Mark Joel Mahler
Rabbi Mark Joel Mahler has served Temple Emanuel of South Hills since June 1980. During his first five years at the congregation, Rabbi Mahler was Associate Rabbi and the Temple Educator for greater Pittsburgh’s largest Jewish religious school. In 1985, Rabbi Mahler was elected Rabbi of the congregation. He serves Temple Emanuel in many capacities: pastor, preacher and teacher, singer, songwriter and guitarist, humorist and social commentator. Rabbi Mahler has served Temple Emanuel longer than any other active rabbi in Pittsburgh has served his or her synagogue, one measure among many of his rabbinate.
Associate Rabbi and Director of Education
Rabbi Jessica E. Locketz is the Associate Rabbi and Director of Education of Temple Emanuel. She has been a part of the Temple family since July 2004. Rabbi Locketz oversees family and youth programming, serves as educator and leader of the Torah Center religious school and the newly formed South Hills Community High School. She also coordinates the youth groups and adult education. She spends time with the preschool students, leads monthly Torah for Tots and Torah Growers services, facilitates Teen High Holy Day services, and looks to engage with Temple members of all ages. Rabbi Locketz also assists Senior Rabbi Mark Joel Mahler with the many pastoral duties of the congregation.