COVID UPDATE: We have resumed our services using a hybrid in-person/zoom format. We are committed to making our hybrid service an inclusive and enjoyable experience for all participants.

A recent zoom guest at our hybrid service commented:

The sound was excellent, the camera was well placed, and I appreciated the screen sharing of the text [during the d'var]. Altogether, it was the best experience I've had as a "zoomer" at a hybrid event.

What Makes Us Different?

Shir Hadash is a small, inclusive, participatory, egalitarian congregation (havurah) affiliated with the Reconstructionist branch of Judaism. Our name, Shir Hadash, A New Song, comes from psalm 98.

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. Directions.

Sukkot Celebration
Scribal Arts (Sofrut) Workshop

Postings

Synagogue Council of MA