February at Shir!


Song and Study
February 8, 10am
Locations: Woll/Sweeney Residence
The Israelites start to take the long way home and run into a sea. Then cool things happen! The coffee (and tea) is ready at 9:45.
Bring a Torah translation and treat to share.

 

Musical Service and Potluck
February 14, 6:30pm
Location:  Shir Space at Plymouth

To borrow the title of a Hafiz poem and poetry collection:
The Subject Tonight is Love. 
Bring a dish to feed 6-8, dairy/veggie/fish/chocolate

 

Shabbat Community Table
February 21, 6pm
Location:  Private Home

 

 

 

January at Shir!


Musical Service and Potluck
January 10, 6:30pm
Locations: Shir space at Plymouth

As we move from Hanukkah to MLK Day, we will add some songs of protest, justice, and change to our Shabbat liturgy.

Shabbat Community Table
January 17, 6pm
Location:  TBA

Always lovely, intimate, and delicious.

Morning Service
January 25,10am
Location: Shir Space @ Plymouth

We will celebrate Shabbat and explore Parashat Va’era,
which includes the encounter at the burning bush and the beginning of the devastation of the plagues.

 

 

December at Shir!

 Song and Study

December 14,10am
Locations: 2400 E Stratford Ct.

In Parashat Vayishlach we watch Jacob struggle with himself, his brother, and a mysterious being. Come sing, learn, and nosh. The coffee (and tea) is ready at 9:45.
Bring a Torah translation and treat to share.

Shabbat Community Table

December 20, 6pm
Location:  2400 E Stratford Ct.

Begin this long, dark night with the light and warmth
of Shabbat and community. We will host a “Shabbat Seder” with the traditional, and some untraditional, elements and blessings, and sing songs about darkness and light into the evening. RSVP to come.

Shabbat Hanukkah!!

December 27, 6:30pm
Location:  Shir Space at Plymouth

Music! Latkes! Candles! Dinner! Be there!!
Bring your Chanukkiah (Chanukkah menorah), seven candles, a dish to share (latke makers have been assigned!), your best singing voice,  and your friendliest smile!

 

 

HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR THE HOMELESS

Help make the holiday season more joyous for families in the Meta House shelter by providing gifts for their youngest residents. See here for details on purchasing, packaging, and delivering gifts of toys, clothing, and daily necessities for 22 infants. Gift an item or everything for a child, as you are able. Items will be collected through December 15.

 

CHRISTMAS DINNER AT SVDP

For the 20-something-th year, Congregation Shir Hadash will be cooking and serving Christmas dinner for patrons of the St. Vincent DePaul meal site south. Please consider donating food, time, and/or funds for this worthy, and rewarding, effort.

Find details and sign up here.

 

 

High Holy Days

Each fall our doors are wide open for all who wish to celebrate the High Holy Days in community. Tickets are not required for members or guests, however guests are encouraged to make a donation to the congregation as they are able.

At Congregation Shir Hadash you will encounter much that you would expect at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services: special liturgy, beautiful music, hearing the shofar, reciting yiskor. You will also experience some things you might not expect: interpretive poetry, personal stories from congregation members, a warm, welcoming atmosphere, the opportunity to come up ​to the Torah ​for a group aliyah.​

Our Rosh Hashanah observance includes a community tashlich ceremony at the Milwaukee river and a second day retreat where we take a deep dive into a specific theme. Yom Kippur begins with the powerful Kol Nidre service and ends in a communal break the fast, with many opportunities for prayer, reflection, movement, and connection in between.

The ​Days of Awe at Shir Hadash feel a lot like our ​events throughout the year – only higher!

2019/5780 High Holy Day Service Schedule

ROSH HASHANAH

Sunday, September 29
Kabbalat HaShanah – Welcoming the New Year
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Dessert Oneg
9:00pm

Monday, September 30
Shacharit/Morning Services
9:30am – 12:30pm
Tashlich
4:00pm
Location: Hubbard Park in Shorewood

Tuesday, October 1
Rosh Hashanah Retreat
9:30am – 2:00pm
Location: Private Home, contact us for information

YOM KIPPUR

Tuesday, October 8
Kol Nidre
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Wednesday, October 9
Shacharit/Morning Services, including Yizkor                       
9:30am – 1:00pm
YK Movement
1:30pm
Afternoon Learning and Conversation
4:00pm
Neilah, including Havdalah
5:30pm
Potluck Break-the-Fast
7:00pm

For more details about our High Holy Day services, including location, parking, childcare, etc. click here.

