Meet Our Officers: Stephen Neustein, Vice President

Arlene and Stephen Neustein

Stephen A. Neustein, Esq. lives in Pittsburgh with Arlene, his wife of 36 years; his daughter and two sons; a golden retriever, and a German Shepherd. Lifelong Pittsburghers, the Neusteins are members of Congregation Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh where Stephen served for three years as a Vice President and received their United Jewish Federation Volunteer of the Year award in 2003.

Sports have always been a big part of Stephen’s life. He lettered in track for his high school as a sprinter. He has been stuck being served as secretary of his B’nai Brith Freedom Lodge bowling league for over 25 years... and his love of the Steelers is practically legendary.

Stephen can usually be found enjoying Shabbat and Holiday services while helping with ushering, leading services and serving on various synagogue and Men’s Club committees. Despite his natural modesty – he doesn’t like to, ahhh, blow his own horn - he has conducted Shofar classes for his Shul’s religious school for over twenty years and been privileged to sound the Shofar at High Holiday services, putting his abundant supply of hot air to good use.

Stephen is a past president of his Men’s Club and a past Regional president of the Tri State Region FJMC. He received the FJMC Ma’asim Tovim award in 2007, recognizing his significant contributions to the Region. Prior to acceding to his current position of international Vice President, he served as Treasurer for four years. He is also the Treasurer for the FJMC Foundation for Jewish Life. He has served as an FJMC Consultant and has chaired both the World Wide Wrap and the Torch Awards. His current portfolio includes chairing the Yellow Candle program and the By-Laws committee.

Outside the FJMC, Stephen is a former committee chairman for Boy Scout Troop 109 and past Vice Chairman for Pittsburgh’s Jewish Committee on Scouting, the latter having presented him with their highest adult religious honor, the Shofar Award. He is a member of the Pittsburgh/Tri-State Israel Bonds Board of Governors. He is also an active member of the Board of Trustees of Beth Hamedrash Hagodol-Beth Jacob Congregation and was their 2002 UJF Volunteer of the year.

With all of this volunteer work, you might wonder how Stephen manages to hold down a day job, but he does: He has been a sole practitioner of law in Pittsburgh for over 35 years (when he finds the time, that is.) He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1977 from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is a member of the Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Bar Associations.

Oh, and did we mention that Stephen is a Steelers fan?