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.