 

 

Upcoming Shabbat Programs

Musical Service and Potluck Service
June 14, 6:30pm
Location: Shir space at Plymouth

June will be busting out all over – we hope. The unofficial first Shabbat of summer vacation will be full of upbeat music and yummy food, courtesy of our terrific Shir musicians and y’all!

 

 Shabbat Dinner with Women Wage Peace
June 21, 6pm
Location: TBD based on attendance

Women Wage Peace is a relatively new and quickly growing Israeli organization – a grassroots movement with tens of thousands of members from the right, center and left of the political spectrum, Jews and Arabs, religious and secular, united in the demand for a mutually binding non-violent accord between Israelis and Palestinian. Two representatives leaders, in MKE for the annual JCRC meeting, will be joining us for a catered Middle Eastern Shabbat dinner and intimate conversation. $18 per person. Please RSVP here.

Week of April 8, 2019

Musical Freedom Service and Potluck
April 12, 6:30pm
Location: Shir space at Plymouth

In honor of the month of Nissan and the upcoming Passover holiday, our wonderful music service will feature music and readings on the theme of freedom. Bring a potluck dish to share.

Shir Community Seder Table
April 19, 6pm
Location: 2400 E Stratford Ct.

Join co-hosts Nita Salzman and the Sweeney/Woll family for a warm, thought-provoking, delicious seder and meal, complete with some extra musical fun. The meal will be collaboratively created as usual for our Community Table meals.

Shabbat/Pesach Morning Service with Yiskor
April 27, 10am
Location: Shir Space at Plymouth

Join us for a musical morning Shabbat and festival service, Torah reading including the Song of the Sea, and Yiskor service, on this unique day which is the 8th day of Pesach in traditional communities and a (possibly chametz-free) Shabbat for others. Confused by this? Ask the rabbi!!

 

 

Dare to Imagine:  Creativity and Healing
With Anne Basting

Building on 25 years of work in aging and the arts, Anne will share three simple techniques to infuse imagination into care, as well as stories of her experiences transforming care settings into cultural centers.

Sunday, April 14, 2pm  –  Plymouth Upper Study

 

We are excited to offer SO many opportunities to be together during Passover this year. See above for Shabbat programs which include the first and last day of the holiday –  first night Community Table and morning service with Yizkor.

Here is the rundown for the rest of the week:

 A Night of Questions
Saturday, April 20th, 7pm
Location: Sweeney/Woll Home

We will lounge in freedom enjoying finger foods and drinks and exploring the questions that are on our minds but not the Haggadah.Bring pesadik finger food and wine or another beverage, to share. (Kitniyot are ok, ask the rabbi if you have ?s)

Freedom Seder
Wednesday, April 24th, 6:30pm
Location: Shir space at Plymouth

We will gather with our brothers and sisters from St. Mark AME to explore questions of freedom in our respective histories, communities, and in the world. This will be an organized potluck.

Mimouna / Pizza and Cake Bash
Saturday, April 27th, 6:00pm
Location: Apple/Cangiamilla Home

This North African Tradition celebrates our freedom and the joys of bringing chametz back into our lives. Mark your calendars – more details on what to bring, etc. to come!

 

Special Immigration Service and Oneg
February 22, 7pm
Location: Shir space at Plymouth

Professor Rachel Buff of UWM’s Cultures and Communities Program and History Department will join us to discuss her recent trip to the southern US border and the political and environmental forces impacting the desire for immigration and asylum from Central America. She will answer our questions about the current situation in the state and at the border and how we can support immigrants locally and nationally.

