Rabbi Amy Greenbaum

 

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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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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Blessings and Milkshakes

Blessings are like a stop sign to remind us to slow down and thank God.  Throughout the year in Bshul (cooking class) students have learned the blessings for every food group.  I introduced the hand-washing blessing, Yadiim, and repeat it at the beginning of every cooking lesson.  This keeps us holy and sanitary! For Shabbat…

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