Temple Ohav Shalom is a growing Reform congregation in the suburbs north of Pittsburgh. The temple seeks to satisfy the religious, cultural, and social needs of its Jewish community of over 250 families.
The temple dates back to 1968 when a dedicated group of 12 families formed the "North Hills Jewish Community Center". For many years, services and functions were held at members' homes and in various assembly halls. In 1979 the growing group purchased a temple on Duncan Avenue in Hampton. Two years later, Temple Ohav Shalom was officially formed. Over the next 20 years the congregation continued to expand, eventually requiring a larger facility. On a snowy day in January 1999 this goal was achieved as the members carried their precious Torah scrolls into their new and present house of worship located on Thompson Run Road in McCandless.
In addition to the sanctuary, facilities include a social hall that can seat about 200 people and is dominated by a beautiful quilt, fashioned by the loving hands of the temple’s founding mothers.
The temple also has classrooms, a library and a Holocaust Memorial Garden donated by temple members in memory of family members who perished at Auschwitz during Shoah. The garden's jey feature is a life-size bronze statue of a Jew in prayer (sculpted by Michael Kraus) that serves as a tribute to the 6 million Jewish vitims of the Nazi era.
The temple's office is open weekdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Free, on-site parking is available in front of the building.