Song and Study
March 2, 10am
Location: Sweeney/Woll residence
2400 E Stratford Ct, Shorewood

It is Shabbat Shekalim! The regular parashah, which addresses building the mishkan, is enhanced with extra Torah about the process of taking a census through the half shekel contribution (sound familiar?).  Bring a Torah translation and nosh to share. Come at 9:45 for that first cuppa’ something.

Musical Chesed Service and Potluck
March 8, 6:30pm
Location: Shir space at Plymouth

While we enjoy our always wonderful music and delicious potluck meal, we will also immerse in the theme of chesed through Torah text, liturgy, contemporary writings, and exploration of how we can each bring more chesed into our world and community.

Shir Community Table
March 15, 6pm
Location: TBA

Join your Shir chevre for Shabbat blessings, delicious food,
and interesting conversation in an intimate setting.

Shabbat Learning
March 16, 10am
Location: Sweeney/Woll residence
2400 E Stratford Ct, Shorewood

This follow up to our February session will focus on the history, form, and themes of Jewish prayer.  Bring a little nosh to share if you wish.

 

 

GET READY FOR
THE MKE JEWISH COMMUNITY READ!

Noted Israeli Author Yossi Klein Halevi will be in MKE in late May to discuss his book Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, in which he describes his growing awareness of the dual narratives in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and his desire to be understood by his hypothetical Palestinian neighbor.

Congregation Shir Hadash will join Lake Park Synagogue for a more intimate discussion of the book
on
Wednesday, March 13th at 7pm
at Hillel MKE – 3053 N Stowell Ave, Milwaukee

And don’t forget to put Thursday May 30th on your calendar!

Song and Study
February 2, 10am
Location: Sweeney/Woll residence
2400 E Stratford Ct, Shorewood

As we reach parashat Mishpatim, we leave the Exodus narrative and begin to learn the laws of this new society, beginning with those regarding slaves. Bring a Torah translation and nosh to share. Come at 9:45 for that first cuppa’ something.

Musical Service and Potluck
February 8, 6:30pm
Location: Shir space at Plymouth

Shir Community Table
February 15, 6pm
Location: TBD

Join your Shir chevre for Shabbat blessings, delicious food,
and interesting conversation in an intimate setting.

Special Immigration Service and Oneg
February 22, 7pm
Location: Shir space at Plymouth

Professor Rachel Buff of UWM’s Cultures and Communities Program and History Department will join us to discuss her recent trip to the southern US border and help us understand the politics and reality of immigration and asylum seekers from Mexico and Central America.

ISRAELI DANCING with Sharon Lerman
Thursday February 7, 7pm
Graham Chapel at Plymouth

Learn Israeli dances for classic folk and liturgical melodies. No experience necessary. wear comfy shoes and clothing and a refreshing snack or drink.

 

2nd Annual Souper Bowl
February 10, 12-2:30

Mark your calendar for our 2nd annual Souper Bowl Fundraiser (and FUN-raiser!) We will build onto last year’s success with more space, more soup, and more fun!

Musical Service and Potluck
January 11, 6:30pm
Location: Shir space at Plymouth

A new secular year brings new Jewish music! Expect more pieces by Nava Tehila as well as old favorites.

 

Shir Community Table
January 18, 6pm
Location: TBA – maybe by you this month??

Join your Shir chevre for Shabbat blessings, delicious food,
and interesting conversation in an intimate setting.

 

“Thinking Like a Reconstructionist” Service and Oneg
January 25, 7pm
Location: Shir space at Plymouth

This evening service will feature learning and discussion about Reconstructionist thought, including VBDM –  Values Based Decision Making. Find out why a single movement has such a diversity of communities and practices and how we are more the same than different.

 

Song and Study
February 2, 10am
Location: Sweeney/Woll residence
2400 E Stratford Ct, Shorewood

Bring a Torah translation and nosh to share. Come at 9:45 for that first cuppa’ something.

 

 

 

2nd Annual Souper Bowl
February 10, 12-2:30

Mark your calendar for our 2nd annual Souper Bowl Fundraiser (and FUN-raiser!) We will build onto last year’s success with more space, more soup, and more fun! If you would like to pitch in by making soup, or contributing in some other way, please contact Diane Wagan at dianewagan@gmail.com or 414 861 5640.