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Serving the greater New Haven area since 1840, Congregation Mishkan Israel is a progressive Reform synagogue known for its demographically diverse, socially active congregation. Located in Hamden, we are a group of individuals who enjoy connecting with people who have an interest in spiritual growth, community involvement and celebration. We welcome you and hope that you will join us!


Coming Events

Life Is Delicious

November 19- 12:00 p.m.
LID will be back in the kitchen to cook for Columbus House’s overflow shelter.

Chevra Hands

December 3 – 10:00 a.m.
Calling all knitters and crocheters. Beautiful yarn has been donated to Chevra Hands. Looking for volunteers to make shawls, baby blankets and lap blankets to be given to members of our congregation. Yarn will be available to view and select on Sunday, December 3rd in the social hall. For more information please contact Sue Millen at smillen179@nullsbcglobal.net

Our Chevra Hands Caring Shawl Group is in action. The group makes shawls, lap quilts and blankets to give to newborns, seniors and others for whom being wrapped in love would be a comfort. Anyone interested is welcome.

Tot Shabbat

December 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Families with children ages 6 and under, don’t miss Tot Shabbat! At the short service, we’ll have blessings, sing songs and hear stories. Food and schmooze after the service. Tot Shabbat is open to the community.

Chanukah Torch Run

December 10 – 9:30 a.m.
All interested runners are invited to join in the fun. We’ll meet at the top of East Rock Park and run to Mishkan Israel (a 2.5 mile course). We’ll be carrying the authentic torch found in Modiin, the town where Chanukah originated. At the conclusion, the torch will be used to light a hanukkiah at a special Chanukah assembly for the Religious School. All the children will sing their favorite Chanukah songs and get to eat latkes and applesauce and get a special Chanukah treat


Mitzvah Mall Is Coming

CMI’s annual Mitzvah Mall is Sunday, December 10. Plan now to do your holiday shopping at this special venue. Instead of buying a material gift, consider donating money to the food bank to feed the hungry, buy a textbook for an orphan in Uganda, buy a winter coat for a homeless person, send a seriously ill child to summer camp, or buy sport equipment for a special Olympian. These are just a few of many opportunities to give the gift of tzedakah.


Latke Orders

The Religious School is conducting their annual Chanukah Latke Sale. Buy these easy-to-serve latkes for all your holiday celebrations. Orders are due by December 3. Click LATKE FLYER 2017 to download a form. All proceeds benefit the School. Pick-up is December 10 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.


Reserve Now for Chanukah Dinner

Our popular Chanukah Dinner is Friday, December 15 at 5:45 p.m. Registration is now open online. Reservations are due December 11.


Tai Chi Series Starting

VNA Community Healthcare is offering a series of Tai Chi classes start Thursday, October 19 until Thursday, December 28 at 10:30 a.m. The classes are designed to help with balance and prevent falls. The cost is $25.00. For questions, please call the VNA directly at (866)474-5230.


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