Dor Hadash Religious School

The Dor Hadash Religious School provides Reconstructionist Jewish education in an after-school setting for children of grade-school age through Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Dor Hadash Religious School is the only Reconstructionist Religious School in western Pennsylvania.  The Reconstructionist philosophy makes our school different in a number of ways:

In the past, classes have met in people’s homes, to emphasize learning in the home.  Last year, we experimented with holding all classes in the building, which we will continue this year.  We have tried to keep the informal, home atmosphere going, and having all the students in the same place creates a feeling of community.

Our students are taught all aspects of our tradition and are encouraged to respect traditional practices, but they are also taught to keep an open mind and think about how the rituals and celebrations might be changed (‘reconstructed’) to enhance their meaning and effect. When we study history, the changes as well as the continuities are emphasized.  Part of that is exploring how their parents and ancestors practiced these customs and what they believe(d).

Behind all we do is always the philosophy of Reconstructionist Judaism. We promote: true equality within the Jewish tradition; a sincere regard for other religions and cultures; an appreciation of the divine in the world around us and in each one of us; and the continuing evolution of Jewish commitment.

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