Holidays and Events


Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Special High Holiday Family Services are held for young families. The Yom Kippur service includes a dramatization of the Jonah story, acted out by the children.

This year the Religious School students meet together in a sukkah in one of our homes for holiday-related activities.
Some years we have a sukkah ramble, where school families ride around to different congregation sukkot with activities in each.

Dor Hadash’s annual Hanukkah celebration: candlelighting, singing, potluck dinner, and ice skating. Each year we invite a group of about 30 new immigrant students, to learn about Hanukkah, to join us.

The Purim Megillah reading is always a blast: costumes, parodies that include the children, and the story of Esther.


Summer Picnic Services
During the summer, we hold monthly outdoor Shabbat services and potluck picnics.

School Social Action Projects

Working with the Congregation’s Social Action Committee, School families help G-Tech, an organization that turns vacant lots into gardens in troubled neighborhoods. Preparing the ground, planting and caring for the gardens: it’s wonderful to be outdoors working for a good cause.

School Families have served meals at Ronald McDonald House, and worked cleaning up the riversides with Allegheny Cleanways.

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