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Friday evening services begin at 7:30 pm and Fridays with potluck dinners will begin at 6:30 pm

Beginning January, 2018, our Friday evening services will begin at 7:30 p.m.    As usual, Fridays that have potluck dinners will begin at 6:30 pm.  The KOL will have the week-by-week listings.

Also, after a break of several years, we are bringing back the FIRST FRIDAY SPEAKER SERIES, in which the first Friday evening service of each month will include a 10-15 minute talk.  These talks can be on a variety of topics and, in the past, have been very interesting, relevant, and thought provoking.  The initial speaker pool will be congregants.  As we move on, we may invite others to speak as well.

Our first speaker will be Rabbi Cheryl Klein on Friday evening, January 19, 2018.  She will discuss,  A new generation…it was, is it still, will it be?  

We hope you will attend and help us welcome back this enhancement to our Shabbat observance.


Upcoming Schedule of Services and Events


Friday, January 19
Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:30 pm, The Pavilion

Speaker, Rabbi Cheryl Klein

Followed by a Potluck dinner
Service leader:  Mark Rubenstein
Oneg Sponsor:  Lynn Reder

Saturday, January 20 / 4th of Sh’vat
Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study

10:00 – noon, The Rabbi’s Study

Parsha:  Bo, Exodus 10:1 – 13:16
Haftarah:  Jeremiah 46:13 – 46:28
Kiddush luncheon following the service



Presenter: Dr. Justin Cammy

Sunday January 21, 2018

10 a.m. to noon

5898 Wilkins Avenue, corner Shady

Professor Cammy directs the Program in Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature at Smith College. He is an expert on Yiddish language, literature and culture. Among many publications, is his forthcoming book,Young Vilna:Yiddish Culture of the Last Generation. He has led trips to Israel and Poland, and served on the faculty of summer programs at Tel Aviv University and at the Yiddish Book Center.

The lecture is co-sponsored by Congregation Dor Hadash, Congregation Beth Shalom and the University of Pittsburgh Jewish Studies Program.

RSVP IS REQUIRED or leave a message at 412-422-5158.

See flyer.    WHEN YIDDISH WAS YOUNG flyer


Elijah and Elisha

Invitation from New Light Congregation, 5898 Wilkins Ave., Pgh, PA 15217

Rabbi Perlman of New Light Congregation will lead a discussion on

Elijah and Elisha (from the Book of Kings)

Wed., Jan. 24th at 7 pm. See attached flyer for more information

See Flyer:  .ElijahElisha R’Perlman class 1-24-2018


Movie time at Dor Hadash – Sunday, Jan. 28 at 10:30 AM 

Tree of Life (in the Pavilion)

The Dor Hadash Program Committee invites all Dor Hadashers to a private screening of the recently released documentary film The Chosen People which explores the concept of chosenness that has been so central to Judaism.  Josh Gippin, the film maker, will be joining us during this special event in order to answer any questions you may have.  A light brunch will be served.  Check out this article from Reconstructionism Today to find out more about the film:






Many of us were deeply troubled by the information Ralph Bangs shared with us about racism in Pittsburgh.  And many have wondered how we can act as catalysts for change in addressing racism and other social problems facing our region.  The Social Action Committee recognizes that to make a difference we need to partner with others, and so we urged the Congregation to join PIIN so that we can work with other faith-based communities (Christian, Jewish, and Muslim) to improve policies and practice of the police, the criminal justice system, public education, immigration, and to address other social issues.

DorHadash joined PIIN as a supporting congregation last year, by action of our Board.  Now it’s up to you. Come meet PIIN’s executive director, help him to learn about our congregation, and talk about how we can work effectively through PIIN to change our community.

For further information, contact Carolyn Ban, Social Action Committee chair.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Squirrel Hill Food Pantry

Dor Hadash volunteers are needed to pack food at the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry from 9am-10:30am on Sunday March 4th, 2018. 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:

Israel Scholarship Program

Once again, the Zionist Organization of America – Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the 56th year of its Israel Scholarship Program to assist local students traveling to and studying in Israel. The program is designed to encourage and assist student participation on approved educational trips to Israel. The ZOA Scholarship Program is committed to the future of the children of the region. ZOA believes a trip to Israel complements what teenagers learn at home and in class by reinforcing their commitment to Judaism, and in giving them an appreciation of the centrality of Israel to Jewish life.

Up to three ZOA Scholarships, $1,000 each, are available to students who will be entering their junior or senior year of high school in the Fall of 2018.   Applicants must be Jewish and permanent residents of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, or Westmoreland counties.  All applicants must be participating in an approved program and submit a qualified application to ZOA.  Priority may be given to those who have never visited Israel or have not received a ZOA scholarship in the past. Applications will be accepted January 1 through February 28, 2018.

In addition, the Anouchi Research Scholarship of $750 is available to full-time college students, who have completed at least one year, and graduate students.  Applicants may submit a proposal based on a topic of individual interest.  Research proposals for the Anouchi scholarship will be reviewed. The awardee will be required to complete a paper on his/her topic upon return from Israel.

The Israel Scholarship Program continues with funding from endowments underwritten by Avraham and Patti Anouchi, Harold and Marla Scheinman, the late Thelma Esman, the late Bernard and Esther Klionsky, and the Novick family, in loving memory of the late Ivan and Natalie Novick.

For complete details about the scholarships, applications, please contact ZOA Executive Director, Stuart Pavilack, at 412-665-4630 or

 Zionist Organization of America – Pittsburgh District

6507 Wilkins Avenue-Suite 102    Pittsburgh, PA  15217    412.665.4630



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