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Cheryl Klein traveled a long road to become a rabbi – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dor Hadash, a unique strand of Pittsburgh’s Jewish tapestry – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Schedule of Services and Upcoming Events

Purim Festivities , Wednesday, March 20th

For a description of all events and to RSVP, please go to:  

Wednesday, March 20th, Erev Purim

6:00 pm Dinner with Rodef Shalom and Tree of Life ($$)

7:00 pm Megillah reading, discussion, or social justice activity

We are making cookies both to take home and to put in the shaloch manot packages we are making the following week for the refugee families.  The making of the baskets and associated learning will be Dor Hadash’s involvement on Purim eve, March 20th.


Saturday, March 23rd   Torah Study and Sabbath Service

10:00 am  Adult Learning Center

Tzav, Shushan Purim

Parsha:   Leviticus 6:1 -8:36

Haftorah:  Jeremiah 7:21 – 8:3, 9:22-23


Rehumanize: A Vigil for Muslims in New Zealand
Sunday, 5:00 pm A vigil will be held at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on Sunday at 5:00 pm.


The Dor Hadash Book Group

The next meeting of the Dor Hadash Book Group will be Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00 PM, the location to be announced.  If you are interested and are not already on the book group email list, contact Hal Grinberg at

The book we will discuss is  The People of Forever are Not Afraid  by Shani Boianjiu.  The novel tells the stories of three women during their service in the Israeli army.  It is still in print and is available as an  e-book.  There are also lots of  inexpensive copies on the used book sites.



Dor Hadash is collaborating with the Community of Reconciliation Church (COR) to host a community sing-along on Sunday, April 14th from 12:30 pm to 2 pm at the COR church located at 100 N. Bellefield Ave. in Oakland.

Please join us for a potluck lunch and a chance to sing favorite songs of protest, hope, change and love. Our playlist includes: Blowin’ in the Wind; Where Have All the Flowers Gone?; There Is a Season (Turn, Turn, Turn); This Land is Your Land AND MANY MORE. We’ll engage with church members who enjoy singing as much as we do!

We also welcome you to join us for rehearsal dates:

  • Sunday March 24, 1:30pm at Rodef Shalom
  • Sunday April 7, 1:30pm at COR (in the space where the event will be held)       Sing Along Flyer

Please bring a dairy or veggie dish to the April 14th event and sign up if you plan to attend:


Below are two events sponsored by Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN):

Pittsburgh – School Board Candidate Forum

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8 PM

Carnegie Library Homewood

7101 Hamilton Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208

For more info:


  • World Water Day Activist Training & Lobby Day Registration
Saturday March 23 at 12 PM – 2 PM

One Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222 (Liberty Room in DHS building)

Our Water Campaign and the Clean Rivers Campaign are joining forces to host a Water Activist Training and Water Lobby Days! Join the Campaign and fellow water activists for a campaign training where you’ll get to learn more about these and other critical water issues, strategize with others before meeting with elected officials, and practice holding your representatives accountable to their constituents. Register here:


Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7-9 p.m.

Church of the Redeemer, Squirrel Hill

There will be an opportunity to learn about and join organizations working in this area. The panel will feature Sheila I. Vélez Martínez, Betty Cruz, and  Orlando G. Portela Valentin


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for ride to Friday night services

A member of  Dor Hadash who lives in Squirrel Hill, has transportation issues getting to and from Friday evening services, if someone is able to provide a ride,  please email  Jean at:


COMMUNITY EVENTS  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.

Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, CeasefirePA and the Tikkun Olam Center at Temple Sinai will hold a workshop entitled ‘The Legislative Path to Ending Gun Violence’ on March 24 from 10:00 am -12:30 pm at Temple Sinai. Click here for more information and to respond. You can also email
























Statement on the New Zealand Mosque attacks

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association released a joint statement on the horrible news that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand this morning. You can read it at this link. Please feel free to share it as best you see fit. The statement includes a link to a prayer that could be utilized at Shabbat services, and we’d like to provide that link again here. Finally, the statement includes this link to the donation web page created by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to collect funds from the North American Jewish community to support the two mosques and the families of the victims of the terrorist attack.

Obviously, our shock and grief at this act of brutality and terror is beyond words. We deeply appreciate the many reports we are seeing of rabbis, lay leaders, and others across our movement who are reaching out to their Muslim neighbors and engaging in acts of compassion and solidarity on this dark day.

From all of us in the department of Affiliate Support at Reconstructing Judaism,

Rabbi Maurice Harris | Associate Director of Affiliate Support and Israel Affairs Specialist



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