Rabbi Aaron Meyer is in his 4th year with Temple Emanuel of South Hills. Known for his warmth and welcoming of interfaith families and all people, Rabbi Meyer brings to Temple a creative spirit and a willingness to engage with Jewish tradition to meet the changing practices and needs of the Jewish community. He is excited to engage congregants at every age and stage in active expressions of Jewish life: meaningful worship, active efforts to achieve social justice, distilling Jewish values for the thorny issues of our day, and so much more.
Sierra Fox, mezzo-soprano, is an internationally regarded soloist/ensemble singer with a background in interfaith outreach. Based in Philadelphia, she has sung with a vast number of sacred and secular choirs, while also touring throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. In recent years, she has served as section leader/soloist for the Mendelssohn Choir of Philadelphia, cantorial soloist at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, staff singer at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, and lead singer/percussionist for mythic-folk band Soundweaver and interfaith Kirtan ensemble Mandala. Ms. Fox has also sung professionally with numerous other choirs/organizations, including The Thirteen, Neva Pilgrim’s Society for New Music and the Syracuse Opera Company.
Mark Joel Mahler
Rabbi Mark Joel Mahler served Temple Emanuel of South Hills for 38 years. 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 served Temple Emanuel in many capacities: pastor, preacher and teacher, singer, songwriter and guitarist, humorist and social commentator. Rabbi Mahler served Temple Emanuel longer than any other active rabbi in Pittsburgh has served his or her synagogue, one measure among many of his rabbinate.