Rabbi Alex Greenbaum

 

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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