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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

Friday, Jan.  18th Erev of Shabbat Services

7:30 pm  Cohen Chapel

Service Leader:   Mark Rubenstein

Oneg to follow in Wechsler Gallery


Saturday, Jan 19th  Torah Study  

10:00 am  Adult Learning Center

Parsha:  Beshalach  Exodus 13:17–17:16

Haftorah:   Judges 4:4-5:31


Sunday January 20th    5:00-7:00 pm  NEW MEMBER Tu B’Shevat Sedar  led by Rabbi Cheryl Klein.  Please make your RSVP today to:



Hebrew Reading for Beginners  – with Hal Grinberg

Hal Grinberg is offering a “Hebrew Reading for Beginners” class to Religious School parents, and he would like to invite anyone in the congregation or any friends to join the group.  The class will meet on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM, starting on January 27th.   Each session will run about 90 minutes.

You will learn to read all the Hebrew letters and vowels, and at the end you will be able to read anything in Hebrew, though you will still need practice to increase your fluency.  The class will also cover some basic prayer vocabulary and talk about different aspects of Hebrew, to keep it interesting.   But the major focus will be on learning to read.

To sign up or if you have questions, contact Hal at    He will let you know the location.

The only cost for the course is $24 for the book: Aleph Isn’t Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults. Hal will order a copy for everyone who signs up.


Recent publication of  Reconstructing Judaism Today  –  Creating a Community at Summer Camp, features an article about Dor Hadash

In Tragedy’s Wake, Dor Hadash Finds Strength in Jewish Community


Adult Education Committee

Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 3PM, Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Congregation

Kathleen Blee, a researcher of organized racism and anti-Semitism and the dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Dietrich’s School of Arts and Science will be presenting a topic and facilitating a discussion. The topic will be “Anti-Semitic and Other Hate Violence: The Current Context, Perpetrators, and the Role of Social Media.”  The event is presented by the Adult Education Committee of Congregation Dor Hadash.  Registration: or 412-422-5158


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.

For more questions about the weekend, email Judy Yanowitz


Bring Light to the Darkest Month

This February, join us for Dor Hadash’s 2nd Annual  Shabbat Challenge

Our goal is to have members of our congregation celebrate Shabbat in meaningful ways this February.

Feb 1:  Personal Shabbat:  make Shabbat meaningful on a personal level.  Is it Friday night services that make it truly Shabbat—if so join us  at 7:30pm  at Rodef; if not, enjoy candles, wine, and challah at home; or go to yoga class.  Find rest and respite through personal reflection this week.

Feb 8:  Shabbat with Dor Hadash.  Invite a Dor Hadash member/family you have wanted to get to know better for Friday evening.

Feb 9:  10am Shabbat service at Rodef

Feb 15-16:  Shabbat with greater Jewish Community, Reggel Scholar Weekend.  Services both Friday night (7:30pm) and Saturday (10am) led by our scholar, Zachary (Zusha) Weiner.

Feb 22-23:  Interfaith Shabbat:  Havdalah and potluck with Muslim partners at the JCC.

Additional plans fomenting for challah baking and possibly tallit making, and more.

If you are want to help plan these Shabbat-oriented events, please join our Shabbat Challenge committee!

Contact Anna Coufal to help:


Donations for the Squirrell Hill Food Pantry

The Squirrel Hill Food Pantry is anticipating a large increase in demand due to the government shutdown.  Workers are furloughed without pay, and food stamp benefits may be affected at a later date.   If you wish to donate money to the pantry it would be very timely and appreciated:


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

Food Packers Needed

Dor Hadash volunteers are needed to pack food at the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry from 9:00 am-10:30 am on Sunday April 7th, 2019. There is space for 15 volunteers (including school aged children who are strong enough to pack grocery bags and load food onto shelves). Sign up by emailing Laurie Heller at:










Friday January 11th      7:30 pm


The Adult Education Committee is pleased to welcome everyone to join the energized singing of the Dor Hadash Shira Group at an upcoming Friday night.  Led by Rabbi Doris, we’ll warm up the January night with words all can see thanks to Miri Rabinowitz and her musical cats.  Brian Primack will provide guitar accompaniment.  Put Friday January 11 on your calendar and plan to attend.


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When sending a check, please send to:  Congregation Dor Hadash, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213