High Holidays with Shir Hadash

at Mequon Nature Preserve

Service Schedule


Kabbalat HaShanah - Welcoming the New Year
Sunday,October 2nd
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Shacharit Morning Services
Monday, October 3rd
9am - 12:30pm

Rosh Hashanah Retreat
Tuesday, October 4th
9:30am - 3:00pm
Location: TBD




Kol Nidre
Tuesday, October 11
7pm - 9:30pm

Shacharit Morning Services
Wednesday, October 12th
9:00am - 12:30pm

Afternoon Study & Conversations
Wednesday, October 12th
1:30pm - 4:30pm

Wednesday, October 12th
6:00pm - 7:00pm


What is it like to Join Congregation Shir Hadash for the Holy Days?

Our services are open to all, no tickets required. Upon entering Mequon Nature Preserve’s main building, you will be warmly greeted by a member of our synagogue who may offer you a name tag so you will feel at home with our community. We use the Kol HaNeshama machzor for the Reconstructionist movement, which includes beautiful kavannot (intentions) and informative commentaries. Our rabbi also compiles thoughtful articles, readings and songs in a supplementary booklet to deepen your holy day experience.

Our services balance Hebrew and English, include selections of poetry and other literature, visual aids and discussions to enhance our experience. Did you bring your shofar? Everyone who wishes is encouraged to blow shofar from their seats when the time comes. Also, in consideration of people with allergies and sensitivities, we are a "perfume-free" environment". Please refrain from wearing perfumes or colognes to our services.

Our Music

Our wonderful lay musicians help to shape our sacred space with their voices and instruments. They are loving coordinated by Jason Steigman and rehearse for months before several times per week to create a spiritual experience for us all.  Everyone is encouraged to sing, dance, or pick up an instrument to help us sing a shir hadash (new song). We balance traditional tunes that stir the soul with new settings of psalms and liturgical songs by contemporary artists such as Shir Yaakov, Moshav Band, and Nava Tehila.

A highlight of our services is our teenagers closing our Rosh Hashanah Day services with a popular song that has the intention of “Aleinu,” a song of working together for peace and bettering the world. In 5776, they performed Matisyahu’s “One Day.”

Reading Corner

Take a break from services without leaving the room! Our reading corner features comfortable seating as well as a thoughtfully chosen selection of books to help you ponder the meaning of these holidays.  Available readings include;
- This Is Real and You Are Totally Unprepared by Alan Lew
- Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman

For Kids

We value children in services! There are books and activities for children in the reading corner. New this year, we have MagneticShul. MagneticShul is an amazing toy designed to engage young children in ritual synagogue life. When opened children find a backdrop of the sanctuary. Children use the over fifty magnets to tell the story of their synagogue experience and their surroundings.


Mequon Nature Preserve


The best way to get to Mequon Nature Preserve is to go to 76th street from Brown Deer Rd.(from the South) or Mequon Rd. or Donges Bay Rd.(from the North) and turn onto County Line from there.

Safe travels and enjoy the High Holiday services!


Need more information? Contact us:

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