Welcome to Beth El

Welcome to Beth El Congregation, a Modern Conservative Jewish family located in heart of Pittsburgh’s South Hills.

After 100 years, Beth El is a thriving and open community, a family welcoming to all.   We are a Modern Conservative congregation that strives to provide value beyond the life cycle needs of our members in a manner consistent with our Conservative ideals. We are committed to providing an engaging Jewish education for all ages and abilities, as we continue to modernize to be more relevant to the lives of today’s congregants.

Beth El’s Spiegel Religious School prepares its students and their families to participate fully in Jewish life—at home, in the synagogue, and as part of the larger Jewish community.  Our creative and engaging learning environment is based on a dynamic evolving curriculum.  For the continuing education of our teens, we host the South Hills Jewish Community High School along with our friends at Temple Emanuel.

We have weekday morning and evening minyans in addition to Shabbat and holiday services. All services are participatory for those interested. We invite you to come and experience a Shabbat with us any Saturday morning.  Services start at 9:15 a.m. and our Torah Service usually kicks off at around 10:00 a.m.  Babysitting is available.

In addition to our cutting edge Spiegel Religious School we have multiple programs to engage our youth.  Under the guidance of our Youth Directors, B.E.S.T. Chaverim (3rd-5th grades), Kadima (6th-8th grades), and Ben Gurion United Synagogue Youth (BGUSY) provide camaraderie and fun, as well as positive, informal, and experiential Jewish content.

Almost every month of the year, we hold family activities that provide a great deal of fun and community spirit. These include monthly musical family Shabbat services and dinners, as well as other events around each holiday: a Family Seder on the second night of Passover, a Chanukah Party,  a Community Purim carnival, etc.  We have an active Sisterhood (including a Zahava group) and Men’s Club that enhance the congregation with their many social, educational, and fundraising activities.

Joining Beth El is joining a family that is growing, alive, active, and exciting. We have three beautiful sanctuaries, a social hall and Community Room, a full commercial kitchen, and an in-house catering capability to handle all of the needs of our Congregants.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please feel free to call the synagogue office at (412) 561-­1168 to speak with email hidden; JavaScript is required, Executive Director.


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Recent blog posts

Carol Golden: Happy Memories of a Beth El Picnic

We were new members at Beth El,  and we went to the family picnic early September. The first people we met were Ralph and Sheila Schmeltz. Ralph was President at the time, and we were introduced to all their four children. Two of them—Lowell and Dina—were the same age as our two kids Allison and…

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“Not a man of words”: YouTube with the Rabbi

Kids who are preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs typically schedule weekly meetings with the rabbi. During these half-hour sessions, the rabbi helps each student compose a D’var Torah (or sermon)—this may be a young person’s first experience closely interpreting a biblical text and discussing it with a teacher. As the child’s Bar or…

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Connect with BGUSY!

Shalom! If you haven’t heard about our awesome chapter of United Synagogue Youth (USY) here at Beth El, let me take a moment to introduce you to us! We are Ben Gurion United Synagogue Youth (BGUSY – pronounced Bah-Goo-See) and we welcome 9th-12th graders to join our chapter. We provide opportunities to connect with other Jewish…

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