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Review for The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Jewish University Center (Hillel) and J'Burgh have excellent reputations in the Pittsburgh community for engaging large number of young Jews in a meaningful way. Two of their programs which are particularly well-known to the community at large are outstanding: In one program, students are matched up with local families. This has the dual benefit of connecting students to local families, as their own families are far away, and giving them the opportunity to engage in Jewish activities they might not otherwise experience. To my knowledge, this is the first program of its type in the country. Although it was just recently instituted, there is an exceptional number of college students paired up. The people I have spoken to who participate in this program have all given its positive reviews. In addition, the Friday night Sabbath dinner draws an extraordinarily high number of Hillel members and meets its goal of creating a college and 20-something community, while engaging the participants in meaningful Jewish activity. Both of these programs consistently get excellent feedback from the people involved. These programs are two of the biggest reasons I am a supporter of this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I personally know many of the families who are paired up with college student. I have been to programs in which these groupings were present and have seen the bonding goes on among them as well as the Jewish engagement.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

A few times a year they run an event called speed babysitting in order to match college students who are looking for work with families in the community who are looking for babysitters.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredibly professional and work hard to make the connection between the organization the Jewish community at large

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Send all of its students to Israel, which is statistically proven to increase the odds of Jewish continuity many fold

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  General Member of the Public & Donor.