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We are a warm, inviting and welcoming community of individuals and families from diverse backgrounds, inspired by Jewish traditions and values.

Congregation Shir Shalom is our Jewish home.

We are a warm, inviting and welcoming community of individuals and families from diverse backgrounds, inspired by Jewish traditions and values.
We were fortunate to find Congregation Shir Shalom and enroll our children into the synagogue's preschool

Instilling Jewish values in our Children

We were fortunate to find Congregation Shir Shalom and enroll our children into the synagogue’s preschool
— The Axler Family
  • Rabbi and Cantor Challah

    Dear Congregants and Friends,

    Congregation Shir Shalom is our Jewish home. We are a warm, inviting and welcoming community of individuals and families from diverse backgrounds, inspired by Jewish traditions and values. Together we celebrate holidays and sacred milestones on our Jewish journeys through musical worship that engages and inspires us. We seek to better our lives and the world through learning, social justice programs and Tikkun Olam projects. We are proud to exist as a vibrant center for Jewish life in our area of Westchester and Fairfield Counties.

    We are honored to support and help lead Atid: Campaign for our Future, enabling a bright future for our sacred community. Atid is Hebrew for future and we aspire to strengthen and enrich Shir Shalom for our families and future generations. Funds raised through the Atid Campaign will be used to create a new endowment fund and one or more additional funds for short and mid-term use that will provide Shir Shalom the financial capability to meet our vision and objectives. The endowment portion of our campaign will generate income to establish new programming and implement strategic initiatives that will foster growth and deepen the meaningful connections within the Congregation Shir Shalom community and in our lives.

    Past generations paved the way for us and we believe it is now our responsibility to address the present and future of Congregation Shir Shalom. We invite each and every one of you to be part of our shared legacy.

    Thank you for your generosity and participation in the Atid Campaign and in helping Congregation Shir Shalom increase its impact on the lives of our sacred community and future generations, growing from strength to strength, as a hub for Jewish life in our area.

    In friendship and with sincere appreciation,

    Rabbi David L. Reiner
    Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray
    Larry Hoffman, President
    Lynn Broder, Immediate Past President
  • Dear Congregants and Friends,

    Dear Congregants and Friends,

    In 2014, we moved to Fairfield County from Arizona with our young son Ike, preparing to welcome our second child. We knew we wanted to spend more time as a family exploring our faith and instilling Jewish values in our children. We were fortunate to find Congregation Shir Shalom and enroll our children into the synagogue’s preschool. With its warm, inviting and welcoming culture, Congregation Shir Shalom quickly became our Jewish home. And it has become so much more: a place to take a much needed rest at the end of busy weeks with other weary parents at Tot Shabbat; a place to reflect on how we are living our lives during the High Holy Days; a place to have meaningful conversations with other Jews when synagogues are attacked, or after swastikas are found in our beautiful park in downtown Ridgefield.

    Now, it is our turn to help. We now have three young children and it is vitally important that Congregation Shir Shalom continues to evolve as a source of strength and pride for our family, and for all our current and future congregants. We want Congregation Shir Shalom to thrive by expanding and strengthening our programming, prudently investing to make us as proud of our beautiful synagogue as we are of our respective homes.


    Our vision for Congregation Shir Shalom’s future can only be realized with the support of new and long-standing congregants, from all corners of our community.

    As co-chairs of Atid: Campaign for our Future, we are proud our synagogue is an important center for Jewish life in our fellow congregants’ lives and in our area of Westchester and Fairfield Counties. We have a shared responsibility to strengthen Congregation Shir Shalom and are convinced that the investments we all make in Atid will have a ripple effect for years to come. Whatever your passion, there is a place for you to get involved. We invite you to join us in the work of achieving Congregation Shir Shalom’s bold vision.

    How will you take part in moving Congregation Shir Shalom into the future, remaining a strong Jewish presence and hub in our area?

    With gratitude,

    Tara Axler and Max Axler
    Campaign Co-Chairs

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We aspire for 100% participation in the Atid Campaign and look to you and the entire Congregation Shir Shalom family to step up and pledge support for this ambitious and important effort.

Your Participation is Key

We aspire for 100% participation in the Atid Campaign and look to you and the entire Congregation Shir Shalom family to step up and pledge support for this ambitious and important effort.
— The Axler Family
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