The epitome of loving kindness: I drove my daughter, Ari, down to New Orleans from Chicago to move in with her older sister. Through a hometown connection we heard about Shir Chadash. After we got settled we made an appointment with the Rabbi. He was very warm and attentive when we all met. Afterwards, the Executive Director, Bruce Yaillen went above and beyond to welcome Ari into the synagogue community. He matched Ari up with a very outgoing and energetic member who took my daughter under her wing. Since then Ari has attended religious services ( no small accomplishment) and will be attending a social retreat this weekend. I highly recommend Shir Chadash looking for Jewish southern hospitality and a positive religious experience.
Shir Chadash is a welcoming community for all age groups, lifestyles, etc. All are welcome to join in inspirational worship, superior educational events and social events for camaraderie . Professional and lay leaders are well educated and motivating.
I am a long time member but not an active one until recently. After Katrina and some years in Arkansas, we returned to an invigorated congregation with a fabulous rabbi who welcomed everyone with enthusiasm and warmth. The congregation and staff are egalitarian and open to a diverse group of people, and everyone is urged to participate in services, activities, and learning. As a result, services and activities are unique, warm, and inspiring. But that's not all: the onegs following services are social opportunities to make friends from acquaintances. I love to see the young parents and small children who come together to services and activities; seeing the children eagerly run to the bima and close the ark is a glimpse into the happy future of the children and this congregation. I love to see the participants in the service, especially the Rabbi and his wife, pick up their children as they are chanting. I try to participate in all the educational opportunities which are offered to congregants and the community at large. Everyone is truly welcome at Shir Chadash; it is a happy and intellectual refuge. Despite my secular background, I hate to miss a shabbat service!
Shir Chadash is more than a synagogue: it has become our family. Aside from being an inclusive, egalitarian synagogue, it is a warm, welcoming community that nourishes both body and soul.
This is the best congregation I have ever attended or belonged to. The members are educated and respectful. Women are treated as equals. There are many opportunities to increase one's knowledge of Judaism and Jewish culture. The rabbi is outstanding. I wish there more places like this one.
Shir Chadash was one of the warmest, most welcoming, spirited and kavanah-filled shul experiences I've ever been lucky enough to be exposed to. The adult congregants, who range equally between millennials, boomers and seniors blend seemlessly as one big loving family. Whether moving to or just visiting The Big Easy, don't cheat yourself out of attending Shabbat or even just a minyan at Shir Chadash.
I think Shir Chadash is a great temple
The rabbi is so full of joy and excitement he along with his wife has become great leaders
The people are always very nice and they welcome all people with open arms
Dynamic is the only way I can describe this fantastic synagogue. There is never a dull moment in the daily activities here whether it is attending a service, a study class, or a sponsored event. If you are looking for an enthusiastic, welcoming and exciting place to enjoy your affiliation with Judaism then this is it. We love the rabbi, the community and everything about Shir Chadash Conservative Synagogue.
Shir Chadash Synagogue is a wonderful place for spiritual growth, education and community. This very friendly and caring congregation is led by an excellent, passionate Rabbi who makes Judaism come alive. I felt at home right away and enjoy the various opportunities for learning.
Shir Chadash is an incredibly warm and welcoming community. After moving to the area, my family and I were welcomed with open arms. In addition to its warmth, the community has great programming including a fantastic religious school and wonderful adult education highlighted by an amazing and learned Rabbi. As if all of that wasn't enough, the synagogue is a well-run organization with fantastic professional staff. It is a pleasure being a member of such a wonderful community.