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Upcoming Schedule of Services and Events

Saturday, October 20/11th of Cheshvan

Shabbat Morning Service  

Bat Mitzvah of Evelyn Aizenstein

9:30 a.m. – noon

Parsha:  Lech Lecha 12:1 – 13:4

Haftorah:  Isaiah 40:27 – 41:16

Luncheon following the service

Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin

Friday October  26th 7:30 pm

Dor Hadashers and the wider community are invited to celebrate Erev Shabbat with special guest Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin.  The service will feature soulful singing with guitar, renewing ancient visions and awakening new meanings.  A love of nature and the importance of protecting our environment will be conveyed in an uplifting spiritual service.   Rabbi Yitz grew up in Pittsburgh and is the brother of artist Steve Hankin.  After moving out west to study cello, Rabbi Yitz met Shlomo Carlebach and became his pupil.   Later, in 1987, he received  his rabbinic ordination from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi .   He served as Rabbi , cantor and educator for the Reconstructionist Temple Beth Israel in Eugene Oregon for many years.   We are lucky that he will be visiting family and friends in Pittsburgh!

Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired and delighted.   Friends are welcome.

An oneg is sponsored by Roz Becker in honor of her birthday will follow the service.   Please join in celebrating!

Save the Date!

New Member Shabbat

Friday, November 16th at 7:30 pm

Dor Hadash has nine new member families this year and we’ll welcome them to our community on Friday, November 16th.   Please join us for a wonderful service and celebration!


New Member Shabbat Volunteers Needed

Calling Dor Hadash Members for New Member Shabbat on November 16th

We’d like to give our new members a real Dor Hadash welcome so we’re asking for volunteers who would like to host Shabbat dinner for a new member(s) before the service.  If you’d like to participate, please email Janey Zeilinger,

Gently Worn Coats Needed!

Dor Hadash, New Light and TOL/OL are co-sponsoring a coat drive for the East End cooperative Ministry and the Wilkinsburg Free Store.  There will be a container in the Pavilion for gently worn coats from Oct. 1 to Oct 31.  Thank you.

Judy Grumet

Social Action

One of the policy areas that is a high priority for the Social Action Committee is Criminal Justice Reform.  All members of the congregation are invited to an event organized by the Campaign for Smart Justice of the ACLU.  Called “Moving Smart Justice Forward,” it will take place at the United Steel Workers Building downtown at 60 Boulevard of the Allies on October 24th, 6-8 pm. with some very interesting speakers from the community.

Also, if you or someone you know needs help getting to the polls or submitting a request for an absentee ballot, please contact me at or at 412-904-2667.  If you would like to volunteer to drive people to the polls, please contact me as well.

Kerry Ban, chair, Social Action Committee


Events of Interest from our Members

Jewish History – JCC, Friday, 9:30 am with Professor Alex Orbach

Professor Alex Orbach offers an ongoing free weekly class on Jewish History every Friday at 9:30 AM at the JCC on the second floor of the main building. You can drop in any Friday.  The class is Highly Recommended!”  Chelli Hovne



Please consider volunteering to serve dinner at the Homeless Shelter

Congregants have been preparing and serving dinners to about 40 residents at the East End Cooperative Ministries (EECM) homeless shelter in East Liberty for many years.  This year, we are looking for new participants.  Volunteers typically serve one meal per year and find it to be a gratifying experience. The residents are  appreciative of our efforts, and congregants often form lasting friendships in the course of sharing in the preparation and serving of the food. Here is what one congregant wrote after volunteering for the first time a few years ago:  “Everyone was extremely appreciative and polite.  I enjoyed working with the other congregants.  The facility is really attractive and very comfortable.”

Our goal is to have groups of three to five volunteers each month.  EECM recently changed the age requirement and all volunteers must be at least 16 years old.  While most congregants absorb the cost of purchasing the food as a charitable contribution, the congregation will partially reimburse this cost upon request.  The intention is that no congregant be denied the opportunity to perform the mitzvah for financial reasons.  The following dates are available for 2019: January 9, April 10, July 10, August 14, September 11 and November 13.  Please consider participating in this mitzvah.  Contact:  Helene Weinraub at







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