High Holidays with Shir Hadash
at Plymouth Church

2017 Service Schedule


Wednesday, September 20

Kabbalat HaShanah - Welcoming the New Year
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Potluck Dessert Oneg


Thursday, September 21

Shacharit Morning Services
9:30am - 12:30pm


Friday, September 22

Rosh Hashanah Retreat
9:30am - 3:00pm
Location: TBD


Friday, September 29

Kol Nidre
6:30pm - 8:30pm


Saturday, September 30

Shacharit Morning Services, including Yizkor
9:00am - 1:00pm

Afternoon Movement, Study & Conversation
2:30pm - 5:30pm

Neilah, including Havdalah
6:00pm - 7:15pm

Potluck Break-the-Fast

General Information

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

Our liturgy balances Hebrew and English, traditional prayers, and selections of poetry and other literature. We incorporate individual reflections as well as guided discussions to make the experience more personal. In addition, our rabbi compiles diverse readings, poetry and songs in a supplementary booklet to deepen understanding and meaning of the holy days.

Do you have a shofar? Everyone who wishes to is encouraged to blow shofar from their seats when the time comes.

Tickets & Location

Our services are open to all, no tickets required.

Please enter our space at Plymouth Church through the courtyard entrance on East Hampshire Street. Synagogue members will greet you, offer a name tag and help you feel at home with our community.

Prayer Book

We use the Kol HaNeshama machzor from the Reconstructionist movement, which includes beautiful kavannot (intentions) and informative commentaries. You can order a machzor online if you wish to have your own copy for services.

The Music

Our wonderful lay musicians help shape our sacred space with their voices and instruments. They are lovingly coordinated by Jason Steigman and rehearse for months to create a spiritual experience for us all.  Everyone is encouraged to sing, dance, or pick up an instrument to help us create a shir hadash (new song). We balance traditional tunes with new settings of psalms and liturgical songs by contemporary artists from Debbie Friedman to Shir Yaakov and Nava Tehila.

For Kids

We value all our children! They are welcome to be in the prayer space and to come and go as they wish. We have a children’s playroom near the prayer space and access to outdoor space as well. During each service a holiday themed activity will be offered. Babysitting services will be available with advance reservation. Please understand that parents are ultimately responsible for helping their children behave appropriately.

Fragrance-Free Environment

We maintain a “fragrance-free environment.” In consideration of people with allergies and sensitivities, please refrain from wearing perfumes or scented products to services. Thank you.


If you're driving to services at Plymouth Church, please note that the Milwaukee Parking Enforcement division will not be enforcing the resident parking restrictions during our service times.  Download a map showing the RPP streets in the neighborhood.

Need more information? Contact us:

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