Rabbi Aaron Meyer is in his 5th 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.
Cantor Kalix Jacobson (they/them) is a longtime musician and singer with a background in diverse musical styles. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Cantor Kalix has been working in Cantorial spaces since 2014, and has been writing music since the early 2000s. They were ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May of 2023, having been a Weitzman Fellow for JDC-Entwine, and also having been the recipient of the Rabbi Sarah Messinger Prize, the Josef Frudenthal Memorial Prize for Excellence in Composition, the Palm Beach Liturgical Cultural Foundation Prize, and the Lee Gura Memorial Prize for Aptitude in Synagogue Choral Music.
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.