High Holidays with Shir Hadash

(at Plymouth Church, 2717 E. Hampshire Avenue in Milwaukee)

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

4:00pm at Hubbard Park, Shorewood


Friday, September 22

Rosh Hashanah Retreat
9:00am - 2:00pm
2603 W. Lake Park Ct., Mequon


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.  We do request a donation as financial support is critical to sustaining our congregation.

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.

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. Please understand that parents are 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.

High Holiday Food Drive

Congregation Shir Hadash is again having a High Holiday food drive.  We will be collecting bags of non-perishable foods for the Jewish Community Pantry

The Pantry currently serves 39,687 people 16,818 of which are children.  Your food donations will make a difference!  Please bring bagged food items with you when you come for services on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. Thank you!


If you are driving to Shir Hadash services at Plymouth Church:

  1. We expect there will be reasonable street parking availability.  The Milwaukee Parking Enforcement division has waived the Resident Parking Permit (RPP) requirement during our service times!  Please be sure to park only on the RPP side of the street (and not on the side with posted time restrictions).  Download a map showing the RPP streets in the neighborhood.
  2. Disabled parking is available on the South side of East Hampshire in front of Plymouth Church.  Please observe the No Parking restrictions on the North side of East Hampshire; Parking Enforcement will issue tickets if you park in No Parking zones.
  3. The Shir Shuttle will run Erev Rosh Hashanah and Rosh Hashanah Day 1, between the Lake Park Bistro/Golf Course parking lot and Plymouth Church.  The lot is just east of the corner at E. Newberry Blvd and N. Lake Drive. Shuttle stop is on N. Lake Park Road near the east side of the Golf Shack (the vending machine side).  Our driver is Rodney Hill and he drives a 7-passenger black Mercedes Benz, license plate number 599-XGM. The Shir Shuttle is free and tips are not expected. Download a map of the Shir Shuttle pickup lot.

Shuttle Schedule:
Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 - 8:00 PM and 9:00 - 10:00 PM
Thursday, September 21, 9:00 -10:00 AM and Noon-1:00 PM

Rosh Hashanah Potluck Dessert Oneg
Wednesday, September 20, 9:00- 10:00 PM

Following Erev Rosh Hashanah services, we will enjoy a communal potluck dessert for added sweetness to our new year.  (Cards showing the list of ingredients for those with dietary intolerances appreciated!): 

Potluck suggestions by last name (Please bring enough to serve 8-10):  

  • A-H:  Fresh or dried fruits (other than apples and honey); cheese, nuts, nibbles, etc.
  • I-Z:  Cakes, cookies, chocolate, etc.

Break-the-Fast Potluck
Saturday, September 30, 7:15 – 9:00 PM

Potluck suggestions by last name (Please bring enough to serve 8-10):

  • A-K:  Main Dish
  • L-U:  Side dish/Salad
  • V-Z:  Dessert

Potluck is dairy/parve/vegetarian, including eggs, tuna, salmon, white fish.

Need more information? Contact us:

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