Schedule of Services and Upcoming Events

Friday, December 7 – 29 Kislev 5779 

Erev of Shabbat Service, 7:30 pm, Falk Library (Rodef Shalom)

Service Leader: Yael Engel and Zoe Feinstein

Speaker:  Dan Forman

TopicJourney in aging research: Dreaming large and acts of secular Judaism

Oneg Sponsor:  Donna & Bob Coufal


Saturday morning Torah Study, 10:00 am

Adult Learning Center, Rodef Shalom (follow spiral stairs or elevator to second floor)

Parsha:  Numbers 28:9 – 15 & 7:42-47

Haftorah:   Zechariah 2:14 -4:7


Social Action Committee

I am writing this week to tell you about Casa San José.  It is a Pittsburgh-based resource center that serves Latino immigrants in need, linking them with resources that let them thrive and integrate, helping those at risk of deportation, advocating for their rights and for immigration reform, providing educational and growth opportunities for all ages, and recruiting allies to support them.  While the social action committee does not have a formal partnership agreement with them, several of our members are active volunteers, and we encourage Dor Hadashers to support and to get involved in this fine organization.

More information is available on their website:  To sign up for their email newsletter, with information about ways to help immigrants today, click on Be An Amigo, or to inquire about being a Volunteer, click on Volunteer.

 This is an example of the kinds of actions you can find out about through their newsletter:

Take action:

This is our last chance to remind everyone to protest the new Public Charge Rule, with the devastating changes proposed by the Department of Homeland Security.  This rule change will penalize immigrants for using the few benefits that are available to them or their (often American citizen) children, denying them any future eligibility for US citizenship.

Please send in a comment, which is easy to do online. You can do it through the link provided by “Protecting Immigrant Families”  OR directly through the official US Government site at , where you  paste this: USCIS-2010-0012 – into the search box, click on Search, and then click on “Comment Now.”  Need suggestions?  PICC and Community Legal Services of Philadelphia created a toolkit to help.  All comments on this proposed rule must be submitted by Dec. 10, 2018.

Carolyn Ban, chair

Social Action Committee


Toronto’s Reconstructionist Congregation, Darchei Noam, with their Rabbi Tina Grimberg will join us here in Pittsburgh for a weekend of prayer and  community Dec 14 – Dec 15.

  • Friday evening Dec 14, 7:30pm, we will have a service led by Rabbi Grimberg and their congregation (possible potluck beforehand, pending space availability
  • Saturday December 15, 10am, we will host a Dor Hadash Shabbat morning service with a D’var by Rabbi Grimberg.

Further programming for the weekend is being considered.

Several folks mentioned they would be willing to HOST Darchei Noam members in their homes.  If you are interested, please contact, Judy Yanowitz ( to express your interest.  We will know early next week how many members they are bringing.


Community Events submitted by congregants

 Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh

Center for Lovingkindness and Civic Engagement 

5738 Forbes Avenue • Pgh, PA 15217 Levinson Hall • ENTER ON FORBES AVENUE

December 6, 2018,   7-9 pm

Protecting Our Communities: Environmental Challenges from Fossil Fuel Extraction in SWPA

Find out from our elected representatives what’s going on in city, county,
state and federal government to combat climate change and promote
alternative sustainable energy and other environmental initiatives
• Hear about local creative sustainability projects
• Learn from experts about the threats from fossil fuels
• Hear activists’ stories
• Learn more about and get involved in the local environmental movement

Doug Shields, Food and Water Watch
Matt Mehalik, PhD, The Breathe Project
Joanne Martin, Re-Imagine Beaver County and many other Elected Leaders

Submitted by Roz Becker


Join Amnesty International Pittsburgh and many other inspiring Pittsburgh rights groups and community leaders on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 6:00 -9:00 pm at Calvary Episcopal Church for our annual Write-for-Rights event.

This year marks the 32nd annual gathering in Pittsburgh, as well as the 70th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights!  During the event you can contribute to writing between 500 and 1000 letters on important human rights cases of our time.

Stop in and stay as long as you can.  Write letters.  Talk to other activists.  Check out information tables about local groups working in Pittsburgh on local, national and international issues.  Fortify yourself with the free refreshments. A candle lighting ceremony and a City Council Proclamation will be held at 7:30 pm

Submitted by Eve Wider



On Hanukkah, we light candles that pierce the darkness and show the world who we are and what we stand for.  The story of Hanukkah is one of resistance, of victory over authoritarianism. In today’s world, this means standing up to leaders who use our country’s resources to oppress, detain, and deport.  It means rejecting the white nationalist ideology that endangers so many of us, and that fuels President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.

In looming budget negotiations, President Trump is asking for billions to fund his wall, aggressive deportations, and deadly immigration jails.  We reject any national budget that supports these policies of darkness, exclusion, and hate.  Join us on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 AT 6 PM at the ICE Building on the South Side (3000 Sidney Street) as we join with our neighbors; shine our Hanukkah lights, and DEFUND HATE.

Submitted by Harry Hochheiser