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.

Service Leaders

Just as we share our worship as a community, we create our worship as a community. Guided by our Ritual Committee, members volunteer as lay-leaders for our services and collaboratively develop each ritual in keeping with our tradition of reconstructing Judaism. Together, we shape our prayers to our needs. We also grow with the guidance of Interim Rabbi Cheryl Klein who has been part of our congregation since before her own Bat Mitzvah. No matter who leads services, each prayer is rooted in our core value of kehillah (community).

Rabbi Cheryl Klein

Rabbi Cheryl spent 33 years at Dor Hadash singing, praying, connecting and reaching out to our most vulnerable members. She returns in her new role as Interim Rabbi while we reflect 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.

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

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

High Holy Days and other 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

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.

During these difficult times, we are especially committed to welcoming new and old friends to our virtual services. Please email admin@dorhadash.net for more information about joining 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!