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About Us

Shir Chadash was originally founded in 1960 and is the only Conservative Synagogue in the Greater New Orleans area.  We are a vibrant, egalitarian, traditional synagogue, open to all.


Shir Chadash is a dynamic place of prayer, learning, caring, and commitment.  We strive to be a warm and friendly place, a haimish environment for worship, study, and community.


We are blessed that several of our founding members still join us regularly not only for services, but also for multiple learning opportunities. We strive to embody the best aspects of the Conservative Movement: passion and egalitarianism in prayer, intellectual engagement in Jewish texts, a commitment to Jewish life, and a deep yearning to work for a better world. To that end, we focus our efforts on participatory lay-led prayer, on exceptional and wide-ranging educational offerings for people of all ages, on a deep sense of the power of Jewish community, and on efforts to improve the Greater New Orleans area.


In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated our building and our community.  We were the first New Orleans synagogue to hold services after Katrina, and the storm and it’s aftermath have left a lasting impression on our community.  We are proud of what we have accomplished over the past half century, but we are especially proud of our resilience post Katrina. We have come a long way since those storm-swept days, but we are not yet finished recreating and building.  The work goes on. Please join us.