What we do
Shir Hadash programming celebrate Torah, celebrate the Jewish people and celebrate Israel. Our goal is two-fold: First, to elevate 'traditional' activities commonly found in Jewish communal life - like basic Torah classes - so that they not merely transmit information but rather transform lives. Second, alongside these traditional - and we believe necessary - activities, Shir Hadash also endeavors to create innovative programming that is not so commonly found in today's Jewish organizational life. Our Hesed Fellowship Program, the Unity and Ethics Beit Midrash efforts and leading the Spiritual Diplomacy movement are but a few examples. Combining these efforts together, Shir Hadash hopes to leverage our unique position in Jerusalem, the center of the Jewish world, to impact the entire Jewish world.
Each week, hundreds of people from across the city and across the religious spectrum – as well as groups visiting from overseas – come together to enjoy joyous prayer services, communal fellowship and inspiring learning at Shir Hadash. The Jerusalem Post ranked Shir Hadash as one of the two most popular Synagogues in all Jerusalem, while Israel National News called services here “the hottest spiritual event” in the city.
Classes & Learning
Consistent with the Talmudic statement אין בית מדרש בלי חידוש (every Beit Midrash should possess some type of innovation), Shir Hadash not only offers a plethora of traditional classes, but also a variety of novel learning opportunities — such as the Unity and Ethics Beit Midrash programs, our Rabbinic Hesed Fellowships, Cinema Shir Hadash and the activities of New Song Publishers.
Whatever the form, the mission is the same: To touch the heart as well as the soul, stimulate the mind, and enrich the spiritual, communal and moral life of the individual student and the world at large.
Shir Hadash designs and implements a variety of innovative and entertaining learning opportunities for beginner students, be they participants in a Birthright trip or a teen tour on one hand or older adult members of a Synagogue mission on the other. Learning modules can be one hour, one day or even one week. If you are a tour operator, Synagogue administrator or community organizer and would like to learn more about these opportunities, we would be happy to hear from you.
Shir Hadash started these efforts after learning that many political groups visiting Israel take Shabbat “off” during their visits here since Israeli government offices are closed. Many such groups either scheduled their return home over Shabbat, or feeling there was nothing to see or no Israeli to talk with, spent this time hearing the Palestinian narrative. "We have always felt that this was a shame, not because these groups shouldn’t visit elsewhere, but because Shabbat itself is such a powerful experience and provides a wonderful insight into the Jewish people,” our Rabbi was quoted as saying by a US Newspaper. As a consequence, we started working with government agencies, tour operators, religious institutions and political organizations to craft an inspiring experience that connects these groups to real Israelis, real families and real life.