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Beth El Congregation celebrating centennial

| Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

Beth El Congregation of the South Hills is in the midst of a yearlong celebration of its centennial.

Events, recognitions and fundraisers have been occurring since May. The congregation is led by Rabbis Alex and Amy Greenbaum, who are celebrating their 15th year of service.

Beth El began in the Beechview section of Pittsburgh, thanks to the efforts of Rebecca Ruderman, a mother of eight children, who, in 1917, wanted to have a religious school closer to home than traveling to the largely Jewish neighborhood of Squirrel Hill.

She formed the Jewish Mothers Club.

Interest grew, and eventually the first synagogue was built in 1927 at 1910 Broadway Ave. in Beechview.

In 1962, after purchasing land at 1900 Cochran Road in Scott, the synagogue was constructed. Beth El has been required several times to expand to accommodate its 400-plus families.

Its very active community offers activities that include adult education, Israeli dancing, book club, mahjong, bridge, fall hikes, the South Hills Shalom Singers and more.

Upcoming events include First Monday with Rabbi Alex on Oct. 2. Open to the public beginning at 11:30 a.m., the $6 fee includes lunch and a presentation by Ram Kossowsky on the Evolution of the Alphabet. Other special events include South Hills Sukkot Fest on Oct. 15 and a breast cancer awareness lunch on Oct. 22.

Closing events for the centennial will occur April 27-28.

The Kabbalat Shabbat Services on April 27 will have a class reunion of all the school's students, parents, teachers and administrators. The next day will have a catered dinner in the evening with a band, honored guests, speakers, and a video commemorating its 100-year history.

Beth El is recognized as a modern conservative and inclusive congregation.

Call 412-561-1168 or visit for more information on any program or Beth El membership details.

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• Revolution Management Inc., 15 Wabash St., Green Tree (promotional marketing and sales consulting)

• Carter and Sons Contracting, 17 Morgan St., South Fayette (general construction)

• RES Water-Greene LLC, 1373 Washington Pike, Bridgeville (dedicated water storage facility)

• Sizemore Consulting LLC, 3520 Washington Pike, Suite 203, Bridgeville (title research)

• Onsite Car Care LLC, 310 Ridge Point Circle, Bridgeville (auto detailing and light repair).

Charlotte Smith is a Tribune-Review contributing writer. Reach her at 724-693-9441 or

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