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.
David Katz has called Pittsburgh home since August of 2005. Prior to working at J’Burgh, David served as the youth director for Congregation Beth Shalom. An avid Ohio State Fan, and proud graduate of The Ohio State University, David would be more than happy to take you out for beer, coffee, a game of darts, or foosball and share with you how to become more involved in the greater Pittsburgh community!
Josh Glass has been in Pittsburgh since 2008. A recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh (Hail Pitt!), Josh was active in the Hillel JUC during his undergraduate career at Pitt and is excited about his opportunity to work as part of the J’Burgh team! Josh loves sports, music, eating, and hanging out, and cannot wait for the opportunity to meet with you and help you become a part of our community!
J’Burgh Strategic Plan
Our 2012-2013 strategic plan highlights our goals at recruiting and retaining young Jewish adults to the city of Pittsburgh. Learn about our metrics, the dynamics of the J’Burgh planning board and everything else J’Burgh.
In December of 2009 J’Burgh was awarded the greatnonprofits.org Jewish Choice Awards for best small nonprofit in the Northeast Region. Beating out other small nonprofits from D.C. to NYC, our Pittsburgh participants came out in droves to review the organization.
Article in Pop City – Pittsburgh’s premiere online magazine paid J’Burgh a visit, and sat down with Director David Katz for an in depth discussion on the affect our organization is having on the Western PA region. Check out this recent article in their For Good section.
“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 Katz 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.”
“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.”