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.
Lauren Glazin (Director of J’Burgh) Lauren is originally from London, England and is moving to Pittsburgh after falling in love with the city throughout her 3 summers at Emma Kaufmann Camp. She graduated from the Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in Media and Popular Culture. She was heavily involved in the London Jewish community, advocating for Israel and putting on sell-out events on behalf of a major Jewish charity. She lives in Shady Side and is happy to host weekly lessons on how to have the perfect British accent! Lauren left a job in London’s financial district to join J’Burgh and can’t wait to call the 412 home!
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.”