It’s not often that you meet a 100 year old. Most organizations and people have an expiration date far earlier than the century mark. Not Beth El Congregation--we are proud to be celebrating our centennial year!
Tucked away in a remote corner between Mt. Lebanon and Scott Township, Beth El is spiritually led by husband-wife duo Rabbis Alex and Amy Greenbaum. Over the course of the next year, we will be celebrating our centennial through a series of events, recognitions and fundraisers.
Beth El is pleased and excited to be offering our new updated Directory of the Century as part of our Centennial celebration. Every member will be getting a new directory to be released at The Party of the Century. This is an exciting opportunity to advertise your business or to send celebratory messages in a variety of ad sizes.
In honor of our Centennial celebration, a new Centennial Garden with a beautiful courtyard will be created with personalized engraved bricks. The Centennial Garden will be set in the area to the right of our High Holiday entrance.
Your commitment to dedicate a brick in our Centennial Garden will be a permanent and visible reminder of your family. With these bricks, you can celebrate milestones with your personal dedications in honor or memory of family or friends, of celebrations and life cycle events. These bricks will be reserved in our new Centennial Garden and will help beautify and support Beth El while honoring those in your life.
An article about Beth El’s Centennial was recently featured in the Almanac. Read it HERE
Beth El History
Beth El Congregation began 100 years ago with the vision of an extraordinary woman–Rebecca Ruderman. A member of the growing Jewish community of Beechview, Rebecca recognized the need for a local Hebrew school for the children. She braved the hilly, unpaved streets, literally knocking on doors in search of Jewish families. She organized other Jewish mothers to form The Jewish Women’s Club of Beechview, a group whose mission was to develop a formal Hebrew curriculum, recruit students, and find a home for the new Hebrew School.
The men of the community began gathering for services in the same rooms used for schooling, and before long they met formally to charter an Orthodox synagogue: Beechview Hebrew Congregation Beth El. By 1920, the congregation had purchased its first lot at 1910 Broadway in Beechview. [Read more]
As part of Beth El’s Centennial celebration, we are creating a special book, “The People of Beth El – 100 Years Young,” and we need your help! We are collecting stories and pictures from our member families to create a Member Recollection chapter. Whether you’re a new member or a 50+ year member, we would love to include your memories in this once in a century project! Find out more HERE
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