Bernard Samuels, 1952-54 (deceased)
Peter Cooper, 1954-56 (deceased)
Ellis Tumpson, 1956-58 (deceased)
Norman Gordon, 1958-60 (deceased)
Irving R. Isaacs, 1960-62 (deceased)
Dean J. Hirschfield, 1962-64 (deceased)
Jack C. London, 1964-68 (deceased)
Albert Stern, 1968-70 (deceased)
Robert Shapiro, 1970-72
Irving W. Levine, 1972-74 (deceased)
David Cohen, 1974-76 (deceased)
Irwin D. Rosenberg, 1976-78 (deceased)
Israel J. Rudoy, 1978-80
Shirley R. Bleiberg, 1980-82
Theodore Goldberg, 1982-84
Mark H. Silverman, 1984-88
Nancy R. Berkowitz, 1988-92
Martin J. Katz, 1992-94
Bonnie Cossrow, 1994-96
Alan Ross, 1996-2000
Betty Jo Hirschfield Louik, 2000-02
Melvin Vatz, 2002-04
David Cohen, 2004-2006
Joan Rothaus, 2006-2010
Lynn Richards, 2010-2012
Eric Bernstein, 2012-2014
Dan Rothschild, 2014-2016
Congregation established by a group of Jewish families seeking to bring the beauty and spirit of Reform Judaism to Pittsburgh’s South Hills.
Congregants met in homes, schools, and churches
Purchased land along Bower Hill Road in Mt. Lebanon
- Groundbreaking and original first floor constructed as part of first phase
- Designed by renowned synagogue architect Percival Goodman
Additional land purchased for the synagogue
Groundbreaking and second floor constructed, including Sanctuary and Social Hall
Grew to about 600 member families. As our membership has grown, so too has our building.
Due to renovations, the building became fully accessible to persons with physical challenges.
- 50 year anniversary of Temple Emanuel
- Article published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the groundbreaking ceremony for the next big renovation
$3.6 million expansion of religious, educational, and social spaces
- Designed by architect, Temple member, and past president Dan Rothschild
- Organized around two projecting wings: one wing contains classrooms and learning spaces; the other a chapel, library and community room. A courtyard is formed between the two wings.
- Completed a new library, Community Room, Youth Lounge, Women of Reform Judaism room, and eight additional classrooms for the religious school.
- Renovated and updated preschool classrooms.
Dedication of the focal point of the project, a second inspirational prayer space, the Beit HaT’fila, which is filled with Judaic symbols.
Temple Emanuel is one of the 36 congregations chosen for Pittsburgh Prays, which highlights the most notable houses of prayer in our region
- Temple Emanuel is the only one with a contemporary design; all the others are historic buildings
- An excerpt adapted from the book talks about the “revolutionary round prayer space”
Updated virtual door to synagogue with new website