensured their students who are accustomed to having a family-style (meal) atmosphere on the High Holidays made possible. Beth Shalom families have welcomed students into their houses with open arms. In return, Beth Shalom has generously helped sponsor and attended Hillel JUC’s Shabbat dinners and fundraisers over the years. Hillel JUC’s and Hillel JUC J’Burgh’s students have made a positive impact on Beth Shalom’s programming, services and schools, and positive interactions with the congregation’s membership.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For my freshman year of college, I attended a small liberal arts school in central Pennsylvania. I was very disappointed in the Jewish life there and I decided to transfer out of the school. I looked at and toured a few other college, but none seemed to have a strong Jewish community that connected with both the students and the local community. When I stepped into the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh, I was overwhlemed with all of its offerings. It's a huge 3-floor building with an activity longue, an Israeli-style coffee house, a library and an all-purpose room. There's an entire staff dedicated to student and community involvement/opportunities. I was also impressed with the Shabbat Dinners. On average they had about 200 people; at my small college, I was used to 20 people at Shabbat Dinner. Since my time at Pitt, I have made many wonderful friends, joined many clubs (some Jewish based, some Israel based) and I have connected with the local Jewish communities on many frontiers. All of that was possible because of Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh!

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!

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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.

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.

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that has helped us bridge the gap of our daughter going to college 2000 miles away this fall. Helped us plan a long distance celebration for her birthday. We have signed up for the "chicken soup" service if she needs it. Great opportunity for her to meet other kids in a relaxed setting. We are very grateful for the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

this is very warm and inviting group. My son is a pitt student and has found a real home at Hillel, especially with social events.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I go there almost every Friday night for services and/or dinner. It is great place to be. The students and the staff are extremely good and the food is very tasty.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I didn't start my involvement at the Hillel JUC until my second semester in pittsburgh, and boy do I regret it! This is simply the best and most active and welcoming Hillel I have ever known. I have attended many shabbat services and dinners where the Hillel JUC would play host to Hillel organizations from other states who wanted to organize/reorganize to be more like us. They are absolutely fantastic

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hillel provides a weekly Shabbat experience for my daughter. It has made it possible for her to connect with other Jewish college students from all over Pittsburgh. Through Hillel she has found out about other programs to participate in that reflect her interests in political science, Judiasm and community service. Through Hillel she learned about Taglit Birthright, and will hopefully be able to visit Israel with them next summer. They also connect Jewish students in Pittsburgh with families with whom they can share holidays and other meaningful experiences. It is a wonderful organization that fulfills vital needs in the Jewish student community.

5

Client Served

Rating: 4

Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh was one of the main reasons I decided to go to Carnegie Mellon University. The open, welcoming community Hillel JUC has created serves as a great source of Jewish life on many of Pittsburgh's campuses, bring together a diverse and active community.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was a student at Carnegie Mellon University, Hillel was always there to provide a place to go, religious services, and meals.