The Hillel JUC has made a tremendous difference in the lives of Jewish students on campus in Pittsburgh. I helped to start an organization in the late 90's called Shalom Pittsburgh, which was dedicated to attracting and maintaining the young adult Jewish population in Pittsburgh. But addressing our college and graduate students was more than we could handle. Aaron Weil changed that with his dynamic, visionary leadership and constant to attention to the needs of the students, not the organization. As a result, the Hillel JUC has grown to serve a much wider population than anyone could have imagined. Well done!
AS A BOARD MEMBER OF HILLEL JUC OF PITTSBURGH I FIND IT VERY REWARDING TO SEE THE GROWTH OF THIS ORGANIZATION IN THE PAST 6 YEARS SINCE OUR EXEC DIRECTO AARON WEIL TOOK OVER THE REINS. IT IS GREAT TO SEE ALL THE COLLEGE STUDENTS FROM 3 UNIVERSITIES ATTEND TO ENHANCE THEIR JEWISH WAY OF LIVING, OUR J BURGH WHERE WE HAVE I WONDERFUL LEADER IN DAVID KATZ BRING OUR 23-29 YEAR OLD TO GETHER FOR THEIR JEWISH EXPERIENCE.
I AM A BOARD MEMBER OF THE PITTSBURGH JUC HILLEL AND HAVE BEEN FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS AND HAVE SEEN ITS GROWTH IN THIS TIME TO ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AGENCIES IN PITTSBURGH. AND NOW THAT WE HAVE ADDED J'BURGH TO OUR AGENDA IT HAS PROVEN TO BE MUCH BETTER. I WAS A MEMBER OF THIS SAME BOARD 30 YEARS AGO AND THE DIFFERENCE IS DAY AND NIGHT. YEARS AGO COLLEGE STUDENTS DID NOT WANT TO ATTEND HILLEL. BUT NOW WITH THEIR PROGRAMING AND THE ENTHUSIASIM THE BULIDING IS BEING USED. J'BURGH HAS BEEN FANTASTIC FOR COLLEGE GRADS AND YOUNG JEWISH POFESSIONALS IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA. THERE ARE 2500 JEWISH ADULTS IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA AND WEHAVE ABOUT 900 INVOLVED WITH J'BURGH. THIS HAS BEEN DONE THRU HARD WORK OF OUR HILLEL DIRECTOR, AARON WEIL AND J'BURGH DIRECTOR DAVID KATZ. ALSO THE OFFICERS AND BOARD OF JUC HILLEL ARE TO BE COMMENDED FOR WORKING SO HARD TO MAKE SURE OUR MISSION IS FULFILLED.
This is my second experience as a board member. As a professor at a Catholic university in Pittsburgh, the draw to the JUC is compelling both personally and professionally. Given the demographics of my university, there are a surprising number of Jewish students at both the UG and Grad levels. It is important to help connect these students - whether they are native Pittsburgh-ers or by choice, to the thriving Jewish community.
A great, welcoming organization that came so far in my 4 years as a board member and Hillel organizer. It really provides something for everyone -- whether your interests are social justice, sports, Israel, volunteering, or just about anything else, it's really possible to find your niche and grow as a Jewish individual.
Hillel JUC has been providing a Jewish community for Jewish college students for over 50 years. I have been on the board for 15 years and have seen seen our community grow dramatically through the help of great staff, a brand new building, and most importantly through the leadership of our students.
I have been involved with this organization for 10 years now in various capacities, and it has proved to be rewarding in each of those capacities. Whether it was introducing me to a new campus, helping with my job search, or getting me to meet new Jewish people in our community, the Hillel-JUC has always done an incredible job of welcoming me and my peers.
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.
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.
First of all I must tell you that my parents met at Hillel and have been married for 56 years! Hillel was not really avaliable to me at Chatham 31 years ago! Last year I was asked to be on the board and finally it clicked for me (with a senior in highschool)that if a college age kid is exposed to Hillel when they are away from home forming their own jewish idenity the more likely they will be to get involve in their own jewish community( or stay in Pittsburgh because of Hillel and a job of course) and marry someone jewish and raise their children jewish! Great organization!
When I first came to the University of Pittsburgh, my sister tried to get me involved with the Hillel JUC. My first experience at one of their events was a Shabbat dinner that she brought me to. I met a bunch of her friends at Hillel, and she introduced me to the staff there. The dinner seemed very nice, but after this experience, I admit that I was reluctant to be involved with Hillel. I thought that I would have too much work to concentrate on, and I also had a group of friends already, which I thought would occupy most of my free time. However, I continued to attend a few more events along with my sister, and quickly but surely, I realized how wrong my expectations were. I started attending more and more events offered that related to sports activities. One of the things that suprised me about Hillel was the vast variety of events and activities that they offered throughout the year. Towards the end of my first semester, I hadn't attended a ton of Hillel events, but I also realized that I had not volunteered in any way, which is something I try to do as often as I can. Because of this, I decided to come back to school after our winter break and try to become more involved with the social action committee. I met with the chair of the committee during the first week of the new semester and started attending their meetings. In this committee, I found a great group of people who had very genuine qualities about them and were fun to hang out with. The more events I started going to, the more I found how much I enjoyed being a part of Hillel, and I quickly began to make an entire new group of friends. Surely enough, I started playing a more crucial role in helping to plan events, and the Hillel JUC became an important part of my life at school. I am now the social action chair of the student board, and I do something related to Hillel at least once or twice a week. Some of the people I have met in the orginization have become some of my best friends here at school, including my girlfriend. One of the greatest lessons I have learned in life is that the best things happen to you when you are least expecting them to. This feeling could not be more true about my experience with the Hillel JUC.