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

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.

Support Shir Hadash

To make a contribution to Shir Hadash, please send your check to:

Congregation Shir Hadash
P.O. Box 170632
Milwaukee, WI 53217

You can also designate that your contribution be directed to any one of the following funds:

General Fund
Adult Education Fund
Music Fund
Chesed Fund
Social Justice Fund
Youth Education Fund
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

Thank you for your support!