Meet Our Rabbis

Rabbi Alex Greenbaum

Rabbi

Alex Greenbaum is the rabbi of Beth El Congregation of the South Hills, Pittsburgh, PA, with congregational experience from Augusta, GA, Staten Island, NY, and Alpena, MI.  Ordained (in 1997) by the Jewish Theological Seminary, N.Y., he holds a M.H.L. (1993) from the University of Judaism, L.A., and a B.A. (1991) in Political Science-Pre-Law from Michigan State University, E. Lansing.  Originally from Detroit, MI, Rabbi Greenbaum is married to Rabbi Amy Schomer Greenbaum, rabbi of Beth Israel Center of Pleasant Hills and Beth El’s religious school director (they were the first rabbinic couple in its 100-year history to graduate from J.T.S.).  Together, with their three boys and one girl, ages 18, 16, 14, and 9, they have lived in Pittsburgh since 2002.

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Rabbi Amy Greenbaum

Associate Rabbi / Director of Education

Rabbi Amy is passionate about Judaism and loves Beth El. She and her partner in life and work, Rabbi Alex, moved to Pittsburgh to be with Beth El in 2002. Together they have four children all present or past products of Beth El religious school. Rabbi Amy graduated from Brandeis University and received her Masters at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. She was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 1997. In addition to serving as the educational director at Beth El, Rabbi Amy serves as the spiritual leader of Beth Israel Center in Pleasant Hills.

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“Not a man of words”: Thankful

Yesterday Martin was called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah. Our hearts are full. Today I am reflecting on the lines from Exodus that inspired the title of this blog: Moses said to the Lord, “I beseech You, O Lord. I am not a man of words, neither from yesterday, nor from the time You…

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“Not a man of words”: Almost Ready

Martin’s Bar Mitzvah day is almost here. After months of weekly practice sessions and years of planning and going back to the drawing board and planning some more, we are just about ready to achieve a goal we once thought we wouldn’t even try to achieve.  It’s hard now to remember the days when Martin…

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Accessibility at Beth El 2016

Funny how there are issues which you think are someone else’s problem. Until one day it becomes yours as well. I’ve been aware of some of some of the accessibility problems in our building.  A few months ago, I even recommended an accessibility expert, who came out to do an assessment of our facility.  But…

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