Congregation Shir Hadash


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About Congregation Shir Hadash

This is where new ideas and ancient traditions live side-by-side, where music and warmth are as much a part of our services as prayer and study, where you’re more likely to participate in a discussion than listen to a sermon.

Congregation Shir Hadash is a Jewish spiritual community. We are egalitarian, inclusive, welcoming, creative, and informal. Reconstructionist philosophy provides the foundation for our spiritual journey; we also welcome and explore other spiritual and intellectual paths.

Because prayer, music, and song are integral parts of our services, we chose the name Shir Hadash which means New Song. Music is one of the ways in which we discover and express our spirituality.

We value, support, and help each other in good times and in challenging times. We welcome and thrive on member volunteerism and active participation. Our members' openness, creativity, involvement, passion, and dedication are essential parts of our spiritual, social and Tikkun Olam activities.

Our Leadership


Michal Woll, Rabbi

Rabbi Michal blends music, movement, learning, self discovery and community building. Her influences include the Reconstructionist movement, Jewish Renewal, the Havurah Movement and the Jewish Emergent Network. 

More about Rabbi Michal


David Brusin, Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Brusin was our  spiritual leader from 1993 until June 2014. He has also taught at Ripon College, UW-M, and Cardinal Stritch University.

More about Rabbi David

Frequently Asked Questions

Congregation Shir Hadash provides an inclusive Jewish community for worship, study and social action. We respect traditions while allowing freedom to find personal meaning in an enduring Jewish culture.

What is Reconstructionist Judaism?

"To be a Jew means first belonging to the group..." - Mordecai Kaplan

Reconstructionist Judaism is a modern American-based Jewish movement based on the ideas of  Mordecai Kaplan (1881–1983), and understands Judaism to be the "evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people."

You can learn more about Reconstructionist Judaism by visiting the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities' website at www.JewishRecon.org.

Why are you located in a church?

For nearly 23 years, Shir Hadash met at Beth El Ner Tamid Synagogue in Mequon. But when BENT joined with Congregation Beth Israel and moved to Glendale, we had to find a new location. In October 2013, we moved to Milwaukee's East Side, and Plymouth Church.

In searching for a new home, we wanted a place that matched ideologically with us. Religiously, Plymouth is different, but it is a very liberal and open community. Both congregations are members of Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope, and we partner with Plymouth on social action initiatives as well.

Get to Know Us


Mailing Address

Congregation Shir Hadash
P.O. Box 170632
Milwaukee, WI 53217
phone: (414) 297-9159
email: info@shirmke.com

Visit Us

Plymouth Church
2717 E. Hampshire Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(Lower Level Reception Hall)

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