While many congregations in Pittsburgh and elsewhere have experienced recent losses in membership and some financial difficulty, congregations remain an important gateway into Jewish life in the United States.
|2015||Number of synagogues||2014||Number of synagogues||2013||Number of synagogues||Net Change from most recent years||Percent Change|
|Approximate number of household memberships reported by synagogues||6,400||29||6,580||30||6,740||30||(180)||(2.7%)|
|Number of synagogues without a formal membership structure||5||5|
|Approximate number of people enrolled in a conversion course at a synagogue||81||11||70||10||85||13||11||15.7%|
|Approximate number of people enrolled in Jewish pre-nuptial courses at a synagogue||50||6||62||10||53||6||(12)||(19.4%)|
|Approximate number of marriages performed by a congregational rabbi||85||12||75||12||93||14||10||13.3%|
Twenty synagogues reported membership data for the years 2011 through 2015.
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 Total membership of the 20 synagogues 5,195 5,301 5,406 5,565 5,701 Net change from previous year (106) (105) (159) (136) Percent change from previous year (2.0%) (2.0%) (2.9%) (2.4%)
Roughly 46% of all synagogue membership units are members of a Reform congregation.
Within Pittsburgh, 66% of members belong to a synagogue that is in Squirrel Hill or an adjacent neighborhood.
Organizations that participated in this study include: Adat Shalom, Ahavath Achim Congregation, Beth El Congregation, Beth Hamedrash Hagodol – Beth Jacob, Beth Israel Center, Beth Israel Congregation of Latrobe, Beth Israel Congregation of Washington PA, Bnai Emunoh Chabad, The Beth Samuel Jewish Center, Chabad Jewish Center of Monroeville, Chabad Lubavitch of the South Hills, Chabad of Pittsburgh, Congregation Bet Tikvah, Congregation Beth Shalom, Congregation B’nai Abraham, Congregation Emanu-El Israel, Congregation Kether Torah, Dor Hadash, Gemilas Chesed Synaogue, Lubavitch Center, Makom HaLev, New Light Congregation, Parkway Jewish Center, Pittsburgh Secular Jewish Community, Poale Zedek, Rodef Shalom, Shaare Torah Congregation, Temple Bnai Israel, Temple David, Temple Emauel of the South Hills, Temple Ohav Shalom, Temple Sinai, Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha, Young Israel of Pittsburgh, and Young Peoples Synagogue.