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Pittsburgh's Reconstructionist Community

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God is the sum of the animating, organizing forces and relationships which are forever making a cosmos out of chaos.

-Mordecai Kaplan

We pray with our feet, we pray with our votes. We might open a prayer book once in a while — some of us might do it more often than others — but we are an acutely socially responsible group of people who feels that the way we honor being Jewish and being connected with the Divine is by actively trying to make the world a safer, better, more wholesome place to live in.

-Dan Leger

"It’s not what is learned by heart that counts, but what the heart learns."

-Mordecai Kaplan

D'vrei Torahs

Our last "in person" service was the B'nai Mitzvah of Talia Tru Rentschler and Bodhi K Saft Rentschler on March 14. Due to the beginning of self-distancing directives, the number of people in attendance at Rodef (with the exception of family) was limited. Talia and Bodhi were wonderful. We are including their Divrei Torahs Here.

D'var Torah - Talia Tru Rentschler

D'var Torah - Bodhi K Saft Rentschler

Covid-19 Closings

Rodef Shalom synagogue will be closed for services and all public gatherings are cancelled until April 16 when the decision will be re-evaluated.

This closure begins Friday March 13 at noon. This includes Refugee Shabbat and the Reggel scholar weekend which may be rescheduled at a later date.

The religious schoo
l will be closed this coming Wednesday (March 18) and move to a remote learning platform the following week. School families will receive an email from School Principal Karen Morris in the next few days. Families with upcoming b’nai mitzvahs will also hear from Karen in the next few days and should be reassured that these life events will happen.

We have received a very gracious invitation from Bet Am Shalom, a Reconstructionist synagogue in White Plains, NY to virtually attend their services.

Friday evenings: 6:15-7:15pm East Coast time Shabbat mornings: 10:30-11:45am East Coast Time

Here is a direct link to where you can click to hear the services:https://betamshalom.org/remote-access
If that does not work for any reason, go to www.betamshalom.org and find the link to the streaming services from the home page.

Rodef Shalom Suspends All Events Through April 16                     in response to COVID-19.

The National Refugee Shabbat dinner planned for Friday, March 20 at 7:30pm will be rescheduled.

The Refugee Shabbat is a moment for congregations, organizations, and individuals around the country to dedicate a Shabbat experience to refugees and asylum seekers.  
               Read more at Reconstructing Judaism website

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Reflections One Year later (
listen to the audio)

Recovery After Tree of Life Shooting
CBS 60 Minutes - October 20, 2019

One Year Later - The path to recovery after Tree of Life attack

The Fight to Make Meaning out of a Massacre      
The Atlantic September 2019

Dor Hadash Exemplifies Virtues of Reconstructionist Judaism
Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle September 18, 2019

Dor Hadash, targeted in massacre, declines to take part in Trump's Rosh Hashanah call                               Pittsburgh Post Gazette September 27, 2019

Dor Hadash exemplifies virtues of Reconstructionist Judaism                                                  
Pittsburgh Post Gazette September 23, 2019

Read more about us

The independent committee has finalized its report with recommendations to the three congregations meeting at the Tree of Life synagogue on how to distribute funds received by Tree of Life following the October 27 shooting.  The funds at issue were received by Tree of Life between October 27, 2018 and April 30, 2019.  The amount received by Tree of Life was $5,454,421.  The committee's recommendations have been presented to and approved by the three congregational boards.  The attached report describes the committee's work, reasoning and recommendations.
The independent committee was originally established to prepare a plan for distributing the funds collected by Federation following the shooting.  Based on the positive experiences working with that committee, the three congregations sought the committee's assistance with respect to a division/distribution of funds received by Tree of Life.  
The committee met seven times between September 2019 and January 2020.  All committee members were fully aware of the sensitive nature of its work and we strove to always be cognizant of those most affected by the shooting.

The families of worshippers who were slain and the two worshippers who were seriously wounded all are to receive compassion payments.  Compassion payments will also be made to the individuals inside the building at the time of the attack and to those on the premises but outside the building.  

This has been a very difficult process for the people on the independent committee, but a process that brought a group of diverse individuals together for the good of the community  and from which all members learned much and benefitted greatly.  

Jon Pushinsky
committee report

Who We Are

Congregation Dor Hadash is Pittsburgh’s only Reconstructionist Jewish Congregation. We are inclusive, egalitarian, and member-led. We are an active, socially engaged, community-oriented congregation, and we are passionate about repairing the world (tikkun olam). We are proud of our history of advocating for our vision of a shared society in which diversity is celebrated. Through community and social action, we strive to tear down the walls that divide us while seeking to build a more just, thriving, and inclusive world for all of us.

Reconstructionist Judaism is a politically and religiously progressive Jewish movement that approaches both life and Judaism with a deep consideration of the past and a desire to create and share new ways of being Jewish and practicing our faith in the present. Reconstructionists often say that the past has a vote but not a veto.

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Dan Leger
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Dvar Torah
Martin Gaynor

Learn more about our philosophy and movement

Dor Hadash, located in the heart of Squirrel Hill, offers a lay-led, reconstructionist alternative. Join us on any Shabbat!