Upcoming Schedule of Services and Events


Friday, February 16

Rosh Chodesh Adar
Erev Shabbat Service, 7:30 pm
Service leader:
Oneg Sponsor: Pam Goldman and Kathy Blee

Saturday, February 17 / 2nd of Adar 
Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study
10:00 – Noon, The Study
Parsha: Terumah, Exodus 25:21 – 27:19
Haftarah:  I Kings 5:26 – 6:13
Kiddush luncheon following the service


Klezmer with Rabbi Doris Dyen and Deane Root­­­­­

Sunday, February 18 at 10:00 AM.  Listen and learn about Klezmer, the popular Jewish folk-dance music from Eastern Europe. Rabbi Doris Dyen (keyboard) and Deane Root (cornet) will discuss the origins of klezmer and play examples showing how the music evolved as part of Jewish experience up to today. Please mark your calendars!

RSVP is required at admin@dorhadash.net or leave a message at 412-422-5158.



These days, there is a lot of talk in Washington about crime and punishment.  Join the Program and Social Action committees on SUNDAY, MARCH 4 AT 10:30 AM to find out what’s really going on.

Dor Hadash’s own Al Blumstein will be speaking to us about these issues. He will address the national trends in violent crime rates in the context of the “carnage” we hear about from Washington. In addition, he will talk about the growth in incarceration in view of the increasing demands coming from Washington to be “tough on crime”.  There will be an emphasis on issues of race differences.

ALFRED BLUMSTEIN is a University Professor and the J. Erik Jonsson Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research emeritus and former Dean (from 1986 to 1993) at the H. John Heinz III College of Public Policy and Management of Carnegie Mellon University.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, was the 1987 recipient of the Society’s Sutherland Award for “contributions to research,” and was the president of the Society in 1991-92.   He has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering and was awarded the 2007 Stockholm Prize in Criminology. He served as the chair of the Science Advisory Board for the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Dept. of Justice from 2010-2014.


Change for Changes

Want to put that change you’ve accumulated over the years to good use?

The Dor Hadash Social Action Committee (SAC) has agreed to help meet the needs of refugees served by Jewish Family and Community Services.  High on that list of needs are diapers.  So that staff time won’t be used to purchase them, JFCS has requested that we provide diapers rather than donate money.

How can you participate?  Turn that loose change into changes for the babies.  Take your coins to Coin Star (available in many Giant Eagles) and exchange them for an Amazon gift card.  You can then send the card to Susan Melnick who will order the diapers to be delivered to JFCS.  If you do the ordering yourself, please let me know so we can track participation.Any questions?  Email Susan Melnick at susan.melnick300@gmail.com.


Recruiting mentors to work with children of incarcerated parents.

In the most recent Kol, we announced the Pam Surano, from Amachi Pittsburgh, would be coming to talk to us about their program and to meet with prospective volunteers.  That meeting has been rescheduled and will now take place on March 25 at 10 a.m.  More information to follow.  In the meantime, if you are interested and have questions, please contact Dan Resnick, dr0q@andrew.cmu.edu.


From our friends at Casa San Jose:

Casa San Jose is beginning a new program, partnering with Jewish Family & Community Services, for high school and above:  Supporting our Youth (SOY.)  They’ll learn skills like balancing a checkbook, applying for loans, going to college, and how to express themselves through art.  Each week will present a different topic.  Next Saturday, they are going to Crossroads Foundation College Fair.  Do you have relevant expertise you would like to share with the group?  (English is OK.)  Please contact Jeimy at jeimy@casasanjose.org


EVENTS OF INTEREST TO OUR MEMBERS  – From social action committee members:

Thursday, February 22, 5:30 – 7 PM at the JCC Squirrel Hill

Let People Vote

Jason Kander, President and founder of the organization Let America Vote, will video-call in to speak about how extreme voter suppression laws are disproportionately disenfranchising Americans based on their race or ethnicity, gender, age, or income.


Thursday, February 22, 7 – 9 PM at the JCC Squirrel Hill

District 8 Special Election Candidates Town Hall

In anticipation of the upcoming District 8 special election, official candidates Sonja Finn, Marty Healey, Rennick Remley, and Erika Strassburger will be on stage to answer questions from the audience in a Town Hall Candidates Forum, Thursday evening 7pm, February 22nd, at the Jewish Community Center, Levinson Hall, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15217. At 8:30pm, audience members will have a chance to have informal conversations with the candidates and local community and service organizations in Squirrel Hill. Ann Belser, publisher of PRINT Newspaper will be the moderator for the evening.


