Rabbi Howard Stein will become the new spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Israel in White Oak following the retirement of Rabbi Paul Tuchman, the congregation’s board of directors has announced.
Tuchman, who retires on May 31, 2020, has served Temple B’nai Israel since 2009.
Stein, who currently serves as rabbi for Temple Beth Israel-Shaare Zedek in Lima, Ohio, received his rabbinical ordination and a master’s in Hebrew letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has provided rabbinical and educational services to congregations throughout Western Pennsylvania, including in New Castle, Indiana, Allison Park and Pittsburgh.
Prior to his rabbinical education, Stein earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science at Cornell University and pursued a career as a software engineer.
Stein is “very excited” about his new position at Temple B’nai Israel, he said. “They are a wonderful group, a warm congregation, and we had a definite connection when I interviewed there.”
In addition to leading services, officiating at life cycle events and administering pastoral care, Stein will also lead adult education programs for the congregation
He lives with his wife and daughter in Squirrel Hill. pjc