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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 & Upcoming Events

Friday, May 17, 7:30 pm

Erev Shabbat Service (Sanctuary)

Hebrew School Graduation

Service Leaders:  Lisa and Jonathan Budd

Oneg Sponsor:  Parents of graduating students


Saturday, May 18,

9:00 am  Torah Study (ALC)

10:00 am Shabbat Services (Chapel)
Service Leader:  Anne-Marie Mizel
Rabbi Ezra Weinberg will co-lead the service
Parsha:  Leviticus 25: 1-26:2
Haftorah:  Ezekiel 44:15-27

Kiddush Luncheon to follow in Falk Library



Sunday, May 19, 10-12:00 noon,

Education Session lead by Rabbi Weinberg who will speak on, “The Kaddish: Uncovering Hidden Meaning in Judaism’s Most Versatile Prayer.” (Reference Library)

Name English date Hebrew date This Year
Benjamin Colker 5/6/1990 11 Iyyar 16-May-19
Rhonda Silver 4/23/2002 11 Iyyar 16-May-19
Diana Gershfeld 4/25/1991 11 Iyyar 16-May-19
Lew Gumerman 5/4/2004 13 Iyyar 18-May-19
George Weitz 4/25/2002 13 Iyyar 18-May-19
Mary Marks 5/16/2003 14 Iyyar 19-May-19
June Delano 5/14/2014 14 Iyyar 19-May-19
George Weintraub 5/19/1962 15 Iyyar 20-May-19
Miriam Leiffand Gusky 5/23/1997 16 Iyyar 21-May-19
Susan Sampson 5/9/1982 16 Iyyar 21-May-19
David Segel 5/13/2017 17 Iyyar 22-May-19
David Stern 5/13/2017 17 Iyyar 22-May-19



Mark your calendar for the following applicants!

June 22-23, Rabbi Marna Sapsowitz

July 13-14,  Rabbi Shelley Goldman

Mark your calendars and try to attend as many of the sessions as you are able. We will be sending out an evaluation at the end of each weekend for your opinions of the applicants.

Nancy Levine,

Chair, Cantor Search Committee



The Dor Hadash Book Group

The next meeting of the Dor Hadash Book Group will be Monday, June 3rd at 7:00 PM.  The book under discussion is The Best Place on Earth by Ayelet Tsabari: a collection of stories by a young Israeli of Yemenite descent who now lives in Canada. Contact Hal Grinberg at for more information or if you would like to be put on the Book Group email list.



Highly recommended Hebrew group…check it out!

Dor Hadash has a Biblical/Prayer Hebrew group that meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 PM at the home of Hal Grinberg.  It has been meeting for years with people coming in and out.

The group reads and learns to translate prayers and sections from the Bible and discusses them.  This June, we will be to starting a review from the beginning of Biblical Hebrew grammar.  All are congregants are welcome to attend; you just need to be able to read (decode) the Hebrew letters.  Contact Hal Grinberg if you are interested in joining the



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.


An Evening with Dan Libenson, host of “Judaism Unbound” podcast. “The Other Ten Commandments: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up Judaism” Thursday, May 16th 7:00 pm9:00 pm at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont Dan Libenson is the founder and president of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future and co-host of the popular Judaism Unbound podcast, which promotes creativity and innovation in American Jewish life. The information is also on this website:  


The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Presents  Yom Ha’atzmaut A celebration of Israel’s 71st Independence Day with International Multi-Platinum Israeli Musician David Broza Please register on line at: The first 725 people to register will receive a free Israel Rally Towel!
Thursday, May 23, 4:30 pm – Food & Activities Concert Begins at 6:00 pm, Schenley Plaza, FREE EVENT! 4100 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260


A Musical Evening for Women – The Sound of Jewish Music

Thursday, June 13,  Bellefield Hall

University of Pittsburgh – A project of Chabad of Pittsburgh


We can overcome adversity: Parkland, Tree of Life survivors discuss community resilience and love

Daniel Leger struggled to rise from his seat Sunday when Rabbi Ron Symons asked for anyone in the room to stand if they had ever been shot by a gun.

