Our Clergy

Rabbi Stacy L. Petersohn

Rabbi Stacy L. Petersohn is presently serving as the Rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El Israel in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She accepted the pulpit in early July, 2017.

Her bio is under construction :)

Rabbi Emerita Sara Perman

Rabbi Emerita Sara Perman was the rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El Israel for 31 years. Rabbi
Perman is originally from Niagara Falls, NY. She came to Greensburg in the summer of 1986 after
serving as an assistant rabbi at congregations in Spring Valley, NY and Baltimore, MD. Rabbi Perman
retired in June 2017.

Rabbi Perman did her undergraduate studies at Goucher College in Towson, MD, and entered
the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1975. She spent her first year of rabbinical
school studying in Jerusalem and has returned many times, continuing her learning at the Shalom
Hartman Institute.

During her time in Greensburg, Rabbi Perman served on and chaired the Greensburg
Ministerium. She continues to serve as chair of the steering committee to the advisory board of the
National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University. Rabbi Perman is a founder of
the Westmoreland Diversity Coalition and serves as co-chair. Rabbi Perman is a past president of the
Great Lakes Ohio Valley Association of Reform Rabbis, has chaired the Greater Pittsburgh Rabbinic
Association, and is a co-chair of the Pittsburgh Area Reform Clergy. For more than 20 years, Rabbi
Perman served as a chaplain at the State Correctional Institute in Greensburg and taught at the Jewish
Education Institute in Pittsburgh. Additionally, Rabbi Perman has served on the boards of the Blackburn
Center and Mental Health America of Southwest Pennsylvania.