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Mission


The Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh

As the focal point for Jewish campus life for more than 5,000 Jewish University students 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.

The Hillel JUC sponsors a wide variety of programming that acknowledges that Jewish students have a diversity of interests. Pluralism is always at the core of what we do, where all Jewish students are welcomed and encouraged to participate, as they celebrate their own traditions and learn about those of other communities. Hillel JUC student leaders, professionals and lay leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. The Hillel JUC helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world), Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. The Hillel JUC is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability and results.

Vision

To inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel.

Why is Hillel’s Mission important to the Jewish community?

It is estimated that 90 percent of college-age Jews — approximately 400,000 individuals — attend some form of institution of higher education. This makes attending college or university the most universal experience our Jewish youth embrace, surpassing participation in Shabbat, celebrating Passover and Hannukah, life events that are usually considered the most common. The Jewish community believes that the college years offer a critical opportunity to provide Jewish content to young people before they disperse to the working world. Most of these young people know little of their Jewish heritage and thus Hillel provides Jewish content at a time when young people are searching for meaning in their lives and are in danger of assimilating into the community around them.

How is Hillel structured?

Any Jewish student may participate in Hillel — no membership is required. The Hillel JUC is an accredited affiliate of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, which proudly supports 251 affiliated Foundations, Program Centers and Jewish Student Organizations that serve students at 513 campuses throughout the United States and Canada. Hillel Foundations are also located in Israel, Latin America and the republics of the former Soviet Union. Hillel affiliates are found in Australia and the United Kingdom. Hillel’s Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center helps local Foundations like ours in the areas of institutional advancement, strategic planning, leadership development, fundraising, human resources, fiscal administration, student programming and communications. As the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, Hillel adds value — and Jewish values — to the lives of Jewish college students.