SERVICES

Shabbat Services

Our Shabbat services generally are scheduled twice each month. Please check our calendar for details and specific dates.

Erev Shabbat Services on Fridays at 7:30 PM
(Biweekly)

Our traditional Erev Shabbat service begins with candle-lighting and a Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by songs and the evening prayers. These Friday evenings include a D’var Torah (discussion of the weekly Torah portion) or a guest speaker, and are followed by an Oneg where we mingle and nosh, and enjoy the Shabbat spirit together.
Download the Dor Hadash Shabbat Ma'ariv Outline for Zoom (PDF)

Shabbat Morning Services on Saturdays at 10:00 AM (Biweekly)

Our congregant-led service is conducted mostly in Hebrew and includes prayer, reflections and lots of singing. Also included is the chanting of the week’s Torah portion and a few minutes of teaching. This service is highly participatory and designed to engage all ages, especially Religious School-age children.  Services are followed by a Kiddush in which all are welcome to enjoy lunch and socializing.
Download the Dor Hadash Morning Service Outline for Zoom (PDF)

Shabbat Morning Torah Study at 10:00 AM (Weekly)

Following a brief Shabbat morning service we engage in an informal and spirited conversation of the weekly Torah portion. No special level of Torah expertise is required to participate fully as we relate this ancient text to our daily lives.

Early Childhood - 2nd Grade Family Shabbat at 9:30 AM (Monthly)

Families and extended families are invited to join us for a fun Shabbat morning service geared towards our youngest members! Please feel free to bring a musical instrument.

Shabbat is for Everyone (Monthly)
Join us for an interactive and educational Shabbat morning service led by Anna. We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds.

At Congregation Dor Hadash we observe and celebrate the full range of Jewish life-cycle events. Please contact the Vice-President of Ritual for specific information.

The Hesed Committee visits congregants in need of healing, wherever they may be: at home, in a hospital, nursing facility, or hospice. Congregants are welcome to contact the Committee chairs if they or family members become ill and would like to arrange for a visit

Shabbat Prayer Recordings by Rabbi Cheryl Klein

Listen, learn, and pray with Rabbi Cheryl by streaming her recorded Shabbat prayers online. Over 60 prayers are available, including those said on Erev Shabbat and Shabbat morning.

About Rabbi Cheryl

Rabbi Cheryl spent 33 years at Dor Hadash singing, praying, connecting and reaching out to our most vulnerable members. She returned as Interim Rabbi while we reflected on our future as a congregation. A native Pittsburgher, she is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and was the head of the former School of Advanced Jewish Studies (SAJS) in Pittsburgh for a number of years. Rabbi Cheryl is blessed with a 42-year marriage to husband, Mark, nachus from their four children (and spouses) and five beautiful grandchildren.

High Holy Days and Holiday Celebrations

Please check the calendar for special services for holidays and festivals.

High Holidays 5781

Forced to keep safely apart because of Covid 19, we came together nonetheless using Zoom. All services were conducted with leaders in Pittsburgh and Reb Ezra Weinberg in Philadelphia.

The Dor Hadash family has taken up the tools of Zoom with remarkable skill and grace. Members kept muted when needed and joined in a cacophonous chant when called upon. We chatted the names of our loved ones during Kaddish and listed our prayers and concerns for others.

Being a more formal prayer service with literally hundreds of participants, viewers were often forced into speaker view. Yet each service ended with a heartfelt gallery of waves and Shana Tovas.

Talks from our members are available to the right. Full recordings of the services are viewable on the members-only webpage. Click here to read thought-provoking questions that Reb Ezra asked during High Holiday services.

Zoom screen with pictures of smiling members


High Holiday Talks by Members

"On Resourcefulness"

Erev Rosh Hashanah talk by Pam Goldman, 9/18/20
"What Does Rosh Hashanah Have to Do with It?"
Rosh Hashanah I morning talk by Ed Feinstein, 9/19/20
"Love in the Time of Confusion"
Rosh Hashanah II talk by Symone Saul, 9/20/20
"The Severe Decree and Facing the End"
Erev Yom Kippur talk by Stan and Sarah Angrist, 9/27/20
"T'shuvah and Activism: A Call for Communal Action"
Yom Kippur morning talk by Harry Hochheiser, 9/28/20

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