Congregation Shir Hadash
Get to know our diverse, warm, wonderful, and musical community.
Congregation Shir Hadash is a Jewish spiritual community. We are egalitarian, inclusive, welcoming, creative, and informal. Reconstructionist philosophy provides the foundation for our spiritual journey; we also welcome and explore other spiritual and intellectual paths.
Because prayer, music, and song are integral parts of our services, we chose the name Shir Hadash which means New Song. Music is one of the ways in which we discover and express our spirituality.
We value, support, and help each other in good times and in challenging times. We welcome and thrive on member volunteerism and active participation. Our members' openness, creativity, involvement, passion, and dedication are essential parts of our spiritual, social and Tikkun Olam activities.
Michal Woll, Rabbi
Rabbi Michal blends music, movement, learning, self discovery and community building. Her influences include the Reconstructionist movement, Jewish Renewal, the Havurah Movement and the Jewish Emergent Network.
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.
"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.
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.
Congregation Shir Hadash
P.O. Box 170632
Milwaukee, WI 53217
phone: (414) 297-9159
2717 E. Hampshire Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(Lower Level Reception Hall)
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