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History


The Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh

Founded in 1950, The Hillel Jewish University Center is the center of Jewish Life for students from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh and other area colleges and universities, serving an estimated 5,000 young adults. For a diverse market of students from various backgrounds and interests, the Hillel JUC provides a nurturing environment where students can both explore and participate in the vibrant world of Jewish life on campus.

The Hillel JUC is located in the spacious 12,500 square foot Joseph Stern Building that opened in 2001. With an active physical presence came a renewal of Jewish campus life and an enhanced vibrancy that had not existed in recent memory. Earlier decades saw dozens of involved students, whereas now, literally hundreds of students pass through our doors regularly each week.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. In pursuit of this mission, Hillel is committed to:

  • Creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment.
  • Fostering student growth and a balance between being "distinctively" Jewish and "universally" human.
  • Tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning.
  • Israel and global Jewish people hood.
  • Excellence, innovation, accountability and results

Based on the premise that college life involves much more than attending classes, the Hillel JUC provides the environment and tools that empower students to help shape their future as Jewish young adults. Our student-designed and student-led programs challenge them to learn and grow, choosing from an array of religious, cultural, political and social options based on individual interests.

By engaging and empowering students to help create their own center for Jewish life on campus, the Hillel JUC serves as a training ground for future Jewish leaders and committed members of the community. We provide leadership training workshops that assist students in developing and sharpening their leadership skills.

Together with our excellent board of governors, student leaders, parents, alumni and the wider Pittsburgh Jewish community, the Hillel JUC strives to inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life.