Friday, February 23, 10-11:30 a.m.  Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, room 3922

You are invited to a lecture by Dr. Carolyn Heinrich, A Thousand Petty Fortresses”: Administrative Burden in U.S. Immigration Policies and its Consequences.This event is presented as part of the Wherrett Lecture Series by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Metropolitan Studies.

Dr. Heinrich will discuss the contradictory elements in U.S. immigration policy, which reflect a long-time struggle between inclusionary and exclusionary views. These have resulted in federal legislation filled with compromises and tradeoffs that, at state and sub-state levels, play out in unclear interpretations and uneven, highly discretionary administration and enforcement of immigration law and policy. This lecture points to serious, adverse consequences of state and sub-state immigration policies that create administrative burden and perpetuate racial discrimination, while simultaneously diminishing the transparency, fairness and effectiveness of public administration.

This event is free and open to the public! Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP for the event at lindsayangelo@pitt.edu.


The following announcements have been submitted by members of the congregation.  Listing of an event does not imply endorsement by the congregation of the organization or event.

“Representing the Holocaust in Comics and Graphic Novels”

Please join the Jewish Studies Program, the Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh, and the American Jewish Museum for a lecture by Samantha Baskind (Cleveland State University) next week, Thursday February 15, 2018, 6:30 pm, 602 Cathedral of Learning

Operation Safety Net, a homeless men’s shelter downtown, needs donations…Staff there put together a list of things that would be appreciated (these things don’t have to be new, just clean):

Long johns/long underwear/thermal underwear/normal underwear/T- shirts/backpacks and tote bags (but backpacks would be better)/sweaters and sweatshirts/sweatpants/towels and washcloths (there are showers at the shelter but often not enough towels)

Operation Safety Net’s website, for more information about the program, is: https://www.pittsburghmercy.org/homeless-services/pittsburgh-.mercys-operation-safety-net/winter-shelter/

Donations can be dropped off at the Fischhoffs’ porch (very close to Dor Hadash), 1437 Denniston St. Please contact Andi Fischhoff, andi.fischhoff@gmail.com, if you have any questions, and thanks!

AgeWell Rides & Visits

We are currently seeking volunteers who are looking for occasional, brief – yet meaningful ways to help older adults in our community stay active, independent and connected – by offering them a short local ride or a friendly home visit.

In 4 years, Age Well Rides volunteers have provided over 12,000 miles of free, short rides for seniors – a distance that is almost halfway around the world! Amazing! And that short ride makes a world of difference to a person over 60 years of age who no longer drives – allowing them to get their groceries, stay healthy by seeing their doctor or dentist, or to feel good about themselves by getting their hair done  or spending time with friends. You use your own car to drive them, when it is convenient for you.

Age Well Visits volunteers are caring and compassionate people of all ages, including families with children, teenagers who visit in pairs, and adults of all ages. If you enjoy chatting with people, listening to stories they have to share, helping with little household projects like watering plants or reading mail to someone whose eyesight is failing, then this might be the perfect volunteer match for you.  In 3 years we have provided over 1000+ home visits to local seniors. Many friendships have developed over time and some older adults have been “adopted” as a cherished “Grandparent”. Do you have room in your family and your life to become a special part of a lonely elder’s life?

If you can give one hour of your time each month to improve the lives of older adults in our community, you can help people stay independent and continue to live contented lives in their own homes. Please contact Ellen Leger at 412-422-0400 for more information on becoming a volunteer with AgeWell Rides & Visits! AgeWell is a part of JFCS Senior Services – Jewish Family and Community Services.


Shorashim – Israel With Israelis allows applicants to customize their Birthright Israel adventures with countless date and program options, and travel with Israelis for the entire experience!  Have additional questions? Reach out to Shorashim to get yourself or someone you know one step closer to the experience of a lifetime!
(312) 267-0677    registration@shorashim.org    israelwithisraelis.com

Israel Scholarship Program application date ends 2/28/2018

Once again, the Zionist Organization of America – Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the 56th year of its Israel Scholarship Program to assist local students traveling to and studying in Israel. For complete details about the scholarships, applications, please contact ZOA Executive Director, Stuart Pavilack, at 412-665-4630 or pittsburgh@zoa.org.   Zionist Organization of America – Pittsburgh District

6507 Wilkins Avenue-Suite 102    Pittsburgh, PA  15217    412.665.4630