Shir Hadash: A New Song (psalm 98)

What Makes Us Different?

We focus on the spiritual, educational, social and pastoral needs of adults. Many of our members are empty nesters. We embrace mixed-faith couples, participants of any age, and LGBTQ members.

Our small size (70 people) fosters a close-knit, caring community. It’s easy to form friendships, partner with learning mentors and take on leadership roles.

  • We feature the best of both worlds - a small independently run havurah with access to rabbis and educational resources of a larger congregation through our partnership with Temple Ohabei Shalom (TOS)

  • Members work together on matters of ritual, education and decision-making, fostering empowerment and mutual learning

  • Pastoral care available via TOS: Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman (formerlyRabbi of Shir Hadash) and Rabbi Daniel Schaefer

  • Member-led hesed committee reaches out to members in times of need

  • We offer varied Shabbat experiences: breakfast-studies, rabbi-led (with TOS) or member-led services and Torah discussions

  • Friday night potlucks in member homes

  • We don’t own a building: spending centers on programs and services for members.

  • Strong lay leadership and transparency in all decision-making.

  • Voluntary member contributions (not set dues).

  • Conveniently located on the Green line (member-led services at Lutheran Church in Newton Centre; rabbi-led services at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline.

Sukkot Celebration
Scribal Arts (Sofrut) Workshop

Shir Hadash is a small, inclusive, participatory, egalitarian congregation (havurah) affiliated with the Reconstructionist branch of Judaism.

Contact us and get acquainted!