Worshipping at Dor Hadash

At Congregation Dor Hadash we offer a variety of worship opportunities. Our services are welcoming, uplifting, spiritual and thought-provoking. Our prayer book, Siddur Kol Haneshama, offers transliteration for those who do not read Hebrew and alternative readings to provide an individualized worship experience along with the communal prayer. While children are welcome at all services, there are some that are geared more towards those who are younger.
Many people think of a synagogue as just a building, but ours is so much more than that. Jewish tradition teaches that the synagogue is a Beit Tefilah (house of prayer), a Beit Midrash (house of study) and a Beit Knesset (house of community). At Dor Hadash we sing, pray and study together in an inclusive, egalitarian setting.

Shabbat Services

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

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.

(Occasional) 4th Friday at 6:00 PM

All ages are welcome at our Family Shabbat Service, which is geared toward families with Religious School-age children. It is a joy to introduce our youngsters to the meaning and celebration of Shabbat! The service is followed by a communal potluck dinner.

2nd Saturday at 10:00 AM

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 (pdf)

Shabbat morning Torah Study at 10:00 AM

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.

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

High Holy Days and other Holiday Celebrations

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

The Dor Hadash open door policy

Since our founding in 1963, Dor Hadash has been committed to being a house of worship where all are welcome. In keeping with this goal, Dor Hadash invites anyone seeking a place to worship on Shabbat and other holidays to join us for services.

To ensure the strength of our synagogue community, we must have volunteer and financial support year-round. We, therefore, rely on people of good will to contribute their fair share. We anticipate that those who choose to attend our Shabbat or holiday services year after year will recognize the importance of formally joining our community.

Our dues policy, based on the ability to pay, ensures that everyone can afford to join. We welcome you to become members of our Dor Hadash family.

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