Schedule of Services and Upcoming Events

Sunday, February 17th   Adult Education Committee

3:00 pm Dr. Kathleen Blee, “Anti-Semitic and Other Hate Violence:  The Current Context, Perpetrators, and the   Role of Social Media.“, Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Congregation    See flyer :  DH blee anti-semitism final-1

Registration: or 412-422-5158 (See flyer attached).


Wednesday, February 20th –  5:15 pm start   Challah baking with the Dor Hadash Hebrew School, Rodef  Shalom Kitchen


Saturday, February 23rd/18th Adar I

10:00 am Torah Study service, Adult Learning Center

Saturday, February 23rd  – Due to scheduling issues, we need to postpone the Interfaith Havdalah scheduled for February 23.”


Sunday, March 3rd  12:30-2:00 pm  Workshop training session, “LEADING Torah and short Shacharit services” with Rabbi Doris Dyen, Adult Learning Center.


Dor Hadash hits the road!  Join a road trip across our northern border!

We have been invited to join Darchai Noam at their beautiful Toronto synagogue for Shabbat services March 29 and March 30, 2019.

If you are interested please let Jean (Email know ASAP, so we can help our hosts coordinate the event


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – We have been asked by a congregation member who lives in Squirrel Hill who would like to attend Friday evening services, but has a problem with transportation to Fifth Avenue.  If you can provide a ride, please email Jean at:




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.

JFCS continues to offer community counseling
“Others’ experience has shown us that healing from trauma may take years”

Jewish Family and Community Services’ (JFCS) March 2019 Counseling Schedule is now available. These sessions are free and open to anyone in the community who needs help. They will be held at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) at 5738 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill, 15217.

·  How to reduce stress in difficult times
 Mar 3 & 10; 11:00am – 12:30pm; JCC Room 313

·   Supporting someone through the unexpected
Mar 7 & 14; 7:30 – 8:30pm; JCC Room 313

·   Working through trauma with breathing techniques
Mar 17 & Mar 24; 10:00am – 11:30am; JCC Room 313

·   Coping with grief through music therapy
Mar 17 & 24; 2:30 – 4:00pm; JCC Room 313

There are still openings at February sessions as well:
    How to move from grief to peace
February 17, 11:00am – 12:30pm; JCC Room 313

·    I’m still not sleeping – what do I do?
Feb 24 & Mar 3, 3:30 – 5:00pm; JCC Room 313

And an ongoing general support group meets Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30pm at the JCC, Room 307.

“We’ve learned from the sad experiences of other shootings that trauma affects people differently, and recovery is an individual experience,” said Stefanie Small, Clinical Director of JFCS counseling Services. “So we are trying to provide a variety of healing activities in hopes that everyone who needs help can find the right help for them.”

All the sessions are drop-in except Coping with grief through music therapy. For these two sessions, please register in advance by emailing

Since the tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue last October, JFCS has played a major role in providing counseling services to victims, families and the greater community. People wishing to find out more about counseling services can call JFCS at 412-521-3800, or check the community support website:

“JFCS is planning to continue assessing neighborhood needs and providing accessible care to all members of the community,” said Small. “Whether you are a direct survivor or just a resident whose sense of security has become a source of anxiety, reach out. We’re here.”




From Social Action’s Immigration & Refugee Group:  

We’d like to share this moving and informative essay published in Jewish Currents called “On Accompaniment.”  It describes one person’s experience in Tijuana with a group of migrants awaiting transport into US immigration detention, as part of the “Sanctuary Caravan,” organized by the New Sanctuary Coalition. To follow that up locally, the Casa San José newsletter has information about how to volunteer at the border, and about doing accompaniment here in Pittsburgh (scroll down to the “Our Story” section).  The New Sanctuary Movement Pittsburgh also has many opportunities for helping our neighbors “who have been, or are at risk of being, impacted by deportation.



Food Packers Needed

Dor Hadash volunteers will be needed to pack food at the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry from  9:00 am-10:30 am on Sunday April 7th, 2019. There is still enough space for a few more volunteers (including school aged children who are strong enough to pack grocery bags and load food onto shelves).   Sign up by emailing Squirrell Hill Food Pantry Volunteers at:



Donations for the Squirrell Hill Food Pantry

Emergency Food Drive: Food can be donated at Rodef Shalom any time the building is open. If you can volunteer to help deliver food to the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry on Friday mornings, please contact  Rodef Shalom: and they will schedule your pickup day.


ZOA: Pittsburgh’s longest continuously running program is its Israel Scholarship Program.  It is in its Heinz (57th) Year!

 Scholarship Application 2019.doc-1 

General Scholarship Guidelines 2019


Essay Contest Opportunity

Students in grades 7-12 are invited to write and submit essays to the 28th Annual Kaplun Foundation Essay Contest. Winners and finalists earn prizes of $1,800 or $750. The contest is an opportunity for students to reflect on their Jewish heritage and values and to better understand Judaism’s contribution to civilization and culture. The Kaplun Foundation believes strongly in the value of this writing process as a way for young people to explore challenging ethical topics. Entries are due by March 14, 2019.

Information, rules, and submissions online at: