Welcome to Beth Israel Center
Beth Israel Center is a family oriented Conservative Congregation serving the South Hills/Mon Valley area of Pittsburgh. We have been serving this region for almost 50 years and are continually pleased to welcome new community members. In June of 2009 we will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary.
We are unique in several ways:
While we are a Conservative Congregation, we have many individuals with backgrounds from all sides of the spectrum who find themselves comfortable as active members. What brings us together is that Beth Israel has always been considered an extended family by many of our members. We are proud that our congregation includes second and third generation families.
Active participants in our traditional High Holiday Services include graduates of our Religious School who return to spend the holidays with their parents and friends. This intergenerational mix both enhances the service and reaffirms our feelings of being a part of the congregational family.
We are located on Gill Hall Road between Pleasant Hills and Jefferson Boro. We provide religious and educational services one would expect from a large congregation, yet are small enough to encourage active participation and social interaction by all of our members. The dues structure is minimal and affordable to all.
We are fortunate to have Rabbi Amy Greenbaum as our Rabbi, and Dr. Perry Haalman as our Religious School Director.
Rabbi Amy Greenbaum
Rabbi Greenbaum is a dynamic people oriented person who instills ritual and spiritual meaning and quality to our lives. She is especially effective interfacing with individual congregants to meet their special needs, which have included counseling, baby namings, weddings, and life cycle Events.
She received her BA in Sociology, Cum Laude, at Brandeis University and spent a year studying in Israel. She and her husband were the first married couple ordained together at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh she served as Rabbi of congregations in Augusta and Columbus GA.
She teaches at the Agency for Jewish learning and is active in the Pittsburgh community. Rabbi Greenbaum is married to Rabbi Alex Greenbaum. They have three sons and one daughter.
The Religious School offers classes from kindergarten through post Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The curriculum includes the basics in Hebrew, prayer, Jewish history, cultural heritage, current events, rituals and ceremonies. Our students typically perform the entire service for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah and are encouraged to continue with their studies through Confirmation.
Dr. Perry Haalman - Religious School Director
Dr. Haalman has had a presence at Beth Israel for almost its entire existence. His father Mordecai was our first teacher. Dr. Haalman's long association is due to his qualifications, his motivation, and to our mutual respect.
The congregation as a whole enjoys participating in many annual school activities, which include Student Prepared Family Dinners, the Purim Carnival, the Model Seder, and Educational Trips to locations such as the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C and the Jewish community in Toronto Canada and historical sites in Philadelphia..
Dr. Haalman received a BS in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS in Reproductive Physiology from Duquesne University and a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. His experience includes being Department Chairman, Academic Advisor, and Professor at Community College of Allegheny County.