Upcoming Schedule of Services and Events

Schedule of Services

Friday, April 20
Honoring the Dor Hadash Board
Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:30 pm,

Followed by celebratory Pot Luck dinner
Service leader:   JEAN CLICKNER
Oneg Sponsor:   Dor Hadash

Saturday, April 21 / 6th of Iyyar
Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study
10:00 – noon, The Rabbi’s Study
Parsha:  Tazria-Metzora, Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33
Haftarah:  II Kings 7:3 – 7:20
Kiddush luncheon following the service

Burial of sacred texts (shames)

The Jewish Cemetery and Burial Assn. (JCBA) together with Ralph Schugar Chapel will be holding a burial for sacred texts (shames) at the Chesed Shel Emet cemetery on Sunday June 3, 2018 at 10:30 am. A special grave site is being prepared.  The community is invited to participate and attend.

Jewish custom hold that prayer books such as siddurim, chumashim and machzorim in which the Hebrew name of God has been printed and that have become frayed, worn out or are in disrepair are to be buried.

Congregations and individuals in the community may participate by collecting these items to be buried. They can be dropped off at Ralph Schugar Chapel 5509 Centre Ave Pittsburgh PA 15232 or we can pick up from your location.

Please contact Judy Ryave McGuire, Schugars’ Dir of Community Outreach at 412-812-2892 to arrange a convenient time.

Additionally we welcome Religious school students of  Bar and Bat Mitzvah age along with their teachers who want to participate and be a part of this important activity.

The Chesed Shel Emet Cemetery is located 498 Oakwood St in Shaler Township.  Directions can be found on our website under the Our Work tab.

For further information contact the JCBA at: jcbapgh@gmail.com, through our website www.jcbapgh.org or by phone at 412-553-6469.

Community-wide Shavuot Shpiel

Get your tickets now to the community-wide Shavuot Shpiel written by Elinor Nathanson and directed by Sara Stock Mayo with our own Rabbi Cheryl and Rabbi Doris as part of the cast.

Tickets for our show are now on sale and ready for purchase at RuthMusical.eventbrite.com!  Please spread this information FAR and WIDE so lots of people can experience our region’s first community-wide Shavuot Shpiel!

REMEMBER:  TWO SHOWS at the JCC – Thurs., May 3 at 7 pm, and Sun., May 6 at 3 pm;  Running time is approx. ONE HOUR.

Three things about our tickets:

1) All Our Ticket Sales Will Benefit:  JFCS Refugee & Immigrant Services and Jewish Community Center of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane María Relief Fund

2) Tickets are $12/adult and $6/child.  BUT:

3) If the cost of tickets is prohibitive for anyone you know who wishes to attend, please have them email ShpielBurghProductions@gmail.com.

THANKS for helping to publicize the show!



Dan Resnick and I are pleased to invite you to meet with the volunteer coordinator from Amachi, Michelle Lipchik, next Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Rabbi’s Study.  As you may remember from previous announcements, Amachi works with children who have an incarcerated parent and who need some consistent support from a friendly adult.  We are hoping to recruit a few Dor Hadashers to mentor a young person.  This is not a very heavy obligation.  They ask that you commit 4 hours a month, often to take the mentee to social or sporting events, for which they handle the logistics.  What is important is that you make this a commitment, as the goal is for the mentor to be a stable presence in the child’s life.

This organization has a great track record of success, and we hope that you can come to learn about it.  Even if this is not something you can sign on for immediately, you might consider it in the future.  Please let Dan or me know if you are planning to attend (cban@pitt.edu; danresnick2000@gmail.com )


Events and actions related to immigrants’ rights

More Than a Conversation: Standing up for Immigrants’ Rights
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Repair The World: 6022 Broad St. Pittsburgh, 15206

Join us for a panel discussion on immigrants’ rights and allyship hosted by the Young Leadership Outreach Team of the Pittsburgh Chapter of ACLU-PA. The members of the panel will include:

• Monica Ruiz, Civic Engagement and Community Organizer at Casa San Jose
• Wasi Mohamed, Executive Director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh
• Sloane Davidson, Founder and CEO of Hello Neighbor
• Megan Block, Attorney at Healey and Hornack, P.C.


And for fun:

Get your tickets! (click here)  Our upcoming “Fiesta del Sol” will take place on May 5th, 2018 at the Frick Fine Arts Building in Oakland. Come get a taste of the best Latin American food, music and dance, view a short original documentary about our community, and choose from silent auction items that are unique extraordinary experiences with local chefs, sports teams, artists, dancers, and more.  Best of all, help support our work in service, advocacy, and empowerment for Pittsburgh’s Latino immigrants.


An event on criminal justice:

From the City of Asylum:

Join us for a reading with journalist and justice reform expert Baz Dreisinger, who will be presenting her book Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Dr. Baz Dreisinger works at the intersection of race, crime, culture and justice. She earned her Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, specializing in American and African-American studies. At John Jay she is the Founding Academic Director of John Jay’s Prison-to-College Pipeline program, which offers college courses and reentry planning to incarcerated men at Otisville Correctional Facility, and broadly works to increase access to higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Dr. Dreisinger’s book Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World (2016) was heralded by the New York Times, NPR and many more, and was named a notable book of 2016 by the Washington Post.

The event is free, but they ask for preregistration:  http://www.alphabetcity.org/events/baz-dreisinger/

Kerry Ban, chair; Social Action Committee  (cban@pitt.edu)