More Activities

At Dor Hadash, there are countless ways members can get involved. Beyond our established committees, members often collaborate to lead a wide variety of activities. These activities are as beautifully diverse as our members. Some are new and some are old. Some are temporary and some are here to stay. Some happen regularly and some every now and then. Regardless of what we do, our congregation nurtures each member's vision and cherishes the community we create along the way. Listed below are just a few examples of these opportunities. To get involved, email for more information.
Accessibility Committee
This recently formed committee works to ensure congregants have what they need in order to be involved in our community. Whether it means getting a Zoom tutorial before the High Holidays or having a sign language interpreter available, access can mean different things to different people. If there is something that may provide or improve access, please let us know as soon as possible and we will do our best to find a solution.

Some areas we are already investigating include:
  • Alternate-format siddurim and machzorim (large print and Braille)
  • Captions for Zoom at least some services and other programming
  • Including information to access Zoom via telephone Sign language interpreters
  • Identifying the access needs of the congregation
If you have questions, accommodation requests or would like to join the Accessibility Committee, please contact Debbie Cherry:

Anti-Racist Working Group
This group meets once a month to address and disrupt systemic racism within our community. Together, we developed a vision statement and plan that was adopted by the Board.

Our vision:

Dor Hadash will take an intentional approach to constructing a welcoming, inclusive, curious, and anti-racist environment for Pittsburgh’s Jews and their families and friends. We will continually examine and refine our policies, practices, rituals, and behavior to ensure that all who choose to participate in our community will be welcome.

Biblical Hebrew on Tuesdays with Hal
Dor Hadash has a Biblical Hebrew Group, which meets every Tuesday at 6:30 PM on Zoom.  Each week a section of the weekly portion is selected, and the group reads and translates it. Meanings, roots, and grammar are all covered each week. Students are on many different levels of Hebrew, from beginner to intermediate; it’s a one-room schoolhouse.

Book Group
Join other book-lovers for a monthly discussion about a book of our choice.

Centralizing Information Ad Hoc Committee
The Centralizing Information Ad Hoc Committee has recently formed to reconfigure the way we store Dor Hadash's information. What do we wish we could easily save and access? With this group's input, we work toward creating an accessible system that meets everyone's needs and helps our members stay connected.

Judaism 101: Raising Ourselves by Getting Down the Basics
Led by Rabbi Cheryl, this six-week course introduces the basics of Judaism. There are no pre-requisites. This course is geared to all who want to make the time to take the time to learn and for those who may have learned at one time and would like to refresh their understanding. Interfaith partners are encouraged to attend.

Shira Song Group
Meet monthly with Dor Hadash members to sing some beloved Jewish songs.

Tech Support Team
This group of volunteers provides tech support to members. In this digital age, the tech support team is here and more than happy to show you the ropes.

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