Mr. Leger, who is still recovering from life-threatening gunshot wounds he suffered in the Oct. 27 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, joined eight fellow panelists, including other survivors of mass shootings, for the “Parkland to Pittsburgh: Stronger Than Hate Town Hall.”

A gunman killed 11 and wounded seven others in the Squirrel Hill synagogue where three congregations were meeting for Sabbath morning worship.

“I remember after I was shot, lying on the steps, a feeling of real peace that I have been blessed with a wonderful life and I’m dying,” he said, sharing his story publicly for the first time.

When SWAT and medics ran into the synagogue, he reached for one of their legs.

“I remember him saying, ‘There’s one alive here,’” he said.

Nearly 350 people listened to Mr. Leger and others at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill as they threaded their individual experiences together through themes of resilience, love and gratitude.

Ivy Schamis, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was helping her students find videos of Holocaust survivors on their laptops during a history class the morning of Feb. 14, 2018, when a gunman claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty.

“Within seconds, the shooter was blasting an AR-15 through a large glass panel that runs through the center of the door,” she said from her seat next to Mr. Leger.

“Kids were trying to take cover and take books off the shelf to cover their faces …. Beautiful Nick Dworet and lovely Helena Ramsay were killed inside the classroom,” she said, naming two of her students.

Sunday’s town hall, which will air at 8 p.m.Tuesday on WTAE-TV, was the culmination of a three-day visit to Pittsburgh by students, parents and teachers from Parkland, Fla., arranged by the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement.

The Parkland community members met with students from Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, held a ceremony at the Tree of Life Synagogue, visited city hall and participated in volunteer projects.

“We’re all here to turn this into strength,” said Alyssa Fletcher, a Stoneman Douglas senior who has become a community organizer around firearm legislation. “We can overcome adversity and move forward with our lives, whether it’s through activism or acts of kindness.”

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto met with the Parkland students for three hours on Friday.

“One by one, they told the stories of the initiatives that they’ve individually started in order to be able to make sure no one else has to suffer or join this club that nobody wants to be a member of,” Mr. Peduto said. “… We have much to learn from them.”

The town hall also brought together faith leaders and others who have suffered from gun violence, including Wasi Mohammed, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh director, who raised money for the Jewish community following the shooting; Peyton Klein, an Allderdice junior who directs the Global Minds Initiative to combat cultural intolerance; Brian Schreiber, president and CEO of the JCC; Janet Hellner-Burris, pastor of the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg; and Geraldine Massey, a counselor in Hazelwood who lost two sons to gun violence.

“Each loss is a shock,” said Ms. Massey, who began working with the Center for Loving Kindness on neighborhood gun violence in Pittsburgh prior to the Tree of Life tragedy.

“There’s an awareness that moving forward that the community at large will now look through different lenses when you see someone was killed in Homewood, or Wilkinsburg or on the North Side. This is really an awakening to do better, to start reaching out and saying just because you don’t look like me and just because you were killed in a different circumstance, your life matters to our community.”

Mr. Leger said his experience reinforced the importance of compassion.

“I cannot believe the comfort I got from the cards I received from people around the world who never met me,” he said. “So when you hear that somebody was shot in Homewood, find out an address or a church address, and send a card. Reach out. It means so much to people to know somebody cares.”

Ms. Schamis said the Parkland-to-Pittsburgh visit has been months in the making.

“I hope [a mass shooting] doesn’t ever happen again, but I hope that if there’s one thing we can spread it’s the idea that every voice is important,” she said after the town hall. “Just because I’m not black doesn’t mean I can’t stand up for someone who’s black, or a Jew, or an immigrant, or Muslim. And that’s what I try to get across to my students, and it’s resonating.”


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