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 Steve Hecht, Executive Director.


 Looking for a new spiritual home?
You are welcome at Beth El.

Recent blog posts

A Day in the Life of a Religious School Student at Beth El

My name is Shayna Bennett and I’m a student teacher at Beth El. I have grown up at Beth El and have been able to call this amazing synagogue my home away from home. And now as a teenager I have the privilege of sharing my love of this place with the next generation of…

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On Grief

The following is the text of Rabbi Amy’s 2018 Yom Kippur sermon: A few months ago, I was out for dinner with my book club.  At the end of the meal, along with the check, the waitress gave us a handful of wrapped sesame candies.  One of my friends said with a wistful smile, I…

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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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