A Jerusalem Landmark
Shir Hadash was founded by Rabbi Ian and Dr. Rachel Pear in the fall 2000. It's first center -- initially in a community center, then a "Cursed Building" and ultimately a bomb shelter -- was in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Nachlaot. In 2003 the Pear's opened a second Shir Hadash in the German Colony when an illegal gambling hall was raided by the police and became available for rent. Since then Shir Hadash has met in a school gym, a former Yeshiva building and most recently the social hall of a nearby Synagogue.